William Hill Poker is a member of the iPoker network. The players are primarily European and British based and loose tables are not hard to find. William Hill is one of the oldest names in gambling (mostly renowned for betting, but also active in casino and bingo markets) and can be fully trusted as a secure and stable institution. Choose from an assortment of guaranteed tournaments and high stake satellites.
Software & Usability
William Hill Poker's Playtech software is classic function over form. Its a little ugly, but certainly gets the job done. Everything you need is there, mainly it is fast and smooth, even for big tournaments. The stats and player notes software in only adequate and there is not auto-table-resize function. The avatar selection is pretty weak as well, with an unattractive and limited supply. At the end of the day, the software does what is really needs to do, and does it fast, which is what really matters.
The site's overall visual appeal lacks what other poker offerings provide but the functionality of the site is precise and topnotch. The site navigation is simple and there are plenty of helpful links all throughout for those players looking to join games or capitalize on generous promotions.
Players can enjoy William Hill Poker through a downloadable platform that offers direct access from your desktop. Mobile access is not provided.
All the key games are available at William Hill Poker. They offer Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Seven-Card Stud, Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo and Five-Card Stud. The iPoker network is large enough that numerous tables can be found on any game type any hour of the day. The games tend towards the middle of the stakes spectrum, as there isn't a huge amount of high roller or low end action.
William Hill Poker also offers 70 Casino Side Games including slots, jackpots, card and table games, and video games.
Tournaments & Player Competition
Guaranteed Tournaments start at £400 and go up to the £250,000 Sunday special. Play the £150,000 guaranteed £100 rebuy on Fridays and the £50,000 guaranteed Saturday tournament. A lot of freerolls are offered, but they tend to be very small. Even the VIP offers aren't terribly incredible. At first glance it seems nice William Hill caters to UK and European players with multiple currency options, but do not be fooled. The GBP and Euro tables have higher rakes than the USD tables, sure to exchange rates. So play dumb and play at the USD table to save money.
Satellite qualifiers for major tournaments are frequently available. These can be for the biggest tournaments around, such as the World Series of Poker and the European Poker Tour.
Overall, the competition is pretty average. With such volume, you can definitely fish around for tables with viewed flop percentages over 50%. Peak traffic time is during European evening hour, maxing out around 10,000 ring game players and 55,000 tournament players.
Promotions & Bonuses
En lieu of recent developments in the online poker industry, William Hill is offering a new and improved 200% Welcome Bonus to new depositors worth up to £1,200 along with multiple other promotions for new and returning players alike. Some basic freerolls are also available, but they generally are not that big and given out all that often. They make up for this shortcoming by being such a safe place to play with a large volume of players always online.
WHPoints is the name of William Hill's loyalty program. Get points for all raked hands you play in, whether or not you contributed towards the rake. Also get points for every real money tournament you play in. WHPoints is multi-tiered, so gain access to better rewards the more points you accumulate. Top levels get you into £10,000 free-rolls. This isn't exactly William Hill's strongest point, but there is definitely enough value available to make it worth your time.
Support & Security
William Hill sees the security of its players as a priority, making use of Thawte SSL encryption to safeguard any transactions made on its site. Rake rates aside, it is also nice that William Hill supports multiple currencies and offers tables in US dollars, Euros and British pounds. Subject to a Bad Beat? Email customer support, and if it was bad enough, they will add cash straight to your account, up to $150. Please note this is not automatic, so you do have to email first.
For players new to poker and the various games offered, William Hill Poker provides a link to their Poker School for players to learn the rules and helpful tactics to succeed on the tables.