William Hill is a giant of the betting industry that was founded in London almost 100 years ago by an Englishman of the same name. Even today, the business has stayed true to its roots with the William Hill head office located in the UK capital. Still, it now has an American owner in Caesars Entertainment and offices worldwide.
As the sportsbook website and mobile app begin to make inroads into the US betting market, people will want to know the latest rules and how it affects them. Can you use William Hill in California? Let’s find out.
Recent rules changes give the green light
The short answer is no; you can’t bet legally on sport in California online.
Change is sweeping America, especially where online sports betting is concerned. It was once the case that bets could only be made legally at a land-based casino in Las Vegas. Millions travelled from across America and the globe to bet on sports, casinos and slots in Sin City, but that’s no longer the case.
The White House handed the power to individual states with senators deciding on whether to stick with the ban on gambling in their region or swing open the doors and welcome the industry into their home, as well as the millions of dollars in tax it would bring, of course. Some states moved quickly to legalise online sports betting, including New Jersey, while others refused to entertain the idea.
Still some way to go
States including California decided to put it to a vote and let the people decide, but they weren’t helped any by the coronavirus outbreak in 2020 and the first half of 2021. In 2020 California officials held their first hearing into the argument for sports betting, but there’s still some way to go before any laws to allow betting are passed.
At present, the earliest we could see a change to the gambling laws would be 2022, and sports fans and those in support of legalising online betting will watch on in anticipation. As more states allow their residents to make their own decisions, gambling on sports or continuing to avoid the industry, the chances of California joining grow.