Coral Odds and Free Bet Review with Betting Site Pros and Cons
- Odds: Coral offer competitive odds for a vast number of markets, especially for sports such as football, horse racing, golf and darts.
- Free Bet: They give new customers £20 in free bets (4x £5 free bets) when deposit and bet just £5 or more upon joining.
- Pros: Loads of free bets and bonuses for existing customers covering a wide range of sports, including golf, football, horse racing and the dogs.
- Cons: A limited number of live-streamed sports compared to some rivals.
One of the most instantly recognised bookmakers, Coral, was founded way back in 1926, from when they grew into one of the biggest bookies in the UK and then grew into a global brand when they took their sportsbook online. In 2015, they confirmed a merger with former rivals Ladbrokes, creating a single bookmakers to dominate all others.
Gala Coral Group, the parent company, own not only Coral, but also Gala Bingo and a number of casinos. This experience feeds through to their online presence, where their website offers more than just sports betting. Customers are also able to visit the online casino, play bingo and indulge in a number of online games.
Coral have consistently used their physical presence to raise their profile within the online betting market. Additionally, they’ve continually improved their customer experience, focusing on providing a user-friendly service.
As sponsors of multiple darts tournaments, including the PDC World Championship and the Premier League Darts, Coral are often a step ahead of the rest when it comes to darts odds. They also excel at providing competitive odds at the likes of golf and football, often giving punters the best options when it comes to majors. When it comes to horse racing they have great odds, including a good number of enhanced odds specials for some of the biggest races of the year.
Free Bet or Welcome Bonus
Coral’s welcome bet is one of the most inclusive on the market, offering a massive 400% matched free bet. When new customers join and bet just £5 out of their own pocket, Coral will give them a £20 free bet. This bonus comes with very few terms and conditions too and no rollover requirements, giving punters a wide variety of ways they can use the offer.
The first bet must be placed within 14 days of opening an account with Coral and must be used on odds of 1/2 or greater. The free bet will then be placed in the account and must be used within a further four days. When comparing this welcome bonus to pre-existing ones given by competitors, it gives customers a great deal of freedom.
The website offers a separate welcome bonus for those wishing to use the casino, for those who are interested. When customers open a casino account and place at least £10 of your cash balance, Coral will give them an extra £50 to play with – a 500% bonus. Terms are a little more demanding here however, requiring customers to wager 24 times the bonus amount (so £1,200) before you can withdraw any money, though this is standard for online casinos and is actually better than most of their rivals. This must be done within 28 days of receiving the bonus, so it’s advantageous to get started quickly.
Even with the impressive welcome bonuses, Coral haven’t forgotten about their existing customers. Throughout the year, the website advertises a number of promotions, largely in the form of insurance against losing bets. Their insurance works with various accumulators where if a punter falls a game short of a winning bet, they will recoup their stake in the form of a free bet. During both the flat and National Hunt horse racing seasons, the bookie often offers money back on specific races if the horse falls before completing the race.
In terms of golf betting offers, Coral used to have a nice golf insurance offer whereby they refunded losing 2/3 ball accas. That’s gone now but may return, whilst they also have a Golf Guarantee. That means that Coral offer more top prices over the course of the four days play than any other (selected) UK bookmaker for USPGA and European Tour events, with unbroken Outright, Top 10 & Top 5 market coverage. With loads of pre-event and in-play golf betting markets available, they are one of the best golf bookmakers around.
Additionally, there’s a VIP club for the website’s most loyal customers, which doesn’t require customers to jump through hoops to gain access. There are four different tiers, from bronze to platinum which just require punters to meet a certain betting criteria in a calendar month. Bronze starts at £1,000 in a month, with silver asking £2,000, gold £4,000 and platinum is an invite only tier. Once customers have applied and gained access, they will receive exclusive promotions, better prices and a more dedicated customer service.
The Coral mobile website is incredibly streamlined and easy to use, though loading times does put it at somewhat of a disadvantage on occasion. Once online, customers are easily able to see the variety of sports which can be sorted by date, with live betting taking centre stage. Different markets are then organised into categories, making it easy to select exactly what bet they want to make. What is especially nice is the addition of “match tips” at the top of the page which give statistics about each team followed by the corresponding odds, which is extremely helpful for those who are still unsure as to where to put their money.
There is also an app available, which favours Apple devices over Android. Although the mobile app is available for both, it is not accessible through the Android store, instead requiring customers to search the web for a download link. Live streaming of games is also available on the tablet app, although currently this only exists for Apple customers. The app itself works in a very similar way to the mobile site, acting as a direct duplicate, so once again, is easy to navigate for those who wish to have the betting world sitting directly on their home screen. But really it’s easier just to access the site through your mobile device.
A huge feature that is consistently advertised on the website is access to live streaming. Coral allow members to watch a large variety of sports online and have recently added to their already extensive list. As well as the usual football and tennis live streaming, users can watch a number of games within snooker, handball and volleyball meaning that there really is something for everyone. The only downside to this feature is that customers must have a positive balance in their account to access the streams, though for what is being offered, this isn’t much to ask in return.
The in-play betting markets are easily accessed from the very top of the website and are constantly updated so that users don’t miss a minute of play. Shortening and drifting of odds are colour coded so that customers can see with a single glance how the game is going and which odds are becoming more enticing as the game progresses. A new feature for the website is a live “multi view”, where you can arrange multiple games into a grid, rather than having to flick back and forth or sit with a number of tabs open, again making the website even more user-friendly.
Coral’s customer service is one of the website’s main advantages. They are available every day of the week, from 7am until midnight, so are easily on hand if customers have a problem or query about their account. Not only do they offer the standard freephone and email route, but you are also able to get in contact via live chat or messaging through the website. Although live chat isn’t currently available on the mobile website, Coral are very quick to respond to other methods, ensuring that users can get back in the betting game as quickly as possible.
Overall, Coral’s betting site remains one of the best in the market. It offers seamless movement from the high street to customers’ desktops and mobiles, all while offering the same high quality of service for customers. It doesn’t just draw them in with a tantalising welcome bonus, but rewards them for staying with a number of great features and offers.