Coral have firmly established them as one of the biggest gambling portals in the online gaming industry. Their history, like many, started on the high street and has now blossomed into an online powerhouse. Unlike many however, they still operate a large number of betting shops throughout the UK and Ireland, although for this review we will be looking at how they perform solely online.
The company are based out of Ireland, but they perform admirably across the UK and Europe these days. They are licensed by the Gibraltar Gambling Commission but their headquarters are based in Nottingham, England.
The company boast a healthy sportsbook, casino, bingo and poker section, along with integrated LottoBet, Virtuals and Live casino. Throughout the review we will be looking at how each section of the company performs.
Sports Betting At Coral
The sports betting section of the Coral bookmaker is what the company are most well known for. They include dozens of sports and hundreds of markets mixing in everything from football to fencing.
More recently, they have undergone huge changes to their mobile betting app, which now allows you to access every sport and betting market that was originally on offer from their sportsbook. The app is available on both iOS and Android devices with each having custom layouts and designed to fit perfectly with each interface.
Sport Welcome Bonus: Bet £25, Get A £20 Free Bet
Upon registering a new account with Coral you will be able to take advantage of their Bet £5, get £20 welcome offer. The offer is available to all customers in the UK and Ireland and will be paid out in 4 bets of £5 once you have made your initial bet.
The first bet needs to be placed on any sporting market at odds of 1.5 (1/2) or greater. You must make your first bet within 14 days of opening your account and from there you get 7 days in which to use each of your £5 free bets, totalling £20. Qualifying bets will not count on bets that have used the ‘Cash Out’ feature from Coral and can’t be used on the Football Jackpot or Tote.
Odds and Markets
Coral have managed to implement a more than fair pricing structure for their odds. You’re always going to get competitive pricing for more or less all sports and markets, but it’s highly unlikely that Coral will be the best priced for all bets.
That being said, very few bookmakers can every really claim they are best priced for all markets, but with Coral you can be sure that you wont be hard done by too much with the odds on offer.
Their market coverage is overall pretty good. They massively push both football and horse racing to their punters and it’s here where you will find the majority of markets to bet on. Again, this isn’t uncommon for UK based bookmakers as these are the sports that most punters are looking to bet on.
Aside from the big two, Coral provide betting markets on over 20 other sports from around the world. Sports such as cricket, rugby, golf, cricket, darts, snooker and tennis are your more obvious ones and are all apparent. A few more niche sports will include hurling, baseball, basketball, Aussie Rules, UFC and MMA, to name but a few.
Live Betting and Streaming
The live betting section within Coral is one that has improved greatly over the last couple of years. An area where they will likely admit themselves that lacked a little, it’s now up there with the best in terms of coverage.
Again, your main sport for the live betting is going to be that of football, but just a quick glance shows games from tennis, basketball, snooker, greyhound racing and ice hockey, which shows that they do open these types of bets.
A nice addition to the live betting section is the inclusion a mini style match centre. This means you can see the real time score, along with information such as dangerous attacks, shots on target, shots off target, yellow/red cards and number of corners.
Live streaming is another aspect of the site that Coral have worked hard to improve. They claim that you can now watch over 2,00 live matches every week, and the best thing is that they are all free! Well, kind of, you need to have a funded betting account to do so, but this can be as little as £1 and you are good to go.
Coverage includes football, snooker, rugby, darts, basketball, badminton, handball, ice hockey and volleyball. The games vary, but for football they do have coverage of La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and Eredivise, which are all strong leagues across Europe.
Other Features: Cash Out & Football Jackpots
Coral do now run a solid cash out system, which allows you to cash bets out for a guaranteed return prior to the game actually ending. Not all games can be cashed out though and this includes some markets as well. We’d say that whilst it’s a good feature to have, it does rally need to extend to all types of bets for it to be classed a triumph.
The Football Jackpot that Coral run every week is similar to that of the pools in that you pick from a home win, away win or a draw from a number of games across the top UK leagues. You can stake as little as 25p per line, and the more lines you choose, the more combinations of results you can win from. The amount you could win would depend on the number of entrants due to the fact that this is a dividend.
If we had to highlight one reason to join Coral if would be for the offers that they provide to both existing and new customers.
Once registered to the bookmaker, we liked the addition of the Super Acca insurance that runs on all football accumulator bets. Basically, if you place an acca of six matches or more, then Coral will refund your stake up to £25 should up to 3 of your selections lose.
Another promotion they like to run is money back if your horse falls on selected jump races. Again, this is up to £25 and a nice guarantee, especially on some of the more traitorous courses.
Casino Games At Coral
It’s safe to say that the casino section at Coral isn’t as strong as their sportsbook section. But, that doesn’t mean that it’s more than handy for the casual casino player. The casino runs Playtech software and offers around 200 games which can be played instantly on both computers and mobile devices.
Casino Welcome Bonus: Bet £10, Get £50 Free
At Coral you will become eligible to earn a casino bonus worth up to £50 (or currency equivalent). It’s a very simple process to claim this offer and to do so you need to register a new casino account then deposit £10 into your account. You can of course deposit more than this but only £10 of your total deposit will work towards your bonus.
Once your bonus has been accepted it will instantly be credited to your account. This will then make it eligible to use at any casino game. You will need to wager through your bonus amount 24 times before you can withdraw and any withdrawal made prior to this will forfeit any bonus. Your casino bonus can be checked from the accounts section and this will highlight how much you have left to clear. The most that can be cleared from one ‘spin’ or ‘play’ is £0.50. You have 28 to claim the full bonus amount before it will expire.
Software and Games
Coral have teamed up with software provider Playtech for their casino games, and these guys are one of the best in the business. The affiliation means that Coral host a plethora of casino games ranging from slots, roulette variants, table games such as blackjack and craps, along with live casino games and video poker.
The casino can be accessed by both a browser and a download version for desktops, along with a dedicated mobile app. The strength of the casino, like most of this nature, lies in it’s slots catalogue of which you can access hundreds of titles including Deal or No Deal, Kong, Marvel, Rocky, X-Men and many more.
Mobile Casino Games
As mentioned, the casino can be accessed direct from your smartphone and will have dedicated downloads for both iPhone and Android devices. What you get from the app is the full catalogue of games to choose from that you would on desktop, which is a great addition and not something that all casinos offer.
Coral are generally pretty good with their casino promotions and what you’ll find is that a lot of them will be seasonal. For example,as you approach Christmas they offer up a load of prizes in the lead up to the big day. They run similar offers in the summer as well (Summer Sizzlers), so it’s worth checking back to see what’s happening.
They also offer up a free cash bonus of £10 when you register a new account. This can be used on any of their games throughout the casino and it’s a great way to get a feel of both the casino and how games in the casino work.
The bingo room has been an area that’s seen a rather large transformation over the last couple of years. The upturn in the popularity of bingo games has forced their hand somewhat, but nonetheless, you are still getting a really good quality bingo section with games running around the clock. The integration with casino games was a nice touch in our eyes.
It runs on Virtue Fusion software (operated by Playtech, the same company as the casino) and offers a £25 bonus when you deposit £5.
The ability to either download the poker to your desktop or simply play via your browser adds additional layers of depth to a quality outlet for the Coral group.
As you’d expect from such a high-end gambling portal, Coral have a good range of payment options to choose from. These include debit card, credit card, Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, Skrill, Neteller, ECOPayz, Paysafecard and Pre Paid cards.
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On top of this you can also register a Coral Connect card, which means that you can use the balance of your online account in their high street bookmakers or vice-versa. You can even deposit or withdraw through the card at any of Coral’s many many high street bookies.
Again, as a higher end product, you’re going to get plenty of opportunities to get in touch with Coral, should you ever need too. The live chat feature has to be the quickest and easiest way for most people, but on top of that you can phone, email or simply pop into your local Coral shop.
- Live Chat: Via Website
- Phone: 0800 44 00 11
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Company Name: Coral Interactive (Gibraltar) Limited
- Company Number: 106323
- Registered Address: Suite 711, 1st Floor, Europort, Europort Road, Gibraltar GX11 1AA
- Gambling License: UK Gambling Commission / 39071