Most people in the UK would have heard of Coral bookmakers, even if they have never placed a bet in their life. The company was founded in the 1920s and has been one of the biggest names in UK betting for many years.
Along with the likes of Ladbrokes and William Hill, the company enjoyed a significant high street presence long before online betting ever existed. And they still have a huge high street presence today which is a huge bonus - after all, having a household name with a strong reputation still counts for a lot.
More recently, the company has brought its decades of experience into the online arena and remain one of the most familiar names in the business. Having such a strong brand name comes with plenty of responsibility so the transition into online world is not always an easy one to make for such heavyweights. So how has Coral fared in the world of internet betting?
Coral have always been one of the leaders in offering an extensive choice of betting markets and they remain strong in this area to this day. Their odds are consistently good if not always the very best on offer, so punters might want to shop around before placing a bet. However, it always pays to have a selection of bookmaker’s accounts for this very reason and Coral is definitely one that should be on your list.
The sportsbook goes way beyond the popular sports and caters for plenty of niche markets such as GAA, Volleyball and ESports. There are also a range of specials markets which cover things like TV, movies, music and other world/celebrity events.
The home page is bright and inviting and fairly easy to navigate. In fact, this is an area where Coral have improved significantly since their early days online. Current events are displayed as quick links, so whatever event is happening at that moment can be accessed as soon as you land on the site. All odds, in-play events and the betting slip can be viewed at a glance making life very easy for the punter. The site is fast and responds well when handling requests, depositing funds and placing bets.
While the main prices are clearly on display, further markets are just a click away with over 160 markets available on certain events such as UK football matches. To be honest, that’s an incredible amount of bets and enough to keep even the most demanding gamblers satisfied. Coral offer a full in-play betting service which is promoted on the home page. Live events are clearly visible so you can get stuck in straight away if there is game of interest happening at that moment.
The ‘Bet in Play’ tab at the top of the page opens up even more options and takes you the dedicated live suite. There is a choice of views and the multi-view option allows you to customise the display to show events of your choice simply by dragging them into a box on the screen. Once you have logged in and funded your account, you can watch live streams of many events. Events that can be viewed live have a small green play button next to them. At the moment, Coral streams around 2,000 live events every week.
Punters using the live service can also enjoy the ‘cash out’ service which is heavily promoted across the site. This is the sort of feature that modern bettors expect to have at their disposal. Whatever market you are operating in, you will see this feature offered during play. By clicking on the button, a range of options will be made available to you depending on the current state of play.
What’s more, there are sections with live scores, results and statistics so you have no excuses not the keep up to date with what’s going on. Overall, the sportsbook, live streaming and bet in-play service are very satisfying to use.
Withdrawals and deposits
Like most major bookmakers, Coral offer a fairly simple banking experience. There are enough funding options to keep everyone happy including popular online payment systems such as PayPal.
Accepted deposit and withdrawal methods
All UK customers can use the following funding and withdrawal methods: Visa Credit Visa Debit MasterCard Maestro Neteller Skrill Skrill 1-tap Eco Prepaid Card PayPal Paysafe
Where transactions are handled by third party operators, each company may have its own minimum and maximum limits for withdrawals and deposits.
Bonuses and offers
Coral offer a range of great bonuses on an ongoing basis. New customers can benefit from £20 in bonuses when they bet £5 as part of the Coral sign-up offer. All you have to do is open a new account up today and place a £5 bet on any sports event in either the win or each-way market. You will then receive four x £5 free bets to use as you please.
Major events also attract individual bonus options and there are regular enhancements in the sports and horse racing books. You can even get £10 in free bets every week with their bet and get club. At any one time, there can be a dozen or more offers for you to take advantage of across the different platforms.
Like most betting sites, Coral offers a help section that covers many of the most frequently asked questions. A list of drop down options aimed at finding the answer to your problem are also available on the contact page. But if for any reason your issue is still not resolved, you can contact the company via live chat, telephone or mail. The telephone number is displayed cross most pages of the website while the other options require a few clicks to access.
There is a lot to like about the Coral website. They are a familiar name in the betting industry, especially to older punters, and that brings a level of respect and confidence that many newcomers may take years to achieve. As one of the world’s oldest and biggest operators, you would expect their service to be slick and user-friendly. But that was not always the case in their early days as an online operator. However, they certainly polished up their act over the last decade and the website is now one of the best around for overall user experience, even if the colours may be a bit bright for some! Since its recent overhaul, the in-play betting area is now a joy to use and many punters are switching to Coral from their rivals when wagering live.
They offer a decent sign-up offer and plenty of ongoing bonuses to keep punters happy and recent updates to their website has brought them bang up to date in term of features and range of markets offered.
As a conclusion, it has to be said that having a Coral account remains a sensible option for most serious punters. Admittedly, some casual punters (especially younger ones) may be drawn to the more commercially visible sites such as Bet365 or even Paddy Power, but they would do well to check out what the old school giant Coral has to offer.