William Hill is one of the oldest names in gambling and their foray into online poker has been pretty successful. Being part of the iPoker network is very helpful, since they are plugged into the 3rd largest poker network. Playtech provides respectable software that does what it is supposed to and not much more.
At first glance it seems nice Will 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!
Software and Graphics
Will Hill'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.
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.
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.
Poker Room Ratings:
All the key games are available at William Hill. They offer Texas Holdem, 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 isnt a huge amount of high roller or low end action
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. WH points are multi-tiered, so gain access to better rewards the more points you accumulate. Top levels get you into $10,000 free-rolls. This isnt exactly Will Hill's strongest point, but there is definitely enough value available to make it worth your time.
Some basic freerolls are 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.
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.
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.
Support and Security
Rake rates aside, it is nice that Will Hill supports multiple currencies and offers tables in dollars, euros and British pounds.
William Hill is a massive organization that is as safe as any gaming company in the world. Their popular sports products consistently drives a nice supply of weaker players to the poker table. Will Hill offers above average sports, casino, poker and bingo products, allowing you to switch between products without much hassle at all.