Online Betting Directory – William Hill Bet Offers
William Hill plc is one of the largest bookmakers in the UK and deserves its place in our online betting directory. Operating headquarters is based in Wood Green, London, and in the area of Harehills, Leeds. William Hill was listed on the London Stock Exchange and is now a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. As of August 2013, it was listed as having a market capitalisation value of over £4.07billion.
Founded by William Hill in 1934 when gambling was illegal in Britain, it changed hands many times. Sears Holdings acquired it in 1971 and after that Grand Metropolitan acquired it in 1988 only to change again in 1989 when along came Brent Walker.
William Hill bought 624 betting offices in the UK in 2005, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, and Jersey from Stanley Leisure for £504 million. It took its acquisition briefly past Ladbrokes into first position in the UK betting market in terms of shops only. The Office of Fair Trading made William Hill sell 78 of the 624 Stanley shops due to concerns over anti-competitive practices.
Ralph Topping was appointed Chief Executive in 2008 after dropping out of Strathclyde University. Mr Topping had taken a Saturday job at a William Hill betting shop near Hampden Park, Glasgow, back in 1973 and worked his way up through the ranks to the top.
The company operates worldwide, employing approximately 16,600 people with main offices in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar, offering betting by phone and Internet together with their 2300 UK-wide Licensed Betting Offices. They are the largest UK operator, representing around 25 per cent of the market throughout the UK and Ireland. Its telebetting call centres, which are located in Rotherham, South Yorkshire took 125,000 bets on the 2007, Grand National and according to the company its betting shops process more than one million betting slips on an average day.
In addition to its online sportsbook operations, the company offers online casino games, ‘skill games’, online bingo and online poker.
William Hill ran their very own cable TV channel in 2004 which lasted two years, and now offer a in-house live visual broadcast direct to their Betting Offices. This is filmed in the Leeds studios and, running in tandem with the shop radio output, offers a unique service to prospective punters.
In August 2010, William Hill launched a training programme for its 10,000+ workforce to combat underage gambling in its retail outlets.
The company’s news site acts as a sister channel to the Sportsbook, featuring online sports and horseracing interviews, features and other content.
A variety of interactive media formats are offered by William Hill through their shops and over the Internet. A real-time horse racing channel, William Hill Radio, has been in existence for over ten years, broadcasting live commentaries, news and previews. Various audio and visual podcasts can be downloaded from both the news site and iTunes.
William Hill broadcasts daily to its UK-wide betting shops – a first in gaming and betting promotion, this is produced live from the studios in the Leeds office.
In September 2009, the company participated in the bidding for the first online gambling license in India, expressing their interest to enter the Indian betting market via the remote Himalaya district of Sikkim.
In June 2012, William Hill expanded to Nevada, the only U.S. state to allow full-fledged sports wagering,buying three chains of sportsbooks: Lucky’s, Leroy’s, and the satellite operations of Club Cal Neva, for a total of $53 million. The deals give the company control of 55 percent of the state’s sportsbook locations, but only 11 percent of statewide revenue.All three chains will be rebranded under the William Hill name.
In August 2013 William Hill announced its intention to purchase the Australian online betting company TomWaterhouse.com for up to $110 million, subject to the performance of the business until the end of 2015.
For more betting offers in the UK please see our other bookmakers in our online betting directory