re: Poker & Statement for Visa Gift Cards?
If you EVER wanted to put money on your acct at FullTilt, Absolute or Poker.com, there is a great offer on the Green Dot VISA (do NOT get the MasterCard
) at Walgreen’s. Normally the CVS activation fee is $9.95 when you first purchase the card. This is what I was charged when I bought mine at CVS. I never bought it at Walgreen’s, but currently, they are charging $14.95 activation this month. HOWEVER almost every month there is a full purchase price rebate for the Green dot activation fee. You get the entire $14.95 back! The form is in the Walgreen's ALL-IN-ONE booklet located next to the sale fliers and/or at the registers
Stars doesn’t accept this card and Epassporte does, BUT it’s quite a hassle to get Epassporte to accept it…and quite time consuming. There are a few very big drawbacks to the Green dot card, but as someone who is VERY PARANOID about giving my SS# to ANYONE, I did it, anyway. They require your real SS#, real name, real address, before they will enable you to use their card. The bank that issues the card is Columbus Bank (either in OH or GA, I don’t recall) but the call center is in India
I belong to a service that alerts me if anyone has looked into my credit or if someone has opened an acct in my name or using my SS#, and even after giving them the info, no one has messed with me (so far).
Then, there is the maintenance fee. The Green Dot card charges your acct $5/month for maintenance. So, you think you will ditch the 1st card and they’ll never get the $5/month? WRONG. Why not? They connect you by SS# to any cards under your SS# and they’ll get their money out of you for the months you didn’t pay the fee. Is buying the card and getting the $14.95 activation fee back worth it? Yes, if you can’t get $$ onto poker sites in any other way. No, if you can. How can you get $$ onto Stars
(http://www.railbirds.com/room/2-poker-stars.html) MUST BE MADE IN CASH. The vig for $300 in $28.00. That’s a lot of $$. Before making your 1st WU deposit, log onto their site and sign up for a WU gold card. For every dollar you spend with them, you get points on this Gold card. Depending on how much you spend you can use the points for (whatever) I don’t have too many points.