Play Poker for Real Money Using Instant eChecks


Instant eChecks allow you to make secure and immediate electronic funds transfer (EFT) directly from your bank account to your PokerStars player account via an electronic check (echeck). In Canada, eChecks can be used for deposits and cash outs. eChecks work the same way paper checks do. When you deposit using an eCheck, the amount of your deposit is requested from your bank just like when a paper check you've written is deposited. Once the check clears, the funds are transferred from your bank account to PokerStars.

Funds deposited via Instant eCheck are immediately available in your PokerStars account even though the funds aren't received from your bank account instantly.


As it can take up to 7 days for the funds to be received from your bank, your deposit is in an 'uncleared' status at PokerStars for 7 days after you make an Instant eCheck deposit. While a deposit is uncleared, you may not cash out or request cash transfers unless you have a balance that is greater than the total of your uncleared Instant eCheck deposits. Any portion of your balance that is more than the total of your uncleared deposits may be used normally including cashouts and transfers.

If an Instant eCheck deposit is not honoured by your bank and is returned as unpaid, other restrictions will apply to future Instant eCheck deposits including not receiving your funds instantly and instead only receiving your funds once your Instant eCheck deposits clear.

How secure are Instant eChecks?

An Instant eCheck is a highly secure and widely used method of electronic funds transfer. An Instant eCheck is compliant with strict processing rules. The security measures include ID verification, 128-bit SSL encrypted communications and industry standard data encryption of your personal information.

How can I make purchases at PokerStars using Instant eChecks?

The Instant eCheck deposit option is fully integrated into the PokerStars Cashier screen. To make a deposit using an Instant eCheck, login to your PokerStars account and visit the Cashier. Choose the 'Buy Chips' option and select the 'Instant Instant eChecks' button. You can then follow the instructions shown to complete your deposit. Enter the amount you'd like to deposit. Canadian players will be able to enter the amount of deposit in CAN$, which will be automatically converted to USD equivalent using the current exchange rate. You will need to have a personal check with you to complete the deposit as you'll need to type in the numbers along the bottom of your check.

Once you've filled in the information requested, click the 'Submit' button to process your deposit. By clicking on 'Submit', you agree to the Terms and Conditions for using Instant eChecks. Your Instant eCheck is then deposited via our Instant eCheck processors.

We recommend that players print all transaction data, rules, etc. for future reference.

What are the deposit limits for Instant eChecks?

Please visit the cashier for your current deposit limits. Please note, first time depositors may have lower limits, however these limits will automatically increase once your initial deposit has cleared in our system.

If you have any questions regarding your deposit limits or would like to receive an increase in your PokerStars deposit limits, after you've had your starting limits raised automatically, please email us at

What about my cashouts?

You may cashout funds from your PokerStars account to your Instant eCheck account.

Until an Instant eCheck deposit has cleared, the amount of your Instant eCheck deposit cannot be cashed out. Instant eCheck deposits clear 7 days after the date of deposit.

Please be aware that cashouts are automatically credited back to any VISA account that you have used to make deposits in the last six months.

Please note that additional eligibility criteria may apply to automatic Instant eCheck cashout options. Please visit our Cashout Policy for full information.

How does the exchange rate conversion work?

PokerStars uses the prevailing mid-market rate provided by Reuters (plus a small fee if applicable) to convert your deposits to your PokerStars account currency. For additional information, please read our Real Money Transaction Processing and Currency Conversion Terms and Conditions.

What will it cost me to use Instant eChecks at PokerStars?

There are no other fees for using Instant eChecks at PokerStars as long as your deposits are not returned by your bank. Players are responsible for any fees charged by their banks as well as fees incurred for debits that are returned due to insufficient funds (NSF) or other reasons.

Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD) Agreement

By clicking the "Submit" button you authorize PokerStars to debit the bank account you entered for the amount shown. PokerStars will only debit your bank account when you explicitly authorize a payment with your user name and password.

Approve Transaction - You agree that by clicking the "Submit" button in the cashier, PokerStars will debit your bank account within two business days for this one-time payment. You have certain recourse rights if any debit does not comply with this agreement. For example, you have the right to receive reimbursement for any PAD that is not authorized or is not consistent with this PAD Agreement. To obtain a form for a Reimbursement Claim, or for more information on your recourse rights, you may contact your financial institution or visit

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