Coral are a big player with a top reputation in both online and brick-and-mortar betting. Now part of the Ladbrokes-Coral group, the UK's biggest betting company have some weight to throw around to give customers long term value. Renowned for their regular promotions and loyalty free bet rewards for existing customers, Coral have remained as one of the nations favourite betting companies for generations.
Coral have some of the best live betting and streaming (over 2,000 live events each week), on a range of sports including football and racing, along with a daily radio commentary and TV service available. Often regarded as one of best places to bet for horse racing, football, tennis and golf in particular, Coral have good competitive odds and accept a wide range of payment methods for UK punters.
- Best Retention Free Bets - Excellent for regular free bet and insurance offers than
- Live betting with dedicated radio commentary and epic TV service + full and partial Cash Out
- Fast mobile betting app with a huge range of betting lines and great customer service
Joe Coral established the bookmaker business in 1926 operating pitches at greyhound meetings by borrowing from a local café owner. With good friend, Tom Bradbury-Pratt, they went on to found and run many greyhound and speedway meetings. Coral in fact still own greyhound tracks such as Romford. In 1960 legislation was passed to allow off site bookmaker betting shops and Joe was one of the first to take advantage opening his first shop in 1961. Famed for being prepared to take large bets Coral quickly grew to around 650 shops before being acquired by Bass in 1981, with the shops retaining the Coral brand.
Following a failed attempt by Ladbrokes to buy out Coral in 1997 it was eventually sold in 1999 to a private equity group who merged the product with an internet betting group to create Coral-Eurobet. This was further merged at a price of over £2bn in 2005 to create the Gala Coral Group Ltd the UK’s third largest bookmaker with over 30 real world casinos. Late in 2015 Ladbrokes were finally successful in purchasing Coral, however the brands will be kept separate and you are perfectly allowed to have an account with both bookmakers, including claiming both welcome packages.
Coral now employ over 11000 people in their 1800+ betting shops with head offices in the UK. In 2011 however, like many online bookmakers, Coral decided to relocate a large proportion of its online business to Gibraltar for tax purposes.
Coral launched online betting in 2000 quickly attaining and maintaining a top four position. The brand presence and customer base of Coral means they provide a wide range of markets and services to keep their millions of customers happy and betting. With an easy to use website, good customer service and regular offers and promotions they have many content customers. The availability of real world shops is also a draw for some, allowing you to bet in store and online from the same account (see later).
Coral services are primarily focused in the UK and Italy and so do not offer the international coverage and range of languages/currencies that other do. Saying that as a UK focused bookmaker it is tailored to the UK market, referring to football instead of soccer for example!
Interface and Appearance
The Coral interface is easy to use on both the desktop site and through the mobile app. You can find what you’re looking for quickly on the home page, which is not quite as crowded as those of other online bookmakers. The quick links and ‘my coral’ menus make finding your events even easier and the combination of blue background with green and yellow headers certainly helps the different markets and sections stand out.
The mobile app is one of the best out there and follows a similar theme to the main site in shades of blue and yellow. Odds are clearly displayed in black against a white background, markets and live betting are really easy to access and streaming is excellent. The app runs really quickly as it doesn’t go over the top in terms of graphics, especially with in play betting and this allows it to run quickly. In play markets are not overcrowded either allowing you to find your bet in a flash.
Coral's long history has resulted in it having a large customer base consisting of all demographics. This means Coral need not just keep up with the demands of the digitally initiated like me but also the old school punters who still want to walk the dog to the betting shop. Coral therefore offer a huge range of markets, betting lines and ways for you to play.
Coral offer sports markets on football (particularly English and European leagues but all major world leagues are covered), American football, Australian rules football, baseball, basketball, boxing & wrestling (inc UFC/MMA), cricket, cycling, darts, eSports, Gaelic football, golf, greyhound racing, handball, horse racing, hurling, ice hockey, motor racing (F1, motorbikes and world rally championships), rugby (union and league), snooker, speedway, tennis, volleyball and more.
For big events, major men’s football matches and horse meetings you can often bet on around 180 different betting lines, anything from halftime/fulltime to number of bookings. As well as pre-event betting Coral offer a full range of live In play betting markets and streaming with over 2,000 events a week. The mobile betting and integration of streaming with live betting is not quite as good as others but as an all-round sportsbook Coral offer an excellent mix of features and functions.
Coral offer odds on special markets too and have a specific ‘non-sports’ page dedicated to this, although its worth noting you can’t bet on financials. With Coral you can bet on television shows, politics, Eurovision, sports personality etc, etc. Coral offer regular odds on that great British obsession, the weather. For example "Rain to fall on the Saturday headline act on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, 4/1".
Coral offer competitive odds on all major markets giving you confidence that you always getting a good price whether on the site, mobile or in store. Coral have a particularly strong reputation for horse racing offering a best odds guarantee on all UK and Irish horse racing. For large wagers on markets other than horse racing or if you simply want to get the best odds out there then it is worth shopping around.
Enhanced odds promotions are offered on a regular basis with Coral, from money back deals on to win and both teams to score football accumulators if one team of loses for example, enhanced odds accumulators, or your horse or dog is beaten by less than a head or length respectively. Check out the promotions section of the site before placing your bets to see if you can get better terms, especially around a big event.
Odds are available in fraction and decimal format, if would like a price for an event not listed you can usually get these on request, see the contact us section for more information.
Minimum / Maximum Bets and Payouts
Most of us might think we don’t bet enough to worry about maximum payouts but be careful if you place big multiple bets or stake single bets with long odds you may hit these limits without realising. You may only find this out when your big win gets capped which could leave you feeling sore.
Coral were initially lauded in the 60’s as a bookmaker not afraid to take big bets. Minimum and maximum bets with Coral are defined by the odds or type of selection(s) and are shown on the bet slip. In general the minimum bet can be as low as £0.01p although is usually £0.10 for most lines, telephone betting however requires a minimum bet of £10 to use this service.
There are no stated maximum bet limits so beware your stake doesn’t hit the payout cap if you do go on to win. As a working example a maximum payout on Athletics for example is £25k meaning a stake higher than £1000 on a 25/1 bet would take you over this limit. Limits are however negotiable for certain events and you can place higher stakes by contacting Coral in advance.
Maximum payouts do vary a lot by sport but can be up to £1 million for major markets such as ‘grade 1’ football as Coral refer to it, effectively major men’s football leagues and cup competitions in Europe. Coral also offer up to £1 million maximum on horse racing in UK and Ireland televised on Coral TV, but only £50k for those not shown. Maximum payouts are easily searchable and listed in the FAQ section and we suggest you always view the terms and conditions for a specific market before placing a large wager, or indeed a smaller wager with very high odds.
Live Betting and Streaming
Live In Play Betting
Live betting with streaming is a great way to bet, and something you wouldn't have done much before online betting. Coral’s live in play betting service is fully equipped to allow you to bet on all major sports and events from wherever you happen to be.
The in play section allows you to split your view by a list of sports or events, with handy tabs for the big sports such as football and racing. There is a multi-event customisable view available for you to create your own live betting display.
With live betting you are in control giving you the option to bet on almost every market you can think of night and day. Coral are certainly in the top 5 for live betting and streaming. Combined with news, results and form features they provide a nice all round betting package.
The live scores option on the Coral site really is better than most offering a very effective way of keeping track of multiple bets in real time without too many bells and whistles.
Integrated live streaming and in play betting is a the one single feature that allows you to get much more from your betting experience, especially if your twiddling your thumbs waiting for the result to come in anyway. Coral stream in the region of 2,000 live events each week, that's over 100,000 a year. Sports include football, horse and greyhound racing (bet £1+), tennis, Snooker, Rugby, Darts, Basketball, Badminton, Handball, Ice Hockey, Volleyball and more.
Live betting odds accompany the live stream giving you full control of your betting. While you can choose the point at which you place your bet beware there is generally a time delay of ten seconds or so on the stream and an additional time delay while your bet is processed.
With coral you can also personalise your viewing panel to keep track of multiple live streaming events simultaneously although this function is only available on the main site.
The live horse racing with integrated betting and offers is much better than most others, so if you place most of your bets on the nags stick with Coral.
The coral mobile app is a good one, with almost the same functionality as the desktop site you can safely go out and about without risk of being away from the world of betting. The app doesn’t quite offer the range that say the Bet365 version does but as a consequence of this I find it is quicker to load and easier to use, especially when using data over mobile networks – always useful if you want to get your bet on quickly.
The mobile version is available in all major formats, all are highly rated (e.g. all 4/5 stars or higher). Using the app you can manage your account, deposit and withdraw, view the latest odds, place bets and crucially for horse racing fans you can stream with live betting.
For those horse racing fans you can listen to the daily Coral radio stream using a separate app and if you play the football jackpot each week there is another dedicated app for this. All streaming is available on mobile apps and sites and there are also added functions such as player bets. This allows you to create your own football bets and get odds prices almost instantly, perfect for down the pub or at the match.
Cash Out is a feature initially pioneered by Betfair with other bookmakers including Coral quickly jumping on the band wagon. With Cash Out you can choose to settle certain select bets at any point before the event is completed for reduced risk but with reduced odds.
For example you may bet on Manchester City to win against Arsenal away but decide to cash out your bet for a fixed sum before the end of the game as they are winning 2-0 but a key player has just gone off injured and you are a little worried. This is a calculated risk and so the settlement amount will always be of a lower value than your potential winnings will be if you allow the bet to run to completion.
The Coral Cash Out feature is fully functional including partial cash out availability, which cab be used in 10% stake increments. Cash out is a really fun online betting tool designed for the mobile betting generation, although this service is offered on all platforms it tends to be most useful for mobile betting.
Coral, as a real world bookie, are able to provide customers with the ability to bet both online and in store from the same account using Coral Connect. This allows you to deposit and withdraw in cash too should you wish too.
All you need to do is register online, your Coral Connect card and pin will be sent to you, then pop into any shop with card, pin and ID and you can start betting or withdrawing your online winnings (sports and casino). Your Coral Connect card can also give you additional rewards allowing you to collect points and claim personal free bets. Coral Connect can be used as a means to play online too without the need for a bank account.
Gaming and Casino
The Gala Coral Group have a long history in the world of casino gaming with Gala casinos currently holding currently holding a 17% market share. Coral therefore has a lot of expertise under the bonnet and so provide a wide range of online casino, gaming and bingo services. You can get the same deposit bonus over again for signing up to the bingo section (deposit £5 get £20 free) and a huge bonus for signing up to the casino section (deposit £10 get £50 free).
Coral offer a range of games and slots that can be played on site and conveniently on the main mobile app too. Additional bonuses are also available for Lotto and poker with other bespoke apps available for mobile casino betting. For more information about Coral Casino and games and latest offers see our dedicated pages.
Coral have a strong presence on twitter and Facebook. Offers and promotions are pushed out regularly through Twitter with the odd one off twitter promotions if you follow them (@coral).
The Facebook page is updated every day and while this is not a forum in which betting offers are often pushed it does have some novel feeds and posts to keep you entertained and offers another way to contact them.
The overall Coral experience is excellent, you do get the feeling they are always advancing online bookmaking forcing other sites to get better. The live betting, live streaming and cash out options are fantastic in particular. Customers seem to love the interaction on the site and through the app and regular fun promotions such as the football jackpot, along with high generous free bet clubs, do keep you coming back each Saturday.
The Coral Radio commentary is very popular with customers keeping you up to date with all the latest betting on football, horses, greyhounds and more – you don’t even need to be a customer to use it. In combination with good in play betting and a very neat live scores package you can really engage with the events you bet on.
Coral also offer something other online-only merchants can’t by offering full integration of online, telephone and shop betting. If you are a loyal customer and you want to keep your bets in one place but with flexibility then Coral are the bookie for you. For example, if your internet goes down and you’ve got no phone signal you can’t walk down to Bet365 to place a bet now can you.
Payment Options Deposit/Withdrawal
|Method||Min Deposit||Min Withdrawal||Fees||Withdrawal Time|
|Debit Card||£5||£5||0%||2-5 Days|
|Credit Card||£5||£5||0%||2-5 Days|
|PayPal||£10||£5||0%||Up To 24hrs|
|Skrill||£5||£5||0%||Up To 24hrs|
|Neteller||£5||£5||0%||Up To 24hrs|
|Cash - Coral Connect||£5||£5||1800+ Locations||n/a|
|Bank Wire||£5||£5||BACS Free||2-5 Days|
|ecoPayz||£5||£5||0%||Up To 24hrs|
Coral accept many forms of payment. For details about how each specific payment option works see our payment options section.
How to place a bet
Placing a bet with Coral is convenient and easy. Simply deposit into your digital wallet by any payment mechanism shown below, create your online betslip on the main site or using the mobile app, click place bet and you’re done. You can use the same account to bet by phone although minimum bet conditions apply (generally £10+).
A feature of particular note is the Coral Connect card and pin, this allows you to bet in store, online and by phone from the same account and allows you to control how you deposit and collect your winnings. This type of flexibility is impossible with other online-only bookmakers.
Coral support most payment options for UK customers although non-UK punters are limited with their options.
Coral are a great bookmaker for UK betting but are lacking when it comes to non-UK customers. Currency options with Coral are really limited, with operations only in the UK and Italy the transactional currency is British pounds (GBP). If you want to bet in another currency you should either convert this to GBP prior to depositing or use another bookmaker.
Despite the distinct lack of currency options there is a good list of banking options available to deposit. The minimum deposit is £5 across the board with no maximum in any 24 hour period and all digital payments are instant with no associated charges for using any of the methods described.
- All major Debit and Credit cards
- Visa and Visa Electron
- Skrill (+ 1-Tap)
- Click and Buy
- Bank transfer
- Cash In store (Coral Connect)
You can withdraw funds in GBP – although you must withdraw using the same card or method you used to deposit your funds. All withdrawals are free of charge with the exception of some bank international wire transfers and Western Union payments, any fee will be clearly displayed on the withdrawal page.
Of course do not forget a redeeming feature of Coral is the ability to withdraw you money in cash (up to £500) from one of their betting shops – as long as you are registered for the Coral Connect service. Like most online bookmakers you can also transfer money to casino, poker and gaming sections instantly.
Whereas withdrawals are all processed by Coral instantly they can take 2-5 working days to appear due to banking procedures. Funds can clear in hours through other services such as Skrill, Paypal and Neteller. The min/max withdrawal amounts are easy and clear with a £5 minimum across the board and no stated maximum.
Unfortunately Coral cannot be contacted 24/7 offering support between 7am and midnight and only offer support in English. You can contact customer services by phone, instant message, email and conventional post.
Despite the lack of overnight coverage customer services are rated highly by current customers of Coral and from a quick search you can see the high satisfaction levels. Agents are friendly and will generally resolve your problem there and then. From my own personal experience you sometimes need to contact the bookmaker due to missing promotional payouts though this is quick and painless.
See the contact details section below for ways to get in touch
It is UK law for licenced betting providers to offer advice and services that help you to gamble responsibly. There are also a wealth of independent service providers who you can talk to if you think you may have a problem. For example help and advice is available from Gam Care (http://www.gamcare.org.uk/).
Coral offer several services to help you control your betting experience so that you can enjoy gambling responsibly.
- Deposit Limits – daily, weekly and monthly
- Self exclusion – 1 day to 1 year or permanently
- Account Closure
- Activity Alerts – daily, weekly and monthly
- Limit Access by excluding Sports, Casino, Poker or Bingo
- Advice and referral service
- Exclude yourself from online and betting shops
- Full customer history to keep track of your betting habits
- Parental control available
UK licence ref/No: 39071
All bookmakers holding a UK gambling commission licence are required to follow a strict let of rules and guidelines for the protection of you and the bookmaker. As a UK licenced bookie Coral offer one of the safest ways to bet.
The gambling commission has powers of enforcement and can revoke gambling licences for failure to comply. Further details including licence numbers and permitted activities can be found at the bottom of the Coral home page.
- Name: Coral
- Registered Company Name: Gala Coral Group Ltd
- URL: http://www.coral.co.uk/
- Customer Services: 0800 44 00 11 (UK), 1800 936 955 (IRE), +44(0) 208 507 5544 (overseas)
- Coral Shops: 8:30am - 9:30pm (0800 169 0299)
- Customer services address: New Castle House, Castle Boulevard, Nottingham, England, NG7 1FT
- Phone betting: 0800 328 4273
- Text betting: Not accepted
- Twitter: @coral
- Company address: Suite 711, 1st Floor, Europort, Europort Road, Gibraltar GX11 1AA.