Coral Odds and Free Bet Review with Betting Site Pros and Cons – Bet £5, Get £20 Now! – 18+, T&Cs Apply
Back in the 1920s when Joe Coral borrowed some money from a café owner to start up a bookies at the Greyhound Stadiums across the South East of the country he would have no idea how big his company would become.
With over 1800 betting shops across the nation employing over 11,000 staff and maintaining a strong online presence, Coral are a true heavyweight of British bookmaking.
- Odds: Coral offers decent odds without really excelling in any area with higher profit margins than a number of its competitors in the major sports. Their strongest areas are horse racing and greyhound racing although their cricket odds aren’t too bad either. However, they offer some very impressive odds boosts and enhanced odds offers for new and existing customers and the sheer number of sports and events covered means that there is something for everything at Coral no matter what your interests with entertainment and politics also covered.
- Free Bet: £20 in free bets (4x £5 free bets) once an initial bet of £5 is placed (18+, T&Cs Apply)
- Pros: The number of events covered is certainly a major plus, but the website is also well put together and that can be a big draw with other bookies using slightly outdated websites.
- Cons: The live streaming is a good feature but it significantly lags behind some rival firms with Coral only offering 5,000 events per year which are streamed and if you are on mobile, you can only stream football or tennis events. Coral also has the feel of a UK-centred bookie and there is little support offered to those outside of the UK.
As we already said, Coral don’t shine in terms of offering leading odds, although they are better than average across most of their sports. As we have mentioned, rather than the odds offered, it is more the sheer range of events and markets covered by Coral that makes it one of Britain’s favourite bookies.
Free Bet or Welcome Bonus
Coral offer a free bet of £20 when a £5 qualifying bet on a selection with odds of evens or greater is made. Unlike some bookies, the free bet doesn’t have to be rolled over at all to be claimed but it was to be wagered in full and the free bet stake will not be returned to your account.
Coral also like to offer a welcome bonus in the form of price boosts and enhanced odds offers punters can often choose whether they claim the free bet or the welcome bonus when they sign up. 18+, T&Cs Apply.
The enhanced odds offers are often very attractive and recent examples include odds of 50/1 on Man City to beat Sunderland in the Premier League, Andy Murray to win Wimbledon at 12/1 or, their best for a while, Arsenal to win A CORNER in one of their matches at odds of 25/1. The maximum bet varies between £1 and £5 and the winnings are paid in free bets.
Coral offer plenty of promotions to existing customers across a whole host of sports.
If horse racing is more your thing then Coral refund all losing selections on any UK or Irish flat race should your horse lose by a head or less in their ‘beaten by a head’ offer. As you would expect from Coral, they also have an offer on the dogs and if your selection loses by a length or less in any race shown live or Sky Sports then Coral will refund your initial stake up to the value of £25.
Their Football Jackpot is also a fantastic way of going for big (at least £250,000 each week is up for grabs) from just a £1 bet.
Initially, Coral’s mobile site was poorly designed and was riddled with bugs, however, they have sorted themselves out and a neat, simple interface means that it is very easy to use. There are quick links on the home screen to football and horse racing whilst there is also a section showing which promotions you are eligible for.
As we’ve already mentioned, Coral’s live streaming is limited, however, that is improving with time as you’d expect from a company who are still playing catch up in the online market.
In play betting is fully supported with Coral and it is well laid out. They offer a ‘drag and drop’ system which allows you to create a page with all of your in-play selections on and any you may be interested in. This page not only shows the status of your bet but gives a full range of match stats and information to allow you to make the best informed bets.
Customer service at Coral is very good and they can be contacted by all of the usual methods including 24 hour live chat which allows you to get any problems fixed as soon as possible.
As one of the leading bookies in the UK, Coral are a good firm to bet with and although they were slow on the uptake, they are quickly gaining ground in the online market. A slick user interface with a good layout means that it is very easy for you to place a bet online or on your mobile and unlike many bookies, Coral actively show you the promotions which are available to existing customers.