Coral : Sports Betting Sites Review
- Radio and live streaming of select horse racing events
- Best price guarantee feature
- Live scores, results and statistics available
- Live, in-play and mobile wagering formats offered
Coral.co.uk is one of the biggest names in the UK sports book industry, whether on- or off-line. In fact, the company has been in operation (in one form or another) since 1926. This offers punters a level of financial stability which is rarely matched, much less exceeded. They are members of the GalaCoral brand, which should be familiar to many in the UK. In addition to a huge selection of sports and wagering markets, they also offer solid bonuses and unique features and service that their rivals have never even considered providing.
Software & Graphics
The software used to run the technology behind Coral is quite effective. Players will be very comfortable with the dashboard type of setting used for the opening page. The left side includes a number of "quick links" for the more popular sports, matches or events of the day. There is also an A-Z list of almost every sport covered, for ease of searching. The bet slip technology makes it as easy as a mouse click to add a wager to your account. The graphics are also nice, although this is not really a major consideration for a sports book.
Bonuses & Promos
New players will receive £150 in free bets, all that is required of the punter is to make a £100 bet. Unlike many other books, Coral believes in continuing to reward their active players through numerous manager´s specials and additional promotions. Many of these coincide with popular and special sporting events throughout the year. There are also referral bonuses for those who send their friends to the site (of course the buddy must make a qualifying deposit...please check the site for current promotions and programme details).
The operative word which should be used to describe the Coral site is choice. Punters may choose from just about any type of sporting event imaginable. Whether they fancy American sports, football, darts, rugby, golf, horse racing or dozens more, it is available here. Wager types include the traditional sides and totals, plus numerous special and advanced options like multiples, teasers and parlays. If this were not enough, the site also offers a very user friendly mobile betting platform and live, in-play wagers for those wanting to get as close to the action as possible.
The main Coral help page is one of the most comprehensive and user friendly in the business. This is a great place to start for those who have inquiries. There are a number of frequently asked questions which should solve most basic issues. Of course, feel free to send an email, the link is right on the help page. Those wanting a more immediate response would do well to place a phone call; it is a toll free number within the UK. There are even short cut links on the help page which can take players to sections which more direct address their needs. The staff is both helpful and knowledgeable, a great combination to have when dealing with such important matters.
Players choosing to download the mobile wagering platform will be rewarded with a free £50 bet, a great thanks for trying something designed to place you in a situation where a wagering opportunity is never missed again! Another really nice feature to have is the Coral best price guarantee. With this, if you picked an early or board price and then the odds of the SP were greater, your winning wager will be paid off at the longer odds. Certainly this is not something which many other (if any) sports books have even contemplated offering to their customers.
The site is quite easy to use. It is basically organized as a big dashboard. Certainly there is a lot of information, but the navigation links and buttons of the various betting markets on the left side make it easy to quickly find exactly what you are looking for. Better still, you may easily customize these by adding favourite sports, teams, leagues and more. Another really cool feature is on the right side of the page, called `Where´s the money going?´ This shows how the wagering action is going on a large group of selected events. This provides very valuable research information about which direction to play.
There are a number of methods and options used to deposit and withdrawal money from your Coral Sports Wagering account. Some of these include:
- Visa Electron
- Master Card
- Money Bookers
- Click 2 Pay
If you have taken a bonus, please be sure to satisfy the rollover requirements before attempting to take a payout. Normally this involves wagering an amount equal to 6 times the amount of your received bonus. Then, you simply click the withdraw button, decide how much of your available balance and choose the payment method. In some cases, you may be required to take an amount equal to your initial deposit by the same method used to make that deposit. Anything over and above should be at your discretion.
Pros & Cons
The best things about the Coral online sports book are the huge selection of sports and wagering markets, the ease of using and customizing the site along with the additional and unique features offered. The only thing which misses is the fact that they do not accept US members, but this is more likely due to rules and government policies out of their hands.