Coral is probably one of the biggest names in the online gambling world, and their dedication towards offering a high-quality, reliable, and fair range of gaming services has kept them at the forefront of what some players call premium betting.
Of course, Coral had a pretty big advantage when entering the online world, being that their offline operation is perhaps the largest bookmaking business in the UK. Coral boast over 1,000 stores, and employ tens of thousands of staff members in their high street branches.
They’re also one of the oldest gambling companies in existence, with roots dating back almost 100 years, and it’s a breath of fresh air to see a company with Coral’s background continuing to deliver an extremely high level of service to players despite their growth.
Today, Coral’s sportsbook is one of the most frequently visited anywhere online, and if you’re looking for a new bookie to join you won’t go wrong with Coral.
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Popular Offers & Features
Coral give all of their punters a great range of offers and features, and for the most part simply being a member of the site and placing at least one qualifying bet per week will grant you access to them.
Below, we look first at the main offer – the Bet and Get Club – along with two special features operated by Coral – the Football Jackpot, and Coral Connect.
Bet and Get Club
Each week, Coral offer a new promo in what’s known as their ‘Bet and Get Club’, which rewards you simply for betting online or in store. It’s all centred around their ‘Coral Connect Card’, and this card acts just like a real debit card; holding your account balance between the online betting portal and offline.
Log into your account and click ‘Opt-In’ within the Bet and Get Club promotional page, and then stake at least £25 on any sports market with odds or evens or better between Monday and Thursday, and you’ll then enjoy £10 in free bets.
The free bets are distributed in two parts. You’ll receive a £5 online bet, and a £5 bet on Coral Connect which can be used in store.
It’s not the most jaw dropping promotion we’ve ever seen admittedly, but it’s nothing to be sniffed at either, and if you’re going to have a bet anyway you may as well opt-in and take advantage of it.
More details and full terms and conditions can be found at Corals website under the ‘Promotions’ tab.
Each week Coral selects 15 football matches which become part of their weekly Football Jackpot. This jackpot is open to all customers, and allows you to win massive amounts of money for staking relatively small amounts – something that’s greatly appreciated by the vast majority of players.
Available to play in both Coral Stores and on the Coral website, the Football Jackpot requires you to pick 15 teams from a list and decide whether the match will be a win (and if so, for which team), or whether the match will end in a draw. Once you make your selection you choose your stake, which can be anything over £1, and if all 15 selections are correct you’ll scoop the jackpot.
The jackpot can be extremely tasty, often hundreds of thousands of pounds, and there are even consolation prizes if you get 13 or 14 selections correct.
While it’s not free to play, the Football Jackpot is something you don’t see most bookmakers offering, and it allows you to win a massive amount of money from staking as little as a quid.
‘Coral Connect’ is a feature that helped bring the bookie kicking and screaming into the modern day, and it’s proved to be one of the more useful innovations we’ve seen from a bookmaker.
The Coral Connect Card is perfect for punters who bet both in-store and online as it functions as a virtual debit card, allowing you to place bets using the money on the card, as well as withdrawing funds to the card.
It uses your online balance, meaning you can head into a store and place bets just minutes after winning a bet online, and it’s also designed to allow you to withdraw money from your online account while in store.
It’s essentially a shared balance between your online Coral account and the cash in your wallet, and while it’s not compatible with ATM’s it’s still well worth getting, as you’ll find Coral often award special promos and giveaways to Connect Card holders.
Plus, if you play the FOBTs in shops (fixed odds betting terminals) or play casino games online, you’ll get even more freebies. To get your card, simply head to your local Coral store and speak to one of the team members. It takes just a couple of minutes to set up, and comes with a plethora of potential benefits.
Coral Priority Program
The Coral Priority program is their way of rewarding their customers for regular play. In order to qualify for the program, you must reach a certain number of points and meet minimum deposit levels each month; but it’s well worth taking advantage of, especially if you’re a regular player, as the rewards are very healthy indeed.
There are four loyalty levels; Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. In order to reach the Bronze level and maintain it, you must deposit £1,000 each month. Silver commands a £2,000 minimum monthly deposit, while Gold requires deposits of £4,000. The Platinum tier is invite only, so Coral don’t publicly list the entry requirements.
The perks of each level vary, although all levels enjoy enhanced comp points redemption, a dedicated customer support agent who you can contact 24/7, and exclusive promotions like re-load bonuses, free spins, and other account specific promos.
You can view the full details from the main ‘Promotions’ page.
The Coral Website
Coral’s website has come under criticism in the past for being dated and out of touch, although the bookmaker does appear to have taken this feedback on board in recent years.
Today, despite their website still showing signs of age, it is at least fast and reliable; and below, we are going to look at some of the main features and benefits that the Coral website offers its players.
Thanks to their prominent highstreet presence in the UK and Ireland, Coral have already built an impeccable reputation for themselves, and they were one of the first online bookmakers to employ what is known today as live streaming.
While Coral tend to focus primarily on live streaming Horse Racing, they do also offer a number of other sports including Football, Rugby, Tennis, and Basketball; and it’s completely free to watch the live streams, with the only requirement being that you have an eligible bet on the event that you wish to stream.
While the eligibility criteria differ depending on the event, for the most part you only need to have staked a minimum of £1 on the event. Just before it is due to begin you’ll notice a ‘Watch Now’ button appear, which will open a small pop-up window when selected and begin playing the stream.
Coral’s streams are all incredibly high quality, and while lag/freezing was a bit of an issue back in the day, it appears that the bookie have now solved this; you can even stream events from your mobile phone and tablet so you never miss out on the action.
Huge Market Selection
Yet another reason Coral enjoys so many regular players is the incredible range of markets available, and aside from perhaps Bet365 and Betfair, you’d be hard pressed to find another bookmaker with a selection that matches up.
Of course, you’ll find all of the classic markets like Football, Rugby, Tennis, Golf etc, you know the drill; but where Coral really shine, is their exploration into more niche areas like political markets and television specials.
You can view a full breakdown of all of the events offered at Coral by checking out the navigation menu on the left-hand side of the page, where you can also search directly for both events and team names if you know exactly what you are looking for.
If you’ve placed a bet and one or more of your selections is winning or has won, then maybe you don’t want to wait it out to the end in order to earn an extra 20 or 30 quid; you’d rather take the profit you’ve already made and run.
Many years ago this wouldn’t have been possible, but thanks to the introduction of cash out this is completely feasible in today’s market. Coral were actually one of the first online bookies to offer the cash out feature, allowing you to run away early with your winnings in return for sacrificing a bit of the remaining profit.
The cash out feature is especially useful for when you don’t have a good feeling about your bet and you feel like the tide is turning. If that’s you, then you need to head to your betslip and see whether the cashout function is available. If it is, the price will be displayed alongside the eligible bet, and you can take this prize or choose to let your bet run instead.
Cash out in itself isn’t anything too special anymore, but where Coral gain a significant edge over their competitors is with the in-store cash out. Any bet you place in store has a code on the bottom of the bet slip, and you can enter this code online at any time to get a cashout offer even if you don’t have an online betting account. If you opt to cash out your bet like this, you just need to take your betting slip into a store and the system will recognise the fact that you have cashed out; so even if the bet does end up being a loser you’ll still be paid.
Coral offer mobile betting to practically every player. iOS users can download a free app from Apple’s play store which offers the time saver of remembering your login credentials, so you don’t have to enter them each time you want to bet.
If you don’t own an iPad or iPhone you can still use Coral on the go, you’ll just have to navigate to the Coral website through your mobile phone’s internet browser. You’ll notice very few differences between the regular desktop website and the mobile site, with just a few of the less important features stripped out to enhance the gaming experience.
We’re often quite critical of mobile websites and apps – a lot of them appear to be feeble attempts to gain more players – but it’s clear that Coral really have put a lot of time and effort into developing their app, and you’ll see this for yourself as soon as you open it up and begin betting.
The cashier function at Coral is generally regarded as one of the best in the industry, and it’s rare that you’ll find a more diverse and comprehensive range of payment methods to take advantage of. Options include Visa and Mastercard Debit/Credit cards, Skrill, Neteller, and many others.
Perhaps most notable, however, is the inclusion of PayPal. Most bookmakers and online casinos can’t offer PayPal due to the stringent rules implement on who Paypal allow to use their service; and while most bookies are operating perfectly legally and within the regulations set forth by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission, PayPal don’t need much of a reason to turn merchants down. That’s why it’s such a big deal to see Coral offer PayPal as a means of depositing and withdrawing, they are clearly doing something right.
So why is it so great to see? Well PayPal is fee free for starters, and deposits are instant. Where it gets really beneficial though is with the withdrawals. Once Coral have processed your withdrawal request (which typically takes around 24 hours), you’ll see the money in your PayPal account instantly. No 3-5 day waits like with most other options, with PayPal you can be spending your winnings in minutes.
Moving away from the payment methods themselves, you’ll see that Coral offer some decent minimum deposit and withdrawal limits as well, with most deposit methods allowing you to deposit as little as £5, and minimum withdrawals generally either £5 or £10 depending on the payment method you go for.