Coral has been in the sports betting industry since all the way back in 1926. This means there aren’t many companies or bookmakers out there that know more about sportsbetting, or have more experience in being a good bookmaker. The fact that it has not just survived, but thrived in this competitive industry says a lot.
Coral came into being when Joseph Kagarlitski, a Polish man, migrated to the UK and changed his name to Joseph Coral. Joseph started taking bets in 1926, specialising in local horse racing and did it all small time until it was eventually legalised in 1961. He then opened his first bookmaker shop and thus Coral was born.
Because of the shop’s success, there was a quick expansion. In just a year there were 23 Coral bookmakers and by 1977 there were hundreds of betting shops throughout the UK. He then expanded to bingo, casinos, hotels and more.
Throughout the 1990’s and the 2000’s, the group changed hands a fair few times until it finally merged with another huge name in betting – Gala. It is now known as Gala Coral. Through other mergers, namely Ladbrokes amongst others, it is now one of the largest bookmakers in the UK with around 1,800 Coral betting shops in the UK alone, along with 25 casinos and another 300 bookmakers in Italy. Then, of course, there’s its online site. We will be looking at this online betting site in this Coral review and seeing if it is worthy of the Coral name and recognition.
Coral is such a well-established brand within the UK and across the globe, that it has a massive customer base. As a result, it is vital that it offers a wide variety of sports and markets. It really doesn’t disappoint. Not only does it have a vast quantity of sports, but every sport has subcategories and different markets to bet on. There are leagues and tournaments from all around the world catered for, so no matter how different your taste is, you will be catered for at Coral. The top sports on offer are:
|Tennis||Darts||Greyhound Racing||Rugby Union|
However, there are plenty of other sports on offer, such as:
|American Football||Aussie Rules||Badminton||Baseball|
|Motor Sports (bikes)||Motor Sports (cars)||Rugby League||Snooker|
Other Betting Options
As well as this, it also offers a variety of virtual sports to bet on, including: virtual horse racing, greyhounds, football, tennis motorsports, speedway and cycling. However, if you want to place a wager on something that isn’t sports related, then there are other options available. You can choose from: UK, International and special political events, including local election results, leaders or political parties, the next mayor and more; there are also a host of US political issues to bet on. If you want more light hearted betting, then there are also TV bets available such as: the next James Bond, Mercury Prize winners, The Voice winner, Eurovision and more. You can also have a bet on the Royals if you feel so inclined and are feeling a little patriotic.
Because it is a bookmaker that is primarily aimed at the UK market, there are huge markets on offer when it comes to football and horse racing. There are all leagues, tournaments and competitions, from the obvious and popular Premier League to the less well-known Azerbaijani 1st division. With horse racing, you can place bets on the top UK races such as Grand National and Cheltenham, all the way to the international races such as the Kentucky Derby.
Previously, this was not one of Coral’s strongest points. However, fortunately it has made the decision to revitalise this area of the site and this has had a massive impact. When you go to the live ‘in-play’ section of the site, it displays all the live events that are currently available for you to place a bet on. As well as this, it also shows matches and events that are due to start soon. Then, should you wish to find out more information on any of the events, you are able to click on the event. You will then be able to see all the latest statistics and up-to-date odds.
When you have found your chosen event, you will get some very detailed and in depth statistics and odds. There are masses of in-play betting options, and because of the amount of details and options, the odds section of the page can seem a little overwhelming and crowded.
Furthermore, Coral has also added live-streaming options to the sportsbook. It doesn’t offer every event to watch, and it still has a way to go until it rivals some of the other big name live streaming, but in total it offers 5,000 live events every year. On mobile, you can only access the football and table tennis via the app. The live streams that are available are alongside the live odds. Games that are available have a little TV icon next to them.
Coral odds in the past were not as competitive as they could be for an online bookmaker of this size. However, since its merger with Ladbrokes, which was always known for its competitive odds, this has had a good impact on Coral’s odds overall. This is a bookmaker that does, however, run slightly higher betting margins than some other big names out there. They average at around the 5% margin, which isn’t too bad, but may not be ideal for certain punters out there.
When you start your Coral journey, you’ll be awarded £20 in free bets. In order to qualify for these free bets you have to open a new online, mobile or telephone account with Coral, place a bet of £5 or more on a win or each way bet on any sports and Coral will give you four x£5 free bets. When placing your bet, you need to make sure that you place your qualifying bet on odds of ½ or over. It isn’t open to players who make their first deposit via PayPal, Moneybookers, Paysafe, Neteller or Skrill. You must also make the qualifying bet within 14 days of registering your account. Furthermore, once you have received the bets, you need to use them within 4 days of receipt, or they will expire.
There are a host of other terms and conditions attached to how these bets can be spent, so do check out the full terms and conditions before you make that first deposit.
On top of this, depending on what events are happening at that specific time, there can be other special welcome bonuses and Coral offers. Do keep an eye out for these as you can benefit from special odds and more. When it comes to decent welcome bonuses, Coral knows what it’s doing.
Build Your Bet
If you know a lot about football, then build your bet is a great way to get a great price for your bet and win a cash prize to boot. Simply combine match team and player bets and add them to your betting slip to build up one huge bet – i.e.:
Liverpool v Man City:
Mane to score 1+ goal; Firmino to make 1+assist; Salah to score 1+ goals; over 2.5 goals; under 10.5 corners; Jordan Henderson to be carded.
Odds – 252/1
This build up could see you hit the top of the leaderboard. Should you make a bet that takes you into the top 6 on the leaderboard, you’ll claim a share of the £10,000 prize pool. Please be sure to read through all the T&Cs attached on the website.
4+ Acca Boost
Simply place a winning accumulator of at least £2 on pre-selected pre-match football markets and Coral boosts your winnings by 10%, paid as a free bet up to £100. The 4+ Acca boost only applies to straight line accumulators of 4 or more selections on the following pre-match markets: match result (win, draw, win); both teams to score; to win and both teams to score.
Simply makes sure your minimum odds are 1/10 and that the accumulator has a cumulative price of at least 6/4. Check out the other terms and conditions on the site.
Virtual Sports Offer
Try out the virtual sports market at Coral and you will get a free bet up to £20. Simply place a bet at odds of evens or higher on any scheduled VS event and whether you win or lose, you’ll get a matched free bet of up to £20 to use instantly.
Best Price Guaranteed
Coral offers best odds guaranteed on both horse racing and greyhounds. So if you decide wager on a horse or greyhound should the odds of winning improve during the race, Coral will pay you out at the best odds. As with all promotions, there are terms attached, such as the daily cap of £50,000 that is applied and that only pre-match betting will count. Be sure to read all the small print.
There are many more that are changed and updated all the time, so to find out what the current promotions are, please visit the Coral site.
Firstly, it’s important to note that this is an online bookmaking site that is licensed by the UKGC and the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner. The other areas of the site, however, such as poker and bingo, have different licenses. Because the bookmaker has a license from the UK Gambling Commission, it has to make sure that there are several steps it follows to adhere to the strict terms of the licensee’s regulations.
Coral must ensure that it is able to provide assistance to punters who may be experiencing gambling related problems. It does this by linking itself to responsible gambling bodies such as GamCare and www.begambleaware.org.
Another condition is that it provides a completely fair and transparent betting system that makes sure that customers are never exploited for the financial gain of the company. In this way, it is linked to IBAS, the Independent Betting Arbitration Service, which is a third party that is there to protect the individuals involved. As well as this it takes all steps possible to make sure that anyone under the legal age of gambling cannot access and use the site.
On top of all the legislation, Coral ensures all users are completely safe and secure. It constantly reviews and updates security and safety protocol to make sure that all online transactions and data will be completely secure. As such, it has a valid SSL license from Norton and is Verisign certified. Because of these stringent measures, all data that you provide is completely protected as vulnerability checks are constantly being carried out.
Coral banking methods are very good, as you would expect. There are a variety of top methods in which you can deposit and withdraw your money, that are suited to all players. Whether you want to pay directly by card, or prefer the security of an eWallet, the choice is yours. There is a minimum deposit of just £5 for all methods apart from PayPal, which currently has a £10 minimum. The banking methods you can use currently are:
|Visa / Visa Electron||✓||✓|
Coral’s accepted currencies are GBP, EUR, SKK and USD.
In comparison with many others, withdrawing money at Corals is superb. It’s faultless. Firstly, the whole process is very quick. Withdrawing via eWallet generally takes less than 24 hours; cards and bank transfers take between 2-5 days. However, what makes it stand out is the fact that: firstly, there are no fees attached whatsoever; secondly, there is no minimum withdrawal – highly unusual and finally, there is no maximum withdrawal.
When it comes to Coral banking, it gets an impressive gold star.
Another area that stands out is the Coral customer service. This, again, is pretty faultless as far as our experiences go. There are a variety of ways you can contact the Customer Support department. Firstly there are two telephone numbers: Freephone from the UK 0800 44 00 11 and from a mobile or outside UK you can use (0044) 208 507 5544. Another way for immediate contact is via the live chat. Both services are available 24/7.
If you have a less urgent query then you can email Coral directly on the website, which generally takes around 4 hours, depending on the time and how busy it is. Furthermore, you can also contact the bookmaker via its Twitter and Facebook pages.
In our experience, when we contacted the Customer Service agents, they were very helpful and extremely professional and knowledgeable. They were able to deal with our queries quickly and successfully and we left with a very positive impression of this particular area of service.
Because it is such a huge bookmaker and has lots of sports available, the homepage is chock full of different available bets. However, it is also very easy to navigate. Along the top of your screen, you can choose options such as: Live Stream; Live Scores; Results; Statistics; News & Blogs; Coral Radio; Football Jackpot; Contact Us and Offers. It is down the left hand side of your screen that you will find the sports. Firstly there’s the Quick Links to the most popular areas of the site, such as horse racing and football; below that there is My Coral, which we will look at closely in a minute; under that there is the A-Z of sports and at the bottom of the left hand side you will see the non-sports (Bingo, casino and such).
My Coral is what makes it great to use. This really personalises your Coral user experience. As you create your events, you are able to add them to your ‘My Coral’ tab. This means that you can go straight to your preferred sports and markets immediately. These factors, alongside the search button, ensures it’s a very easy-to-use interface.
It has boasted that the Coral mobile sportsbetting app changes the game. In all fairness, it can argue a very good case. You can download the app on both Android (if you have version 5.0 or newer) and iOS (on 9.0 and newer).
The app itself offers up a beautifully slick interface that allows its users a smooth and seamless experience that looks great and is also very easy to navigate.
Aesthetics aside, this is a mobile product that allows you access to all of the sports you can get on desktop. It has thousands of In-Play and pre-match markets at your fingertips. As well as that, if you fancy something different, it also has 250 casino games to play. Also, your app allows you access to all of the same promotions available on desktop; you won’t miss out on a thing.
All in all, the Coral mobile app is among the best on the bookmaker market; it supplies simplicity and seamless play all in one.
You have to have been living under a stone your whole life to have not heard the name Coral. Well, its fame is certainly well deserved. The sports and markets on offer are top range; furthermore, now it has teamed up with Ladbrokes, its odds have improved as well. The user experience of the site is fantastic, especially with My Coral, and the mobile site is equally as impressive. We were very impressed with both the banking and customer service as well. In all, we felt that it was an all-round top user experience. With great promotions and bonuses to back up its experience, Coral betting is definitely sticking around.