Las Vegas’ Mortez Bradley named Most Inspirational Colleague
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – William Hill hosted its annual night of recognition and celebration with the 2014 HOME Awards at The Grand Hotel in Brighton, England. William Hill U.S. was well represented by 12 colleagues making the trip, including representatives from three Nevada Sports Book locations and two individuals named as finalists for their achievements from the past year.
Thirteen awards were given out throughout the night. Las Vegan Mortez Bradley won the award for Most Inspirational Colleague. Bradley was nominated by six of his peers and was selected from over 17,000 William Hill employees from the United Kingdom, Gibraltar, Israel, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Australia, the Philippines, and the U.S.
Bradley began his Sports Book career at Gold Spike Casino as a Ticket Writer in 2010. Shortly after William Hill came to Nevada in 2012, Bradley was promoted to Downtown Sports Book Supervisor. His role includes leading the teams at five William Hill Sports Books located on Fremont Street.
“Mortez is a team player that has been there not only for me but the entire team. Any hour that I have needed him he has been on call. He has been an inspiration for me. His help has been invaluable,” one of his colleagues wrote.
When asked about his victory, Bradley said “When they called my name, it was an out of body experience that I’ve only felt once in my life before, watching my first son being born. I felt an overwhelming high on life.”
Mortez Bradley (Center) with William Hill CMO Kristof Fahy (Left) and English Soccer Great Gary Lineker (Right).
New and existing Mobile Sports customers can earn up to $100 in cash rewards
LAS VEGAS (May 12, 2014) – William Hill Race & Sports Book is offering a major new summer incentive program for customers who make their sports wagers using the William Hill Mobile Sports app. With the new “Summer Rewards” promotion, customers can unlock cash rewards up to $100 when wagering with William Hill on their smartphone or tablet.
The promotion is open to all Mobile Sports customers who enroll on the William Hill US website (www.williamhill.us) between May 5 and August 5. Once enrolled, customers will receive 1 Summer Rewards point for every $1 of sports wagers and double Summer Rewards points for InPlay sports wagers placed through the app during the promotion.
InPlay sports wagering allows bettors to bet the game during the game with LIVE point spreads, totals and money lines. William Hill InPlay Sports wagering is offered this summer for all pro basketball playoff games, select baseball games and soccer matches.
On August 15, enrolled Mobile Sports patrons will automatically receive $1 added to their account balance for every 1,000 Summer Rewards points earned between May 5 and August 5.
“With the NBA and NHL playoffs heating up and the World Cup just around the corner, we are very excited to launch a cashback promotion for sports bettors who enjoy the convenience of wagering on a smartphone or tablet,” said William Hill Director of Marketing Michael Grodsky. “InPlay wagering has been wildly popular and we wanted to make it doubly rewarding for our patrons that like wagering on live odds during the games.”
As an added incentive to new William Hill Mobile Sports customers, a new account registered between May 5 and August 5, 2014 will receive a bonus 5,000 Summer Rewards points with their first qualifying wager.
The William Hill Mobile Sports wagering app is available for iPhone, iPad, or Android devices carried by AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile or Boost Mobile. New accounts can be registered at any of the 76 full-service William Hill sports books throughout Nevada. Accounts can also be funded at any PT’s or Sierra Gold Tavern location in the state. For a full list of William Hill Race & Sports book locations and promotion rules, please visit www.williamhill.us.
Monmouth Park patrons can make their free weekly picks at the new William Hill Race & Sports Bar
OCEANPORT, NEW JERSEY (May 6, 2014) – Monmouth Park and William Hill are offering two free summer sports contests that will give Monmouth Park patrons the opportunity to win great prizes including a progressive cash jackpot.
Led by the Summertime Madness Sports Contest, players will attempt to pick the winners of 15 propositions offered from a wide variety of sporting events slated for each upcoming weekend. A perfect 15 of 15 unlocks a progressive cash jackpot that starts at $1,000. Each week that a jackpot goes unclaimed, another $100 will be added. Participants must make their picks before fewer than 15 propositions remain to select from for that week.
The Line ‘em Up Baseball Contest offers a weekly prize of a Monmouth Park VIP Day at the Races package. Players will attempt to select the winners of any 10 baseball games scheduled for that Saturday and Sunday. Participants may make their selections before fewer than 10 games remain on each Sunday. The player with the best record for the week will enjoy a return trip to Monmouth Park that includes complimentary valet parking, a private box for four, and a $50 food gift card. In the event of a tie, the player with the earliest time stamp on their kiosk generated receipt shall be deemed the winner.
“We are excited to offer sports fans two new contests this summer at Monmouth Park,” said William Hill Director of Marketing Michael Grodsky. “Similar contests have been wildly popular with our customers in Nevada. The new William Hill Race & Sports Bar provides the perfect location for players to cheer on their contest picks.”
Starting this Friday, May 9, participants will be able to make their weekly selections for both contests at the Sports Kiosks inside the new William Hill Race & Sports Bar. The summer contests will run through Sunday, August 24th. All contests are free to enter; however, players must be 21 or over and possess a William Hill Rewards Card. Cards can be obtained at the William Hill Race & Sports Bar.
For more information and a complete list of rules, visit the William Hill Race & Sports Bar or online at www.monmouthpark.com.
William Hill First to List Odds with Wise Dan 4-1 Favorite
NEW YORK CITY (Friday, April 25, 2014) – Two-time defending Horse of the Year Wise Dan made history when he opened as the 4-1 favorite in the first-ever Eclipse Awards 2014 Horse of the Year future bet odds listed today by William Hill, the operator of 100 sports betting locations across Nevada.
Other favorites (with opening odds) include last year’s Champion 3-Year-Old Will Take Charge (5-1), three-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude (6-1), defending Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man (7-1), current Kentucky Derby favorite California Chrome (8-1) and 2013 Belmont Stakes hero Palace Malice (8-1).
The State of Nevada Gaming Control Board approved the 2014 Horse of the Year wager Tuesday for all licensed books in the state. The setting of odds is at the discretion of each book. Future bet wagering on Horse of the Year will conclude on Nov. 7, six days after the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park near Los Angeles.
Horse of the Year will be announced at the 44th annual Eclipse Awards ceremony on January 17, 2015, at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino, located outside Miami in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
“We thank William Hill for pushing this initiative and applaud the State of Nevada for approving an entertaining wager that gives fans and bettors a new way to engage with the top North American horses in training throughout the season,” said National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) President and CEO Alex Waldrop. “The Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year is the most prestigious award in American racing and now the sharpest racing fans can share in the glory if they back the right horse.”
The new wager was conceived when Cot Campbell, founder and managing partner of the Dogwood Stable syndicate that owns Palace Malice, contacted William Hill US CEO Joe Asher about betting on his prized colt to be named Horse of the Year. Palace Malice already has wins in two important handicap races to start his 4-year-old campaign.
To review the Nevada Gaming Control Board release announcing approval of the new wager, visit http://gaming.nv.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=8840.
Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements in North America have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. Those awards are voted on each December by approximately 275 media, racing secretaries and Equibase chartcallers representing the NTRA,Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB). Finalists, announced in early January, are determined in each category by voters’ top three selections, using a 10-5-1 point scale. Eclipse Award winners, including Horse of the Year, are determined solely by first-place votes. Voting is audited by Louisville, Ky., accounting firm Strothman and Company.
The Eclipse Awards are presented by Daily Racing Form, The Stronach Group and the Breeders’ Cup and owned and produced by the NTRA. The Eclipse Awards are named after the great 18th-century racehorse and foundation sire Eclipse, who began racing at age five and was undefeated in 18 starts, including eight walkovers. Eclipse sired the winners of 344 races, including three Epsom Derbies.
Denver QB Manning, Seattle CB Sherman figure to be popular on next Sunday’s wagering menu
LAS VEGAS (January 24, 2014) – One of the most popular players in pro football history will also be one of the favorite players for bettors to back in next Sunday’s championship game. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s performance against Seattle can now be wagered on in a variety of ways at William Hill Race & Sports Book, with the most locations in Nevada to place a bet on the big game.
The Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will meet at 3:30 p.m. PT on Feb. 2, and William Hill is offering its signature extensive wagering menu for the season’s final – and biggest – game. Open for wagering as of Friday morning are more than 400 ways to bet next Sunday’s game – including odds on several team and individual outcomes within the game. The menu won’t stop there, though, as many more propositional wagers – or “props” – will be offered throughout the upcoming week.
All props will also be available via the William Hill Mobile Sports wagering app, which allows bettors to play on the go via their smartphone device from anywhere in the state.
Early wagering on the game is largely in favor of Denver, with the legendary Manning as the driving force behind those betting opinions. Each week this season, Manning props offered by William Hill were a hit, and there will be more than ever on Feb. 2 as he chases his second ring, including:
- Will Manning throw for over or under 323.5 yards?
- Will Manning throw for over or under 2.5 touchdown passes?
- Who will have more: Manning touchdown passes or Arsenal/Crystal Palace total goals?
“Betting on the big game nowadays mostly means betting the props,” William Hill Director of Trading Nick Bogdanovich said. “With that said, we expect no one to be a bigger draw in this game than Peyton Manning. He’s had the greatest single season ever by a pro quarterback, and now tries to polish it off against the No. 1 defense in the league. You couldn’t ask for anything better if you’re looking for action on the game.”
The William Hill trading team so far has produced 227 wagers on next Sunday’s game, and we even asked our employees and the public – via Facebook and Twitter – what they would like to see. Many suggestions involve Seattle star cornerback Richard Sherman, who has made quite a bit of news over the last week.
Props involving the top Seahawks defender include:
- Yes or no: Will Richard Sherman record an interception?
- Who will have more: Sherman total solo + assisted tackles or Juventus/Inter Milan total goals?
InPlay wagering will also be offered, available at all 100 William Hill locations throughout Nevada, and via the Mobile Sports app. The action never stops with InPlay wagering, as the point spread, total and money line will adjust throughout the game. A full list of locations and mobile info is available at williamhill.us.
Monday night finish helps net customer a $109,290 payday – on his birthday
RENO (November 20, 2013) – Bob Martini’s 71st birthday is one he will surely never forget.His day started off unlike any other on Tuesday, as he headed to his favorite sports book – the Club Cal Neva – and cashed out for $109,290 as the lone winner in the Week 11 William Hill Pro Football Progressive Contest.Out of 8,717 entries into last week’s contest, which featured a record jackpot, Bob had the lone live entry heading into Monday night’s New England-Carolina showdown, with the Panthers as his selection to win. The Carolina victory was sealed with a controversial finish, as a flag for pass interference on Carolina in the end zone on the game’s final play was picked up, denying New England one more shot at the winning touchdown.
“I was thinking they’d have the ball on the one-yard line with one play and no time left – I think the referee did the right thing,” Martini said with a laugh. “I didn’t know I had the only live ticket heading into Monday night … and that was probably a good thing, because I probably would have laid some money going the other way. I still did sweat some.”
Martini is a long-time customer at the Club Cal Neva book, and owns a bar just down the street from the casino. He said he has no major plans for the money just yet.
SLS Las Vegas partners with global gaming leader William Hill on state-of-the-art sports book concept
Partnership Aligns Industry Leading Hospitality Brand with World-Class Gaming Platform to Launch Cutting Edge Sports Book Experience at SLS Las Vegas
Las Vegas (August 29, 2013) – SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, sbe’s highly anticipated, all-encompassing resort and casino property opening on the Strip in fall of 2014, today announced its partnership with William Hill, one of the world’s top gaming companies, to introduce a state-of-the-art sports book concept.
As the SLS Las Vegas is the first new casino development on the Strip in over 3 years, the property will collaborate with William Hill to launch a sports book experience featuring groundbreaking wagering technologies designed to provide guests with an unrivaled sports betting offering.
“sbe and the SLS brand are rooted in a commitment to innovation throughout every layer of our business and William Hill shares that commitment as well,” said Rob Oseland, president of SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. “Together we’ll create a sports wagering experience that’s best in class for the market and takes the traditional sports book model to a whole new level.”
“We are delighted to be partnering with sbe as they create a new Strip experience with SLS Las Vegas,” said Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US. “As we move toward opening next year, we look forward to working with them to create a world class sports book environment.”
The sports book partnership means SLS Las Vegas guests will have access to innovative wagering technology, including William Hill’s market-leading mobile betting platform available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Additionally, the sports book will feature an expansive HD video wall for viewing of sporting events and betting odds, as well as fully automated InPlay wagering on many events.
The sports book at SLS Las Vegas will be situated within a property that offers a collection of award-winning brands, including The Bazaar by Jose Andres, Katusya by Starck, Umami Burger, The Sayers Club and 800 Degrees, as well as a number of new culinary and nightlife brands, and iconic fashion retailer Fred Segal.
Parlay Card availability, enhanced InPlay wagering highlights app’s new features
LAS VEGAS (August 28, 2013) – With the 2013 football season only days away, William Hill Race & Sports Book is unveiling the latest version of the William Hill Mobile Sports wagering app, which allows customers to place their bets from anywhere in Nevada.
Version 3.0 of the Mobile Sports app features key upgrades, highlighted by the availability of several different parlay cards and enhanced InPlay wagering, which will now be available for every pro football game during the 2013 season.
“We are excited to roll out the recent upgrades to our Mobile Sports app, enhancing what we feel is the best wagering product available to customers in Nevada,” William Hill US CEO Joe Asher said. “Our already popular parlay card offering becomes that much more attractive with its availability from anywhere in the state, and the ability to place InPlay wagers at any point during any pro football game this season should be a hit with every football bettor.”
The newest version of the William Hill Mobile Sports app is currently available to anyone with an iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet with an active data plan carried by AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile or Boost Mobile. The app is free to download, and can be registered at any of 75 full-service William Hill locations throughout the state. Accounts can be both funded and withdrawn from at any full-service book, and deposits can also be made at any William Hill Mobile Sports Deposit Hot Spot, located in any PT’s Tavern or Sierra Gold location.
Also available to William Hill Mobile Sports users this football season will be a chance to win their share of more than $25,000 in free bets, including $10,000 in free bets that will be given away on September 7th & 8th to kick of the 2013 season. The free bets awarded each weekend throughout the regular season are part of William Hill’s new “1st and $10,000” promotion. As part of the promotion, each new Mobile Sports wagering account registered and funded with at least a $10 initial deposit before September 30th, 2013, will receive a $10 account bonus credit.
For more details on the William Hill Mobile Sports app, the “1st and $10,000” promotion and to find your nearest William Hill location in Nevada, visit www.williamhill.us.
LAS VEGAS (August 12, 2013) – This football season, William Hill Race & Sports Book is offering major weekly incentives for customers who make their wagers using the William Hill Mobile Sports app. With the new “1st and $10,000” promotion, more than $25,000 in free mobile wager credits will be awarded to customers over 17 weeks.
The promotion will start off with a bang on the first full weekend of the 2013 football season, with 10 $1,000 free bets being awarded to active William Hill Mobile Sports customers – five on Saturday, September 7th, 2013 and five more on Sunday, September 8th, 2013. All randomly selected winners will be notified via a pop-up message on their William Hill Mobile Sports app upon logging in that day.
After $10,000 in free bets are given out that weekend, one $500 free bet will be drawn for each following Saturday and Sunday through the Sunday, December 29th, 2013 conclusion of the NFL regular season.
“1st and $10,000 is the first mobile sports book promotion that gives both new and loyal customers a chance to win prizes instantly just for logging into their William Hill Mobile Sports app on Saturdays and Sundays during the football season,” said William Hill Director of Marketing Michael Grodsky. “With $10,000 in free bets up for grabs on the opening weekend, now is the time to get your William Hill Mobile Sports account ready for the upcoming football season.”
William Hill rolls out three contests for the upcoming 2013 football season, including the new Three ‘N Out
LAS VEGAS (July 29, 2013) – With the 2013 football season just over a month away, William Hill Sports Book is rolling out Nevada’s most diverse menu of football contests. Returning from the 2012 season are the popular Pro Pick ‘em and College Pick ‘em contests, with the new Three ‘N Out survivor-style pro football contest rounding out the lineup.
Combined, the three contests will pay out more than $400,000 this season in guaranteed prize money, with just over $300,000 of it coming in the form of weekly prizes in the Pro and College Pick ‘em contests.
“Last season, our contests were a huge success, and we feel we have improved our offerings significantly this time around,” said William Hill Director of Public Relations Jimmy Vaccaro. “The Three ‘N Out contest was wildly popular with our customers during March Madness, and we think it will be an even bigger hit on the gridiron.”
Each entry into the Pro Pick ‘em contest costs $25, and up to 25 are allowed per customer. Each week, players will pick the winner of all Sunday and Monday pro football games, with a $10,000 weekly prize paid to the entry with the most winners. The entry with the most winners at season’s end will collect a $25,000 cash prize.
The popular College Pick ‘em contest – Nevada’s only college football handicapping contest – costs $100 to play, with a maximum of 10 entries allowed. Players choose seven games against the spread from a menu of designated games, with first prize each week paying out $5,000 and the season’s top record earning a $10,000 cash reward.
New this season is the Three ‘N Out pro football contest – a survivor-style format that was big with customers during March’s men’s college basketball tournament. Entry into the Three ‘N Out costs $25, with up to 5 entries allowed per customer and a guaranteed $50,000 prize pool. Each week, players will pick one side or total from any Thursday, Sunday or Monday pro football game. If the pick wins, the entry advances to the next week. Once an entry has three losses, it is eliminated. With the maximum 5 entries, one player can have 15 lifelines to use during the 17-week season.
The Three ‘N Out contest starts on Thursday, September 5, as Baltimore and Denver kick off the 2013 season, and will last until either only one entry remains, or when the regular season ends on December 29. The College Pick ‘em contest lasts 10 weeks, starting on Saturday, September 7 and running through November 9. The Pro Pick ‘em contest begins on Sunday, September 8 and lasts through the December 29 regular season conclusion. All contest entries this season include membership in the William Hill Rewards Club, which earns players special offers throughout the year, plus the ability to earn comps and free bets with their race and sports wagers.