IDEAL is an online payment processor based in the Netherlands. Unlike the vast majority of online payment solutions, iDEAL can be used immediately without registration, verification, or third-party account funding. It is one of the most convenient ways for Dutch players to get funds added to their accounts at over 60 participating online casinos.
In order to use iDEAL to add funds to your online casino account, you'll first need to make sure that the casino accepts iDEAL as a payment method. If so, you will then need to be a resident of the Netherlands and have an account at one of the below banks:
- ABN AMRO
- ASN Bank
- Friesland Bank
- SNS Bank
- Triodos Bank
- Van Lanschot Bankiers
If your bank is not currently on this list, there is a fairly good chance that it will be added in the recent future.
Depositing with iDEAL
Making a deposit via iDEAL really couldn't be simpler. You must first log into your casino account and select iDEAL from within the payment methods window. Enter the amount you wish to deposit and select the bank with whom you hold an account. You will then be immediately directed to your bank's online interface. Simply follow the instructions on your bank's website and complete the transaction. The entire process is conducted without you having to provide any of your banking information to any third party.
The fees for using iDEAL will vary from bank to bank, but they should be outlined when making your transaction and are likely to be quite low compared to other online payment solutions. Some banks may not charge you at all for the service.
Advantages of iDEAL
Out of all the payment methods we have listed on AskGamblers, iDEAL excels at providing a convenient solution without compromising your security. IDEAL merely provides a gateway for the deposit; everything else is conducted in confidence between you and your bank. You do not have to provide your routing number or account number to any third parties, including the casino, at any time during the transaction.
Disadvantages of iDEAL
Because iDEAL is such a straightforward deposit method, its biggest disadvantage is the fact that it is only available for those who live in the Netherlands. Due to various commercial and regulatory reasons, iDEAL does not appear to be interested in spreading the availability of their services anytime soon. However, if you hold a bank account at any of the above listed Dutch banks, you may be able to use the services regardless of whether you live within the Netherlands.
Another reason iDEAL is not perfect is the lack of a withdrawal mechanism. Although you can deposit with very little trouble, you will need to find an alternative way to get your funds out of your casino account. Although many casinos do offer direct-to-bank transfers, you will have to disclose personal account information to conduct them. Ask the casino's support representatives to help you make an informed decision.