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1934

1961

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1971

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1989

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2012

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William Hill founded the business as a postal / telephone betting service.

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On 1 May 1961, betting shops become legal.

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William Hill buys into betting shops and starts to acquire existing businesses. Acquisition becomes a major driver for the growth of the business over the next decades.

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Mr William Hill, the company’s original founder, dies, having retired from the business in 1970. The company becomes part of the Sears Holdings Group.

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The number of betting shops in the UK peaks at 14,750.

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Grand Metropolitan, owners of Mecca Bookmakers, acquire William Hill and merge the two companies under the William Hill name.

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Brent Walker purchases William Hill, which has 1,800 betting shops and the largest credit betting operation in the world.

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William Hill is appointed Official Bookmakers to Golf's European PGA Tour.

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It becomes legal to accept football pools coupons in betting shops but the introduction of the National Lottery represented a threat to William Hill’s profitability.

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Nomura (through Grand Bookmaking Company Limited) purchases William Hill for £700m from Brent Walker.

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William Hill goes online with the launch of the betting service, Sportsbook.

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A proposed stock market float was abandoned when the Company was sold to Cinven and CVC Partners for £825 million.

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William Hill launches an off-shore telephone betting service and is the first major bookmaker to offer a deduction-free betting service to UK-based clients via the internet.

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William Hill launches the online casino.

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William Hill floated on the London Stock Exchange on 20 June at an offer price of 225 pence per ordinary share. The offer was oversubscribed in excess of 10 times.

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William Hill purchases the Brough Park Greyhound Stadium

William Hill purchases Stanley Leisure PLC's retail bookmaking ops in The UK, Republic of Ireland, Jersey and the Isle of Man.

William Hill announces combining the online business with purchased assets from online software company Playtech, to create William Hill Online.

New Sportsbook launches with Orbis technology.

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Sportsbook and online fixed odds games move to Gibraltar.

William Hill sells the 50% stake of its joint venture in Spain to its partner Codere S.A. for €1, and William Hill Online establish a new Telephone betting operation based in Gibraltar

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Acquisitions of American Wagering, Inc. , Cal Neva Sportsbook Operations and Brandywine Bookmaking in the US.

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Sale of remaining 15 betting shops in Republic of Ireland to Boylesports for €1.5m.

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William Hill becomes the first European gaming operator to be awarded a full gaming licence in Nevada by the Nevada Gaming Commission, and accordingly completes the pending acquisitions of three US land-based businesses.

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Acquisition of the outstanding 29% stake in William Hill Online from JV partner Playtech plc, acquisition of Sportingbet's Australian business, and Australian online betting business, tomwaterhouse.com.

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William Hill Sportsbook app passes two million downloads.

Our heritage

1934

1934.jpg

William Hill founded the business as a postal / telephone betting service.

1961

1960-glasgow.jpg

On 1 May 1961, betting shops become legal.

1966

1961.jpg

William Hill buys into betting shops and starts to acquire existing businesses. Acquisition becomes a major driver for the growth of the business over the next decades.

1971

1970.png

Mr William Hill, the company’s original founder, dies, having retired from the business in 1970. The company becomes part of the Sears Holdings Group.

1973

1973.jpg

The number of betting shops in the UK peaks at 14,750.

1988

1988.png

Grand Metropolitan, owners of Mecca Bookmakers, acquire William Hill and merge the two companies under the William Hill name.

1989

brentwalker.png

Brent Walker purchases William Hill, which has 1,800 betting shops and the largest credit betting operation in the world.

1989

1989-2.png

William Hill is appointed Official Bookmakers to Golf's European PGA Tour.

1994

1994.jpg

It becomes legal to accept football pools coupons in betting shops but the introduction of the National Lottery represented a threat to William Hill’s profitability.

1997

nomura.jpg

Nomura (through Grand Bookmaking Company Limited) purchases William Hill for £700m from Brent Walker.

1998

1998.jpg

William Hill goes online with the launch of the betting service, Sportsbook.

1999

1999.jpg

A proposed stock market float was abandoned when the Company was sold to Cinven and CVC Partners for £825 million.

2000

2000.jpg

William Hill launches an off-shore telephone betting service and is the first major bookmaker to offer a deduction-free betting service to UK-based clients via the internet.

2000

casino.jpg

William Hill launches the online casino.

2002

London_Stock_Exchange_Logo.png

William Hill floated on the London Stock Exchange on 20 June at an offer price of 225 pence per ordinary share. The offer was oversubscribed in excess of 10 times.

2003

greyhounds.jpg

William Hill purchases the Brough Park Greyhound Stadium

2005

William Hill purchases Stanley Leisure PLC's retail bookmaking ops in The UK, Republic of Ireland, Jersey and the Isle of Man.

2008

William Hill announces combining the online business with purchased assets from online software company Playtech, to create William Hill Online.

2008

New Sportsbook launches with Orbis technology.

2009

gibraltar.jpg

Sportsbook and online fixed odds games move to Gibraltar.

2010

William Hill sells the 50% stake of its joint venture in Spain to its partner Codere S.A. for €1, and William Hill Online establish a new Telephone betting operation based in Gibraltar

2011

US-flag.png

Acquisitions of American Wagering, Inc. , Cal Neva Sportsbook Operations and Brandywine Bookmaking in the US.

2011

shops2010.jpg

Sale of remaining 15 betting shops in Republic of Ireland to Boylesports for €1.5m.

2012

nsgc-2012.png

William Hill becomes the first European gaming operator to be awarded a full gaming licence in Nevada by the Nevada Gaming Commission, and accordingly completes the pending acquisitions of three US land-based businesses.

2013

tom-2013.png

Acquisition of the outstanding 29% stake in William Hill Online from JV partner Playtech plc, acquisition of Sportingbet's Australian business, and Australian online betting business, tomwaterhouse.com.

2014

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William Hill Sportsbook app passes two million downloads.