Coral

Latest Coral Free Bet Deal

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Bet £5 Get A Free Bet Worth £20

In order to qualify for your £20 Coral free bet token begin by signing up with Coral by clicking on the Free Betting Online big red link below. Then make a first bet of £5 or more and Coral will instantly credit your new account with a free bet token worth £20. 

You must place your £5 qualifying bet within 14 days of opening your account, any sports bets placed after this date will not qualify for this free bet offer. The qualifying bet must be placed on odds of at fractional odds of 1.5 or greater. 

Once the £20 free bet token has been credited to your account you'll have 7 days in which to use it before it expires. The £20 free bet token can only be wagered in full,on win or each-way bets and can be used on the following listed bet types: single, double, treble, 4-fold and upwards accumulator, forecast, combination.

For a full list of Coral's Terms and Conditions then please check the bookmaker's website for details.

Who Are Coral?

Acknowledged as one of the UK's big three bookies, Coral is in the business of offers fixed odds on gamut of planet's major sporting events.

Coral's reputation has been built solidly on its core horse racing foundations, and no other online bookmaker covers the sport of kings quite like Coral do. That's not to say they don't cut through other vast swathes of internet betting territories, including the equally popular areas of football, cricket, rugby, darts and greyhounds when Coral isn't focussing its efforts on its proud and impressive horse racing heritage.

Away from the business side of things, Coral are known to throw themselves into their charity work too, and have campaigned along with champion jockey, Frankie Dettori on behalf of Cancer Research UK in recent times.

What's The Script Then?

Coral Casino covers roulette, poker, four versions of blackjack, a raft of video slot games, instant win games (Head2Head), fruit machines, Lotto and bingo. And did we mention they also offer what can only be described as a far-ranging selection of horse racing bets on offer at any time? Nope. Well we have now.

And that's aside from, deep breath......football, horse racing, tennis, greyhounds, baseball, basketball, ice hockey, American football, boxing, cricket, cycling, darts, handball, Formula One, skiing, Moto GP, Olympics, rugby league, rugby union, snooker, TV specials and politics. Quite.

The History of Coral

Brought into existence in Essex, England as of 1926, Coral was at the vanguard of the world's bookmaking industry in its infancy and quickly established a strong name for itself both on the high street (over 1,500 retail outlets currently), out in the field (Coral owns two greyhound racing tracks, Brighton and Hove and Romford) and latterly online. That'll be the Coral we highlighted a few clicks above. What's more, Coral - in cahoots with Eurobet - presently own around 30 casinos too.

Coral Sports themselves come under the umbrella of parent gaming company, the Gala Coral Group Ltd, as an upshot of the Gala Group merging with Coral Eurobet as of 2005. Prior to this in 1981, brewery Bass bought control of Coral and lumped them in for a short-lived working relationship with fellow bookies, Ladbrokes. Then in 2002 the Coral management team supported by Charterhouse Development Capital bought out Eurobet to form Coral Eurobet. Savvy? Coral employ 17,000 staff and in 2007 made a profit of some £1.75 billion from their betting industry operations and interests according to industry figures.

Corals first betting shop opened in 1961, whilst Coral's first online foray came in 1996.

What's So Good About Coral?

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Where do we start? Well OK, let's see. Punters can bet and play poker and casino games all from the one online account whenever they want, negating the need to have two or three single accounts on the go at once. There's also a nifty little betting calculator to do you quick sums on flagged up on screen when required, whilst Coral's link-up with Talksport radio is a nice touch that allows punters to keep in tune with the very latest race meets or football fixtures aurally so as to follow their tips more closely.

Elsewhere, and the live In-Play betting functionality fronted by Coral - and covers most European football leagues - enable you to change your mind, and up your stakes accordingly as the game/fixture/meet/event pans out to your advantage or disadvantage.

Coral also have the technological platform at their fingertips to allow it's online members to play virtual horse and dog racing, whilst footie fans will be in seventh heaven to learn that you can even indulge your soccer fantasies courtesy of Coral's virtual football assemblage too. With matches kicking off every 90 seconds, this interactive tool covers all the major world soccer leagues and provides instant win prizes. These are all fantastic additions to your online betting lifestyle, especially when bearing in mind the inconsistent nature of the not-so-great British weather which is often responsible for the postponement of race meets during the annual sports calendar.

There's also plenty of 'specials' sports and events betting side-shows to take your pick from throughout the year, while your interactive online betting slip is highlighted from the front page onwards as you surf the Coral site, making it easy to revise and track your accumulator lines at any opportunity.

The 'Next 5 Horse Races' is a novel box feature situated at the top of the home page, whilst the 'Next 5 Sports Events' is an equally useful reminder tool located just beneath for extra convenience. Again, the racing results are also high profile on the front page by initiating a drop down menu at the bottom of the screen.

You'll be pleased to know that Coral broadcast live sporting fixtures as, where and when they're played out via their website, and should you not be near a PC or laptop at the time of asking, don't forget you can stay updated courtesy of your mobile phone; which also offers mobile-based games (WAP-enabled) to Coral's dedicated client-base for information and functionality on the move.

How Quickly Do Coral Pay Out?

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In our personal experience, Coral pay out winnings as quickly as possible, once all the banking details have been validated and verified, transactions are made between the online betting service provider and your bank within 48 hours, then made available to your account at the discretion of your bank.

Minimum bet is £1.00, whilst minimum deposit to open an online account is £15 to set you on your way. The maximum payout is £100,000, whilst greyhound payouts are limited to £10,000.

Is The Website Design, Layout And Ease Of Navigation Up To Scratch?

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Coral is in all honesty a no frill web portal, it would be wrong of us to say otherwise. Very much a case of what you see is very much what you get. The layout is simple, effective and easy enough to scroll down, click through and navigate around, proffering none of the time-consuming complexities of some that place style over substance to a certain degree. All the click through's are slick, the information laid out in all its bare necessities and no rudimentary detailing are left to chance. All-in-all the Coral website invites extensive browsing and return visits thanks to its no-nonsense approach to the arena of online betting.

Do Coral Offer A Good Cross-Section Of Betting Odds And Markets?

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Yes. Providing you're into your horse racing and football. No, that's not altogether true, as Coral go a long way to cover all the major sporting events taking place at any one time, thoroughly researching, compiling and executing a myriad of odds and prices as they go. In-Play (or in-running as it's known colloquially) and the more traditional fixed price odds are made available and become instantly accessible after the sign-up process is agreed and completed.

Is The Customer Service Much Kop?

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Coral are well known in the online betting community for accepting large telephone bets through their system, and are credited in the profession for being friendly yet astute at assisting users and members to their site who encounter problems or difficulties that they cant overcome themselves. Their fast, effective troubleshooting ensures that client's enjoyment of the Coral website user experience is not compromised by transaction issues or technical glitches. The quality and remit of Coral's customer service utility is said to be amongst the best in its peer group.

So What's The Catch?

Unfortunately users must navigate away from the homepage to access sports pages not classed within the top 5 on site, which is more of a niggle than a headache. What does upset some users though is Coral's telling absence of a live chat facility, a feature that is widely deployed by its online betting competitors. Coral members are faced with investing a minimum deposit of £5.00, yet note limited withdrawal options as and when they're required to do so, which again don't auger well against their online contemporaries.

Finally, the positioning of some bets and betting procedure info is a little confusing at times, but once you're up to speed you'll find the Coral service a seamless one so ultimately no massive reservations or perceived drawbacks to using the site on a regular basis.

Will They Accept My Plastic?

They certainly will if it flashes the Western Union, Bank Transfer, Visa, Delta, Electron, Switch, Solo, Moneybookers or NETeller logotype loudly and proudly about its plasticity.

Is The Site Secure?

Secured website technology in place via Coral championing Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol across all web-pages that hold private client data, so determining as much as they can that the site is water-tight.

How Can I Contact Coral?

You can contact Coral via email, telephone and a direct messaging system that's routed straight to customer services around the clock.