New Customer Bonus & Promotions
Anyone who has never opened or held a Coral betting account is eligible for the bookmaker’s welcome promotion if they do decide to register. That new customer offer is available to UK and Republic of Ireland residents and offers to provide £20 worth of free bets upon placement of an initial £5 qualifying sportsbook wager.
The qualifying bet must be worth at least £5 or £5 each-way and be placed on a sportsbook market at odds of 1/2 (1.50) or greater. The £20 worth of free bets will be credited immediately upon placement of such a bet and comes in the form of four separate £5 free bet tokens, which are eligible for use on singles, doubles, trebles, 4-fold and upwards accumulators, forecasts and combinations.
T&C’s apply, 18+, new customers only.
The four free bet tokens worth £5 each which are credited as part of the Coral new customer offer are provided in order to be bet and cannot be withdrawn. The tokens, however, are able to be used to place single, double, treble, accumulator, forecast or combination bets through the Coral sportsbook and remain active for a total of four days. If any wager placed using the free bet tokens is a winning one, the winnings returned will be paid out in real cash but will not include a return of the original free bet stake. As they are paid in real cash, the winnings are immediately withdrawable if a punter so desires.
Visit Coral & select the ‘Promotions’ tab to opt in and see all other promotions.
T&C's apply, 18+ new customers only.
Alongside a number of interesting promotions and the other additional features already discussed above, Coral also offer their customers an excellent array of markets to bet on. Those markets encompass specials, pre-event options and in-play alternatives, and are offered for all of the following sports:
- American Football
- Formula One
- Greyhound Racing
- Horse Racing
- Ice Hockey
- Motorsports (Bikes)
- Motorsports (Cars)
- Rugby League
- Rugby Union
- Virtual Sports
- Winter Sports
Whist the more popular of the above sports obviously boast more markets than the smaller sports, each are generally well catered for and often have both pre-event and in-play markets available. It’s quick and easy to see which events are going to be taken in-play by Coral, too, as those events are indicated on the website by a green ‘LIVE’ symbol.
Similarly, any and every market offered which is eligible for cash out is marked out by Coral with an orange ‘CASH OUT’ symbol. The green ‘LIVE’ symbol is generally displayed next to the name of an event, whilst the orange ‘CASH OUT’ symbol appears next to the name of the market which is eligible for cash out.
In-Play Review of Coral
Head to the dedicated in-play section of the Coral website and you will find literally hundreds of events and thousands of markets available to bet on live, on a daily basis. The main page of the section displays the currently live events and lists them by sport. Clicking on the name of an event will then take you to the in-play dashboard for that event, which will differ slightly depending upon the type of event.
The Coral in-play dashboard for an ongoing football match is essentially in two parts. The top section of the dashboard displays a graphical representation of a football pitch which acts as a scoreboard and source of further information about the game in progress. The match score, match clock and any goalscorers are all displayed toward the top of the graphic. What’s more, live updates of what’s happening in the match appear on the pitch itself and key statistics from the match are listed beneath it. The lower part of the dashboard, meanwhile, lists all of the available in-play markets for the match.
If you open up the in-play dashboard for a tennis match through Coral it will look very similar to a football in-play dashboard but with a few notable differences. First of all, of course, the graphic at the top of the dashboard will depict a tennis court rather than a football pitch. The information displayed on that graphic differs, too, with a larger live scoreboard taking up much of the graphic and a small bar at the bottom being reserved for live game updates. Next to that bar, meanwhile, one of the match’s main markets is displayed whilst the rest are once again listed below the main graphic.
Horse Racing In-Play
Whilst Coral do offer an excellent selection of in-play betting alternatives, they do not allow for betting on horse races after the race has begun. That is true of most online bookmakers, as opposed to betting exchanges, and is certainly not something specific to Coral. What Coral do provide, however, are live streams of UK and Irish horse races for punters who have bet at least £1 on the race. There will be more about that a little later.
Visit Coral.co.uk & select ‘In-Play’ to see all markets and odds now.
As an excellent complement to their impressive in-play betting offering, Coral also provide a number of different live streams for punters to watch. The number of streams available each day differs but all of the following sports are catered for on at least a semi-regular basis:
- Horse Racing
- Greyhound Racing
- Ice Hockey
How to Access Streams
As and when there are live streams made available by Coral, they are different eligibility rules as to who can watch them depending upon what sports they are showing.
Horse & Greyhound Racing Streams
Coral give punters the chance to watch a live stream of any horse or greyhound race from the UK and Ireland. In order to be eligible to watch any such stream, however, a punter has to have place a bet worth at least £1 on the race being shown. They can then access the stream either on the particular race’s page on the Coral website or via the cash out area of their account.
Other Sports Streams
The live streams of sports other than horse and greyhound racing which Coral supply are more widely available. In fact, they can be watched by any punter who is logged in to a Coral account which has money in it. These events can also be accessed via each individual event’s page on the Coral website or through the imbedded ‘Live Stream’ channel which appears at the right of every Coral webpage.
Visit Coral.co.uk & select ‘Live Stream’ to see the full schedule.
Geo restrictions apply, bet & watch.
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Joe Coral first established his bookmaking business, which in the early days involved holding pitches at racecourses and the running of speedway meetings at Harringay.
After a change in UK gambling legislation made it possible, Joe Coral opened his first licensed betting shop.
Coral merged with another bookmaker, named Mark Lane, increasing the size of the business significantly.
Coral was acquired by Bass plc and became an integral part of the growing Bass Leisure group.
Bass Leisure purchased a number of bingo halls and formed the brand Gala Bingo, which would grow rapidly in the following years.
Ladbrokes attempted to acquire Coral from Bass but the UK Monopolies and Mergers Commission blocked the deal.
Bass merged their Coral and Gala Bingo brands to form the Gala Coral Group.
Significant parts of the Gala Coral Group’s operations were moved offshore to Gibraltar.
The business merged with Ladbrokes to form Ladbrokes Coral plc.
Bad Reviews & Complaints
Broadly speaking, Coral are viewed by most punters as being reliable and trustworthy, and offering an excellent betting service. That doesn’t mean, however, that some customers don’t have complaints and a good number of those dissatisfied customers have shared their concerns via online reviews. We’ve put a microscope to some of those negative reviews to see if they flag up any genuine concerns or if the problems they complain of are a little questionable.
Coral are pretty well reviewed through channels such as the App Store and the Play Store, with very few negative reviews and many glowing ones. Where there are negative reviews, and many of these are found through sites like Trust Pilot, they tend to focus on issues which aren’t really applicable to punters at large.
A number of complaints, for instance, actually talk about particular Coral betting shops rather than the bookie’s online service and a good number clearly demonstrate that the complainants have simply misunderstood promotions and bonuses.
As we’ve already touched upon, Coral are actually pretty well reviewed across the board and many of the negative reviews which are present don’t actually point to any genuine problem. A small proportion of negative reviews, however, do mention site crashes as an ongoing issue, so this may be something which prospective punters need to keep in mind.
Coral Review – Our Rating
- Great Array of Markets. Coral cater for every major sport and a good number of minor ones to boot, and offer plenty of different markets for each.
- Excellent Live Streaming. A very good selection of different sports benefit from live streams, which are quick and easy to view.
- Good Selection of Promotions. Coral run a wide and varied selection of ongoing promotions and also have extra places and enhanced odds offers on a daily basis.
- Easy to Trigger Welcome Promotion. Coral’s new customer offer is easy to understand and requires just a £20 bet to trigger it.
- Live Scores and Results Service. Punters can access live scores and results for basically any sport and any event, quickly and easily.
- Lower Value Welcome Promotion. Being worth £20 in free bets makes the Coral new customer offer one of the lower value alternatives on offer.
- Limited In-Play Dashboards. Coral’s in-play dashboards do not feature as many stats or additional features as those provided by some competitors.
Coral are one of the most recognisable names in the bookmaking industry and have reached that level of popularity and notoriety for a reason. Their online betting service is excellent and offers everything that most punters could want. They provide a great array of both markets and promotions, and excel in terms of both in-play betting and live streaming. Whilst their welcome promotion isn’t one of the most valuable around that is mitigated by the fact that it is one of the easiest to trigger. Star Rating 4.5 out of 5.0.
T&C's apply, 18+ new customers only.