Coral Review 2017 - Sports Betting ReviewYou think of the major UK bookmakers and you immediately think of Coral. For a long, long time they have been at the front of British bookmaking, really offering a huge competition to the likes of the other major players Ladbrokes and William Hill. Like those other operators, Coral have secured a high street presence and have translated all of their experience over to online betting. They can trace their origins back to the 1920’s so they have a rich history in the industry. They are one of the most visible bookmakers around, offering a stylish front but being able to deliver high quality products underneath all of that. Coral, owned now by the Gala Coral Group are one of the industry leaders for very good reason.
Betting markets and odds quality 9/10One of the reasons why they are so strong is of course, their sportsbook and market odds. They pull a lot of punch in the industry and their traders consistently deliver very strong odds for punters. One thing about them though is that they do run slightly higher betting margins than some of their competitors. For example you have almost a 6% bookmaker margin on sport. They balance that out around other markets but average around the 5% bookmaker margin, which may be a little rich for some punters.
Going back to the sportsbook at Coral, you have a vast array of options in here. It is a strong sportsbook so if your like your big popular markets like horse racing and football and enjoy other markets like Ice Hockey and Motorsports, you’ll be well covered. A nice touch that Coral do have in their sportsbook is that there is an extra menu dedicated to Non-Sports betting, where you can find everything like Lotto, Political and TV Specials in there. Coral run through the current events on their homepage and you can sort the sports and events through tabs.
There are quick links to get your to the current events, so if there is a Tennis Tournament going on, you will find a quick link there so you don’t have to go searching around the sportsbook. Margin prices are very solid all the way, as we have already touched on and the presentation of markets odds is clear. You can get the main prices and then expand a market to see further options. If you click on sport, say American Football, you will see tabs which can quickly take you to alternative betting line Money Lines, Total Points, Coupons and Competitions. So the sportsbook is in-depth and there is a lot crammed in there.
Sign up bonus, free bets & current promotions 10/10Coral are always coming up with new promotions. They are one of those bookmakers who roll out a lot of enhanced odds special signup offers. For example they will offer an enhanced odds price on a player to score in a match, or will just go with an enhanced odds price, well above industry average on a team to win a game of football. These are new customer exclusives where you have to open an account and play the required bet (usually £5) with your first real money bet on the account. Coral generally offers a lost stake refund too if that enhanced odds special bet loses.
You can go to their “Offers” tab on their main site as well to see other great offers that are going on. There is always something. They offer a long-standing acca insurance on golf for example, where you play a 3 ball or 2 ball accumulator (four selections or more) and if one player lets you down, you’ll get your lost stake refunded as a free bet. There is a Money Back Special on selected UK or Irish races if your horse is beaten by a length of less (same goes for Live Sky Dog races), acca insurances on tennis and best price guaranteed on Racing and Greyhound racing. There is a lot of value to be found in the Coral promotions.
In-play betting 8/10You get a full-on live in-play betting feature with Coral and they will push this heavily on their home page. You will find quick access to some of the active events right on the home page or you can just hit the “Bet In Play’ Tab and get into it. The entire section can be filtered by sport and you can take a look at what is coming up in the feature. One immediate feature that you will notice on the live in play betting section at Coral is the Cash Out options. Click on an event, be it football, tennis or whatever and you will get a little graphic display of the action above all of the active markets for that event. It is a top, top service and while it looks as if there is a lot going on, it’s down at good speed as well through quick loading and operation.
Extras & features 9/10You will see a lot of the cash out feature going on at Coral. That’s a great touch because it is such a valuable tool for punters to have at their disposal. Dip into their live in-play section and you will see a wealth of cash out options applied to markets within a football match for example. Just click the orange Cash Out tab on a market and you will see the options to withdraw your bet early. Both live in-play bets placed and pre-match bets can be cashed out. Be careful if you are pulling out some bets early because it could effect any promotions that bet many be in. Coral do offer partial cash out options as well, meaning that you can pull a portion of your active bet, while leaving the rest riding until the event closes.
As well as the cash out feature and high quality live in play betting you have Coral Live Stream which is now available. You can get to the streams through the links on the market of a particular event or just hit the Live Stream tab at the top of the menu. As long as you are a funded account holder you can login and tune in with Coral Live Streaming. They show top European domestic soccer from the likes of the Spanish La Liga and Italy’s Serie A, you can watch top ATP and WTA tennis events and get into rugby, darts, snooker and much more with live streak. A 1 bet on a racehorse or greyhound) will get you access to a live stream of that race. Of course you can watch a live stream by popping out the video and enjoy live in-play betting alongside it.
There is a lot to enjoy at Coral from live scores, results and a big statistics section. One great way to keep abreast of sports and betting news is to visit the Coral News and Blogs and you get other features on the site like Virtual betting too. There is a Coral Radio you can listen too and they like to roll out great enhanced odds as well.
Payment options - deposit and withdrawal methods 8/10One great feature is the Coral Connect, a card which is free to get and it connects your accounts from online, mobile and the high street as well. You can bet online with the card and collect your winnings in one of their many shops for instant cash so you don’t have to wait for a bank withdrawal. These are cashless transactions on the high street and you just have the one balance for wherever you bet. For the regular funding of your online account you can use credit cards, debits cards and select ewallets like Neteller and Skrill. There is a £5 minimum for all deposit methods with the exception of £10 through Paypal. You have the same withdrawal options as well, but won’t be able to get cash back in certain formats.
Deposit Methods Include: Bank Transfer, Skrill, Neteller, PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, Visa Electron
Withdrawal Methods Include: Bank Transfer, Money Transfer, Visa, Visa Electron, Mastercard
User-friendliness of website & mobile app / mobile version 8/10The Coral website is busy. You will find less busy ones around, but still, with that said, the site is easy to get around and control what you are looking at. There are great quick links on the menu and you can even build your own shortcut menus to your favourite markets as well. That’s a nice little touch for you and the sportsbook is easy to get around. Odds are well presented and aren’t difficult to see at all, so you can make quick selections. It is user friendly despite the busy feel. The bet slip is very nice and easy to customise. This all translates over very well to the Coral app.
Customer Service & Support, Security & Reliability 7/10There is a help section accessible from all pages at Coral to get you answers to the most frequently asked questions. You will probably find everything you need in this extensive database of answers. Even if you go to their Contact Us link you will answer questions in a drop down menu to get customized answers, so you will mostly be dealing with online resolutions which is accessible 24/7 of course. If you do need some support you can contact Coral through their live in play chat on the screen or simply pick up the phone and call their online support number.
Overall / Conclusion 9/10
Coral are one of the top operators in the world and you can see why they are on their site. They offer strong odd and the quality touches that they have put into their features like the live in-play betting and cashouts, makes for a wonderful experience. The In-Play betting at Coral is a real delight. The website isn’t the prettiest out there, but it’s fully functional and packs a punch. With their rich history in the world of betting, all of that experience translates over to their service which boast a wide range of markets and value.
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