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Poker Room Revew : William Hill Poker
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Bonus Match:100% Deposit Minimum:50
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Summary of William Hill Poker

UK-based William Hill Poker joined the iPoker network in the beginning of 2009. On iPoker – the third biggest poker venue in the world – dim-witted opponents and good games are available 24/7, a definite plus when you’re looking for your next online poker room.

Will Hill is one of the classic sports betting operators in the UK – its offline business has been running like a well-oiled roulette wheel since 1943. Age is a sign of trust in this business, so in other words your funds are as safe with Will Hill as with any bank.

As is often the case, the association with other forms of gambling and sports betting opens the gates to a flood of merry luck-seekers (i.e., useless poker players) who are just sitting around waiting to throw money at you.

The fact that the poker room supports multiple currencies is a great thing for the poker room, as it gets a chance to fleece you. At the USD tables, the rake rate is in line with the industry standard, but it’s important to note that the GBP and Euro tables use the same structure, meaning you’ll pay more rake. Sticking with the dollar tables is therefore highly recommended, and don’t worry – there are plenty of those, too.

The looks of the poker client hasn’t changed that much since the time of the now-defunct Cryptologic network, which is a shame. I suppose you could put a positive spin on this like the graphics are tidy and effective, and that would be true, but so is boring. There are some (thankfully optional) avatars to choose from. None of them improves on the overall impression though.

Promotions and Bonus Information

A lot of things can be said about the William Hill promotion scheme, and it can be summed up in one word: good value. Once you’ve collected the sign-up bonus, you should keep an eye open for recurring promotions.

Jackpot Sit-and-Go tournaments are not something I would file under promotions, but they are a unique feature and really popular. You pay a larger fee than in normal tournaments, which is put towards a jackpot. To win the jackpot you need to win a certain amount of tournaments in a row. The "Dirty Dozen" Jackpot Sit-and-Go for example, costs $2+$0.40 to enter, and four consecutive wins are awarded with $2,000.

Note: William Hill offers a bad beat jackpot, but it’s not automatic! If you lose with quads, you need to shed your tears in an email to the customer support. Then they might transfer the cash to your account – if it was really a bad beat and not your usual whining.

Software & Graphics

The PlayTech servers that William Hill and the iPoker network run on are no piece of junk that you could clap together with a spike and a rubber band. Games run fast and smoothly and big multiplayer tournaments are no exception.

Graphics are on the rough side, not in line with the best. The commonly accepted GUI standards are not valid here, which opens up for some funny-looking controls, radio buttons that are hard to read etc. If we were speaking of cars, William. Hill would be an old Volvo – it’s not gorgeous but it works.

The no-download poker software that you run right off the WH homepage is actually pretty good for a change.

Game Variety

William Hill offers a decent range of poker games. Beside the all-pervading Texas Holdem there’s Omaha, both high (Pot Limit) and high/low, as well as seven card stud.

Cash games, MTT and S&G are available, of course, and most tourneys are run in NL holdem, but not exclusively.

Stakes range from micro stakes to really high stakes, like €300/€600 at the no-limit and pot-limit tables.

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