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Coral Bookmakers Review

Review of Coral

Editors Note:
In our Coral bookmakers review we’ll show you exactly how to claim the £20 bonus (only £5 deposit needed) which all new punters are applicable for and we’ll review each aspect of the site individually and honestly.

Since the Ladbrokes Coral merger Coral have actually undergone a full redesign of both their website and their app. It’s leaps and bounds better than it was before and personally I’ve found myself using them on a much more regular basis.

The new design really highlights their in-play betting features and live streaming plus they seem to have gone in hard on additional promotions – never a bad thing!

There’s a great bonus offer for anyone who joins the Coral bookmakers as a new customer today, bet £5 get £20 in free bets, plus you can download their free app to place bets via your mobile phone.

18+ Eligible UK+IRE players. Paypal & some deposit & bet types excl. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. No cashout, restrictions + T&Cs apply.

Review Ratings

Use the links to navigate our review.

Licensing & Safety

Flawless reputation
How safe is Coral?
  • UKGC license
  • Gibraltar Commissioner license
  • Founded in 1926
  • 100% safe & secure
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

Coral is licensed by the Gambling Commission of the United Kingdom and its license number is 001-002365-R-102407-001. The company are also licensed by the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner which allows them to serve audiences outside, as well as inside, the United Kingdom.

Because Coral is regulated by the Gambling Commission, it must ensure that:

  • It provides assistance to those using the site who begin to suffer from a gambling related problem.
  • It provides a completely fair and transparent system whereby customers are not exploited for financial gain.
  • It takes all necessary steps to ensure that those under the legal age to gamble are unable to use the site.

Coral recently merged with Ladbrokes to form the Ladbrokes Coral Group with both brands continuing business under their own names. The reputation of both companies is flawless, both online and offline, and you should have no doubts over the safety of your funds or personal details with either companies.

Deposits & Withdrawals

Crazy number of options
Will I get paid?
  • Quick deposits
  • Fast withdrawals
  • Credit & debit cards
  • eWallets & bank transfers
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.
Method Fee Time Scale Deposit Withdraw Limit
Visa/Visa Debit £0 Instant £5 – no max
Mastercard £0 Instant £5 – no max
Solo £0 Instant £5 – no max
Maestro £0 Instant £5 – no max
PayPal £0 Instant £10 – no max
Skrill £0 Instant £5 – no max
Neteller £0 Instant £5 – no max
Paysafecard £0 Instant £5 – no max
ecoPayz £0 Instant £5 – no max
Cash In Store £0 Instant £5 – no max
Bank Transfer £0 Up to 72 hours £5 – no max

Markets & Odds

Great depth of markets
What sports are offered?
  • 40+ sports
  • Favourable odds comparisons
  • In-play betting
  • Live streaming service
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

The fact that Coral are such a well-known name in the world of sports gambling means that they have a large customer base. This in turn means that they have to supply a large amount of different markets in order to make sure that all of their customers are happy.

The sports that can be bet on at Coral are:

  • Athletics
  • Aussie Rules
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowls
  • Boxing
  • Cricket
  • Curling
  • Cycling
  • Darts
  • eSports
  • F1
  • Football
  • GAA
  • Golf
  • Greyhounds
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Horse racing
  • Hurling
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lotto
  • Motor Bikes
  • Motor Sports
  • Movies
  • Netball
  • NFL
  • Politics
  • Pool
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Snooker
  • Speedway
  • Squash
  • Table Tennis
  • TV
  • UFC / MMA
  • Virtuals
  • Volleyball
  • Winter Sports
  • WWE

The list of sports above should have nearly everyone’s wishes covered and each category also has a number of different subcategories. For example, with football it is possible to select from a whole multitude of different leagues around the world, and with boxing all of the different weights are covered. There are also markets for things like reality television and politics, for those who like more unusual bets.

When compared vs other online betting sites Coral actual have the widest range of different sports / events listed to bet on – impressive!

In-Play Betting

Live streaming & in-play betting
Is live betting offered?
  • Loads of sports & markets
  • Live streaming (multiple sports)
  • Pin to top option
  • Fast odds updates
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

Coral were due a big overhaul of their live betting section and thankfully recently that happened. The homepage of the in-play section shows all of the different live events currently being bet on, and it also shows events that are due to start soon.

To find out more information on the specific event, click on the event and you will be presented with all of the latest odds and statistics.

Coral In-Play Review

Once you’ve accessed an event, instead of the very low key live scores screen along with the odds in the main content area, you now get much more detailed game stats and live odds. There’s plenty of in-play options and the ability to favourite certain events to pin them to the top of the screen is a big plus.

To get to the in-play section of the website simply click on the ‘Bet In Play’ tab at the top of the page, which can be found second from the left in the top menu.

Live Streaming at Coral…

Another recent update at Coral has seen the addition of a live streaming service to their sportsbook. However it’s a slightly dialed down version of what’s available at Bet365 who show the most streams per year across football, tennis, snooker, rugby and basketball.

The service is available via the coral betting app, which is another big plus and to watch you need a funded account or a £1 bet if it’s horse racing or greyhounds.

Live Streaming At Coral

Live streams are shown alongside live odds and games offered are marked with a little TV icon and ‘Watch Live’ text in the in play betting section.

Welcome Bonus

Bet £5 bet £20
New Customer Offer
  • 400% effective bonus
  • Credited as 4x £5 free bets
  • Min odds 1/2 (1.50)
  • Withdraw free bet winnings
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

Coral have decided to up the stakes a little and offer an improved £20 bonus to all new customers. It’s a slightly bigger than the normal offer intended to entice players to sign up because you only have to bet £5 to get it. If you want to claim the Coral free bet then just follow the short guide below:

  1. Click here to visit the Coral homepage (link open in new browser tab).
  2. Once at the Coral website find either the ‘Claim £20 Free Bet’ button or ‘Open Account’ button.
  3. Now you must fill in the form and choose a new username and password for your account.
  4. Log into your account, go to deposit and put £5 into your account.
  5. Now place your £5 on any Coral market (min odds 1/2) and win or lose within 24 hours you’ll get your free bets placed into your account. Use them on anything you want (it’s stake not returned).

Claim your bet £5 get £20 in free bets!

T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

Overall Review

Here’s our overall take on things…
Our Verdict of Coral
One of the best most trusted bookies
Our Rating for:

We kicked off our review by displaying the fact that we’ve given Coral a 4.5 star grade. This is the second best grade any site can achieve behind 5 stars. Let us explain why we’ve graded the Coral bookmakers as we have.

First and foremost pretty much every punter has heard the name Coral bookies at some point. They’ve got shops up and down the country and have a flawless rep among online gamblers. They are regulated and licensed in the UK and you can be sure your money is always safe with them and that they will pay out on all winning wagers – that’s a good starting point and very important to us.

Secondly they do provide a wide range of markets on their site and they’ve got a decent, recently updated, live console available to users. There’s a £20 free bet when you join and there’s a couple of other solid promo’s to take advantage of.

There are some downsides with Coral though which have prevented them from getting the full 5 star rating. Their website isn’t quite as easy to navigate as some of the bigger bookies and they don’t quite stock as many markets per event as we might like. However recent improvements in both areas have boosted them from 4 star to 4.5 stars.

Coral are a good solid option for any online punter, they are trustworthy and that matters. They stack up well against all other bookmakers we’ve reviewed – we know you’ll like them.

T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

User Reviews

What actual customers are saying…
  • the_dave
    August 22, 2018

    I switched back to Coral recently after having a right chew on with Ladbrokes over sending in ID documents (they must be barking if they think they’re getting my passport or driving license).

    So far so good. Been paid out on all my winners. Landed an acca last week and withdrew winnings on the same day. Most of it will probably go back in like but good to know they pay out unlike some.

    Poker site is naff tho and needs sorting out. It’s almost impossible to play as there’s virtually no traffic whenever I log on.

  • Angela09
    August 31, 2018

    Signed up to Corals yesterday and so far so good. Got the app on my phone. Easy to use and better than having to mess about on the actual website.

    Managed to get my £20 in free bets credited straight after my first £5 bet (even tho that was a loser boohoo). Hopefully win that back and some from the bonus though.

  • Mohammed
    September 24, 2018

    I think Corals is a decent bookie but to be honest I’ve been finding better odds on the footie with Betvictor. Will keep using them though as been getting a £25 free bet off the free bet club every week which can’t be bad.

  • Sergio Naveira
    April 4, 2019

    I do not recommend gambling here, they do not allow you to withdraw your money using any excuse for it. It is the worst online betting site. BE CAREFUL!

    Cheeky Punter’s reply: Hey Sergio – I’m sorry but what you’ve written simply isn’t true. I’ve used Coral for a number of years and always been able to easily get money in and out of my account. Maybe you’re having age verification issues? Hit me up via the about page if you want some assistance and I’ll do my best to get in touch with Coral and try to sort this one out.

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Coral FAQ

What free bet do Coral offer?

Coral have a bet £5 get £20 in free bets offer running for all new customers. Full details can be found on our Coral free bet page along with terms and conditions of the offer. It’s one of the biggest bonuses in terms of percentage increase from any bookmaker – T&C’s apply, 18+.

Can you win money on free bets?

If you have a free bet with Coral you must place the bet and any winnings from the bet placed with your free bet token will be available in your account to withdraw. You will not be able to withdraw the free bet itself.

How long does it take to withdraw my winnings?

The quickest way to withdraw money from your Coral account is using PayPal which is often instant but can take up to 24 hours to process. A debit or credit card is also quick usually being processed within 48 hours.

Does Coral have cash out?

Coral offers cash out on both single and multiple bets so you can lock in your position before the final outcome of the bet is resolved. You’ll always sacrifice some of your return when you do this but the upside is you lock in your profit.

Does Coral offer best odds guaranteed?

Coral has best odds guaranteed on all UK and Irish horse racing. It is not offered on greyhound racing. Take an early price and if your mount goes off at longer odds live safe in the knowledge that you’ll get paid at the bigger price.

Author: David Lenton

David Lenton
David 'the Cheeky Punter' Lenton is an ex professional online sports bettor and trader with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He has also worked for a number of top bookmakers including Bet365, Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral. With such a long time spent dedicated to the gambling industry no one is better placed when it comes to advising punters. Follow on Twitter @thecheekypunter