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Coral has been established for over 80 years and is one of the top three bookmakers in the UK

Our Coral review

Background

Coral has long been established as one of the ‘Big Three’ bookmakers in the UK and was first established in 1926 when Joe Coral began his bookmaking business. He was one of the first bookmakers to take advantage of legislation allowing off-course betting shops in 1960 and Coral was soon established as one of the big bookmaking names on the high street.

Nowadays, Coral forms part of the Gala Coral Group with over 1600 betting shops, online gaming sites, large telephone betting business, two greyhound stadia, bingo clubs and casinos. In recent years Coral has been expanding its foreign interests developing a chain of betting shops in Italy having won over 400 sports and horserace betting licenses in 2006 and has also set up a joint venture in China.

Coral ventured into online gaming when it acquired the internet betting business Eurobet in 1999 to establish Coral Eurobet. In developing its online presence, the Coral.co.uk website is predominantly UK facing while Eurobet has been retained and continues to cater for international customers.
 

Offers and Promotions

Coral regularly change their introductory offer and has recently launched a £50 Free Bet offer. It is a commendably simple offer, requiring new customers to deposit and bet £50 to receive a £50 Free Bet. Customers preferring to sign up and place smaller stakes will receive a free bet matching their first bet stake.

The big traditional bookmaking names, Coral, Ladbroke and William Hill, aren’t generally noted for giveaway offers, preferring to rely on the excellent reputation built over the years and their powerful brand names.

To Coral’s credit, they are becoming more competitive in this area and in addition to its very good introductory offer it is endeavouring to retain customers by bringing back its best odds guarantee. Horse racing fans are also offers cashback (in the form of free bet refunds) on a feature race most Saturday's. Football punters have the chance of cashback  for a a variety of eventualities on Live televised matches.

Coral also provide refunds on other high profile sports such as golf, snooker, tennis and more.

Odds & Markets

Coral’s prices are competitive, the football and racing odds compilers don’t seem too afraid to back their opinion and will often offer the stand out price against the rest of market opinion.

Visitors can quickly identify the horseracing and football prices that are the industry best as Coral conveniently highlight those odds.

Coral provide odds on a wide variety of sports, politics and special interest markets with a good depth of betting markets for the major sports, especially football with as many as 50 pre-match markets on games in the top European leagues.

Coral provides a good live betting service with in-play betting available for a number of popular sports and a decent range of in-play betting markets for each live event.
 

Website

Coral.co.uk has had the benefit of a recent overhaul and the website now offers a much improved experience for the visitor. The clean interface is well laid out with simple navigation and a straight forward registration process.

Coral has ensured the new website has quick access to live betting markets and upcoming betting opportunities for racing and other sports via the Quick Bet panel at the heart of the homepage. The list of sports and other betting events are clearly listed and extra features, such as radio, form, stats, scores are also easy to find and access.

Coral provides live video streams of horse racing action provided customers are logged into their account and have placed a bet of £1 or more on the race to be viewed; unfortunately there are no live streams for other major sports action.

Customers looking to access Coral.co.uk while out and about will find the website is quite usable from smartphone browsers, but it would be good to see an optimised mobile version of the website or better still, dedicated apps for java, Android and iPhone.
 

Customer Service

Coral has a proud record for providing great quality customer service and has endeavoured to bring this to the internet operation.

There is a detailed Help section on the website and Coral has provided a number of useful video tutorials to take the inexperienced through the process of opening an account, navigating the website, placing a bet, completing a football coupon and betting In Play.

Telephone support is available seven-days-a-week between 7am and 11pm via a freephone telephone number which includes a call back service for busy periods. There is no live chat facility, but customers can make enquiries by email or using e-message when logged into their account.

Deposits and withdrawals can be made using Delta, electron, Switch or Solo debit cards and Coral accept MasterCard/Visa credit cards and is capable of utilising the Verified by Visa service for additional security. Payments can also be processed via Moneybookers, Western Union and Bank Transfer.
 

Reputation

Coral has been in the bookmaking business for over 80 years and has an impeccable reputation. The sportsbook is licensed by the UK Gambling Commision and the website incorporates modern SSL technology to ensure financial transactions are safe and secure. Coral are affiliated to IBAS (Independent Betting Adjudication Service) whose impartial judgement will be followed in the unlikely event of a customer dispute.

Verdict

Coral is a well established and highly trusted bookmaker with a very good website to suit the needs of the majority of online gamblers. It lacks a few features available with the more innovative online betting sites but provides a very good welcome offer and highly competitive prices on a regular basis.

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8 out of 10

Introductory Offer

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Quick facts

Established by Joe Coral in 1926 and is one of the three biggest bookmakers in the UK.

Part of the Gala Coral Group with over 1600 betting shops, telephone betting service, greyhound stadia, bingo clubs and casinos.

Coral entered the online betting busness in 1999 with the aquisition of the established sportsbook, Eurobet

The good

  • £50 Match Bet
  • Football Refunds
  • Racing Refunds

The bad

  • No live sports streams
  • Limited accessibilty for mobile users

Contact information

Name
Coral
Established
1926
Country
UK
E-mail
onlinecustomerservice@coral.co.uk
Telephone
0800 440011

Customer Service

Support Quality
Very Good
Has 24/7 Support?
No
Speed
Very Good
Knowledge
Very Good
Friendliness
Excellent
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