William Hill Poker Review/ By IpokerSkins.com
William Hill Poker Review
William Hill is one of the biggest names in the online gambling industry with roots in the high street bookmaking trade in the United Kingdom. Featuring everything from sports betting to a live dealer casino it is one of the top all-in-one betting sites.
Its poker room is one of iPoker’s most successful and has some of the best bonuses and promotions available. William Hill is a site I highly recommend to poker players of all levels.
About William Hill
William Hill was founded in 1934 and is one of the largest bookmakers in the UK. The company had changed hands several times before being listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2002. In August 2013, it had a market capitalisation value of over £4bn.
The company employs approximately 16,500 people worldwide, with the majority of these at its 2,300 betting offices in the UK. Until 2007, its online operations were based in the Dutch Antilles, before a law was passed which prevented it from advertising in the UK. As a result, it is now licensed in Gibraltar.
William Hill sponsors many huge sporting events. It currently sponsors the UK Snooker Championships and the Grand Slam of Darts. Together, these events boast over £1.2m in prize money and are two of the biggest events in their respective sports. William Hill also extended its sponsorship of the King George VI Chase until 2015. Other sponsorship deals have included, La Liga’s Malaga and The Monster Raving Loony Party in the UK’s 2010 General Election.
Clean, Professional Interface
The immediate difference between a big player like William Hill and some of the smaller skins is obvious as soon as you load up its website. It screams professionalism and entices you in straight away. Once you download the software, you’ll notice that William Hill has put its own identity on the skin.
While they use iPoker’s Playtech software, it has added a few extra touches that other skins don’t have. There are extra tabs giving multi-table tournament (MTT) players easy access to a game of their choice. It has also divided the games up between William Hill exclusives, regular, shoot-outs, knockouts, satellites, flagship MTTs, Sunday games and many more. The site is very easy to navigate, which is what both cash and MTT players want in a site.
You’d expect William Hill’s tables to be the royal blue colour that is associated with the company’s branding, but, here, it has decided on green. It has changed the background but, in my opinion, it’s a little disappointing. William Hill’s poker site has all the luxuries that Playtech offers. You’re guaranteed a smooth engine, constant updates, top-of-the-range sound and graphics and the ability to multi-table with relative ease. And it dedicates a page to all the recent and soon-to-come changes to the iPoker network, which is a handy addition and not one that I’ve seen before.
One thing I don’t like, is that when you click on William Hill’s cashier button in the client, it opens up your cashier page as a webpage as opposed to within the client itself. It might not bother some people, but it’s a pet hate of mine.
Just as with Poker770, William Hill has its own William Hill Poker Coach, which players can download. It’s an app that calculates and displays odds and provides comments about your hand, and comes with a head-up display (HUD) to help exploit your opponents’ possible weaknesses. It’s like a watered-down Hold’em Manager or Poker Tracker, so I’ve got to hand it to William Hill on this one. The site also has a Poker School in which to hone your skills by taking lessons and a quiz at the end. It’s another great addition for the beginner.
First Deposit Bonus
William Hill offers new players a gift bag that consists of:
- €10 casino bonus.
- Entry into their 'Gifts Palooza Freeroll'
- 100 Club Points
- 100% deposit bonus up to $2,000 / €1,500 / £1,200.
Let us look a bit deeper in to the bonus. It is great on first viewing receiving such a large bonus. Most casual players however will never receive the required amount of points to clear this full bonus. The first €5 of the bonus will be released at a 100% clearance rate. The next €25 of the bonus will be realeased at a 50% clearance rate. The remainder of the bonus will then be released in increments of €5 but only at a clearance rate of 10%. When you compare this to other sites that offer up to 30% clearance rates this really doesn't compare. You will have 45 days to clear this large deposit bonus. Overall this offer is far more suited to the more casual player. You avail of the nice perks of the gift bag, a quick release of the first €30 of the bonus but if you are a big grinder that will be aiming to clear the majority of the bonus there are better clearnce rates available.
Skin-specific Loyalty Info
On the face of it, the William Hill loyalty club is very simple. Play your favourite games to earn WHPoints (WHPs). Climb the ladder achieving a Club Status. Earn Club Points (CPs). Then of course convert your Club Points into rewards. You will be awarded 10 WHPs for every €1 paid in rake. Depending on your club status you will receive a different multiplier for converting your WHPs into CPs. I have outlined in the table below the different levels of the club, the requirements to reach each step and the multiplier you will receive at each.
|Club Status||WHPs Required||Min Rake Paid (€)||Club Points Multiplier|
William Hill also offer a 'Monday Top Up'. This allows players to €0.5 for every 50 WHPs earned each week. The cap on this top up is €5. Please remember you are required to opt in to this promotion to reap the rewards.
William Hill is the market leader on iPoker for skin-exclusive games. In addition to the US$66,000 it puts up in freerolls for new players annually, it also runs a Daily Super Series of tournaments, guaranteeing over £45,000 in prize money every week.
Daily events range from a £3.30 entry with £500 guaranteed (gtd) up to the site’s Main Event on Sunday, which is a £27.50 entry with £5,000gtd. If that’s too steep, they run a £1.60 satellite to the Main Event on a Friday night.
The site also caters for new tournament players (signed up in the previous 90 days), putting US$4,500 on the line every month in the way of freerolls, MTTs and SnGs. There’s two daily freerolls with US$25gtd and ongoing 50c Winner Takes All SnG freerolls. Each new player can play one freeroll and two SnGs per day. There’s also a daily 10c game with US$50gtd and two other small knockout games with no guarantee on them. These are perfect games for those using a poker site for the first time as it gives an opportunity to build a roll with little, or no, fear of going broke.
William Hill also runs US$4,000gtd worth of tournaments a month that you can use your WH Award Points to buy into. They range from five points entry to 50 points, and guarantee between US$25-US$250. If SnGs are your thing, then you can play any of the skin’s Winner Takes All SnGs, with buy-ins ranging from 600 to 20,000 WH Points. These games give you a chance to win up to US$100. In addition, you can use your points to enter the 10-man SnGs with added WH Award Points.
Choices for Deposits and Withdrawals
William Hill accepts all the usual methods for depositing, such as credit card, Skrill, Neteller, Ukash, paysafe etc. Minimum deposits range from £5-£25 and the majority of those are credited instantly to your account. That etc., by the way, is another 35+ methods. If there is an iPoker skin that takes more deposit methods, I’m yet to find it and I’ve played at every single skin on the network that I know of.
You can withdraw using many of the same methods, and William Hill has a minimum of £5, which is half of what a lot of other sites offer, so that’s good news for the smaller punters. It states that most methods take one working day to clear and up to seven to 10 working days for cheques. My personal preference with William Hill is to use Skrill as withdrawals are usually in my account within four hours, and sometimes less than that. You will need to supply ID before you attempt a withdrawal for the first time.
How Safe is William Hill?
Keeping your money with William Hill is probably safer than keeping your money in your own wallet. After 80 years in business, it has built up a reputation second-to-none, both in the UK and further afield. Its continued growth shows its business acumen, which keeps customers old and new flocking to its iPoker skin to sign up and deposit.
Security measures with William Hill aren’t available as a link on its website, which is quite surprising. You can find information in its help section as a FAQ, but this should be easier to find than that.
William Hill’s site uses SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) to encrypt all your information before it’s sent over the Internet, and William Hill staff will always ask you for your date of birth, email address and security details before dealing with any sensitive information.
Representatives of the company’s poker arm are active on a lot of forums in the UK, and they are quick to respond when input is needed from them.
Good but not Great Player Support
William Hill offers players all manner of support options, 24/7. It has a live chat facility through the poker client, Freephone UK and international numbers, an email service and a glossary of all members Q&As. The support through the poker client does leave you hanging on at peak times, with no idea how long the wait is, but when you go through the site’s live chat function, despite being number 16 in the queue on my last occasion, it took me four to five minutes to get through to an operator, which is pretty impressive. There’s almost always a queue with support, but that’s the price to pay when you’re dealing with such a big, reputable company. In my opinion, its staff could be a little warmer to its customers though, as it sometimes feels like it’s a chore to them.
The Verdict – If You’re Not Playing Here, You Should Seriously Consider It
William Hill seems like a place that everyone should be playing poker. It has a very competitive first deposit bonus, and once that’s out of the way, it has ongoing rewards for loyal players. If you played all your poker with William Hill, you’d make a decent amount of money through accumulation of WH Points. Despite having quite extensive support, you won’t always get to talk to someone straightaway, and as I’m writing this, I’ve been on ‘hold’ to a live chat agent for over five minutes while he answers a simple question about something that should be readily available on its site. But that’s one of the only negatives about William Hill. I could put up with that because of its rapid withdrawals and exclusive games, which aren’t the toughest on the Internet. Definitely get some money on William Hill at some stage; if iPoker is where you play poker, it would be stupid not to.
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