Coral Casino Review
Coral the bookmaker have been going for over 90 years and were first founded back in 1926. They may be more famous for their sportsbook but Coral actually run one of the largest and best online casinos in the world. They have taken their wealth of experience and resources to create an all-encompassing betting site package with some immense casino games and features. The Coral casino sign up deal is also one of the most generous in the industry and comes with one of the lowest wagering requirements you are likely to find.
- Generous Welcome Package – See below for details & terms
- Existing Customer Loyalty – Regular bonuses & tons of loyal customer rewards
- Downloadable and Instant Play Casino – Multiple software with over 1000 games
Software and Games
Coral boast one of the largest online casinos in the world and consequently they have several software platforms powering their games, slots and features including NetEnt, Playtech, Cryptologic, IGT, Amaya Online, Evolution Gaming, GTECH G2 and Electracade. Pretty much every feature and game is available on mobile too.
With Coral it's all about options for the player with both downloadable and instant play casino. The main casino section runs on Playtech software with a download package that lets you play around 350 different games, the instant play gives you the same number of games but also gives you access to around 250 additional slots. Games available include all the Marvel series (Avengers, Iron Man, etc) as well as all other well-known Playtech games.
The ability to play on several platforms gives you a huge choice of games. In the slots section you can play over 150 different versions powered by various providers including IGT and in the Games section there are at least another 150 games available. In total with Coral casino there are just short of 1000 games, slots and tables to play from the leading software providers.
The Coral live casino has all of the major table games you would expect from roulette to blackjack and these can be played by either download or instant play. Remember you can claim an addition £50 free when you first use the live casino in addition to the standard sign up deal. There is also Coral Vegas with a whole host of games and it's own mobile app.
There are several jackpot games to choose from too with top jackpot games such as 'Winnings of Oz' and 'Jackpot Giant' regularly hitting £2,000,000+.
Combine all of this with access to one of the world's best sportsbooks including access to real world shops and the ability to link these using the Coral Connect card and you've got a one stop shop online casino and betting site with everything a player could need.
Promotions and Loyalty
Regular offers for existing customers are one thing you will never be short of at Coral Casino. On at least a weekly basis Coral update their casino promos to give you variety, the one thing you can be sure of is a good value deal.
There are the typical promotions such as bet £20 on a specific slot or game and get £10 free. Lots of prize weekly draws are available for top games including blackjack, roulette and general slots paying between £100 to £1000 on average.
Coral Comp Points
Coral have one of the best and clearest loyalty schemes around with their comp points system. Get 2 points for every £10 staked on any slots and 1 point for any other game. Every 100 comp points can be converted to £1.00 in real cash, 10,000 points is therefore equal to £100.
Coral are one of the few online casinos with a real world operation. Coral connect is a system that allows you to use your online wallet interchangeably between the website and the shop. This allows you to earn points both online and in store but also gives you tons of extra promotions. For example, it is common to see offers for Coral Connect customers such as wager £20 in the online casino and get £10 free to use on the in store slots. Coral Connect is free to apply for with no costs for using, there is usually a sign up reward too.
Coral Priority VIP Casino Scheme
You need to be invited to the Coral VIP scheme but if you are playing weekly with at least £100 or more then you should be in the mix. They review accounts on a weekly basis and if you fit the bill they will send you an invite. If you feel you should qualify but haven't drop them a line, they will happily consider you without prejudice.
Once you are accepted to the scheme there are four main rewards categories, you can move up and down between these based on weekly activity:
- Bronze – Reduced comp point redemption (95 points / £1), lower wagering requirements, 100% matched weekly deposit bonus up to £25, exclusive priority promotions and enhanced sports offers such as better acca insurance terms and bigger returns.
- Silver – As above with a dedicated priority customer service team, hospitality prize draws, 90 points for £1, £50 weekly reload, new game offers and further sports enhancements including complementary racing and greyhound tickets.
- Gold – Includes all above plus personal hospitality invitations, 80 point for £1, £100 reload bonus each week and main event specials (including things like tickets to big sports events).
- Platinum – Everything stated already with personal hospitality invitations and rewards, 70 comp points to the £1 and a £200 matched deposit bonus each week.
Interface and Features
Coral have a main casino section with instant and downloadable games powered by playtech, there are separate games, slots, live casino and Vegas sections that offer games from other software platforms. There is a direct search feature to and the ability to sort games by type (most popular, new, jackpot size, etc). Players can also add games to their favourites which allows you to create your own bespoke panel displaying only the games you want to see.
With Coral it is easy to navigate between major sections (casino, Vegas, etc) and sub-sections (slots, table games, etc) using the top menu bars. The interface is quick to load by not displaying too many games in the various sections. There is also an option to switch from a panel view to text list view if you want a super-fast casino site.
Coral have just one main app that covers the entire online casino, games, bingo and sports. There is a separate app for live casino however but you can still play live casino from within the main app. Usually I am in the camp that doesn't like integrated apps, they tend to be too overcrowded, slower and harder to navigate as a result. This is not the case with Coral, the app is correctly sectioned so that you can focus on the games you want to play on but still move between sections freely as you wish.
Pretty much every slot, game and jackpot is available through the mobile app and in many cases it is massively preferable to play on mobile. The top slider menu that lets you navigate between sections (new games, vegas, slots, casino, table games, etc) is probably the best I've seen. The app as a whole is very easy to navigate and will quickly become second nature after a few tries. All offers are available on mobile with a few mobile specific deals that again make the mobile feature more of a draw than the desktop site. The top promotion is displayed in the central panel but most promotions are shown in the separate promotions section. The lack of too many flashing promos and adverts means you can find what you are looking for in no time going from opening the app to game play in less than 20 seconds.
The app allows you to do all of your banking and account management to the point where you never need visit the desktop site at any point.
Banking and Payment Methods
See our Coral sports review for a full list of banking and payment options for Coral casino, these are identical. In summary you can deposit and withdraw using all major methods including debit & credit cards, eWallets such as PayPal, Skrill and Neteller as well as PaySafeCard, Cheque, bank transfer etc. The Coral minimum deposit is just £5 with most methods with no set maximum deposit limit.
Maximum withdrawals have no in built limit although if you are making a big withdrawal it's worth contacting Coral and your bank or eWallet in advance to give them the heads up so they don't block it. Minimum withdrawal is an impressively low £5.
Coral online casino has one huge advantage when it comes to banking with the ability to both deposit and withdraw in store. To do this all you need is your username and password, it is even easier to do if you register for Coral Connect (see promotions section). This means with Coral you can deposit and withdraw to and from the online casino using real cash if you so wish, no need to use a bank account.
About Coral Casino
The business was founded by Joe Coral in 1926 who started his bookmaking career with a pitch at various greyhound and speedway tracks across the UK. Following the Betting and Gaming Act of 1960 that allowed off-course betting Coral really established a name for themselves. They were one of the first operators to set up shop in Britain in 1961 quickly growing to tens and then hundreds of shops boasting nearly 700 licenced premises by the 1980's when the company was acquired by Bass, the brewing company. Bass provided an injection of cash that allowed the business to grow to thousands of shops thy the 90's. Coral were particularly famed in the early days, and still today, for being prepared to take large bets and high stakes wagers.
By the late 1990's Coral were fully established as one of Britain's biggest high street bookmakers in the same league as William Hill and Ladbrokes with over 1500 shops. Following a failed buyout by Ladbrokes Coral was sold to a private equity firm who merged the brand with an online gambling group to create Coral-Eurobet, one of the first online betting sites all the way back in 1999. Coral were eventually merged with Gala in 2005 in a deal worth 2.18 billion pounds to create the Gala-Coral Group who amongst their portfolio run over 30 land based casinos. Coral were finally merged with Ladbrokes in 2015 although the brand will be retained as separate entities for the foreseeable future. Despite moving the online brand to Gibraltar the company still employs over 11,000 people in the UK between nearly 1800 shops.
With Coral moving online so early in 1999 it gave them a real run on their competitors, to this day the likes of Ladbrokes have been trying to catch up (which is probably why they have bought Coral out). This means the online casino an sportsbook, which are run separately to the shops from the British dependency Gibraltar, has been honed into one of the most user friendly sites in the market place.
The Coral casino has maintained a top 5 place in the biggest online casinos since the online casino product was launched in 2001. Coral boast one of the biggest active customer bases in the world and this is testament to the brands ability to reward loyal customers. For players looking for an easy going online casino but with every single possible product you would need with great promotions and rewards there really is no one better.
The Gala Coral group have won so many awards I can't cover them all here. Suffice to say the group wins major awards every year. The fact the industry recognises the quality and power of the Coral casino and the brand has one of the best customer retentions should tell you everything.
See our Coral sports review for a full description of the customer support available at Coral casino. In summary all methods are available (phone, live chat, email, post) although not 24/7 (7am to midnight). This is the only blotch with Coral. Saying that they do have one of the best and quickest live chat features available. Agents are refreshingly knowledgeable with a good degree of common sence.
Self-Exclusion and Responsible Gambling
It is the law in the United Kingdom as part of the Gambling Act 2005 and amendment of 2014 to promote safe and responsible gambling. Coral fully adhere to these guidelines and in fact go beyond the pale in many situations. Coral have in fact won several awards recently for socially responsible operator of the year.
Coral are also part of the Association of British Bookmakers and the Senet Group, an independently operated body to promote responsible gambling standards. These are the guys who came up with the idea of "when the fun stops, stop".
You can find a full list of all of Coral's features in our responsible gambling section. In summary Coral offer self-exclusion (days to years or permanent), daily, weekly or monthly deposit limits, activity alerts, limited access to sections (e.g. prevent access to sports), full customer history, self-assessment and much more.
There are many independent sources of advice available too such as Gam Care (http://www.gamcare.org.uk/).
Contact and Licence Information
A full list of all Coral contact details and licence details can be found in our Coral sports review.