William Hill Poker Review
William Hill is one of the oldest names in the gambling industry and is one of the largest betting operators in the UK. In addition to their online sportsbook, they offer online casinos and online poker as well. The company established William Hill Online in 2008, but has received many accolades in this short term, including the Company of the Year award at Betview awards in 2011.
The company's online operations were previously based in the Dutch Antilles tax haven, but they moved them to Gibraltar in 2009. The poker room is very popular and attracts healthy traffic, with over 30,000 players in peak hours.
William Hill poker is a part of the iPoker network since 2008 and the software that they use is developed by Playtech. The downloadable version of the software is compatible only with Windows. Linux and Mac users will have to use a Windows emulator. The software is very easy to use and the game play is fluid.
One of the best features of this software is that you can play at 16 tables in one go. While doing this, you do not have to overlap the tables but can see all of them using the bird's eye view option or the mini view option. A dual/trio lobby window allows you a quicker access to your tables. The search feature is also very comprehensive and you can use it to play with players whom you have beaten before, and stay away from the ones who have defeated you.
Tournaments and Games
The games available on William Hill poker are 5 card stud, 7 card stud, Omaha High, Omaha High/Low, and Texas Hold'em. As it is part of the iPoker network that attracts such a large number of players, the competition is varied. Sometimes even at slightly higher limit tables you will find soft players to take advantage of.
William Hill poker has a lot of tournament options for you to choose from, including the regular tournaments that take place on the iPoker network. You can also take part in tournaments which act as qualifiers for land based tournaments like GUKPT (Grosvenor UK poker tournament) and the Irish Winter Festival. There are also tournaments with stages, which end in the weekly $200,000 guaranteed tournament. There are tournaments with $50,000 guaranteed prize going on throughout the week.
Initial deposit bonus: There is a first deposit bonus at William Hill poker. You get a bonus of 100% on your initial deposit, up to a maximum amount of £400/€450/$600. To redeem this bonus you have to earn WH Points. For every 350 points you earn, you release $5 from your bonus. This bonus has to be redeemed within 60 days. Here are two ways in which you can earn the WH Points.
- You can win WH Points whenever the money you wager is raked. There are various points for various rake ranges. You can earn up to 32 points if more than $3 goes into the rake.
- For every dollar that you pay as the tournament fees, you get 30 points.
Refer a friend bonus: William Hill also offers you a bonus of $50 if a player referred by you joins the site within 50 days of you referring him. The player also gets a bonus of $50.
Banking Options and Security
William Hill has a lot of deposit options including most commonly used credit/debit cards like Visa and Maestro. You can use PayPal, Moneybookers, U-kash, or Neteller as well. All the deposits are instant. Cash outs can take at least 3 to 5 working days for the transfer to your credit card. Checks will take about a week, but it will take only a day in case of e-wallets. In case of Neteller, the transfer is instant.
The site is licensed by the government of Gibraltar, has a Verisign SSL certificate. It also has a seal of approval by TST for its Random Number Generator.