William Hill Poker is the cards arm of one of Britain’s largest bookmakers, and as such one would expect a lot of them. They do not disappoint, although the Cryptologic software is not to everyone’s taste with basic graphics and no-frills presentation. It is, however, very reliable and smooth, and no nonsense is taken by William Hill Poker from time-wasters or those with a poor internet connection: guilty parties are simply folded until they return. If you are one of those with a dubious connection, we’d recommend that you steer clear of William Hill Poker and stay at PartyPoker, where you’ll get all the time you need in which to annoy everyone else at the table. Moving on, William Hill Poker’s lobby is easy to negotiate, and a good selection of games is provided. Players at William Hill Poker share a platform with the likes of Betfair Poker, UKBetting Poker, Caribbean Sun Poker, Littlewoods Poker and InterPoker amongst others, so a good base of players is assured. However, games can be a little slower to fill outside of UK primetime as most of the players here are UK based. Unlike a lot of UK sites though, William Hill Poker does accept US customers and runs regular guaranteed $4000 tourneys at 9pm ET. Earlier in the evening there are some big guaranteed tourneys which attract a large number of players to William Hill Poker and are fiercely competitive. We think you will agree that William Hill Poker is a reasonable cardroom at which to play, and of course the advantage to playing here over other sites on the network is the £5 hourly payments made to ring-game players, and also the player proposition scheme, where players are paid to start a game at a new table. This is really good value for hourly-profit grinders, and a nice incentive to join. If you are a committed tourney player, you can probably find better value elsewhere, though we would not put you off  playing William Hill Poker for this reason alone.

Features

Link to William Hill’s Poker magazine ‘Poker Times,’ which is a comprehensive, professional and interesting site featuring authors from both the celebrity world and the pro-poker tour. Well worth a look. There is also the TV Channel ‘Poker 425’  which airs every Wednesday on Sky; highlights are available on the web subscription-free and is a good watch for all poker players.

Stakes

At the higher range. No micro-limit games. Ring games range from $0.25/0.50 to £150/£300 for fixed limit games and $0.15/0.25 to $10/20 for pot limit and no limit games. Sit ‘n’ go tournaments range from £1+0.20 to £500+30, with stt satellites to the big multi’s starting at $2+0.20.

Freerolls

There is a no-requirement £500 ($840 approx) 1000 player freeroll running at 9am est every Sunday. Other freerolls appear at the weekends and fill quickly. They are quite elusive, and if there are freerolls during the week, we can’t find them!

William Hill Poker Bonus

Aside from the £5 per hour up to £25 per month for all players and the max £20 payment to start a new game, there is not much else. However, altough this looks a little small, it is in fact much more achievable than many sign-up bonuses out there at present. An hour’s play is roughly equivalent to 40-50 or so hands, which is much less of a requirement than virtually all the other cardrooms’ bonuses we can think of.

Player Numbers and Growth

Steady growth, but not explosive like, for example, Titan Poker, which only arrived on the scene in September 05 but is already proving to be one of the most fierce competitors in the industry. Around 1500 players online at UK peak times, but some difficulty in getting a game during US hours.

Promotions

We have already highlighted the hourly play payments and the player-proposition scheme. The other promo William Hill Poker is running at present is the $500,000 guaranteed tourney on 22nd January. Buy in for $530 or qualify via either sit ‘n’ go tourneys or multi-tourneys from $10 upwards.

FAQ:

1. How easy is the bonus to clear?
2. What are the negative points?
3. Is cash transferable between William Hill Sportsbook and William Hill Poker?

Ans 1:

The £25 bonus is one of the easiest to clear in online poker. £5 is credited to your account after each hour’s play.

Ans 2:

No freerolls during the week. Graphics on the basic side. Reduced number of players outside UK peak-time.

Ans 3:

Cash is fully transferable between the sportsbook and poker room. William Hill provide excellent coverage of US sports and racing.

Rake

Average. A rake of 5%  on every pot over £5/$5, up to a maximum of £3/$3. There is a “no flop – no drop” policy for hands not reaching the flop.

Other Games

None accessible via card room, but slots available from sportsbook page and other betting games via mobile phone.

Deposit options

Low initial deposit of only £2 or equivalent in any of the currencies accepted. Deposit options include Visa, MasterCard, Eurocard, bank wire, personal cheque, Western Union, Quick Cash (GBP only) and Neteller (USA Clients only).  The lowest minimum stakes anywhere on the net – only 1p. ‘But, as the market leader in online gaming, we are equally happy to accept substantial wagers in the currency of your choice.’  Bets accepted in any of the following currencies :  · AUD – Australian Dollar  · CAD – Canadian Dollar  · DKK – Danish Krone  · EUR – Euro  · CHF – Swiss Franc  · GBP – Pounds Sterling  · HKD – Hong Kong Dollar  · JPY – Japanese Yen  · SEK – Swedish Krona  · SGD – Singapore Dollar  · USD – US Dollar

Customer Services

William Hill Poker provides live 24/7 web support via website NOT game interface as indicated.

Conclusion

We recommend William Hill Poker as a solid player in the market. Ideal for UK-based players, grinders and those who like nuts and bolts online poker with no frills.