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Coral have a history going all the way back to 1926 and have become one of the UK's most trusted bookmakers. The online operations have subsequently become the sites of choice for players around Europe where they can find a sportsbook, casino, bingo, poker and a mobile betting application.
Coral is a part of the larger Gala Coral Group that also includes Eurobet which provides sports betting services to 130 countries. With a turnover of £1 billion in 2011, Coral is a safe, reliable company that have an excellent reputation and reward their customers with some innovative bonuses. Coral is licensed in Gibraltar, which is generally regarded as one of the most reputable offshore gaming regulators in the world.
Everything needed to get started and place bets can be accessed quickly from the sports page, where details of the next events and the day's highlights are shown, along with current prices and information on which TV channel the event can be watched on. An A-Z of all covered sports will take customers to an extensive selection of both popular and more obscure sports including:
There are lots of virtual sports including horses and greyhounds, while customers can also place bets on non-sports events like snow at Christmas or the next Big Brother winner. With lots of In -Play betting chances and several markets for most sports, such as correct score, half time, full time and goalscorer markets in football, Coral customers will always find the right bets at competitive prices.
All UK and Irish horse racing is covered, with each day's main races from around the world also featured, and choosing a bet type is easy with quick links to each meeting where stats, news, tips and a best price guarantee can all be found. Anyone from the UK or Ireland placing a bet of at least £1 is able to watch the race live on their PC or mobile device via Corals' live streaming service. Coral Radio has live commentary from all of the main horse races, greyhound meets and football games.
Promotions are pretty limited on the sports betting side of Coral's site. New players can expect a welcome bonus, usually in the form of a free bet equal in value to their first bet size, but this can occasionally change as different offers are introduced, and they often have extra offers like a bonus that can be used at the casino for anyone registering at Coral Sports, or enhanced odds for double or triple bets.
The main casino site features games developed by Playtech, the industry leading software supplier, with around 300 titles available. These include many slots and scratch cards with film and TV themes such as Gladiator, Rocky, the Sopranos, Marvel superheroes and King Kong, plus several versions of casino games like Blackjack, Roulette and video poker. Customers can choose to play a limited range without having to download any software, or the whole range in a download version. There are around 25 progressive jackpots available with Gold Rally, Beach Life and the Marvel titles having jackpots that can exceed £100,000s or even £1,000,000s, while smaller jackpots can be found in games like Wall Street Fever, Cinerama, Queen of the Pyramids and Progressive Blackjack.
Bonuses at Coral Casino tend to be quite different from those offered at similar sites, with more varied promotions for regular players instead of a big welcome bonus for new ones. New players can expect to get several times their first deposit amount as a bonus, but only up to a fairly low maximum amount, while additional no deposit bonuses are frequently offered. Further welcome bonuses, targeted at customers who play specific games, can also be found. As with any online casino bonus, there are certain terms and conditions that must be met before withdrawing any funds.
Regular players can earn more bonuses each time they play. For every £10 staked on slots games, they earn 2 Comp Points or 1 Point for others, and can convert points for cash once they have accumulated enough. Players who earn enough points in a month qualify for entry to the VIP scheme and the higher up the scheme levels they rise, the better the points conversion rate, plus they can get surprise bonuses, invites to special events and other exclusive rewards.
A unique offer for all players is the casino Acca system where playing 2 or more specified games each weekend earns a bonus payment. Other promotions run for limited periods but there will always be several available at any time.
In addition to the main casino site, there is a live casino, mobile version and a Games section with a huge range of slots, video poker, instant win and scratch cards using software from several suppliers including IGT and Cryptologic.
Running Playtech software on the iPoker network, Coral Poker has a huge number of players online at peak times, with a large range of cash games and tournaments at all prices. Tables include Texas Holdem, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 5 Card Draw and 7 Card Stud at Fixed Limit, Pot Limit and No Limit tables. Like most online poker rooms, the software needs to be downloaded before it can be played, but it is a very stable platform with well laid out tables and clear graphics.
New Coral Poker customers can claim several welcome bonus offers including freeroll tournament entry tickets, a small cash bonus once they start playing and a play bonus released into the customer's account in stages each time they deposit a defined amount and earn enough poker points. These points are earned when a player generates $1 in rake or pays to join a tournament. The VIP scheme has 10 levels, from Newbie, to The Nuts, and points can be exchanged for cash or goods in the poker Shop. In this shop, players can purchase anything from designer sunglasses and iPads, to holidays and sports car hire.
Introduced in 2012, Coral Bingo runs on the very popular Virtue Fusion software which gives them access to the biggest bingo network in Europe. Visitors to the site can see details of the latest welcome bonus for new players, a useful schedule showing what is due to start, plus their prices and prizes, and the latest Game of the Month where players can get extra bonuses when they play it. The bingo includes 90 ball, 80 ball and 75 ball, as well as the special games that run across the network, such as Deal or No Deal, Lucky Numbers and Clover Rollover.
When a new player makes their first deposit, they can claim a welcome bonus, although these tend to be quite small compared to many sites with the best promotions saved for regular players mainly in the form of big prize give-aways. There is a loyalty points scheme in which players earn points that can be exchanged for cash, with the conversion rate improving at each level of the VIP club, and new players can enjoy free bingo games during a qualifying period once they have deposited funds.
There are around 35 slots and scratchcards that can be played from within the bingo area, but Coral operate a 'one wallet' system where a single account can be used to play at any part of the whole site, so bingo customers can play at the casino in just a couple of clicks.
Coral welcome payments from a wide range of methods including all major credit cards, debit cards, prepaid vouchers and money transfer services. The minimum payment threshold is only £5, and the minimum withdrawal amount is just £1 although it would not really be practical to withdraw this amount as the card companies may charge processing fees. Before making their first withdrawal new customers will need to verify their identity and if possible, funds will be returned to the last payment method used.
Coral are a well established, trusted brand that have developed a quality site with some interesting features. They cover a good range of sports, and have chosen to use some of the best casino, poker and bingo software on the market, giving their customers access to the biggest networks available. Offers and promotions range from the innovative casino Acca deal and generous poker new player bonuses, to the fairly poor bingo sign-up offer. Banking facilities are very good, with low minimum payments and quick processing, while the wide range of options means that everyone will be able to find at least one way to pay into their player account.
|Large variety of free bet offers across different sports.|
|Live Streaming and Radio.|
|Good brand with a well known name and long history.|
|High quality software.|
|Some good, unusual promotions.|
|Promotional incentives are relatively low value.|
|No live chat facility.|
|License Number: 39071|
|Registration Number: 266|
Appointed in November 2010, Carl Leaver is the current group chief executive of Gala Coral, a company that employs over 19,000 people across the globe.
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