LONDON, April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
SafeCharge (AIM: SCH), a leader in advanced payment technologies, is pleased to announce that it has launched a PokerStars-branded prepaid MasterCard® that allows poker players in the UK to withdraw and deposit direct to their bank account.
SafeCharge, a leader in advanced payment technologies, will manage StarsCard, a prepaid MasterCard payment solution for customers of PokerStars, one of the world's largest online gaming sites. StarsCard was initially made available to all players in the UK on 16 April 2015 and will roll out into further international markets in the future.
The StarsCard provides a free and well-protected web and mobile account for PokerStars players that can be funded by vouchers (available at retail stores), bank transfer or a debit card. StarsCard is integrated to PokerStars and can be used to deposit and cashout directly to and from a player's PokerStars account.
StarsCard allows PokerStars customers to have a single point of deposit that combines all the convenience of existing options but with additional features for cashing out, spending and sending money to friends and family. StarsCard can be used anywhere MasterCard is accepted.
StarsCard is managed by SafeCharge Card Services Ltd, the Dublin-based issuing and programme management division of SafeCharge. SafeCharge Card Services has previously developed and managed wallet and card solutions for clients such as Telefónica, Orange and Visa Europe.
SafeCharge International Group Limited is a global provider of payments services, technologies and risk management solutions for online and mobile businesses. The SafeCharge group has a diversified, blue chip client base and is a trusted payment partner for customers from various e-commerce verticals. SafeCharge has been Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard ("PCI-DSS") Level 1 certified since 2007 and is listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM market (LSE: SCH). The Company's wholly owned subsidiary, SafeCharge Limited, is an authorized Electronic Money Institution regulated by the Central Bank of Cyprus and a principal member of MasterCard Europe and Visa Europe. The SafeCharge group has operations in the UK, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Israel, Germany, Austria and Ireland. http://www.safecharge.com
PokerStars operates the world's most popular online poker sites, serving the global poker community. Since it launched in 2001, PokerStars has become the first choice of players all over the world, with more daily tournaments than anywhere else and with the best security online. More than 130 billion hands have been dealt on PokerStars, which is more than any other site.
PokerStars.com and PokerStars.eu operate globally under licenses from the Isle of Man and Malta governments, respectively. PokerStars also holds separate government licenses in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.
PokerStars is the key brand of Rational Group, which operates gaming-related businesses and brands, including PokerStars, Full Tilt and the European Poker Tour. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, Rational Group companies in the UK and Isle of Man won recognition as one of the best workplaces in the UK being awarded a top 25 position by the Great Place to Work Institute's Best Workplaces - Large category rankings. Rational Group entities in Costa Rica and Dublin also achieved the same accolade in their respective local rankings in 2014. PokerStars is owned by Amaya Inc. (TSX: AYA).
StarsCard is issued by IDT Financial Services Limited. IDT Financial Services Limited is a subsidiary of IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT). Its cards are issued pursuant to license by MasterCard International Incorporated. IDT Financial Services Limited is a regulated bank, licensed by the Financial Services Commission (FSC), Gibraltar, under the Financial Services (Banking) Act 1992. Registered Office: 57-63 Line Wall Road, Gibraltar. Registered No: 95716. Directors: M. Fischer, J. Raanan, D. Spier, T. Streatfeild-James. All communications should be sent to SafeCharge Card Services Limited, Avoca Court, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland.
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