Online Sports Book Review
William Hill was founded in London in 1934 as an underground operation since betting was still illegal at that point in the United Kingdom. It has since become a giant in the sports betting field with locations in the UK, Australia, Spain, and the United States. William Hill opened a brick-and-mortar location in New Jersey in 2018 and partnered with four brick-and-mortar casinos in Iowa. Users can access William Hill on iOS and Android devices or on a desktop browser. Users do not have to be Iowa, New Jersey, or Nevada residents, but they do have to be located in the state based on the app’s geolocation feature.
- Personalized betting experience
- In-game live betting
- Free bets and promotions
- No mobile web browser
- Limited sports betting options
All online casino winnings must be reported to the IRS when you complete your annual federal tax return. This is done on Form 1044. You will tally up your total winnings and report them under the “other income” section. The winnings must also be added to your state tax return and are taxed according to your tax bracket.
If in Iowa or New Jersey, the first step to getting started with William Hill is to sign up for an account. The sign up process is very simple and should take no more than 10 minutes. New users will have to enter their full name, email, street address (or zip code), date of birth, and a password for the account. Next, the user will select security questions and answers before entering the last four digits of their social security number.
If in Nevada, sign up has to take place at one of the William Hill sportsbooks and casinos or at a William Hill kiosk. The customer will be required to fill out paperwork and provide a legal ID to sign up.
If in Iowa or New Jersey, to deposit money into a William Hill account, users can choose to use a Skrill e-wallet, Play+ account, ACH/eCheck, William Hill prepaid card, credit/debit card, or cash at the William Hill sportsbook in Monmouth Park, Ocean Resort Casino, or Tropicana Atlantic City. There is a $20 minimum on all deposits, and credit cards have a $1,000 maximum.
If in Nevada, the starting deposit must be done in cash in person at a William Hill sportsbook, casino, or kiosk. Subsequent deposits can be done at William Hill sportsbooks and casinos, William Hill kiosks, PTs Pubs, Sierra Gold locations, PayNearMe at 7-Eleven stores, and online with a Priority Access prepaid card. If a user is planning on making an initial deposit of $500 or more, they can contact William Hill and a representative will drive to them.
All users are encouraged to Google what the current promo code is in order to receive a 100% match up to $50 on the first deposit.
To withdraw money from a William Hill account, users have a choice of Sightline, Skrill e-wallet, Play+ account, check in the mail, cash at the casinos listed above, or a bank wire. There are varying withdrawal times for these methods, but the Play+ account and Skrill e-wallet are instantaneous.
For Iowa and New Jersey users, William Hill has gone to great lengths to ensure that user experience is simple and easy. The interface for both their app and their desktop version is clean and crisp with all of the trending games at the forefront and the most popular sports right there as well. They have even gone the extra length of allowing users the option of how they would like to see the odds listed for each game. At the top right corner of the page, users can click on the drop-down menu from the sportsbook header and select “Odds Format.” There they can change the format to American odds (+ and -), decimals, or fractions. This is mostly helpful for international users that are visiting the US. William Hill is also constantly offering new promotions in the form of free bets, enhanced odds, and special parlays. Users can look specifically for InPlay bets which allows them to place in-game live bets, which is one of the most popular betting options in the country.
For Nevada users the biggest positive to the William Hill app is its flexibility over the other apps in Nevada. Since it is not tied to a casino, William Hill users are able to fund their accounts at various casino sportsbooks, non-casino pubs, and over 200 different PayNearMe 7-Eleven locations in Nevada. It even has the option to withdraw money via a check in the mail which is not typically found in Nevada. The app has one of the largest sports wagering menus in the state, and allows its users to place bets on almost any type of sporting event that draws their interest. Players can even suggest a bet to be added if they do not see it on the app. William Hill is popular with both locals and tourists because of its name recognition and its variety of betting options. They offer a welcome bonus for their customers and different promotions and rewards throughout the year. Their app is incredibly simple to use and reads very easily. It uses a different technology than every other app in Nevada except NV Sports, so its uniqueness can be a draw for some people. Their lines and odds are updated live, so everything a user sees on the app is always current. There is a $2 minimum wager on each bet which is tied for the lowest number in the state, and there is no minimum deposit to start an account.
Iowa and New Jersey users, cannot access the William Hill web version through a mobile browser. While this may seem like a minor inconvenience since there is an app available for all smartphones, some users might not want to download the app onto their phones. This would leave them limited to just the desktop browser version of the site. William Hill also has a somewhat limited selection of sports to bet on. They are currently offering football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, auto racing, boxing, MMA, tennis, and golf. They do have multiple leagues within each sport, but not having any betting options for eSports, horse racing, cycling, and others is frustrating for a lot of users.
For Nevada users, a frustrating feature of the William Hill app is that it cannot be used when plugged into a charging device. This is annoying for customers who like to place live bets but are running low on battery. The other con for William Hill is a minor inconvenience because of their numerous locations throughout the state, but new users do have to sign up for an account in person. With a company that is so mobile friendly, it would be nice to be able to sign up for an account on the app.
How To Place A Bet
In order to place a bet, the bettor must determine what they want to gamble on. If the bettor decides to place a bet on the New York Yankees moneyline against the New York Mets, they simply have to click the moneyline option for that game. Once clicked, the bet will appear on the betslip on the page. The betslip can hold multiple bets, so a player can choose up to 10 different betting options and place money on them individually or in a parlay, round robin, or teaser bet. Once the bets are placed, the betslip is cleared and the player can place more wagers if they choose to.
How To Deposit and Withdraw
For Iowa and New Jersey users can choose to use a Skrill e-wallet, Play+ account, ACH/eCheck, William Hill prepaid card, credit/debit card, or cash at the William Hill sportsbook in Monmouth Park, Ocean Resort Casino, or Tropicana Atlantic City. There is a $20 minimum on all deposits, and credit cards have a $1,000 maximum. To withdraw money from a William Hill account, users have a choice of Sightline, Skrill e-wallet, Play+ account, check in the mail, cash at the casinos listed above, or a bank wire. There are varying withdrawal times for these methods, but the Play+ account and Skrill e-wallet are instantaneous.
Nevada users must make their first deposit in person. Subsequent deposits can be done at William Hill sportsbooks and casinos, William Hill kiosks, PTs Pubs, Sierra Gold locations, PayNearMe at 7-Eleven stores, and online with a Priority Access prepaid card. There is no minimum for these deposits either. If a user is planning on making an initial deposit of $500 or more, they can contact William Hill and a representative will drive to them. There is a first-time deposit bonus of up to $50 in free bets after signing up for an account. William Hill also offers a rewards loyalty program that offers free bets, and they have occasional promotions that run throughout the year. It is advised to look on the app for these promotions as they are not always well advertised. To withdraw money from an account, users can either go to a William Hill full-service sportsbook or request a check in the mail which will be sent to their address on file. To request a check, users must call (702) 754-1280.
William Hill is lacking in some areas like not having a mobile browser version and being relatively limited in betting options. But, the site makes up for it by being incredibly user-friendly with a great mobile app and having an in-game live betting option. Overall, William Hill is a great option for anyone looking to begin online sports betting in Iowa, New Jersey, or Nevada.
- Reputation and Licensing: 5/5
- Game Variety: 4/5
- Game Quality: 4.5/5
- Bonuses and Promotions: 4/5
- Deposits and Withdrawals: 5/5
- User Experience: 4.5/5