About the Bookie
Coral has been in the bookmaking business since 1926 and currently has over 1,700 betting shops across the UK. It is the third largest bookmakers in the UK and also one of the fastest growing. The company was taken over by Gala in 2005 and has since become one of Europe’s top bookmakers.
Coral offers betting markets on loads of sports including: American Football, Athletics, Aussie Rules, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Cycling, Darts, Football, Gaelic Football, Golf, Greyhound Racing, Handball, Horse Racing, Hurling, Ice Hockey, Motor Bikes, Motor Sports, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Snooker, Speedway, Tennis, UFC/MMA and Volleyball.
Additionally the bookmaker has a non-sports section which offers odds on: Celebrity Specials, Movie Specials, Political Specials, Royal Specials, TV Specials, Weather Specials and Various Specials
Live Streaming and Radio
Coral operates a fantastic live streaming service. It is possible to watch live football, tennis, snooker, rugby and basketball for free on a computer. There are hundreds of events streamed each week. Additionally, for horse racing fans there is a separate live streaming section of the site. Coral will stream racing from the UK, Ireland and Dubai straight to your PC or mobile device, to access the stream all you have to do is place a £1 bet.
The live streaming integrates nicely with the sites in-play betting service. The stream can be watched in a small window displayed at the side of the available betting markets. Alternatively, it is possible to view a large sized video when you are not watching the odds.
As well as having dedicated Android and iOS apps, Coral also has a mobile website which can be reached from any site. The apps and website offer the same features and overall provide a great betting experience.
The mobile offerings allow you access to thousands of in-play betting markets, and horse racing fans will be pleased to hear that it is possible to watch live streams as well. Of course all of the bookmaker’s regular markets are also available.
To round it off, it is also possible to deposit and withdraw money using the mobile app and even to sign up for a new account.
Unique about the Bookie
Coral’s Live Score service is one of the most impressive available. The service makes it easy to keep track of bets while a match is going on. It will also provide useful bits of information, quick facts, tables, forms and statistics.
If you miss an event which you have bet on, it is very quick and easy to find an in-depth description of what happened and find out if you’ve won. Furthermore, for any bets you are planning on placing, the statistics section is sure to give you a great insight into pretty much any sport you can think of.
Coral’s customer support team are available 7 days a week from 7am to midnight. It is possible to send them a direct message through your bookmaker account or telephone them on a UK Freephone number.
The customer support isn’t perfect, it is not available 24/7, it is all in English, there is no live chat option and there is no international phone number provided. However, there is also a very good help centre on the website which deals with most queries users will have. In particular, UK based punters have no reason to worry about Coral’s customer support.
Deposits and Withdrawals
There is no shortage of banking options at Coral. Deposits can be made using credit and debit cards, PayPal, Skrill, Neteller, ECO, Click2Pay, InstantBanking, clickandbuy, Ukash and paysafecard. All of these methods are instant and none of them have a charge.
Similarly, withdrawals can be made with all of the above methods with the exception of Ukash and paysafecard. There is no charge for withdrawals, and while there is a minimum withdrawal of £5, the vast majority are processed instantly so you aren’t left waiting for your cash.
All of the banking methods offered by Coral are known for being well respected, fast and secure. This way you can be sure that your money is in safe hands.
Coral is primarily a UK based bookmaker and Recommended Bookies would highly recommend it to any UK based punters. There is a fantastic selection of betting markets, a great range of features on the website and overall the company is one which is highly respected and trusted.
While the site isn’t ideal for punters outside of the UK (due to the lack of customer support and the heavy emphasis on UK betting markets), it still provides an excellent service and should definitely not be dismissed out of hand.