bwin.party’s PartyPoker has confirmed that the 3% fee for withdrawals from e-wallets is a permanent change.
According to Pokerfuse, PartyPoker introduced a $4+3% fee for all withdrawals to Skrill and Neteller. Players had hoped this was a temporary change to curb abuse of a month-long Skrill promotion that rewarded players with cashback for using the service.
However, a bwin.party spokesperson confirmed the fee will remain and is also now applied to withdrawals through the WebMoney e-wallet.
The original fee was $4 (which differed depending on the balance currency) plus an uncapped 3% of the withdrawal amount. Although the fixed fee has been dropped, the 3% will remain in place.
Jeffrey Haas, recently appointed group director of poker at bwin party, said, “Payment processors charge online gaming companies when players deposit funds in their accounts, and again when they withdraw them.
‘We have traditionally absorbed those transaction costs in our overhead, but changed our policy last month in respect to withdrawals by e-wallet methods only. We still pay the fee for players funding their accounts, but now ask that players pay the fee when they withdraw using those e-wallets.”