William Hill Sportsbook Review
Top Takeaways for 2021
After testing 20 online sportsbooks for our 2021 review, here are our top findings on William Hill:
- William Hill offers a mostly standard selection of sports and bets, live betting, and mobile betting. While most bettors will be satisfied with William Hill, I would love to see them become more of an innovator given the brand’s deep, respected history in Europe.
- William Hill’s education section is lackluster and needs to be improved in both quantity and quality.
- William Hill offers excellent odds for NHL spread bets, MLB spread bets, and NBA moneyline bets, placing #1 in our 2020 odds rankings.
Supported states: Colorado, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Nevada, and West Virginia.
Casino: Online casino is offered only in Michigan, New Jersey and West Virginia. William Hill offers over 20 slot games, roulette, blackjack, and virtual poker games; however, online poker is not available. Note: This review focuses on sports betting and not casino.
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Sports and Bets Offered
William Hill offers a wide enough variety of sports and bets to satisfy most bettors. Domestic and international sports leagues are available for all major sports. Common bet types include moneyline, spread, total, future, parlay, team and player props, and teasers.
Prop Bets: William Hill offers an average variety of prop bets. An example of a prop bet is “Will Tom Brady throw over/under 2.5 touchdowns” or “What team will score first between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings?”
Cash-Out Feature: Like most sportsbooks, William Hill offers a cash-out feature, which allows you to amend your original bet and lock in a profit or a loss by settling your bet (or a portion of your bet) early, without having to wait for the event to finish. Knowing you can cash a bet out early incentivizes you to watch every game you bet on, or at least get scoring updates.
Daily Odds Boosts: Like most sportsbooks, William Hill offers users daily odds boosts. Odds boosts act like a sale at a retail store, offering more incentive to make each bet. An example of an odds boost would be discounting the odds of Michael Thomas scoring a touchdown in week 11 from -180 to -120. Unlike most sportsbooks, William Hill doesn't show you the original odds of the odds boost. Bottom line, you don't know what kind of a deal you're getting.
As denoted by the table below, William Hill offers good odds on NCAAF moneyline bets, NFL moneyline bets, NCAAB moneyline bets, NBA moneyline bets, NHL moneyline bets, and NHL spread bets. For comparison, if average NFL moneyline odds on a team are +130 at other sports betting sites, William Hill might offer odds at +140. In this example, every dollar wagered would return $1.40 at William Hill versus $1.30 at other sites.
Methodology: To score Odds, Moneyline.com gathered data from 20 sportsbooks over five months. For our 2021 Sportsbook Review, over 34,000 data points were collected for spread, moneyline, and over/under (bets).
Leagues and bet types collected include NCAA football moneyline bets, NCAA basketball moneyline bets, NFL moneyline, spread and total bets, NBA spread, moneyline and total bets, NHL moneyline, puckline and total bets, and soccer 3-way result (moneyline) bets. When collecting odds, we made sure to collect the same games at the same time for each sportsbook, ensuring data accuracy.
William Hill’s live betting menu is suitable for placing straight bets and checking live stats but lags industry leaders in other areas. Ultimately, I found the live betting experience to be good, but not great.
Instant Bets: William Hill does not offer instant bets such as drive-by-drive betting on NFL games and pitch-by-pitch betting on MLB games.
Live Match Tracker overview: William Hill offers an industry-standard match tracker for live betting sports such as football, basketball, hockey, and soccer. The match tracker has a live clock, displays the score by quarter, and even shows which team is attacking in real-time.
Live Match Tracker pros: Unlike most sportsbooks, William Hill offers some live stats for each game. For example, for NFL games, William Hill lists touchdowns, total yards, passing yards, rushing yards, sacks, and penalties for each team. As a fan, I enjoy seeing this information while live betting.
Live Match Tracker cons: William Hill does not list game clocks on the live betting menu until you click on an individual game. While this isn’t a dealbreaker, it is a noticeable nuisance compared to other sportsbooks.
William Hill App
While not quite as easy to use as some competitors, the William Hill mobile app will satisfy most bettors.
Likes: William Hill makes it easy to check open bets, navigate to different games and sports, and switch back and forth between the sportsbook and casino games.
Dislikes: Using live chat customer support takes you out of the app and into the William Hill website in your web browser. Also, navigating to educational pages is a chore and needs improvement. Finally, because William Hill places all leagues under broader sports categories instead of sorting by leagues, it’s more time-consuming to navigate to specific leagues and bet types.
William Hill’s education is limited to a sub-par guide that defines popular bet types and betting terms. William Hill does not use images or examples to explain these bet types and only defines them. Simply put, I expect more from a global brand with a longstanding history.
Bonuses & Promotions
William Hill offers excellent bonuses for new customers, competing with the best bonuses in the industry. For existing customers, William Hill does not provide nearly as many ongoing seasonal promotions.
New customers: For first-time customers, William Hill offers a free bet up to $500, as well as $50 risk-free for casino bets. The free bet up to $500 is an exceptional bonus. To get the maximum of $500, you only have to deposit $250 or more. While the free bet expires in seven days, there are limited rollover requirements, which is a rare find in the industry.
Existing customes: Ongoing promotions for existing customers is where William Hill lags top competitors such as DraftKings, BetRivers, and FanDuel. The other sports betting apps mentioned offer five to ten ongoing promotions year-round; William Hill typically only offers one to three.
William Hill is an above-average sportsbook available to residents of Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, New Jersey, Nevada, and West Virginia. While I could see myself opening an account at William Hill for its competitive odds, I could not see myself using William Hill as my primary sports betting app.
Bettors seeking good odds, a good first-time deposit bonus, and a standard slate of sports and bets will appreciate what William Hill has to offer. Meanwhile, bettors seeking a lot of educational content, unique bet types, and ongoing promotions will want to look elsewhere.
About William Hill
William Hill was founded back in 1934 when gambling was illegal in Britain. Today William Hill is a publicly-traded company (OTCMKTS: WIMHY) with over £1.7 billion in revenue (2017). While William Hill is based in London, England, the sportsbook is focusing on expanding in the US markets. Read more on Wikipedia.
What states is William Hill sportsbook legal in?
William Hill is legal in Colorado, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Nevada, and West Virginia.
What deposit methods does William Hill offer?
Bettors can currently deposit via credit/debit card, wire transfer, online bank transfer (echeck ACH), PayPal, PayNearMe, and play+ prepaid cards.
|Total Deposit Methods||5|
|No Debit/Credit Card Deposit Fees||Yes|
|Deposit Min/Max - Debit/Credit Card||$20/$1,000|
What withdrawal methods does William Hill offer?
William Hill currently processes withdrawals via check, PayPal, play+ prepaid cards, Skrill, VIP Preferred, and cash at certain casinos.
|Total Withdrawal Methods||6|
|Check Payout Speed is < 10 days||No|
|No Withdrawal Fees - Check||Yes|
|Withdrawal Min/Max - Check||-1|
What is the minimum deposit at William Hill?
The minimum amount required to open an account at William Hill is $5. The minimum withdrawal amount is $20.
What kind of customer support does William Hill offer?
William Hill offers 24/7 live chat, email, and phone support. The support is quick, and I often waited less than thirty seconds before being greeted by an agent. A couple of times, the agent was unsure of the terminology I was using but eventually helped to close out my ticket.
What sports can you bet on at William Hill
William Hill currently offers bettors 13 sports.
|Total Sports Offered||13|
|Aussie Rules (AFL)||No|
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For Moneyline.com’s annual best online sportsbooks review, we collected more than 36,000 data points over five months from 20 sportsbooks that serve 11 states where full-scale mobile betting is legalized. Hundreds of hours were spent testing and scoring each sportsbook (mobile and online/desktop) in seven core categories: sports and bets offered, odds, live betting, mobile betting, education, ease of use, and bonuses and promotions. The results determined each sportsbook’s overall rating.
Data from more than 1,700 bets (including moneyline, spread and total bets) was used to generate each sportsbook’s comparative odds ranking. Leagues and bet types collected include NCAA football moneyline bets, NCAA basketball moneyline bets, NFL moneyline, spread and total bets, NBA spread, moneyline and total bets, NHL moneyline, puckline and total bets, and soccer 3-way result (moneyline) bets. When collecting odds, we made sure to collect the same games at the same time for each sportsbook, ensuring data accuracy.
About Moneyline.com’s chief sportsbook researcher, Joey Shadeck: I’ve been a hobby sports bettor for more than six years, placing hundreds of bets on my favorite sports (football, basketball, MMA) and teams (Packers, Spartans, and whoever is playing the Lions). Beyond sports betting, I’m known for saying “Wanna bet on it?” in almost any situation and that is how I found out I can eat 42 chicken nuggets in less than 20 minutes.
As of February 2021, 22 different states have legalized sports betting to some capacity. Of those 22 states, the following 11 have legalized full-scale mobile betting: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada (must register in-person), New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.
About the author: Joey Shadeck Joey Shadeck is the lead writer for Moneyline.com and content strategist for Reink Media Group. He has closely tracked sports betting in the United States for the last two years, compiling hundreds of data points across dozens of sportsbooks. He has 6 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.