Depositing with eChecks
To use eChecks, you'll first need to have an account with an eligible banking institution. Because various processors and countries handle checking differently, the types of institutions that are eligible will vary from casino to casino. Make sure to check with a support representative to see if your bank can be used as a source for eChecks.
Once you've established that you can use your bank at your chosen casino, log into the cashier and select the eCheck deposit method. The name of this may vary based on the processor used. Then enter the amount you wish to deposit.
You will be asked to enter information you have on a paper check. The best way to do this is to get a paper check you have in your checkbook and fill out the information as asked by the eChecks page. Once you complete the form, just hit submit and your deposit should be credited automatically, assuming you have enough funds in the linked bank account.
Advantages of eChecks
As far as convenience goes, eChecks is virtually unbeatable. All you have to do is enter information directly on a check, which should be as easy as opening up your checkbook and copying down a few numbers. This is about as easy as using a credit card.
Additionally, deposits are available instantly, so you do not have to wait in order to start playing. Depending on the casino, you might not even have to do any preparation steps in order to use the eCheck method.
Disadvantages of eChecks
Unfortunately, the convenience of eChecks is dependent on the processor the casino uses. Some online casinos may require you to sign up with a third party in order to process your check payment, which may take up to several business days.
Echecks also lacks the security of many other online deposit methods. Since you must disclose sensitive banking information in order to use it, there is some risk that it will be compromised. Although most online casinos and processors use encryption to prevent this, a virus or other kind of security breach on your computer could leave you vulnerable.
Lastly, eChecks cannot be used as a withdrawal method. If you would like to use eChecks to deposit, make sure you discuss withdrawal methods that will work for you with the support staff. If you would like to get your money directly back to your checking account, make sure to ask about the casino's bank transfer, ACH, or wire transfer methods.