When it comes to gambling online through your computer or your mobile phone, whether you are interested in sports gambling or casino gambling, there is one important decision which has to be made. All online gambling sites require us to open an account and make a deposit before we can place any bets or play casino gambling games. For many of us buying goods and services online has become a common feature of our lives and we would normally reach for our credit card in those circumstances, often for very good reasons, but here at gambling.ie we do not believe that credit cards and gambling are good bedfellows not least because of the additional charges such transactions attract, so what are the alternatives. All sports gambling and casino gambling sites offer a wide range of deposit options for us to choose from so let’s take a look at them. From the point of view of personal security and privacy, the most obvious deposit option even in this digital era is cash and both Paddy Power and Ladbrokes offer this option in Ireland through their betting shop outlets. However if you do not have easy access to one of these shops using cash is not an option, so that leaves a debit card or one of the popular e-wallets such as Pay Pal or Neteller. A debit card is clearly better than a credit card to fund your gambling activities, but some banks even frown on using a debit card for gambling purposes and use it for an excuse to apply additional charges despite the fact that it is your money. The best deposit option by far is an e-wallet account, which is effectively a separate bank account which can be used for almost any internet transaction including online gambling. The advantages are obvious, particularly in terms of privacy. Your bank will not know what you are using the account for and the online gambling site has no access to your personal banking details. It’s a no brainer and once you have opened an e-wallet account you can fund that account in any way you choose, including a credit card if you must.