A review of the Coral betting site. We look at what's on offer for new punters including the free bets and features of the online bookmaker.
Coral £20 Free Bet
Coral £20 Free Bet
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About the Coral Betting Site
Coral was founded in 1924 as a UK bookmaker and in 2005 it merged with Gala Group, a renowned bingo operator, thus becoming one of the largest betting operators in the country. The company is divided into several branches, the main headquarters are in Nottingham, whereas the betting division is located in London’s Stratford.
The online bookmaker is run by Coral Interactive Limited, and this branch of the company has offices in Gibraltar, where it is licenced and regulated. The company also owns a licence issued by the UK Gambling Commission. In addition to sports betting, Coral also offers casino, bingo, poke and lotto.[toc]
How to use the Coral Betting Site Online
The Coral betting site’s layout and interface are pretty standard, with clearly visible menus and number of links. Generally, it is very easy to find your way and browse through the betting offer. The odds can be displayed as decimal or fractional.
Under the ‘Quick Links’ menu, there’s a special ‘My Coral’ menu and every punter is able to choose their own favourite links which will be always displayed there. Underneath, all sports are displayed, A to Z, and bellow you’ll find all betting categories that are not connected to sport. That division is pretty handy, considering that most other operators put other categories together with the sports.
Choice of Sports Markets
There are over 20 available sports, including football, cricket, tennis, horse racing and even virtual sports. And if you prefer betting on non-sports, you can try and guess which country will win the Eurovision contest, which UK city will be the City of Culture for that year, what party will win the next election and many more options.
If you select a particular sport, a new drop down menu will open. Here you will see all the leagues and competitions which are available. In the case of football, there is a wide scope of available competitions. These include multiple national and international competitions. All the major European leagues and the Champions League are available. Plus the national competitions of smaller countries, even ones like Gibraltar.
When you select an individual match, especially if it is a Premier League match or a match of some of the other major leagues, you’ll see that there are many betting markets, usually over 150. Match betting, correct score, both teams to score, handicap betting, over/under and goal scorer bets are only some of the available options.
Moreover, under ‘Football Specials’, you will find a range of other, non-standard betting markets. There are transfer specials, manager specials, as well as team and player specials. The specific bets that are offered may include whether a player will be transferred, who will be the new manager of a certain club and many more.
Selections are added by clicking on the odds, and when you add more than one selection, you can combine them in various ways and choose what particular bets you’d like to place.
In Play Betting, Live Streams and Cash Out
It is possible to bet in play on numerous events across a range of sports at the Coral betting site. If you click on ‘Bet In Play’ you will see all events that are currently underway and available for betting. In play selections can be wagered as single bets or combined with other in-play or pre-match selections, provided that there’s no mutual correlation between the selections.
Coral also enables its customers to watch a range of events live, via stream. Football, tennis and other events are available, without any extra fees or charges, as long as you have a positive account balance. Matches that are available for watching are marked with a green ‘Live Stream’ icon.
With the Cash Out option, players can settle bets before the events they’ve wagered on are finished. This is a handy tool that enables you to minimise your losses or even make a small profit. Cash out is available on a number of football betting markets, as well as several other sports.
Mobile Betting with the Coral Betting App
The Coral betting site is mobile optimised, which means that it will load with all features in your mobile browser, and then you’d be able to log in, browse the betting offer and place wagers. Coral has also developed special mobile apps – an iOS, Android and Windows apps which can be downloaded and then once you install them, you’d be able to place wagers through the apps, directly on your mobile device. Is a matter of personal preference, as both options offer full functionality.
Bonuses and Promotions
Coral New Customer Offer and Bonuses
With the Coral New Customer Offer you can receive 4 free bets, worth £5 each, after placing your first wager of at least £5 at odds 1/2 (1.50) or higher. You would have to place your first bet within 14 days upon registering and you will have 4 days to the awarded free bets. New customers can also claim other promotions, available on specific matches or events. Coral usually offers certain selections at much higher odds than usual, where the extra winnings are paid out in free bets.
Existing customers are also able to claim a range of bonus offers. With the Football Acca Insurance, punters can claim their stake back if only one selections of an Acca 5+ bet is a miss. The maximum bonus amount that can be claimed is £25.
Punters who opt in to be part of the Coral Club can claim £10 in free bets every week, provided that they wager at least £25 on any sport in the period from Monday to Thursday every week. Coral guarantees the best odds on all UK and Irish horse and dog races.
Payments and Customer Support
Coral accepts payments via credit and debit cards (Visa and MasterCard), e-Wallets (Skrill, PayPal, Neteller and ecoPayz) and Paysafecard vouches. Furthermore, it is also possible to make a cash deposit via connect. All payments are processed instantly and the minimum deposit amount is £5, unless you’re using PayPal in which case it is £10.
Pretty much the same methods (minus Paysafecard, plus bank transfer) are available as withdrawal options. The minimum withdrawal amount is £5, and the withdrawal processing period is up to 24 hours for e-Wallets, between 2 and 5 days for credit card and bank transfers, and instant for Connect cash withdrawals.
If you need any help regarding your account, payment methods, betting options, bonuses or anything else, you can go through the Help section to see if you can find any answers. If your issue is more specific, then you can contact Coral’s customer support service which is available via email, live chat and phone.