William Hill Poker Review Continued...
Games and Tournaments
There are always plenty of tables open across the full spectrum of poker variants at William Hill Poker and, most importantly, there are always people to play against. You can try out old favourites like Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo and 7-Card Stud, or opt to give the new Six Plus Hold’em a go.
New players will be disappointed that there is no free play option to allow them to hone their skills before they deposit. However, there are specific tournaments for those who have signed up in the previous 90 days, called Rookie Races, which run frequently and at least allow you take on those at a similar skill level before moving on to the larger pool.
Speed Poker is a neat addition to the site, which allows you to be instantly transferred to a new game as soon as you fold, with competitors playing against a pool of other players rather than on a specific table.
The William Hill Poker site dedicates a whole page to its monthly schedule of tournaments, with new ones starting every five minutes. In all there is a combined prize pool of over €5 million, shared between tournaments that will attract new players and seasoned users alike.
The landing page seems to have had the most love and attention paid to it of all of William Hill’s online pages - some of which seem a little dated. The content sits in front of a sharp illustration of flying cards and stacked chips in a subdued corporate blue. The graphics within the sections are similarly crisp and well rendered, fitting the theme perfectly.
With the download software being provided by iPoker, the lobby and tables are similar to most of the big names in the poker market, so there will be few surprises. Of course, the reason that iPoker dominates online poker is because their product is very good - it’s neat, uncluttered and works quickly and smoothly. You’ll rarely have to worry about your games getting interrupted.
Functionality and Features
William Hill Poker is packed with features to enhance your playing experience. The William Hill Poker Coach is a fun download which calculates your odds at Texas Hold’em tables and offers advice about your hand. It can even profile the other players at the table, enabling you to adapt and gain an advantage.
A handy widget bar whilst you play places the ability to change the theme of the table, try out mini games and read news feeds, which is perfect for those who enjoy multitasking.
The download has become steadier, having previously been unreliable and struggling to load, but responses to live chat enquiries are sluggish in comparison to other sites.
William Hill Poker Bonuses and Promotions
Your first deposit will be doubled in bonus money up to £1,200, which is released in chunks of 50p for the first £5, with seven WH Points needed to qualify for each segment. The next £25 is achieved in £1 steps, with 28 WH Points required for each payment and the remaining amount of up to £1,170 comes in £5 sums when you manage to pick up 560 WH Points. All of this must be completed within 45 days of the bonus being issued.
You gain 14 WH Points for every £1 of rake contributed to cash games and for every £1 paid in tournament fees. The WH Points can also be built up to allow access into special tournaments or can be swapped for cash or bonuses.
You’ll also receive a £10 casino bonus, entry to the Gifts Palooza freeroll - with prizes including Xbox Ones, Playstation 4s, Beats by Dr. Dre and more - and 100 Club Points that can be used towards tournament tokens or packages to live events. It’s a neat little way to thank new players for signing up to the site.
There are a number of promotions for current users as well, including the chance to win holidays, seats at live tournaments and cashback deals. One interesting feature, known as Freebet Freerolls, gives players the chance to win up to £50 in free bets just for making a deposit of £10 and earning five WH Points. Crossovers like this can be found on other sites, but coupled with William Hill’s strong poker offering, it’s an attractive promotion.
William Hill Poker offers so much to players through great features, solid gameplay and decent promotions that it is such a shame there’s no mobile offering.
Once everything is running it is a joy, thanks to the added value of the coaching download and widget bar in particular. The help that it gives to new players through novice-only tournaments could be enhanced with a freeplay option, but the generous bonus offers certainly make William Hill Poker a great place to make the leap into your online poker career.