Following our recent online casino tip regarding the cost of using a credit card to fund online casino games, it is perhaps an ideal time to take another look at the alternative deposit options available to us at most online casinos. Clearly it is in the interest of the online casinos to provide us with as much choice as possible, so most of the major online casinos will accept almost every credit and debit card in circulation in Ireland, including a Maestro card which is sometimes not accepted on some other internet sites. Remember though that the warnings we often talk about regarding surcharges applied by the banks to credit card transactions involving gambling, may also apply to debit cards with some card issuers. There is no doubt that the best way to avoid what in our opinion are totally unwarranted charges is to use an e-wallet account. An e-wallet is effectively a separate bank account which can be used for most internet transactions including online shopping and of course playing casino games online. Probably the best known e-wallet is PayPal, but there is also the Neteller e-wallet which most online casinos will also accept as a deposit option. Using an e-wallet to fund an online casino account has at least two major privacy and security advantages over the other casino deposit options, the most important being that your bank has no knowledge of what you are using the account for, and therefore cannot apply an additional charge. As an added bonus, the online casino you are playing your casino games with has no access to your banking details so your privacy and security is protected both ways. Even if your circumstances dictate that you use a card to fund your casino games online, or you prefer to use a card, then the best option remains to use the card to fund an e-wallet rather than use it to pay funds directly into an online casino account.