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Skill Games at William Hill – Video by Darren Hall.

This video was found amongst the others on BetSeventyTwo, but appears not to have been published. This may have been because it deals with only the first part of the offer, but I am publishing it here because it is still useful.

In this video Darren does not mention moving your money out of the games area, which you are advised to do while playing through the bonus, so please read the strategy below before you start.

The 2nd video (referred to in this one) of wagering the bonus has either got lost or was never done.


The strategy below relies on the fact that you can remove your cash balance to another part of the site and play with just the bonus money.

Choose multiplayer blackjack, but DO NOT choose purse play as this is excluded. BlackJack 5 round Match Play works for this bonus since the T&Cs were changed.

Deposit £20 into the skill games area

Play 20 x £1 games of Multi Player Blackjack. There is a the house player called Rookiebot so pick him to play against. Just use the standard multi deck Blackjack Strategy for playing this.

Wait for your bonus to be credited, generally 24 hours

Withdraw the cash from the account so you are just playing with bonus otherwise it will take funds from your cash balance first and not the bonus

Now wager the £20 bonus, again on Blackjack, either at £1 or £5 stakes. After each win you will need to transfer the cash (winnings) out of the account. Rather than doing lots of withdrawals you could move it to the Poker account on the selected site, then transfer it all back into the main account once you are done so you can withdraw.

Basically, at £5 a game, you need to keep doing this until you lose 4 tournaments, obviously 20 if you are playing for £1 a game so it can take a while.


The offer referred to in the above video used to be available at several bookies, and still (December 2014) appears to be there at Boylesports and William Hill.  Go to the Skill Games area to see the offer and check that the T&Cs have not changed before you start.


The following is copied from the William Hill skill games page:

Claim Your £20 New Player Bonus

Start playing any of our Skill games (Backgammon, Brag, Gin Rummy, Multiplayer Blackjack, Poker Dice, Dominoes, Briscola, Scopa or Pineapple Poker) at William Hill today and you could receive up to £20 in cash.

In the first 48 hours of your play on William Hill Skill Games, stakes made in any skill lobby game or Tournament that you participate in will count towards your bonus target and could earn you cash.

If you spend £20 or more on Skill games, we’ll give you a £20 bonus.

REMEMBER – you must reach the target within your first 48 hours of play. We will then pay the bonus into your Skill Games account within 72 hours. Simply log back into William Hill Skill Games to start spending your bonus!


Terms And Conditions:

Offer open to new William Hill Skill Games players only. Over 18s only

Qualifying play must occur within 48 hours of a player’s first cash game stake or tournament entry purchase

Bonus payments will be made within 72 hours of a player’s qualification

Each promotion is available only once per end user. The identity of an end user will be determined on the basis of all or any combination of the following: name, mailing address, e-mail address, IP address, credit/charge card number, computer, and any other forms of identification which may be required. Where multiple participation is permitted, William Hill Skill Games and/or its authorised agent reserve the right to limit the number of bonuses that may be given to any one participant

William Hill may choose to close the offer at any time.

Stakes on William Hill Skill ’ instant” win games do not qualify towards the qualifying promotional target

William Hill reserves the right to withdraw or change this offer without prior notice at any time

William Hill reserves the right to withhold this offer from fraudulent claimants or from bonus abusers

Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer

William Hill Skill Games accept no responsibility whatsoever for system or connection problems that might affect any end user during this promotion, such as a timeout or disconnection

In case of any disputes regarding any terms or conditions, the decision of William Hill Skill Games is final

Bonus award can only be used to pay towards the cost of entry for cash games and Tournaments – any winnings made from these games becomes ‘withdrawable’ cash. Please allow a few minutes for this to appear in your William Hill account balance. When your account in Skill contains both cash and bonus money, the cash will always be used first to pay for the cost of or towards any future games or Tournaments entered.

Bonus money may be clawed back after a month if not spent within that period.

Quick Guide to Card Counting

There are two key things to know about card counting; firstly, it helps you to win at Blackjack. Secondly, it really isn’t that hard.

Card counting works by keeping track of the relative number of high cards left in the deck. A large proportion of high cards is good for the player, whereas low cards are favourable for the dealer.

You should play basic strategy initially and play the minimum bet. Then follow our card counting guide to gain the advantage.

Step 1 – The Count You do not need an amazing memory to count cards. You simply need to keep track of one number, called the count.

To work out the count, cards are assigned values as follows:

  • 2,3,4,5,6 – these each have a score of +1
  • 10,J,Q,K,A – these each have a score of -1
  • 7,8,9 – these have a score of zero (ignore them)

As cards are dealt you need to keep a running count. For example, if the first six cards dealt are J,5,7,10,K,A the count will be +1-1+0+1+1+1 = +3

Step 2 – The True Count The true count is reached by dividing the count by the number of half-decks remaining.

At the start of a blackjack game there are 4 full decks, hence you would divide by 8 (4 x ½). Once 26 cards had been dealt, there would now be just 7 half-decks left.

If the count at this point was 14, then the true count would be 14/7 = 2

Step 3 – Betting The key to profitable play is to raise your stakes when the true count is favourable. Follow the guide below to alter your stakes:

  • +1 or less – bet 100 chips
  • +2 or +3 – bet 200 chips
  • +4 or +5 – bet 300 chips
  • +6 or +7 – bet 400 chips
  • +8 or more – bet 500 chips

Note that depending on your chip stack at the time, you should lower your bets to allow the option of splitting or doubling down.

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