Coral Review

Coral ScreenshotIn this review we take a look at Britain’s third largest bookmaker and casino, Coral. Their business has expanded rapidly with the growth of online sports betting and as a result their website caters to punters betting on a long list of sports from football and horseracing to futsal and snooker. Additionally, Coral offers a casino with a variety of slots, table games, and a live casino.

Coral's website has modernised quickly as they join the small elite of gambling sites with full mobile functionality, as well as excellently developed in-play betting and live streaming functionality on their website. They also offer decent welcome bonuses along with some interesting and often very valuable regular promotions.

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Welcome Bonuses

Sports: Bet £5 Get £20 in Free Bets

The standard welcome bonus at Coral comes in the format of a £20 free bet token. You need to sign up and make a first bet of a minimum of £5 at minimum odds of 1/2 within 14 days of account registration in order to qualify. Once you’ve placed this bet your account will be credited with the £20 free bet which is to be used within 7 days.

You should be aware that the free bet stake will not be included in any returns and if your bet is voided for any reason you will not get a refund as is normal procedure. The free bet cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers either but you can use it on pretty much any market from singles to fourfold accumulators and higher.

All things considered this is one of the best value introductory offers around as it has one of the smallest investments required by you in order to take advantage of it, whereas other bookmakers are going with matched bets at Coral you get a straightforward free bet worth 400% of your initial outlay.

Casino: Deposit £10 Get £50

Coral’s welcome bonus is a real selling point as in percentage terms it is one of, if not the best, around. When you open an account all you have to do is deposit £10 and you receive an extra £50 bonus cash. Before you can withdraw any winnings though you will need to wager 24 times the bonus amount, so for a £50 bonus that’s £1,200 and not all games contribute the entire value of your wager towards this, although all of the slots do. 

You also need to make sure you do all this within 28 days of opening your account as all of your bonus plus the winnings you made from it will disappear after that. In addition to this you should be aware that using very low risk methods to meet the requirements won’t work as there are protections built in against this, such as the rule about covering 75% of the roulette board which stops any winnings counting towards the requirement. That said, these requirements are all fairly standard and, in fact, wagering of just 24 times the bonus only compares VERY favourably with many rival online casinos.

If £10 is a bit too much of an investment for you there’s a smaller welcome bonus for just £5 but that return isn’t quite as good as you only get a £10 bonus. The terms and conditions are basically the same as the first offer but the play through requirement is 50 times, instead of 24 so for £10 that’s £500 and the bonus expires after seven days instead of 28. The advantage of this one is that your £5 deposit isn’t tied to the bonus wagering, effectively making this a no risk offer. In addition, you can claim this offer and then the larger one as well should you like what you find at Coral Casino.

Loyalty Program: Sports & Casino VIP Scheme

The best VIP systems are ones that are linked between all platforms of a gambling site, and this is exactly what you get from Coral. The company are able to offer you access to a huge number of prizes and rewards by simply playing at their sportsbook, casino, poker room or even bingo hall, all under the same account.

There are 4 levels in total, which include Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. With each level you are required to not only hit a minimum deposit limit per month, but also to hit a certain number of priority points. The structure is listed below:

  • Bronze = £1,000 deposited and 1,5000 priority points
  • Silver = £2,000 deposited and 2,500 priority points
  • Gold = £4,000 deposited and 12,500 priority points
  • Platinum = Invitation only

Priority points are earned through any of the sites real money games and sports bets. The rate at which you earn the points will vary depending on what you are betting on. Again, below we have outlined what rates you will get from each platform:

  • 2 points for every £10 stake on Slots, Scratchcards and Bingo
  • 1 point for every £10 stake for all other casino games
  • 2.5 points for every £10 stake for sports single bets
  • 3 points for every £10 stake for sports multiple bets

As you work through each level, the range of rewards that you can claim will get a little bit sweeter. Some of the rewards on offer include:

  • Enhanced comp point redemption
  • Dedicated customer service team
  • Exclusive bonus promotions
  • Priority customer support
  • Hospitality prize draws
  • Weekly enhanced prizes
  • Personal account managers
  • Comprehensive tailored priority programme
  • Bespoke hospitality invitations
  • Faster withdrawals

Other Promotions

Sports: Money Back Specials & Football Jackpot

Coral are renowned for the insurance type promotions they offer on a range of sports. The idea is to take the sting out of a particularly painful loss, for example the football accumulator insurance allows you to get your stake back on accumulators which are fourfold or greater if just one result lets you down and on Premier League games you get your stake back if your bet is foiled by a goal coming after the 85th minute.

The equivalent in horse and greyhound racing is the Beaten By a Length insurance where you get your stake back as a free bet if your selection finishes second by a narrow margin, whilst their Faller promotion offers money back (as a free bet) if your horse falls in a National Hunt race. They also have accumulator insurance for golf and basketball which function in much the same way.

While insurance promotions are Coral’s most common offers they aren’t their only game and the Football Jackpot is one of their longest running and most popular specials. You simply predict the outcome of 15 pre-selected games every week on a win, lose or draw basis and then choose from a number of stake and line options to play for as little as a pound a week. There’s a guaranteed jackpot every week of £100,000 and you have until 3pm on Saturdays to place your bet either online or in a shop. If nobody wins the prize fund rolls over and jackpots of well over £1m happen most seasons.

Casino: Comp Points & Giveaways

Coral runs a Comp Points system which lets you earn points whilst playing which you can then redeem for cash when you get to 100, but once you earn Bronze, Silver or Gold status by collecting more points you can get improved rates. The redemption rate at Coral is already better than the Playtech average at two points for every £10 instead of just one, although it should be pointed out that some competitors offer three.

One off give-aways regularly turn up on the promotions page, often giving you the chance to get a bonus for an extra deposit in the style of a welcome bonus for existing customers or offering money back on losses on certain games for a limited time period.

You should also be aware that the promotions aren’t all in one place. For example, the live section has its own set of promotions, which includes another welcome bonus which you can claim on top of the first one. The in-built website games also feature offers, as do the slots, and alongside regular slots promotions and Bet and Spin, which combines the casino and sports betting, there is always a great bonus or promotion to take advantage of at Coral.

Odds & Markets

Coral are particularly strong on their range of markets, especially for UK sports. Their odds are also not to be scoffed at and while they don’t always lead the markets they’re definitely reliable and consistent and you don’t have to worry about them going out of business like some of the newer players.

Football is a particularly strong sport for them, they regularly cover more correct score lines and anytime goal scorers in Premier League, Championship and lower division action than their competitors and, as ever, with very solid odds.

American Football is another sport which they’re leading the field in amongst UK bookmakers as its popularity takes off over here. They offer more betting options on NFL and college games than almost anyone else and they’re really driving to promote betting on the sport as its popularity grows in the UK through the International Series.

Features

Coral Features Screenshot

Live Streaming

It was widely acknowledged that Coral were lagging behind their competitors in terms of their website before its overhaul but that’s really not true anymore. As part of their “Raising the Game” initiative that launched at the end of 2012 Coral modernised their site, improved their offers and added a number of nice features. The live streaming function airs more than 5,000 sporting events per year all of which can be bet on in the new look in-play betting console.

If you see a small TV icon next to a listing this indicates it’s available for live streaming. Sports streamed include football, rugby, basketball, tennis and snooker although currently only football and tennis are available on mobile platforms. Still it’s one of the best services around, perhaps second only to Betfair in terms of live-stream capability.

Cash Withdrawals

Thanks to a large network of high street betting shops, Coral are also able to offer something to their customers that an online-only bookie cannot - the ability to deposit and withdraw in cash. In 2015, the Coral Connect card was launched through which you can securely manage your online Coral account through any Coral store.

Connect Card, Functionality & Offers

As a Coral punter you’re going to be able to get your hands on the all-new Coral connect Card. The card is linked with your online betting account, but it allows you to both deposit and withdraw funds from online within any of Coral’s high street stores. This allows you to link your account with online, mobile and high street bets.

The connect card is also going to allow you to claim some pretty exclusive offers. These offers are generally tailored to your account, but they will include things like bonuses and even moneyback specials. The card is free to get, so it’s well worth signing up, if only for the increase in offers.

Player Bets – Bet Builder

The Player Bet Builder is one of the more interesting innovations that we have seen from Coral. It basically allows you to pick out single players for a certain game and then place different bets regarding their performance. These bets could include things such as shots on goal, tackles, passes, booking points and loads more. All you need to do is make your selection and then choose your markets, the program will then create the odds for your bet automatically.

It’s also possible to combine bets or even players to create multiple bets. So, you might choose Paul Pogba to score 2 goals, make 20+ passes, take 3+ corners and get a yellow card to create a form od accumulator bets. Alternatively, you can even include more than one player as well, so you might choose Eden Hazard and Diego Costa to have 8+ shots between them, and so on.

Other Gaming

The website also has casino, slots and lotto sections which are integrated seamlessly across all platforms for those who enjoy more than one type of gambling, with much of this offering also available on mobile. In addition Coral has a Virtual sports section which broadcasts virtual action 24/7 meaning you can bet on sports even when there’s no live “real” sport going on.

Casino Games

Coral Casino Games Screenshot

Coral’s casino was relaunched in 2012 and is now powered in large by the ever popular Playtech software platform, although there are also games from NetEnt, Ashgaming and Odobo. The new casino is a significant improvement as it means a smoother and more secure gaming experience as well as more available information on house edge percentages. If you check the help files for any slot game made by Playtech you can find the percentages and other relevant information, allowing you to make your own choices about what slots to play.

The casino has roughly 250 games available which is boosted to nearly 300 if you download the standalone casino client which is also made by Playtech. This is quick and easy to do, gives you access to more games and can substantially improve the appearance and functionality of your casino experience. If you take into account other games available on the site the number of games is closer to 600 - in other words you won’t be short of choice with Coral as they have one of the widest selections of games in the business.

Many of the slot games operate progressive jackpots which regularly run into the six or even seven figures. Some of the most popular titles are Gladiator JP, Beach Live and Iron Man 2 all of which have recently paid out over £1.5 million – not bad for a spin that could have cost just a pound or less!

For those who are looking for a more authentic casino experience there are a range of table games including pai gow, baccarat and sic bo as well as dedicated sections for blackjack, of which there are 14 variants, roulette, of which there are 19 and video poker, available in 15 different guises.

Coral also has a Live Casino where you can watch real dealers – more often than not good looking ones! - via a live stream and place bets on roulette, baccarat, blackjack and a hold ‘em variant. This feature has its own mobile app available on all iOS and Android platforms as well as the main Coral mobile site which allows you access to slots and other casino games and the Spin casino app which is just for table games. Splitting the apps up like this has pros and cons because it means having to install lots of apps if you use more than one of their services but it does keep each app very clean and functional, although most of the games can be simply accessed in your mobile browser.

On the High Street

The Coral brand started life within the bookmaking industry way back in 1929. As  the high street shops that we see today were still banned back then, the owner, Joe Coral, took to targeting dog tracks and racing tracks to satisfy his customer base. Later the company then took bets via courier and even postal bets, before finally breaking onto the high street in 1961.

The company now has over 1,800 licensed betting offices throughout the UK. But, the merger with Gala has allowed Coral to expand even further than that, mainly into the world of Bingo and Casino. Whilst these forms of gambling are more commonly associated with the brand, Gala, it’s essentially the same company as Coral. As a result, they currently have around 140 bingo halls and 25 casinos based around the world.

Banking

As we mentioned earlier in the review, one of the features that should appeal to UK customers is the ability to deposit and withdraw through any of Coral's 1800+ betting shops. The transactions are instant, but you need to be registered with the Coral Connect service first.

Other methods include all the usual debit and credit cards, as well as PayPal, Skrill, Neteller and Paysafecard:

  • Debit Card - £5 Min Deposit / £5 Min Withdrawal
  • Credit Card - £5 Min Deposit / £5 Min Withdrawal
  • Coral Connect - £5 Min Deposit / £5 Min Withdrawal
  • PayPal - £10 Min Deposit / £5 Min Withdrawal
  • Neteller - £5 Min Deposit / £5 Min Withdrawal
  • Skrill - £5 Min Deposit / £5 Min Withdrawal
  • Paysafecard - £5 Min Deposit
  • EcoPayz - £5 Min Deposit / £5 Min Withdrawal

Who are Coral?

Coral is a British bookmaker with over 1800 betting shops in the UK. The business was started by greyhound racing enthusiast, Joe Coral, in 1926 and reportedly set up using a small loan from a local cafe owner who was a fellow greyhounds man.

Over the years Coral has been bought and rebought many times and following a merger in October 2008 became the third largest British bookmaker. In 2015 another merger was provisionally agreed with rival bookmaker Ladbrokes that would create the UK's biggest bookie.

Coral is part of the larger Gala Coral group which also includes the brands Gala Bingo, Gala Casino and Eurobet most of which are operated out of Gibraltar. The company is still based in the UK with headquarters in Stratford and Nottingham although the casino was until recently licensed and regulated by the government of Gibraltar. The regulatory authority in Gibraltar is generally considered to be one of the most stringent but more recently Coral became regulated by the even more respected UK Gambling Commission, although the Coral name alone is a guarantee that you’re dealing with a trustworthy operator.

Contact & License Info

  • Live Chat: Via Website (7am to 12am)
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Monitored 7am to 12am)
  • Telephone: 0800 44 0011 (7am to 12am)
  • Address: Coral Interactive (Gibraltar) Limited, Suite 711, 1st Floor, Europort, Europort Road, Gibraltar GX11 1AA
  • Company Number: 106323
  • License: UK Gambling Commission (39071) & Gibraltar Gambling Commission (RGL 059 & 060)