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Using Boku at online casinos

Boku Payment MethodSince its launch in 2009, Boku has helped to revolutionise mobile payments and today there is a growing range of Boku bingo sites and online casinos for UK players to enjoy.

Founded in the US, Boku now has a huge international presence with headquarters in a number of major cities and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. It can be used in all of the world’s leading digital marketplaces, such as the Apple App Store, Google Play, Facebook and Spotify, which means you can use it for a huge range of online services in addition to playing at Boku slots sites.

Boku is an extremely convenient and easy-to-use method of making secure online payments to a casino account or for a range of other digital services. You can make a Boku casino deposit using a phone on any of the UK’s mobile networks and with any type of mobile device.

Our expert team here at WhichBingo has been hard at work checking out and reviewing the best Boku casino sites and online bingo rooms where you can use your mobile phone to make deposits into your account:

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The advantages and disadvantages of using Boku

Pros

  • No need for a separate account or app — Unlike some other payment methods, e.g., PayPal or e-wallets, a casino with Boku allows you to make deposits which are then either charged to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your pre-paid balance. This means there no need to set up or maintain a separate account, making your online gaming funds easier to manage.
  • Use Boku on any mobile phone — Although a significant proportion of the UK population today has a smartphone, it is not necessary to have the latest tech to be able to play at a Boku casino or bingo site. You can make payments on any device that can send and receive text messages — even the earliest versions of mobile phones.
  • A secure payment method — Many players favour playing at a Boku mobile casino because of the additional security it provides with regard to personal and financial information. As your deposit is charged to your phone bill, you don’t need to share credit or debit card details with either the casino or a third party service provider. Likewise, your details aren’t being stored anywhere so you are less susceptible to hacking, fraud and identity theft.
  • No fees — You aren’t charged a fee by your mobile service provider when you make a deposit into your Boku bingo account or at a Boku casino. The amount that you deposit is the same amount that appears on your bill. However, it is important to note that a Boku online casino may choose to charge a fee for offering this service. Therefore, always check the T&Cs carefully before playing at any Boku payment slots site.
  • Simple to use — Anyone who has ever made a deposit into a casino or bingo account — or any sort of payment online — will have no difficulty in making a Boku casino deposit. You simply go through the banking or cashier page and follow the instructions as you would with any other payment method, with the only difference being that you need to have your mobile phone handy to receive a confirmation text message and then reply.

Cons

  • Withdrawal not available with Boku — If you play at a Boku payment bingo site, you will nevertheless need to have some alternative form of payment method in place when it comes to cashing out, as you can’t withdraw using Boku. If you don’t have another method that you can use, your withdrawn funds will usually be sent to you in the form of a cheque, which is by some way the slowest method for withdrawals available.
  • Deposits are limited — You will generally be limited both in the size of individual transactions and the total amount you can add to your account in a day when you make a Boku casino deposit. In most instances, the maximum amount you can deposit in a 24-hour period is £30, which won’t necessarily be a problem for the occasional player, but if you take your gaming a little more seriously, this could prove to be quite an impediment.

Banking with Boku

You need to weigh up all the pros and cons if you are thinking about signing up to play at a Boku casino. And while there are growing numbers of casinos online and Boku bingo sites, you need to consider whether this is the right payment method for you.

Deposit and withdrawal times

One thing you can be sure of when you pay in at a Boku deposit slots site is that your funds are credited to your account and can be played with straight away. There is no processing time, so you can start gaming immediately. However, as you can’t withdraw using Boku, you need to find an alternative method when you want to cash out. We recommend PayPal, or an e-wallet like Neteller or Skrill, as these offer the fastest payout times (although there will usually be a processing time of at least 48 hours at almost all online casinos before payments are completed).

Ease of opening an account

There is no separate Boku account to set up or manage. As long as you have a mobile phone and are playing at a casino with Boku, there is not much else you need to do. When you select Boku as your payment method on the banking or cashier page and enter the amount you want to deposit, you’ll be prompted to enter your mobile phone number. You’ll then receive a text message, asking you to confirm the payment amount. Once this is done, your funds are available.

Fees structure

Your mobile phone carrier will not charge you a fee for using Boku — the amount that you deposit into your casino account is the amount that will appear on your next phone bill or be deducted from your pay-as-you-go balance. However, the majority of sites on our Boku casino list will charge you a fee for using this service. This will generally be 2.5%, but you should check each individual site’s T&Cs before signing up to make sure you know what the charge will be.


Our final thoughts on Boku

When it comes to simplicity and convenience, there is much to like about Boku. The process of making a deposit is very easy — all you are required to do is reply to a text message to confirm your deposit and the amount. It is also a simple and straightforward payment method in that there is

  • no new account to set up and maintain,
  • no new passwords to remember, and
  • no new app to download and install.

However, there are also some drawbacks, not least the fact that the number of Boku bingo sites and online casinos accessible by UK players is relatively limited. If this is your preferred payment method, you won’t have as many playing options as you might otherwise. The limit on deposits is also a negative factor, as is the fact that Boku can’t be used to cash out and make withdrawals.

On the whole, our view is that Boku is a good payment method for someone who plays online bingo or slots every now and then, and neither invests nor expects to win too much. However, if you are a more serious, dedicated player, other payment methods will likely suit you better.