Greece Poker

Greece Online Poker

Official currency: Euro (€) | Official language: Greek | Population: 10,737,428


Since the rise in popularity of online poker over the last decade, thousands of Greek citizens have enjoyed playing the game online. However, the government of Greece has not been willing to capitalize on this ever-growing market. The Greek government has placed a formal ban on all online poker sites operating out of jurisdictions that are located outside of the country. This effectively bans Greek citizens from playing on any online poker sites that are not registered through a state-sponsored firm. This has tremendously limited the amount of options Greek online poker players have for sites to play on and methods of filling their real-money online poker accounts. However, several options still do exist within the country and learning about these options is a great way to get started in the exciting game of online poker.

Poker Sites Accepting Players From Greece

Greece Poker Sites

Over the past year, the European Union has been working with government officials in Greece to lift the formal ban on international online poker sites. Because the European Union relies on free-trade and open commerce, Greece's ban on foreign online gambling sites violates these principles. Furthermore, the European Union is refusing to support the monopoly on online gambling within the country. While this battle is still in the air, Greek citizens have been able to play online poker on sites located in other jurisdictions. However, because of the fogginess of the laws and the potential ramifications, many Greek citizens refuse to play on any foreign online poker sites.

Greece Poker Deposit

Regardless of where they are playing the game, Greek citizens have a wide variety of options when it comes to funding their online real money poker accounts. In fact, Greece is one of the only countries in the world which permits its citizens to use PayPal as an effective means of funding their online poker accounts. PayPal is one of the most secure and safest methods of online funds transfers and is commonly used around the world for transactions to online merchants. Having the ability to directly fund their online poker accounts from their PayPal account is a great benefit for Greek citizens. This makes it easier than ever to get started with real money online poker play.

For those without an active PayPal account, credit cards are generally the next most viable option for funding an online poker account.  Credit card deposits are usually completed instantly and can be one of the quickest and easiest ways to get real money in to your online poker account. Most Greek online poker sites currently accept both Visa and MasterCard deposits and will usually permit debit card transactions, as well. However, be sure to check with your credit card provider prior to making the deposit to determine if you will face any transaction charges or cash advance fees.

Similar to PayPal, other third-party payment processors (such as Neteller) are another great option for Greek online poker players. These services allow users to make deposits from their credit card or bank account without having to provide their personal account information directly to the online poker site. This is an excellent feature for players who are concerned about the security of online poker sites or are afraid of providing any personal information online. Using these services is fast and simple. Most accounts are free to open and you will merely need to verify your account to get started in funding your online poker account.