Connecting acquiring for gambling activities

Gambling is impossible without receiving funds from players. In order to implement this, you need to connect acquiring. Then, for an online casino or other similar service, the procedure for receiving funds will be greatly simplified. However, the connection of acquiring is an independent process, and the bank may refuse due to the high risks of gambling activities. In this article, you can read about how to connect acquiring to gambling activities.


What is acquiring?

Acquiring is a process in which several persons and organizations are simultaneously involved. Two banks are involved in it:

  • Acquiring bank that has installed an acquiring terminal for gambling;
  • Issuing bank that issued a specific user's card.

The user enters the card details. The acquiring bank sends the request to the issuing bank, and he sends it in turn to the payment system. In addition to them, Acquiring involves Processing, which represents several servers. If approved by all participants, the money is debited from the user's card and sent to the merchant account of the gambling organization. You can read about how to open a merchant account in our other article “Opening an account for gambling”.  

How to connect a payment system for gambling?

Connection consists of several stages. 

Step 1. System selection. The payment system must support merchant accounts. But some banks refuse to work with gambling projects, because:

  • such accounts contain risks: the risk of refund and the likelihood of fraud by users;
  • gambling is prohibited in some jurisdictions;
  • downgrading of the bank's reputation and sanctions from payment systems.

Therefore, it is worth making sure that the bank wants to work with a gambling project. 

It is also worth choosing a bank that knows the specifics of gambling activities, since the risk of fraud is very high. The reasons for fraud can be:

  • Lack of identification of the cardholder;
  • Refund of payment due to card debt;
  • The card is used by an illegal owner. 

However, all these risks can be prevented by contacting the bank with the necessary algorithms and detection strategies. 

Step 2. Connecting via API. At this stage, a specific system is installed on your gambling site. Aggregators offer ready-made solutions, so the connection itself can be completed in 1-2 days.  

Step 3. Testing the payment system. This step is optional. At this point, certain actions can be checked. Starting from the simplest (making a payment) to more complex (returning a transaction, working in different browsers, etc.).

What payment can be offered to players? 

It is worth connecting acquiring taking into account the methods that you will offer players to transfer funds. The most common methods are:

  • Bank cards (VISA, MasterCard);
  • PayPal. The system is strictly related to online gambling, therefore, it requires the provision of information about blocking access to your platform in jurisdictions where gambling is prohibited;
  • Electronic wallets;
  • Payment systems: Neteller, Skrill: 
  • Payment by subscription;
  • Local methods depending on the geography of the players, for example, Yandex.Money. 

Thus, the connection of acquiring is a complicated process. Many banks often refuse to serve gambling sites. Therefore, when choosing, you must choose the bank that agrees to work, taking into account the type of activity of the company. You should also provide a large number of payment methods, including those used in the gambling industry, as well as relying on regional e-wallets. Our A4 Law Firm team will help you choose a bank and payment system, as well as connect acquiring in order to minimize the risk of fraud.


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