Some people may wrongly believe that because they don’t have a bank account they can’t bet online. Whilst possession of a UK bank account and ideally a debit card is the easiest option when it comes to funding an online betting account, if you just don’t have one, there are still some options open to you and yes, the short answer is you can indeed bet online without a bank account.
There are quite a few points to note though, perhaps the most important of which is that you will still need to provide ID unless the bookie can identify you by the electoral register or other means. If you do need to provide ID, this is usually a photo or scan of photographic ID document such as a passport, a driving licence or a national ID card, proof of your address (a recent utility bill or financial statement) and, depending on how you deposit, possibly ID relating to that.
High Street Bookmakers
Certain high street bookmakers, including Ladbrokes and Coral, allow you to fund your online account with cash in one of their many high street retail outlets and you can also collect winnings this way. See the cash betting section of our bookmakers article for a full list.
Voucher Based Systems
There are a couple of other options when it comes to depositing that involve cash vouchers that you can purchase at a local shop.
Some online bookmakers allow funding via a Western Union branch using cash. Western Union is a global money transfer service where money can be deposited with an agent at thousands of outlets across the UK in places such as convenience stores and other outlets.
Paysafecard is a prepaid card that can be bought from retail outlets using cash and then used to fund online accounts at many top betting sites.
Ukash was a voucher that allowed you to pay in cash at Paypoint locations and other outlets in order to obtain a code that will allow you to add funds to your online betting account. Please note that UKash has now joined with Paysafecard.
Finding What Payment Methods are Accepted
For further details it is always a good idea to refer to the betting site at which you want to deposit funds, calling or emailing their customer service team if clarification of the options is required. Many sites will list what payment methods are accepted within their help or FAQ sections along with minimum and maximum deposit levels.