You’ve just placed a bet on a match and, lo! the time has come for the bookie to pay you out. You’ve been waiting patiently and, suddenly, the page turns, there’s a beep and—voilà!—your money is in your hands.
But what happens next? How long does it take for the bookmaker to process your payment and issue your winnings? Is it overnight? Is it immediately available for withdrawal?
We’ve all been there. Maybe you’re on holiday and desperately need your money. Maybe you’re in the middle of a heated debate with your roommates about what to play for dinner. Or perhaps you’re just happy to finally have some cash after weeks of scrounging for money, now that the global economy has turned a corner.
The answer to these questions is: it depends. But if you want to make the process as quick and painless as possible, you should know that it can take a few days for a betting slip to be processed and, sometimes, longer. Especially if you’re in a rush.
The Most Popular Methods of Payment
For decades, the two main methods of payment in betting were cash on delivery and cheque/bank transfer. These days, however, things are a little more high-tech. With credit cards emerging as the clear winner, virtual (e.g. Bitcoin) and actual (e.g. PayPal) payment method have become extremely popular. In fact, the latter two are generally accepted worldwide. Thus, if you reside outside the UK, you may want to consider making your payment via a credit card or PayPal.
Delivery Of Cash
Traditionally, when you placed your bet, you’d get a delivery driver to bring you cash in the post. If you’re in a hurry, this is still one of the most popular methods for receiving your winnings. After all, it’s quick and easy. You don’t have to go to the bank or find a way to get cash out of your account. You just need to make a post-office run. This, of course, is assuming that the delivery driver is still around when you finally get around to checking your mail. So be careful about depending on this method in a rush.
For those of you who prefer to receive your money in the form of a cheque or bank transfer, the wait is usually shorter. After all, as the name suggests, you’re transferring money to a bank account. The bank will then process your payment and, once it’s been verified, your winnings will be deposited in your account within a matter of days. This is probably the easiest and quickest method of payment if you’re in no particular hurry.
Withdrawal From An Automated Account
If you have an account with an online bookie, you can skip a few steps and get your money out instantly. Simply log in to your account and you’ll see an option to ‘withdraw funds’. Once you confirm your request, the money will be transferred to your bank account.
The downside to this method, of course, is that you have to trust the website you’re using to send you the money. And that’s absolutely risk-free. As you’re dealing with a computer, it’s always a possibility that it could malfunction or be hacked. So while this method is quick and easy, it’s also not the most secure. Especially if you’re in a rush.
Which One Is The Most Suitable Method Of Payment?
Ultimately, it depends on what you need. If you need a quick and easy way to receive your winnings, then the delivery method is your best bet. Unless, of course, you want to avoid having to wait weeks for your money to be delivered. Then you may want to opt for either the cheque or bank transfer option. Ideally, you won’t use the automated withdrawal method if you’re in a rush but, instead, will opt for one of the other two options. With the delivery method, you can be sure that your money will arrive in a short amount of time. But, if you decide on cheque or bank transfer, you can rest assured that your money will be there as soon as possible. As soon as your bank verifies your identity and the money is in your account, you can delete this method of payment and go back to the others.
The Bottom Line
In conclusion, while there are certainly advantages to each method of payment—and we’re sure there are many individuals who prefer one over the other—you need to consider your needs and objectives before making a decision. If you’re in a rush to get your hands on the money, then the delivery method is the most suitable. However, if you want to keep your money in a safe place and are happy to wait a bit, then the cheque or bank transfer method is the way to go.