PayPal Sports Betting Guide for Beginners by Tim Harrison

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PayPal is one of the most trending payment methods in Today’s world. As a result, almost every gambling site offers a PayPal payment option these days. However, bettors who haven’t used PayPal before might not know how to use it properly. Also, gamblers need to learn more about the payment method before they use it. If you are not sure where you can learn about the basics of PayPal, we are here to help. 

Outsource IT Today interviewed Tim Harrison last April, and we discussed in detail PayPal as a payment method in the sports betting industry. We got to know a lot from the interview. Next, our team dug out more details surrounding the topic, and then finally, after collecting all the info, we have written this PayPal sports betting guide. Keep reading to learn more about PayPal bookies!

PayPal Overview

Before we delve into the other details of PayPal as a payment service in the gambling industry, we would like to brief you on what exactly PayPal is. Well, PayPal is an online payment method using which you can easily deposit and withdraw money within a short span. It is much like an e-wallet where you can store your funds and use them whenever required. PayPal is a highly secure platform where all your personal details are stored safely. You can keep your funds in PayPal as long as you want to. As PayPal is used in most countries, you can use the money stored in PayPal even while traveling. 

PayPal History You Must Know

PayPal was not launched as a payment service initially. When Luke Nosek and Max Levchin developed it in 1998, the platform was merely a security software. It was called Confinity then. Then in 1999, they changed their business scheme and made it an official e-wallet platform. However, it was not launched in the market until 2002. But once it got out, people loved the software, and it rapidly became popular. Today, PayPal holds one of the most prestigious positions among all the payment methods and is used by people from various countries all over the globe.

How to Make a Deposit Using PayPal?

Now that you know what PayPal is and how it got launched in the market, you must be wondering how you can deposit money to your gambling account using PayPal. The steps to depositing money using this payment method are super easy. Have a look below:

  • Visit the payment page of the betting site. 
  • There you need to click on the ‘deposit money’ option. 
  • Now, you will see multiple payment options lined up. Of all those, you need to choose PayPal.
  • After choosing the desired payment method, PayPal, you need to enter the deposit amount.
  • Once done, click on the ‘confirm’ option, and the money will be deposited in your gambling account soon. 

The money usually gets deposited within just a few minutes. You don’t have to worry about losing your funds because PayPal is a secure payment service. However, fraudulent activities might occur depending on the betting site you choose. Some betting platforms dupe the gamblers by taking all their money. That is why you must be very careful while choosing your desired site. Tim Harrison has shared more on what things you should keep in mind while choosing the ideal betting platform. Just keep reading!

How to Make a Withdrawal Using PayPal?

The withdrawal method is much like the deposit method as the steps are quite similar. However, the withdrawal time is usually longer than the time taken for depositing funds. Usually, if you use PayPal as a payment service to withdraw money, the time taken is around two to five business days. Three days is the average time taken, but it also depends on the betting site. Hence, try to choose a renowned casino so that you can withdraw your winnings quickly. 

The steps to withdraw money from your betting account using PayPal are:

  • Open the betting site in your browser, log in, and visit the payment page.
  • You need to choose the ‘withdraw money’ option on the payment page. Remember, you can withdraw your winnings only if you have met your wagering requirement. So check that before you start the withdrawal procedure.
  • If you have successfully met the turnover requirement, choose your withdrawal method, PayPal.
  • Now enter the amount you wish to withdraw. Make sure you choose the right currency. 
  • Once done, confirm the transaction and wait for a few days until the money reaches your bank account. 

Withdrawing money using PayPal is not only easy but also safe. There are no cases where PayPal has scammed people. Even if it happens, the betting site is to be blamed because PayPal has a super-secure environment for all your transactions. 

Popular Countries that Accept PayPal for Sports Betting and the Currencies Accepted

PayPal is accepted in more than 200 countries worldwide. Hence, we think it can be used in your country as well. But we recommend you check the PayPal regulations of your country before you use the service. 

A few countries where sports betting is quite popular, and you can make your gambling transactions using PayPal are:

  • United Kingdom
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Chile
  • Ireland
  • Canada
  • India
  • Iceland
  • Malta

Players are often not sure about which currencies are accepted in PayPal. So here we have a list of the top currencies accepted by this payment app:

  • USD
  • EUR
  • CAD
  • NZD
  • INR
  • SEK
  • NOK
  • GBP
  • BRL

Best PayPal Sports Betting Sites Recommendations by Outsource IT Today

Tim Harrison has selected a few betting sites that are incredibly popular for serving the best betting opportunities and bonuses to the members. We cross-checked his recommendations and found that these sites are indeed the best in the sports gambling industry and all of them accept PayPal transactions. Have a look below:

  • Betway
  • 22Bet
  • William Hill
  • 10Bet
  • BetSafe
  • TonyBet
  • VBet
  • InterBet
  • STS
  • LVBet

PayPal Alternatives to Use

We have some recommendations if you are looking for some PayPal alternatives that you can trust and make quick transactions. These are the other legitimate payment methods that you can use for safe and secure transactions on most betting sites:

  1. VISA
  2. MasterCard
  3. Skrill
  4. Neteller
  5. PaysafeCard
  6. AstroPay Card

Final Word

We hope that this PayPal sports betting guide helped you learn a lot about how you can use this excellent payment method while betting on your favorite sports. The best part about PayPal is how it values the customers’ security. All your data will be safe with them; hence, you can make fast transactions without worrying about losing your data to scammers. Another thing that Tim Harrison loves about PayPal is its low charges. 

If you are not sure whether or not you want to make payments using PayPal, we recommend you try it once. PayPal is trustable, quick, and superb in all other aspects. So are you planning to use PayPal while placing your next bet? Do share with us!

How to Integrate Apple Pay into Your App or Website

In today’s fast-paced world, people want to reduce time spent on routine tasks as much as possible. We all expect online purchases to be easy and convenient. And this, basically, means that we want to buy things with just one click without wasting our precious minutes on entering billing, shipping and contact information each time at the checkout.

Apple Pay service was introduced in 2014 and it has more than 441 million users worldwide today. Why did it become so popular in such a short time-span? The main reason is that Apple Pay allowed iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad and Mac owners to get rid of their physical wallets and make secure payments in stores, in iOS apps and on the web with the help of their Apple devices.

According to statistics, 38 percent of online merchants globally accepted Apple Pay. Want to join them? In this article, we’ll try to explain how to add Apple Pay to your website or app. Send this guide for your developer or hire software programmers.

Is Apple Pay a good fit for your business?

We already mentioned that users just love Apple Pay because it’s an easy and convenient way to make purchases. So the advantages for buyers are pretty much obvious. But what about the selling side? Let’s look into this.

Apple Pay covers a wide range of transactions and allows online merchants to sell almost anything:

  • physical goods (for example, clothes, groceries, books etc.)
  • services (for example, club membership)
  • bookings (for example, hotel reservations)
  • tickets

However, some reasonable exceptions still exist. For example, it’s not allowed to use Apple Pay for selling such goods as cigarettes, tobacco products, weapons, pornography etc. You may find the full list of prohibited uses here.

If your business activity doesn’t fall within the above exceptions, there should be no doubt:  integration of Apple Pay into your website or app is the right decision.

Note: Apple Pay does not replace In-App Purchase. You still need the later to sell virtual goods, for example, premium content and subscriptions within your iOS application.

Preparation stage

This stage does not require any coding, you just need to create the environment for Apple Pay integration.

First, you need to find a payment provider that supports Apple Pay in your region. To do this, see this list on the Apple Pay page. This is the optional but highly recommended step because if you don’t have an established system in place, handling card payments can be quite challenging.

NOTE: Make sure that Apple Pay is available in your country (see the full list of countries and regions here).

For Apple Pay on the web, web pages that incorporate Apple Pay must be served over HTTPS and support TLS 1.2 protocol.

Now, you have to set up Apple Pay Requirements.

1. Create a Merchant ID

Merchant ID is needed to identify your business as a merchant that can accept Apple Pay payments on your website or mobile app. That’s easy. Just log in to your developer account here and go to Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles.

After that, choose iOS, tvOS, watchOS (from the pop-up menu).

Then, choose App ID in the Identifiers section.

Click add button “+

Enter your name in the Name field.

After that, enter Bundle ID as instructed.

Check Apple Pay Payment Processing box in the Apple Services section and click Continue -> Submit.

Then, find Merchant ID in the left column.

Click add button “+” in the upper right corner.

You’ll see this page:

Add a description (it can be just the name of your app or website) and identifier name in the following format: merchant.com.YourAppName. After that, click Continue.

Review the Settings and click Register -> Done.

Now, navigate to App ID (which we’ve just created). Check Apple Pay Payment Processing box and click Edit.

After that, select your merchant ID and check the box.

Now, your App ID should look like this:

2. Create Payment Processing Certificate

Payment Processing Certificate is needed to encrypt and secure outgoing payment data. How to set up it? Follow the steps below.

Navigate to Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles -> Identifiers -> Merchant IDs.

After that, select your merchant ID on the right and click Edit.

You’ll see Payment Processing Certificate section. Click Create Certificate.

Apple Pay integration can be performed in no time if you hire professional developers. Still looking for a reliable team?

Certificate signing request

 If you don’t have a certificate signing request (CSR), you need to create it to create. To do this, launch Keychain Access that is Mac OS system utility. It’s located in /Applications/Utilities on your Mac.

 Then, choose Certificate Assistant ->Request a Certificate from a Certificate Authority.

 Enter necessary information: your email address in the User Email Address field and a name for the key in the Common Name field. The third field, CA Email Address, should be left empty.

 Click Save to disk ->Continue.

 Check out this Apple help page to make sure that you didn’t miss anything.

 To proceed with Payment Processing Certificate creation, click Choose file. Then select CSR file (it has .cert SigningRequest extension) and click Choose – > Continue -> Download.

The downloaded certificate file will have .cer extension. Click Done.

Note: you need to recreate your Payment Processing Certificate every 25 months.

3. Create Merchant Identity Certificate (for websites only)

This certificate is needed to authenticate communication with the Apple Pay servers. To create it, follow the steps below.

Navigate to Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles -> Identifiers -> Merchant IDs. Select your merchant ID on the right and click Edit.

Under Merchant Identity Certificate Section, click Create Certificate.

After that, click Choose file and choose your CSR to upload.

Click Choose – > Continue -> Download.

The downloaded certificate file will have .cer extension. Click Done.

Note: you need to recreate your Merchant Identity Certificate every 25 months.

4. Register and verify your domain (for websites only)

To register a domain, navigate to Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles -> Identifiers -> Merchant IDs. Select your merchant ID on the right and click Edit.

Under Merchant Domains Section, click Add domain.

After that, enter your domain name and click Continue -> Download.

Place the file in the specified location and click Verify. After the verification is completed, click Done.

Note: you’ll need to verify a domain every time its SSL certificate expires.

Watch this video to make sure that you didn’t miss anything.

5. Enable Apple Pay in Xcode (for apps only)

Go to XCode and click the file icon in the upper left corner.

Select the target project and you’ll see the project editor on the right. Choose Capabilities.

You’ll see Apple Pay section. Turn it ON.

Refresh the page — you’ll see your Merchant ID in the Merchant IDs field.

Finally, make sure that all Steps are checked.

Implementation stage

This is the part where coding starts. If you have some basic programming knowledge, you can do it yourself.  Alternatively, if you don’t feel confident about writing a code and want to do things right, reach out to your developer.

1. Support Apple Pay on your app or website

First of all, you need APIs that will allow you to determine if a user has the Apple Pay capable device and if Apple Pay is set up on it. To check Apple Pay availability:

  • for app, use PassKit framework. You can find detailed instructions on how to do this here.
  • for website (on Safari only), use JavaScript-based APIs. You can find detailed instructions on how to do this here.

2. Create an Apple Pay button and mark

All websites and apps that accept Apple Pay must display Apple Pay mark and Apple Pay button whenever payment options are shown.

  • download Apple Pay mark and see its usage guidelines here.
  • choose your button style here.
  • refer to Apple Pay on Web pages for detailed programming guidelines.

3. Customize a payment sheet

Tapping the Apple Pay button should lead to a payment sheet (see on the right). Such payment sheet must contain information that is required to complete the purchase, for example, payment card details, shipping options, contact information etc. It’s up to you to decide what information to present on a payment sheet, but you cannot request data that is not related to the transaction.

For detailed instruction on customizing Apple Pay payment sheet, see Human Interface Guidelines.

Congratulations!
You’ve just implemented Apple Pay in your app/website!

Why is Apple Pay a must for my business?

Apple Pay provides simpler payment envronment for your clients. Moreover, Apple Pay is much safer than usual payment gateways like PayPal because it does not store personal information like billing address or credit card number. Clients are more likely to buy something if they can do it in a simple and safer way. So with Apple Pay you can increase your customer loyalty and business revenue.

Is Apple Pay free for the merchants?

Yes, Apple does not charge any fees if you use Apple Pay in your store or restaurant. All transactions no matter credit or debit ones, will be handled and processes by your payment networks.

Final thoughts

Integration of Apple Pay into the app or website is one of the easiest and cheapest ways for merchants to improve customer experience. We all want to be cared for and we really appreciate if a company not just tries to sell us stuff, but also makes our life easier. Follow the steps in this article to implement Apple Pay yourself.

Changes to Online Payments in the EU

Online Store Owner: Learn How New Requirements May Affect You

What is PSD2?

On September 14, 2019, certain requirements under the Revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) will come into effect. PSD2 aims to make online payments in the EU more secure by requiring shoppers to verify their identities before making a purchase.

How will PSD2 impact me?

Your customers in the EU may need to complete additional security steps when making a purchase on your website. For example, they could be asked to enter a password or a code sent by text message. This will happen automatically through each customer’s bank and doesn’t require you to do anything.