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Coral Bookmaker Review

Coral desktop home page screenshot exampleCoral is the third largest retail bookmaking business in the UK with a market share of approximately 20%. Joe Coral formed the business in the 1920s to allow people to bet on greyhounds. In 1961 he opened his first licensed betting office. Coral have both bricks and mortar locations, with over 1800 betting shops in the UK and a huge online presence. They now faciliate bets on a number of traditional and modern sports. They take bets on big non sporting events and operate virtual races. 

Coral were bought by Ladbrokes in 2016 forming Ladbrokes Coral. In March 2018 Ladbrokes Coral were bought by GVC holdings.  As you’d expect for such a large company, their market and odds are often competitive. That’s especially true for football, tennis, golf and horse racing.

Coral stnd out from the rest with their 'Live Streaming' feature. Whilst lots of bookies are now offering live streaming you can't currently get much better than Coral for quantity of sporting events streamed live for free. All you need is money in your Coral account and you can stream for free.

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Desktop Site

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The Coral website offers clear tabs at the top of the page to select you area of betting. Below that are simple tabs to select a further sub-category. Otherwise you can scroll down a simple bar on the left that offers a wide variety of events to choose from.  It's clear and easy to read with the colour scheme staying consistant across the website. The adverts offer a range of events on the website whilst not pushing loads of offers. There is, though a good range of offers under the 'promotions' tab at the top of the page. 

It is a little slow to open the page but from there it is fast and smooth running, allowing you to find what you're looking for in just a few clicks. In just 2 clicks from the homepage you can be looking at live scores and stats of your chosen event. In just a couple more clicks you can choose your bet from a number of popular options down to more specific. Placing a bet from homepage to bet takes as little as 5/6 clicks (if you are already logged in, just 2/3 more if you're not).

‘My Coral’ section takes you to all of your most used sports. The main part of the page tells you what’s coming up and what’s live. There’s no search function, however the lay out is so simple and clear that you can find what you're looking for quite quickly using the tabs. It's a good combination of minimalist with lots of options.

Coral Mobile App

Coral mobile app screenshotThe app is even more clear and simple to use. There is a slightly more condensed version of the tabs bar at the top of the screen. Selecting these either take you direct to the desired sections of the website or give you lists to further select what you are looking for.

The main section of the home page gives you upcoming races, any in-play events that may be interesting and some of the most popular bets. 

The app also takes a little while to fully open. However, once it's open it takes as few as 3/4 clicks to place a bet from the homepage.

At the bottom of the app there is quick access button to cash out, leading you also to your bet history and adny 'open bets'. All in all, placing a bet through the app makes it as simple as a few clicks of the thumb.

The Coral mobile app is the full package.  Not many other bookmakers can boast the level of content and service as you see here, get every market available on desktop, full banking, history and stats and you can even live stream sports and racing on mobile too.

Live Betting

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The ‘In-Play’ tab gives you a list all of events that are taking place at that moment. You can select which sport you are looking for from the tabs above or simply scroll through the list of all sports events happening right now. The list details each event with odds for the most obvious elements right next to a scoreboard. Clicking on the event will then take you into a much more detailed set of options.

If you click on the 'Markets' to the right of each event you will be taken to yet more detail. Depending on which sport you are viewing you may see a live, digitalised version of the event with the possibility to see stats of the eventuntil now.

You can bet 'In Play' on most major sports and across a number of different leagues and competitions. There is no limit to the lines of betting during play. The grapics are excellent and really useful. When watching tennis graphics for instance, you can see a little ball bouncing back and forth. On events that have 'Live Streaming' available you can flick between the graphic and the stream with simple buttons under the screen. The stats are really intersting. They offer all of the stats that you could get watching a match on television but much larger in the graphic so it's easy to keep track and bet accordingly. The mobile app is just as good as website offering all of these functions. The graphics are as clear and useful in placing your bets.

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Live Streaming

Coral streams some of it's events, mainly horse racing. This can be found in the list on the left hand side of the desktop view under 'Live Stream'. On the app it is called 'Streaming' and can be found on the tab bar under the adverts.

You can watch most live streaming events for free as long as you have a Coral accout and there is some money in the account. Horse Racing and Greyhound Racing are free to stream as long as you have bet at least £1 on the race.

Coral are one of the biggest streaming betting sites around, with over 2000 events a week available to live stream. They stream most major sports with snooker, basketball, rugby, tennis and football, darts and ice hockey high on the list. On most events that they don’t live stream, you get a graphic with live information.  

Betting Features

Coral have more 'Betting Features' than most! Here are a list of their many options-

Cash Out and Partial Cash Out

Cash Out gives you the option to collect your winnings before an event has finished or take your money out any time after placing your bet. This is available anywhere you see this symbol- 

With Coral you have lots of options for Cash Out-

  • If your bet is winning and you want to take the money 
  • If your bet is losing and you want to take out some of your cash beofore losing it all.
  • If you're sitting on an acca that is showing a profit before the last leg has played out, you can cash out for a guaranteed return. 

Here's an example of how it works- 

Say you back England to win 2-0. If they go 2-0 up within 20 minutes, you can sit on your bet and hope for no more goals, or you can Cash Out and take your winnings. 

Bet Builders

Coral offer a feature called Player Bets. This allows you to  pick a player and bet on their stats, such as how many shots on target, passes, carries, points scored. These all depend on which sport, of course. Coral allows you to bet on players from Football, NFL (Americal Football), NBA (Basketball), AFL (Australian Football) and MLB (Baseball).

This feature is currently, only available on the Coral Mobile App.

Shops

Coral have over 1800 shops in the UK.

Coral Connect

Coral Connect is a card that gives you an account that links your bets in-shop, online, on mobile, on tablet or over the phone.

You can deposit money onto the card from home or you can pay cash straight onto it, at any of the shops.

You can also collect your winnings in shop, straight after your bet has won, if you like.

Connect customers also get access to exclusive promotions. 

News & Blogs

Coral employ a number of sporting experts to write upto date blogs, giving you information about players, stats and their predictions for the year or season. These can be found on the website on the home bar, under News & Blogs.

Games

Coral offer a number of different games from themed games such as Abra-Card-Abra & Lady of Egypt to Roulette, Blackjack and Online Casinos.

Virtual Sports

Coral run a number of virtual sports that you can bet on from Football, Tennis & Cycling to Horse & Greyhound racing to Motorsports & Speedway. 

Coral Virtual Sports

Banking

Payment MethodMinimum DepositMinimum WithdrawalWithdrawal Time
Visa & Maestro £5 £0.01 2-5 Working Days
Visa & Mastercard £5 £0.01 2-5 WorkingDays
Paypal £10 £0.01 Upto 24 hours
Skrill £5 £0.01 Upto 24 hours
Netteler £5 £0.01 Upto 24 hours
Eco £5 £0.01 Upto 24 hours

Connect (Cash Payment)

£5 £0.01 Connect

There’s little that you can’t use to make a deposit with Coral and none of their methods incur any fees.

With Coral you can even pay money into your account via a Coral shop, once you've registered, sign up for a Coral Connect card.  Not only will this allow you to deposit and withdraw from your online wallet from a shop you can also bet in the shop with the same funds.

About Coral

coralJoe Coral borrowed money from a café owner in 1926 in order to operate a pitch at a greyhound meeting. He was joined by his friend Tom Bradbury-Pratt and the two of them soon began to cover a number of greyhound and speedway meetings; something that is reflected in the fact that Coral still own some greyhound tracks around the country.

When offsite bookmaking shops were allowed thanks to government legislation passed in 1960, Joe was one of the first bookies to take advantage. His first shop was opened in 1961 and the company soon gained a reputation as it was willing to take big bets. By the time it was bought out by Bass in 1981 Coral had about 650 shops. I’m not sure if he ever paid the café owner back. Now owned by GVC Holdings Coral have over 1700 stores.

The website and the app are easy to use and very clearly set out. There are also a wide range of stores available making it simple to bet in a way that suits you. Your online account and bets in store can all be linked using a Connect card. Connect is Coral's own card that allows you to pay onto it instore using cash. You can then place bets using it both online and in store. Winnings are automatically placed into your Connect card and you can withdraw or reuse from there.

Licence & Contact Details

Contact MethodAvaiable?HoursAddress
Email Yes 24/7 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Live Chat Yes 24/7 On Site
Phone Yes Mon-Sun 8am-1am 0800 294 7294
Twitter Yes 24/7 @CoralHelp

Coral is based in Gibraltar. They have a UK Gambling Commission licence (reference number 39071). If you want to know where you need to send any letters then their address is here:

Coral Address: Coral, New Castle House, Castle Boulevard, Nottingham, England, NG7 1FT

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