This William Hill Casino Review
will give you the lowdown on the much–loved high street gaming and betting giant, and their online offerings.
At Will Hill there are no less than FIVE different casino areas plus sports betting, bingo, poker, financial index betting and virtual sports. One password gives you access to the lot, though do make sure you don’t confuse Casino and its sister sites with the WilliamHill Casino Club. The latter is a separate entity, not covered in this review.
About William Hill
Mr William Hill founded the organisation in 1934 as a postal and telephone betting service, though over the next few decades the company rapidly took over a huge number of private betting shop outlets. After retiring from the business in 1970 Mr Hill passed away just a few years later, and the company was acquired by the Sears Group, subsequently to be taken over by Grand Metropolitan who merged it with Mecca bookmakers under the William Hill brand.
In 1989 the group was sold again, this time to Brent Walker. Will Hill was at this point the biggest credit betting outfit in the world with 1,800 betting shops. In the 1990s the introduction of the National Lottery threatened William Hill’s supremacy, though they rode out the storm and were subsequently bought for £700 million by Japan’s Nomura Bank.
In 1998 the company launched Sportsbook, their original online sports betting service. A proposed stock market floatation was abandoned when Will Hill was sold again – this time to Cinven and CVC Partners for £825 million.
The online casino was launched in 2000, and when the company was finally floated in 2002 the shares were oversubscribed by ten times their face value.
By 2008 Playtech had been invited to take over the main casino area, and by 2013 William Hill were the first European operator to gain a full gaming licence in Nevada and purchased three land-based Nevada businesses.
The main William Hill Casino site uses Playtech software in a tastefully-designed, dark blue and yellow branded styling, though generally-speaking the game thumbnail icons do the talking whilst the backgrounds remain unobtrusive.
Downloads are not necessary here - everything’s instant play as you’d expect, though downloading is an option and comes with a different welcome bonus. Playtech games in particular are very browser friendly, though, and opened up in record time with every browser we tried.
The sportsbook approach to navigation seems to be almost set in stone, though we can’t accuse William Hill of following the herd as they are one of the casinos that developed this system.
Once you’ve clicked on any of the main tabs along the top horizontal bar you’ll be shown a red, branded strip along the top of the screen with login facilities to the right, and another horizontal bar below which provides instant access to everything you might need on top of the games themselves. The main Casino area offers Home, Games, Quick Start, Promotions, Jackpots, Winner stories, Banking, Help and News. To make things easier still, hovering over most of these options let you drill down further with a dropdown menu as well.
Use the instant play version of this casino and you’ll be given a 10% welcome bonus worth up to £150; use the download version and this amount rises to £200. There’s nothing sinister going on here: Will Hill just want you to download as once you’ve installed their casino on our hard drive you’ll be more likely to stick with them as your preferred casino. It’s easy enough to do, though, and take up surprisingly little room. Many of the coding components are shared between all the slot games, so as the download progresses it speeds up and you can let it do its thing whilst you get on with whatever you like in another browser.
The deposit bonus comes with a 20 time bonus plus deposit wagering requirement, with 100% of all slot wagers counting towards meeting this target – though all games barring double options on slots and videopoker do count.
High Rollers at William Hill get a welcome bonus of up to £300, and you only need to deposit £1,000 or more to qualify, and al players get to benefit from a second deposit bonus which is worth 75% of the amount you deposit, capped at £100.
Friend referrals are worth £50 to you: You just need to persuade somebody to join and make their first real money deposit, after which you’ll need to wager your bonus 15 times over before you can then claim any winnings that it generates.
Periodically Willi Hill also dish out arbitrary free spins to their members: Visit the Cashier, click on ‘Balance’, and then look out for the free spins menu. Click on the relevant game and you can start spinning on William Hill slots on house and keep what you win.
William Hill Casino offers all its players the opportunity to join an exclusive loyalty program that rewards you with all the benefits and bonuses you could dream of! Here's what you need to know:
Every time you make a wager on one of their games, you earn Complimentary Points ('Comps') in return. As you keep playing, you simply accumulate more and more Comps until you earn enough to redeem them for a wide range of goodies, such as instant cash, bonuses and much more. Each £10 wagered is worth 1 Comp, meaning you are earning back a proportion of your stakes each time you play! In addition to this, the balance of your Comps will increase the longer you play at William Hill Casino, so all you have to do is carry on playing your favourite games! There is no limit to the amount of Comps you can earn and redeem, so the rewards are endless!
From time to time, William Hill allow you to earn double comp points when playing certain games – it's double the fun! Just download their software and register yourself a real money account to be eligible. So don't wait around for luck to find you – join our loyalty program and let the Comp Points do the winning for you!
Slots at this casino are provided exclusively by Playtech, though other tabs have games from other suppliers like IGT, NextGen and NetEnt..
Playtech are particularly strong on branded slots, with the twenty or so Marvel games promoted most heavily. These hardcore games offer the chance to score huge six-figure line wins, though there’s also a four-way progressive jackpot on offer that is given out in the base game on a semi-random basis. There’s no need to score any particular combination of symbols, though higher-spending players are more likely to trigger it and once it’s awarded you’re taken to a thrilling tile-turning game, with your first three matching tiles determining which prize you receive.
However, playing William Hill slots doesn’t just mean high octane boys’ games: Queen of Wands, Juicy Booty and Nostradamus were just some of the brand new games on offer at the time of writing that appeal to both genders equally.
Speaking of equality, William Hill Casino will also let you play the unique Everybody’s Jackpot. We’ve been a fan of this ingenious, public-spirited slot for a long time: It uses a TV gameshow theme with glamorous presenters fronting the show which suits the overall theming of the game – that of a community progressive jackpot. Just as everyone on a TV gameshow gets to have a good time as well as the overall winner, when somebody lands the progressive jackpot on this game they get to keep 70% of it. Obviously that’s still likely to be a life-changing amount of cash, but the other 30 percent is split into two:
Half of this is split evenly among qualifying players – that’s players who’ve wagered £40 or more on Everybody’s Jackpot in the last 24 hours – and the rest is split proportionately among players in line with how much they’ve been wagering.
This is about as equitable as you can get, and with top jackpot prizes that run into 6 figures it’s easy to see why this game is so popular. There’s also a free spin feature triggered by landing 3 scatter symbols as well as plenty of line wins on offer, so what are you waiting for? How many times have you seen a major progressive jackpot winner on a game you like to play and felt you ought to share in their success as you contributed so much toward the pot yourself? Well now you can,
William Hill also offer Playtech superb set of table games with the excellent 3D Roulette backed up by several other formats, and some unusual titles appearing with games like Caribbean Stud Poker and Craps on offer plus Playtech’s own, unique, Stravaganza.
Although Playtech are not as well-known for progressive jackpot games, William Hill slots do have some big-league games in this category: Beach Life is a headline game that has made a number of millionaires, and Gold Rally is a close second in terms of payouts, though its playing format is every bit as noteworthy with a unique grid style that pays out on horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines. There’s also now four slot in the Age of Gods series with another 4-way jackpot, plus the excellent Jackpot Giant, who’s far more friendly than he sounds.
It doesn’t there, either: If you fancy some light relief there’s videopoker game selection featuring all the very best variations, and plenty of top-quality instant win games too: These take the scratchcard concept and build on it with lots of dynamic, imaginative and exciting games that will get your heart pumping without requiring much mental input – perfect for relaxing with after a hard day at the office.
William Hill Mobile
WilliamHill Casino is fully compatible with all Android and Apple devices, though it doesn’t advertise this fact extensively. Simply navigate to the casino using Google and you’ll have no problems opening it up. It’s easiest to join up on the website and then use your login details on your phone or tablet.
William Hill’s live casino is supplied by Evolution Gaming, and they offer the highest betting limits that we know of.
There are 13 roulette tables with standard games from 50p a spin upwards; the Vegas-themed room overlooking the world-famous Strip (OK it’s in Latvia really, but who cares? It looks impressive) and the French Gold table which offers a lower house edge of just 1.35% with a raised minimum bet of £2 a spin.
The auto-roulette also comes with the La Partage rule which is rare for a 10p-a-spin game, though it’s always worth going up to the £1 a spin minimum for the privilege of playing Immersive Roulette though for just £1 a spin there’s also the Salle Privee for Will Hill players only, decked out in their own branding.
There are 25 Blackjack tables at William Hill, mostly offering quite pricey limits with £3 being the least you can bet per hand; play at the VIP table and this goes up to £250, so if you’re a serious high roller you’ll be in good company. Lower-budget players will enjoy Blackjack Party which lets you enjoy a slice of the action for just 50p a hand. Here you can join up to 499 other players either in one of the 7 seated positions or playing behind them, betting on their outcomes. The party vibe comes courtesy of background music and not one but two dealers sat at the table to chat to you. It’s an assault on the senses, but that’s what any decent party ought to be.
The Baccarat games are little simpler to classify: There’s a standard table with hands from £1 to £50, VIP from £5 and the Salle Privee from £25 a hand.
There’s just one Casino Hold ‘Em table with antes from 50p to £1,000. This game is closer to genuine multi-player poker than the other offerings here and is consequently a little more interesting.
Finally there’s 3 Card Poker with antes from £1 to £5,000. Pair Plus and 6 Card Bonuses are on offer too, so there’s plenty to bet on.
William Hill Casino take all major debit/credit cards, pre-paid cards, e-wallets and PayPal.
Credit and debit card withdrawals take from three to five working days, as do pre-paid card withdrawals although these tend to be quicker. The quickest way to withdraw winnings is by e-wallet. This can technically take up to 24 hours, though it usually takes no more than 30 minutes.
To make withdrawals you will need to meet some verification criteria to ensure you’re old enough, in a suitable country of residence and not laundering money. You will therefore need to provide a passport of birth certificate scan upon making your first withdrawal.
William Hill Casino Support
William Hill take queries 24/7. Call them on 0800 3551 3551 or use the email form provided.
There’s a vast set of frequently asked questions with comprehensive answers accessible through the marked button at the top right of the lobby screen, though this William Hill Casino review will answer most queries you may have.