| New Customers Only | 18+
This Coral review examines the operation of one of the most trusted and established UK betting brands. The company has its roots in telephone betting and cash betting in licensed betting offices. The operator moved online at the start of the growth of internet betting and now offers an excellent internet service. The table below rates the main elements of the online service:
|Coral review||Our rating|
|Welcome offer||Bet £5, Get £20 in free bets
18+ New Online UK+IRE players. Paypal & some deposit & bet types excl. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. No cashout, restrictions + T&Cs apply.
Welcome bonuses – 4
Customers who register are entitled to £20 in the form of free bets after placing a qualifying bet for £5. As part of the Coral review we have identified the following Terms and Conditions related to the Coral new customer offer:
- Valid for customers in the UK and Ireland who open a new account.
- All new players must be aged at least 18.
- Coral promo code applies.
- The first deposit must be for £5 or more.
- The qualifying bet must be on sport for at least £5 win or £5 each way.
- Single bets must be at odds of 1/2 or bigger and each element of a multiple must be at the same odds.
- The first bet must be placed within 14 days of registering.
- Cashed out bets do not qualify.
- The free bets are each for £5 so four in total.
- The free bets must be used within 7 days.
- Any returns from a free bet will not include the free bet stake.
- Terms & Conditions apply.
The Coral promo code offer is less appealing than similar offers from other UK betting brands. However, the Coral review has found that the offer is transparent and achievable. It is a 400% matched bet bonus as the maximum credit is four times the qualifying bet. The Coral new customer offer is a good incentive to open an account.
Betting markets / available sports – 5
The findings of the Coral review are that this operator cannot be faulted when it comes to the sports betting offer. Customers can bet on over 50 sports in addition to politics, entertainment and eSports. For each sports customers have access to betting on many leagues and fixtures. The main betting sports are football, horse racing, tennis and greyhounds. There is also a full programme of virtual events for sports such as horse racing and football. The range of markets for each event is one of the most comprehensive online and few operators offer something as good.
Coral odds – 4.5
The most popular betting market online is the match result for fixtures in the English Premier League. This is a three-way market: Home Win, Draw, Away Win. Coral offers the best odds on some matches but a typical market is compiled with a profit margin of about 5% which is about average. The odds for tennis and horse racing also compare favourably with the competition. The average odds for events in US sports is over 5% which is another positive. The overall betting margin deserves praise in this Coral review.
Streaming and live betting on Coral – 4.5
There have been some improvements in the live betting service on Coral in response to more events being covered by other bookmakers. The main in-play betting sports are football, tennis and basketball but there are live events in others such as cricket and both codes of rugby. The odds are updated quickly and appear again in seconds after suspension due to a significant event such as a goal in a football match. Many fixtures across several sports are live streamed but a minimum bet of £1 is required to gain access to live streaming of horse racing. There is an excellent streaming and live betting interface.
Coral mobile app – 4.5
The Coral mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices and can be downloaded from the most popular stores. The app offers a fully functional service with clear graphics and a user-friendly interface. New customers have access to the standard welcome offer and once registered have the option of in-play betting and live streaming of many events.
Coral payment options – 4
Numerically Coral’s payment options could be improved but all the main methods are offered such as debit and credit cards, money transfer, bank transfer and e-Wallets. Standard time delays and charges apply. Customers have access to a full transaction history showing deposits and withdrawals.
Customer care – 4.5
The operator’s customer service department is open from 7am to 11pm GMT from Monday to Saturday. Customers can contact support staff by telephone, email and postal address. However, there is no Live Chat which is available with most competitors. The site also features a Help facility covering the main functions. Coral is committed to encouraging responsible gambling and has banner links to appropriate support bodies.
Our verdict – 4.5
One of the positives of the site is the safe and secure nature of betting with this operator. In fact, Coral has an excellent reputation with online gamblers because they can be trusted to pay out winnings. The range of sports, both for in-play and pre-match betting, cannot be beaten online. Other operators might offer more markets but some are obscure and all the main ones are covered by Coral. Navigation could be improved but overall this is a highly commendable Coral review.
|What we like||What we don’t like|
|Excellent range of sports||Small bonus value|
|Competitive odds||No Live Chat|
|400% matched bet bonus||Navigation could be better|