Payment processor SafeCharge has launched a PokerStars-branded prepaid MasterCard, allowing UK-based poker players to withdraw and deposit funds directly to their bank accounts.

The card, named the StarsCard, is available initially to UK players, but will also be rolled out in other international markets in the future. It can be used anywhere that MasterCard is accepted.

It is linked to a free and secure web and mobile account for PokerStars players that can be funded by prepay vouchers, bank transfers or debit cards.

The StarsCard is integrated with PokerStars’ accounts, allowing users to have a single point-of-deposit that SafeCharge says “combines all the convenience of existing options but with additional features for cashing out, spending and sending money to friends and family.”

The solution is managed by SafeCharge’s Dublin-based issuing and programme management division SafeCharge Card Services, which has previously developed and managed wallet and card solutions for large international clients such as Telefónica, Orange and Visa Europe.

The launch of the StarsCard is the first major iGaming product to be rolled out since SafeCharge expanded its relationship with MasterCard, securing approval to act as an issuer of prepaid products in December last year.

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