If you a tech savvy punter it’s likely you’ve heard of Goggle Pay.
What you may not know is that a small selection of bookmakers are starting to accept Google Pay as a way to deposit funds into your account.
In this feature I’ll explain what this means for punters and the advantages of using Google Pay over bank cards.
Hint: There are quite a few!
Finally, we’ll walk you through placing your first deposit using GPay and there’s an FAQ section at the end if you have any further questions.
So let’s dig in!
Here are the latest Google Pay Betting Sites along with the new customer offers.
What is Google Pay?
Google Pay is a digital wallet that allows you to make purchases in-store or online using any mobile device. You can add multiple debit/credit cards and pay for things just as you would with a regular card.
The platform has been around for five years but only recently (within the last two) has Google allowed bookmakers and sportsbook to use the service.
What is Google Pay Betting Sites?
They are bookmakers that have been approved by Google to use and integrate Google Pay services on their platform. To find out if a bookmaker supports Google Pay, scroll down to the bottom of the homepage, or select deposits and look out for the Google Pay icon.
How does Google Pay Work?
It works by connecting a debit/credit card to your Google Pay account, you do this by adding your long-digit card number, expiry, and CVS. Users can connect several cards to your GPay e-wallet.
What if my phone is stolen?
Should anyone steal your phone they will be unable to use your Google Pay e-wallet, as it requires fingerprint authentication or a password to gain access.
If you are sure that your phone has been stolen and not lost, you can also remotely disconnect all google apps from this device. In effect it will reset all Google apps, asking the user to re-enter a username/password.
Pros and Cons of Google Pay
|Convenient mobile app integration|
|Trusted Payment Provider
|Enhanced Security Features
|No Deposit Fees
|Small fee to withdraw any winnings
+ £10 on Football
+ £10 Games Bonus
in Free bets
Benefits of Google Pay Betting Sites?
As you can see, the pros clearly outweigh the cons.
In the past I’ve been reluctant to use ewallet’s such as Neteller or Skrill, mainly because they were relatively new and unknown, and I had no level of trust with those companies.
What separates Google Pay from these other e-wallets is that it is a globally recognised and trusted brand (well if you ignore the anti-trust lawsuits in the US). Such is the influence of Google, that both VISA and Mastercard decided to work in conjunction with Google instead of rolling their own app.
What stands out for me when it comes to Google Pay:
- Best in class for mobile app design.
- Tightest of security measures on both front and backend.
Enhanced Fingerprint Security:
One key feature that Google Pay has over its competitors is the use of fingerprint authentication to verify payment. This is by far one of the most secure methods of encryption due the billions of probabilities and is far superior to even the tightest of passwords.
Both Samsung and Apple have a custom encryption IC to ensure no data can be compromised. This wipes the floor with other ewallet’s including PayPal.
Google Pay also gives you the option of two-factor authentication (2FA) which adds another layer of security. Users will receive a message from Google to confirm the transaction on their phone. This ensures that only the SIM card holder on the phone can verify the transaction.
No Deposit Fees:
This is no different to the transaction fees you have with PayPal and are service costs
If you happen to own an iPhone don’t worry. You can still install download and install Google Pay onto your device via the Apps Store.
Alternatively, if you have an Apple Pay account there are several betting sites that accept Apple Pay. In fact, there are 4 times the number of bookmakers that accept Apple Pay than Google Pay.
Setting up Google Pay on your Phone
Before you get started, the first thing you need to do is download and Install the app from the Google Play store.
When you open Google Pay for the first time it will ask you to connect to your Gmail account. As well as your SIM card phone number, your gmail account will help setting up Google Pay faster.
Open the app and on the Payment tab select + Payment Method button. If you already have a debit card connected to your Google Play store, then this is really easy as Google will ask you if you want to connect this card to your Google Pay ewallet.
If you want to add a new card, simply tap on Add New Card button. Be sure to include the long 16-digit number and three-digit security code at the back of the card.
How to Deposit to a Betting site using Google Pay
To deposit using Google Pay, just use the following steps, in this example we will use Bet365 as it’s the most popular:
Important: Ensure your phone has a good signal or is connected to WIFI, you can do this via Wireless Connections in settings or using the top pull-down blind.
Open your Bet365 account.
- Go to deposits and select Google Pay icon.
- You will now be redirected to your Google Pay account.
- Enter the amount you want to deposit and select Pay.
- Use the fingerprint pad or password to verify the transaction.
- If you have 2FA authentication setup, confirm this.
- The funds should be instantly in your Bet365 account.
When you select Google Pay as a deposit method on Bet365, you automatically jump to you GPay ewallet. From here, you simply enter the amount you want to deposit and tap PAY.
You are then required to submit your fingerprint or enter your security pin to verify the transaction.
If you have two-factor authentication enabled, Goggle will also require you to verify
Which Betting sites Accept Google Pay?
Currently only Bet365 and 888 Sport allow you to deposit and withdraw using Google Pay. Although this is likely to increase as more users gradually shift to mobile as their preferred method of payment.
|Bet365||up to £100 Free Bet||$/£5|
|888 Sports||£88 Free Bet||$/£5|
|Netbet||£30 in Free Bets & Spins||No Min|
|William Hill||Bet £10 get £30||$/£10|
To be accepted by Google, bookmakers go through a rigorous check which ensures protection on both bookmaker and the customer.
Why are there so few betting sites that accept Google Pay?
To be honest, I think a lack of customer adoption has put most bookmakers off from signing up to GPay. But once the network affect kicks in, boy will you start seeing them climbing over one another to get approved.
Then there are the terms to which bookmakers must adhere to.
Until recently (2018), Google has been reluctant to have any form of gambling on its platform. This meant that bookmaker apps were banned on the Google Play store.
It is likely that there will be more stringent rules and regulations imposed by Google on bookmakers, for them to be accepted to use the payments platform.
This means fair play from bookmakers, with Google backing and supporting the customer over sportsbooks if any disputes over payment are had.
Google Pay Betting Sites FAQ:
What is the minimum amount you can deposit with GPay?
With Google Pay, there are no limits on the amount you can deposit. However, bookmakers do have a minimum amount, in particular when it comes to new customer offers. Generally, the minimum deposit with bookmakers is £/$5 but be sure to check the terms and conditions before signing up.
In Bet365’s case, the minimum deposit is £5 to qualify for their welcome bonus.
Can you withdraw winnings using Google Pay?
Any cash winnings can be easily transferred back into your Google Pay account. The process should take up to 2 hours before the cash arrives in your balance.
Are there any fees to withdraw funds?
Google have recently (Nov 2020) introduced a 1.35% fee to transfer funds back into your account. This means that for every £/$100 you transfer Google will take £/$1.35 service fee, leaving you with £/$98.65.
Prior to this, there were no fees what-so-ever! It seems that Google has decided that the is enough adoption for the platform that it can start to introduce fees.
Could I be hacked using Google Pay?
It is thought that Google Pay is more secure than traditional debit card deposits as you e-wallet card details are encrypted on the platform. So, you do not need to enter your card details each time you sign up and deposit to a new bookmaker.
Can you use credit cards to deposit to sportsbooks?
Unfortunately gambling regulators and bookmakers have prohibited the use of credit cards to deposit funds. The aim is to help avoid any customers getting into debt through gambling.
How fast is the payment?
Unlike most e-wallets which can take up to 48 hours, Google Pay deposits are instant and withdrawals can take up to 2 hours to arrive in your account.
It can take up to 48 hours for funds to arrive back into your account, but when the couple of time I requested a cash out, the monies were there in my account within a couple of hours.
Ultimately it depends on the bookmaker’s banks and whether they can transfer the funds quickly.
There is no doubt that Google Pay will be one of the key e-wallets for mobile payments in the future.
It really surprises me just how slow bookmakers have been to capitalise on this trend, in particular the smaller bookmakers which could have taken a bigger slice of the market.
Within the next couple of years, I expect there to be many more Google Pay betting sites that accept GPay as more user signup to this ground-breaking tech.
What this means is more choice and a simpler way to deposit, not to mention much greater security, which is all that punters really want.