In today’s market, with the sheer amount of competition that is out there, there is now a huge amount of pressure for bookmakers – especially those that are at the level of Coral – to really excel when it comes to bonus offers.
This isn’t too much of a surprise considering that promotions are generally a key way in which bookmakers attract new customers. This means that the pressure to provide something truly
exceptional and creatively unique is significant.
Luckily for us, it’s the users who reap the rewards of such competition. Even better, Coral have done a masterful job of making their promotions something worth shouting about.
There are 13 bonus offers at the time of writing, all of which are versatile and high quality. There’s boosts of winning football accas, build-a-bet, free bets and cashback, to give but a few examples.
There’s even shop exclusive offers integrating their physical stores with the website just as effortlessly as the casino, sportsbook and poker rooms are intertwined online.
It should be little surprise that Coral’s site is expertly put together. You don’t get to be as big as they are without at the very least having a site which performs well.
Coral Site Design
From a design point of view, we suppose it would be fair to say that Coral doesn’t do anything especially innovative. However, this classic style has been around a long time for a reason.
Nonetheless, Coral does distinguish itself in just how well it pulls off what seems to be one of the more straightforward bookmaker styles. It’s important to note that Coral – as you could probably have guessed from the sheer amount of promotions available – has an absolutely monstrous amount of content to not only cover, but present in such a way which remains both easy to navigate and easy on the eye.
Well, it passes both of these tests with flying colours, as the huge amount of sports, games, betting markets and pages are all effortless in their ease of use. This is why you can’t really knock a site like Coral for not reinventing the wheel when it comes to site design, as it is hard to imagine a site which innovates while still being able to fit in all these options in a way that is natural and seamless for the user.
Speaking of seamlessness, it is also worth pointing out that everything we have tested on the Coral site has worked without issue. Although no site is immune to technical problems, this is about as reliable as betting sites – or indeed sites in general – get.
We’d also like to point out that the mobile app is every bit as good as it’s bigger desktop brother too, with the same exceptional content. Plus, it’s lovely navy blue colours do make for a pleasant backdrop to all this content. Classics are classic for a reason, after all.
Not only do Coral have a massive amount of Online Casino Payment Methods available – we really do think the overwhelming majority of online users will be more than satisfied here – but they have also been kind enough to lay out all that information very clearly in their help section. This, alongside their customer service which we will discuss in our next section, really make the whole process very straightforward.
As you can see from payments and design, a huge amount of effort has clearly gone into Coral to make everything as user friendly as possible. We can’t fault them in this regard whatsoever in our Coral review in Canada.
Coral Deposit and Withdrawal Options
In terms of deposit options, you can choose from debit card, credit card, PayPal, Skrill, Skrill 1-tap, Neteller, Eco, Paysafecard and even via cash through their physical stored. That last option is something that most competitors cannot boast. It really helps to bridge the gap for those who want to play online but struggle with certain elements of the online experience. There are few others that can claim that level of accessibility.
The minimum deposit for each is £5, with the exception of PayPal, which is £10. All these options are instant. In order to withdraw funds, you’ll need to use the same method by which you deposited. The minimum withdrawal is a penny for each, with a withdrawal timeframe of within three hours for PayPal, Skrill and Neteller, 24 hours for Eco and 1-2 banking days for debit/credit card and bank transfer. You can even withdraw funds directly from a store, which is a massive bonus here.
Another area of praise is that there is also an extra information section on every option. This can take you through how they all work step-by-step. It’s an extraordinary effort here.
The only downside here is that Coral is missing some more modern options like Bitcoin, which is becoming more mainstream nowadays. However, as you can see from the integration of physical stores, we think that Coral’s user base is probably more traditional than some other sites.
We’ve already made it clear how exceptional the help section is when it comes to tips and guides on payment methods. We’re happy to report this level of effort is also clearly felt when contacting customer service.
There are a few options available, unlike many competitors. They even have a Twitter account, holding them more publicly accountable than many lesser-known sites, which can only be seen as a positive. It reassures the customer and showcases their confidence in their site. Of course, there is that all-important live chat function.
Support is available 24/7 and you don’t need to be part of VIP service in order to get in touch with them. In fact, you don’t even need to sign up to the site. This is something we think is really important because often, before signing up, you’ll have questions you want answered in order to decide whether they’re the right fit for you.
So, often with betting sites, you go on live chat only to find they refuse to talk to you unless you already have an account! You would be surprised by the amount of betting sites which utilise this practise. However, we found Coral just as helpful signed in or out. Whatever help you need at any stage of your journey, they are right there for you.
Not only that but their responses were always extremely quick. We never had to wait more than a few moments and the customer service team were very helpful and informative. Unfortunately, we can’t give them our absolute top marks as the only language that live chat is available is in English. We understand this is their core audience but it will affect French Canadians in Quebec and elsewhere. In every other respect though, their customer service is practically perfect.
We don’t really imagine there are many people reading this who are seriously concerned that Coral are illegitimate or unlicensed. However, for the curious, Coral is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission. That applies to British users, naturally, and they are also licensed by the government of Gibraltar for users elsewhere.
Speaking of responsible, their commitment to responsible gaming is among the most impressive we have seen. At the bottom of the homepage, there is a link to a part of the site dedicated to helping people gamble responsible. This includes advice, a self determination test, options to keep track of your play, set limits both online and in shops, alongside self exclusion options and links for further support.
We mentioned that you don’t need to have a VIP strategy to access to Coral’s excellent customer service. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t have a VIP section. Nonetheless, we were a touch skeptical about this because their product is so good, we wondered what goodies they could offer in order to make being a VIP worthwhile.
Let’s first discuss how it all works. Once again, one area which Coral really sets itself apart is in how clearly it explains itself. Here is no different. The rules are simple. There are four VIP levels; Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
In order to reach these levels, you need to deposit a certain amount and have a certain amount of priority points. Priority points are earned through staking cash on various parts of the site. Once again, there is terrific integration of different site elements here.
You get two points for every £10 on slots, scratch cards and bingo, one point for every £10 on other casino games, 2.5 for every £10 on sports single bets and 3 for every £10 stake for sports multiple bets.
The priority points needed to advance are 1,500 for Bronze, with £1000 in deposits, 2,500 points and £2000 for Silver, and £4000 with 12,500 points for Gold. No doubt, this is aimed at the big spenders. However, the VIP programme is built that way and if it is not suitable for you, it doesn’t negatively affect your experience. Saying that, perhaps a more accessible version of this would be enjoyed by less committed users.
There’s a whole host of benefits for different levels like prize draws, enhanced prizes and more. It just about walks the line of being desirable but not having anything which should be available more generally.
Just because Coral’s first port of call might be the sportsbook, that doesn’t mean that the casino is any kind of afterthought. This perception is perhaps not helped by the fact that the design follows a similarly conversative style as the sportsbook. Generally, people expect a little extra personality when it comes to the aesthetic of an online casino as opposed to a sportsbook, and you don’t really find that here.
However, don’t confuse a lack of bells and whistles for a lack of content. Just like the sportsbook, everything in this casino is built around ease of use and simplicity. Whether or not the style is to your tastes, you cannot doubt its effectiveness. Everything is so easy to navigate across all the different kinds of games, from slots to table games and bingo. This is also important because Coral has an excellent line up of options.
Coral Casino Game Selection
It’s not the biggest set of games in the world, but it certainly isn’t lacking either. Plus, everything available here is at the absolute highest possible level of quality, with only the finest software developers being used. The likes of Playtech. NetEnt and Quickspin, to name but a few, are all here, meaning that there’s a huge amount of variety of developers as well.
In terms of slots, you’ll find a maddening amount of themes from famous films and TV to more abstract concepts. There are also new games and even classic titles to choose from – those that have stood the test of time in bookmarks for several years. Nearly 50 of these games are also exclusive, meaning you won’t find them anywhere else.
Moving onto the table games side of things and all the classics are here from roulette to blackjack. The only thing missing is Poker, but don’t worry, that’s because it’s given its own dedicated section.
Even their bingo selection is astonishing, with exclusive bingo rooms modelled on hits like Emmerdale, The Chase and Monopoly to give a few examples. This alongside the many virtuals, lotto and jackpot games make this one of the most well rounded casinos on the net. On top of that, many of these games are also available to play in store.
Don’t be fooled by its unassuming appearance, this casino packs a serious punch.
Coral Sports Betting
While Coral do excel elsewhere, it is their sportsbook which is the immediate landing page and the backbone of this betting site. Considering they do so well elsewhere – which we will explore in our next section – they absolutely kill it when it comes to their key focus.
The amount of options here is utterly staggering. This is not just in terms of the sports that are available – their A-Z of sports is one of the few that actually feels like a dictionary on the subject – but also in terms of the leagues and betting markets available.
If you can imagine it – whether it’s the number of corners thrown in a La Liga match, the winner of the Brazilian Grand Prix or an Each Way bet on the Tour De France – you should be able to find it here. In fact, if you can’t, you can probably invent it via their Build a Bet system.
Innovation is found elsewhere, for instance, with their Correct 4 option. This challenges you to answer four questions on an event for the chance to win £50. Things like this are a wonderful touch which really make Coral seem like so much more than just another betting site.
Coral’s Other Betting Options
It’s not just your mainstream sports which have a huge selection of options, either. E-sports, and virtual sports, alongside niche events like Gaelic football and fishing are all also here. You can even find non-sporting options like predictions on TV events and politics. In terms of sheer choice, Coral does have some competition, but not that much.
Hugely impressive is also their horse racing section, which deserves special praise for both its choice and the excellent odds available. Speaking of which, you won’t be surprised to learn that Coral is also very competitive all around when it comes to odds. This means that, while we can’t say they always come out as the absolute best in all events, they certainly always offer high quality.
When you combine all this with a huge selection of live streaming options, a whole host of worthwhile promotions and a site that is well designed enough to take this huge set of selection and make them easy to digest, you have a sportsbook that is up there with the absolute cream of the betting crop.