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Making the Most out of Western Union Deposits

Western Union is becoming an increasingly popular way to make deposits to online poker sites.  People like the speed and the security that the service offers, along with the reliability that comes with the method's high acceptance rate at rooms like Carbon Poker.

For those who aren't familiar with how to use or maximize this deposit option, we've collected a few brief tips that will help you make the most of the Western Union deposit option.

Follow Instructions Carefully
Depositing with Western Union is secure, but it's also a bit more complicated than paying for something with a credit card –  it's more like sending a bank wire.  The poker room will often have very specific instructions that you'll need to follow in order to deposit successfully, so be sure to check with support before you make a deposit to be sure you've got the process down. For example, this guide covers depositing at Carbon Poker using Western Union, but the steps for using Western Union at a room like Minted will differ.

Fight Fees
Western Union fees can make depositing seem like a losing proposition.  There are two steps you can take to help mitigate the impact of fees.  The first is to ask the room to cover the fees, in whole or in part.  They'll often be willing to accommodate you if you contact them before you make the deposit.

The second is to increase the size of your deposit to make the fees a lower percentage of your total deposit.  Note that you should still adhere to a policy of only depositing what you can afford to lose –  don't break that policy just to get a better rate on your deposit.  Instead, shop around for a poker room that will cover the fees.  After all, if you're getting them to cover the fees, chances are they'll be more generous with other promotions and offers as well.

Western Union isn't an ideal deposit method, but it may be the best available to players from some regions.  With these simple tips, you can leave less money at the counter and have more to put on the tables.



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