How to open a William Hill account and claim a free bet

Want to open a William Hill account, claim your risk-free bet and make sure you don’t make any mis-steps along the way? Read on.

First steps first. To sign up for a William Hill account you will need:

  1. To be over the age of 18 and reside in a country permitted to access William Hill’s services
  2. A valid payment method to fund your account
  3. A valid bank account to withdraw funds into
  4. Proof of your identity for verification purposes
  5. Proof of address, such as a utility bill

With the above lined up you’re almost ready to go.

But we before we get started, a disclaimer:

The options and screens displayed to you on this may differ depending on your country/region, the device you’re using to view the page. All our examples make use of desktop screenshots in the UK.

Getting started

The first step you’ll need to take to open your new William Hill account is to pay a visit to the William Hill website.

To keep this window open while you visit William Hill in a new window right click on this link and choose ‘Open Link in New Tab’.

Clicking the link will drop you on a page that looks like this.

William Hill account sign up step one

This is straightforward enough. William Hill is announcing its risk-free bet offer and giving you some fine print to sift through if you feel like acquainting yourself with the T&Cs.

All you really need to do now is click the big ‘Join Now’ button.

Register your details

The next screen you’ll see is the registration screen where you get to give William Hill some basic information about yourself.

Enter your personal details in the relevant fields.

William Hill account sign up step two

You’ll want to use accurate information here. So ensure your name matches what is in your national identification documents and that your mobile number, street address and email are accurate.

If you mess this bit up you could find yourself getting stuck during account verification.

Something to look out for on this page is the badge telling you that your promo code has been applied. You’ll see what this means in the next step of your registration.

Set up your user account

Once you’ve registered your personal details you’ll move onto the next screen where you set up your user account.

William Hill account creation screen with username, password, security question and answer, deposit limit and promo code options.

This is quite straightforward, but there are some things you want to keep in mind:

  • choose a security question you’ll remember
  • the deposit limit you select is important. While William Hill allows you to reduce your deposit limits at any time, you’re subject to a 24 hour cooling off period/delay if you attempt to increase your limit.

Finally you’ll see that William Hill has auto-filled the Promo code field. If the field is green and has a friendly ‘Applied!’ note, then you’re ready to move onto the next step.

If the field is outlined in red and you have a ‘Sorry, the promo code is invalid’ note, then the offer is not valid in your country or region.

In this case you will need to delete the promo code or replace it with a valid promo code for your region, if one is available.

Whether your risk-free bet is in hand or removed you can now move onto the next step of opening your William Hill account.

How to verify your William Hill account

Depending on where you are located and whether or not William Hill feels something fishy is going on, you may bump into the next screen.

William Hill sign up screen with details on requirements to upload proof of age and identity documents.

This requests verification of your account in the form of a valid identity document and proof of address. To proceed you’ll need to upload these documents.

Once you start your verification  you will see the next screen.

William Hill account verification email asking you to verify your identity and address by sending in documents.

You’ll need to follow both steps to verify your identity and address. Click on the ‘Start now’ buttons beneath each option and you’ll be walked through the verification process.

At this point you’ll want high quality copies of your personal identification and proof of address on hand, or your journey with William Hill is likely to go no further.

If you don’t see any of these screens don’t get too excited. Chances are you’ll soon get the following message in your mail, as William Hill instead attempts to verify you via email.

William Hill account verification email asking you to verify your identity and address by sending in documents.

Follow this process and you’ll find yourself channelled down the same verification path as you’d encounter if you’d bumped into the verification process earlier.

And if you don’t get the verification mail or the verification popup during registration, prepare to see this message when you attempt to withdraw funds from your account.

William Hill withdrawal page with a notice requiring you to verify your age before you can withdraw your funds.

Whichever verification path William Hill leads you down, it will take them up to 24 hours to process you documents once submitted and fully unlock your account.

How to deposit money in your William Hill account

If you dodge the verification hurdle during signup the next thing you’ll be asked to do is submit your payment details.

William Hill will submit a payment screen with various payment options.

William Hill deposit screen offering to deposit via credit card, debit card, poli, skrill, neteller, eco, bank transfer or kalibra postepay.

You do not need to submit your details right now if you prefer to wait. You can simply close the dialog box and submit your details at a later stage.

Whether you submit your details or not, the registration process is complete and your account has been set up.

How do you claim your free bet on William Hill?

Once your account is set up and verified you’ll probably want to cash in your free bet.

To do this you will first need to meet the qualifying criteria for the offer, which typically involves making a qualifying deposit into your account.

The specific details on free bet redemption will may change when William Hill updates their offer, so please visit this page for more information on how to get your William Hill free bet token

Once you have redeemed your free bet, you can place it by making a qualifying selection in the betting markets (i.e. a selection priced above the minimum required odds).

The selection will appear on your free bet and you can then click on the ‘Rewards’ section of the betting slip and apply your free bet token to your selection.

William Hill bet slip with an option to apply rewards to the bet slip.

Ready to get going?

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Can I have 2 William Hill accounts?

No. The practice of individual users running multiple betting accounts at one bookie is known as gnoming and is considered to be fraudulent by online bookies. For that reason they make it very hard for you to even attempt, and if you get it right and they catch you, chances are you’ll not only be booted off your accounts, losing all the money in them in the process, but will also get the cold shoulder from other bookmakers.

Can I use my William Hill account overseas?

The answer depends on what gambling laws are in your overseas location. If gambling is restricted in the country you’re in, you may be blocked from accessing the website and your account. If it’s legal you may be shown a slightly different version of the website but will still be able to place bets from your account.

Is William Hill betting safe?

William Hill is regulated by the Gibraltar Gambling Commission, which ensures that the company adheres to regulatory best practice. The website also offers secure transactions via established payment processors, each of which applies their own safeguards against fraudulent transactions.

You can further safeguard your William Hill account by making use of a unique, high strength password on your account and never sharing it with anybody.

Is the William Hill app safe?

The William Hill app makes use of standard online security protocols for user and transaction safety. Further security is offered by affiliated payment processors.

To further safeguard your account, scan your device for malware periodically and ensure your mobile device is adequately protected against unauthorized access.

How long do William Hill withdrawals take?

William Hill withdrawals are typically processed within 72 hours, but can reflect in your account much quicker. Delays may be caused if additional documentation is requested for a withdrawal request.

How to enter a promo code on William Hill?

William Hill will automatically enter and display its promo code in the relevant field during the signup process. However, you can clear this code if it is not valid for your country or enter a valid promo code in this field.

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