Poli betting sites which I have graded with an A grade of better are displayed on this page. I’ve listed bookmakers which accept Poli deposits from punters, their sign up deals, transaction time frames and the rating assigned them in the table below.
Note: all sign up offers are available to punters depositing using Poli.
List of Poli Friendly Bookmakers
*Info accurate as of 10-07-2019 for the UK market.
Key Info: Deposits, Withdrawals & Fees
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Poli is actually a brand name for Centricom Pty Ltd in Australia, who for the past seven or eight years has been dipping their toes into the payment service market.
Customers in Australia and New Zealand mainly use Poli Payments, although they are branching out to other markets further afield. It is now possible to have a Poli Payments account in India, and in the US and UK.
One of the main selling points of Poli Payments over other types of online payment service is the instant receipt feature. This receipt is issued electronically to a merchant when a customer uses Poli to make a payment. This receipt is a guarantee, and therefore the merchant can safely send out the goods immediately. Of course, in the gambling world, this works quite nicely, as it means Poli friendly boomakers are able to credit accounts immediately, and this is good news for the punters too.
The Poli Payments scheme has been slowly growing in Australia for a number of years, and many of the leading bookmakers now accept Poli Payments as a legitimate way to top up any account.
How to Use Poli for Online Betting
Using Poli is a fairly simple affair. The only two things you require are an account at your favourite bookmakers, and a Poli Payments account. Of course you must have created some kind of payment method with Poli as well, such as linking it to your bank account, or to a credit or debit card. The idea being you use your Poli account to make a payment to your bookmaker, and Poli in turn takes the money from your bank account or card. This is a similar method to how all the other payment services companies operate.
Simply go to your bookmaker of choice and look for the link to make a deposit. Once you’ve found it, there should be an option to pay with a Poli account. Choose this, and at some point you’ll need to log into Poli with your chosen username and password. Make sure when you do this that your browser is secure as possible. Poli uses an Active-X control as part of their software, and this method is well known to be used by those attempting “phishing attacks”. If you’re on the official Poli Payments site however when you’re entering your username and password you should be okay.
Once you’ve logged in to your account, it should then be an easy task to choose how much you wish to transfer and click send. Once you do this, the payment cannot be reversed, and will be sent directly to your site, who will then in turn credit your account. You should also get a receipt from Poli to say the transaction has been successful. Deposits are instant.
Poli Payment Security Online
There has been much talk about the way Poli Payments operate their security. Whilst their website says that Centricom places the highest priority on security, many experts have been quick to condemn the practice of using Active-X controls to process payments.
An Active-X control is a program that is used in conjunction with a web-browser in order to collect and submit information. They are notorious for being a security risk, and for that reason Microsoft allows Active-X controls to be turned off in most versions of its Explorer browser. Incidentally, you can’t currently use Poli Payments on any system other than Microsoft Windows, so unless you’ve downloaded a different browser such as Firefox or Chrome, you will have to use Explorer to use this payment method. Regardless of the browser, you still are required to use Active-X.
In addition to the use of Active-X, the software also comes with a number of disclaimers stating that Poli can eWise are not liable for any loss incurred from using the software, meaning you get virtually no guarantee should something go wrong.
Finally, with Poli Payments, all transactions are final meaning once the transaction has gone through, not even your bank can reverse it. This is unlike credit card and debit card payments where the transactions can be reversed should fraud be detected. Due to this, the Active-X issue and the disclaimers, many experts have warned against using Poli as a payment method.
On the plus side, payments using this service are very quick and you do receive a receipt for the payment with a specific receipt number. This is fairly unique to the Poli Payment scheme, although notably many other services such as PayPal issue emails as receipts.
Poli Payment History
Centricom is based in Melbourne Australia and has been trading with the name “Poli” since 2004. The company has seen steady growth over the past years, and the Poli Payments scheme has seen expansion beyond Australia and New Zealand to India, UK and parts of Europe.
The Poli Payment method has been viewed with mixed reviews, mainly over the security concerns listed above, and also it’s dependence upon Microsoft Windows. There are however plans to make a version of the software that runs independently of Windows, and will be available on other platforms and smart phones.
It’s only recently that I’ve seen sites which accept Poli emerge and there aren’t many around at the moment.
Fees Associated With Using Poli Payments
Poli Payments are not free, and there are charges involved with using their service. Bookmakers won’t charge you but Poli themselves will. There are three different types of payment, each of which attracts a different band of charging.
- Micro Payments (small amounts) – $0.05 charge, plus 2.5% of the transaction.
- Standard Payments (larger amounts) – £0.30 charge, plus 0.9% of the transaction. The charge however is capped at $3.
- Corporate Plan – No details about charges, but volume discounts are available.