Opening an account
Head to the Coral website and click on the big green Join Now button in the top right hand corner.
It’s all pretty straightforward stuff in terms of the details you need to enter and as ever, remember to register a secure password that you’ll remember but won’t be easy for anyone else to work out and to have a secret question that will quickly allow you access to your account when necessary.
The welcome offer…on…offer is a decent one. After betting just 5 GBP/Euros in real money, you’ll be awarded 4 x 5 GBP/Euro free bets.
A few basic things to remember:
- The first bet you place- the qualifying bet- must be struck within 14 days of you opening your account.
- The free bets must be used within 4 days of you receiving them.
- You can use your free bets to place singles (including each-way bets) or accumulators but you must place them at odds of at least 1.5 (1/2) and can’t use the cash out function on either the qualifying bet or any of the free bets.
- Don’t use Moneybookers, Paysafe, Neteller or Skrill when making your first deposit or else you won’t get the free bets.
For full details regarding the Welcome offer head to this page, find the welcome offer and click on More Info.
Other Coral promos
4+ Acca Boost
They certainly didn’t invent this promo and other companies actually increase the bonus the more legs you have in your acca but a 10% boost on any accas with four or more selections is always welcome, especially when it’s up to 100 GBP/Euros.
Just bear in mind that the bonus is paid as a free bet and make sure to place selections at odds of 1.5 and to check that the acca as a whole comes to at least 2.5. You should also note that it only applies to football bets on the match result, both teams to score and to win & both teams to score markets.
You call the shots
We certainly like to reward originality and for that reason alone, we’ve chosen this offer as one of our favourites. Ok, it’s not completely original because Paddy Power do a similar thig but essentially you can request markets of your choice via Twitter using #YourCall based around stats of individual players and teams like how many passes they’ll make, how many shots they’ll have and so on. Coral will do their best to make sure you’re always offered a price, however obscure your request is.
Coral Sportsbook Review
Coral have a perfectly decent Sportsbook available covering all the major sports and offering you plenty of betting options on all of them. There’s something a little bit old-fashioned in terms of the appearance of the site but that isn’t to say that it’s not easy enough to navigate through everything.
For those who like slightly ‘off the beaten track’ sort of betting heats, there’s also politics, handball, UFC and even virtual sports, for those who want to be betting on stuff outside the busier hours of action.
Their racing and football products are solid, although it’s a little odd that they don’t offer much by the way of football corners and bookings markets at all. Personally, we like such markets as players to be shown a card and how many corners a particular team will get and it’s a shame that they’re not available. Except, they actually are. Remember that using the #YourCall option on Twitter you can request any market you like and they’ll probably lay you a bet on it but corners and bookings markets are pretty standard stuff these days and you shouldn’t need to go through the process of requesting them to be able to play them.
On the other hand, one thing we do like is the Enhanced Multiples option. Coral will pick a number of selections of their own (mostly within the same sport but occasionally across different sports), put them together in a Multiple (or acca, if you prefer) and give you a bigger price than what they should. For example, 5/2 rather than 9/4 or 10/3 instead of 10/3. The Enhanced Multiples are shown bang in the middle of the home page so are easy to find.
Coral aren’t bad at all when it comes to the generosity of the odds they lay you. A quick check on say Oddschecker reveals their prices are normally somewhere in the middle, occasionally best price and very rarely shorter than anyone else. So you get a pretty fair deal when it comes to getting decent prices.
You can deposit into your Coral account using any of these options: VISA, VISA Debit, Mastercard, Paypal, Skrill, Neteller, Eco, Paysafe and Maestro.
If we didn’t have to review this section, Coral would have ended up with a much better rating than they did! But we have to tell the truth, so here it is.
The level of the Customer Service is below the industry average in terms of how staff deal with enquiries: politeness, helpfulness, motivation to sort your problem, knowledge, care for the customer.
Whether that’s down to poor training or low wages that result in a lack of motivation…who knows? But they’d be well advised to sort it out.
They also rank a little worse than most of the others when it comes to making it so hard for you to withdraw your money. There’s always one more document needed, one more utility bill, one more check that’s needed before you can get what you’ve earnt. What often happens is that Customers get so fed up that they either just wager what they have until it’s gone or give up on it entirely and forget about their money. Whether that’s a deliberate ploy by Coral only they will know but it’s certainly not the way to do business and expect it to work for you in the long run.
There have also been a few cases of customers not being able to make use of offers that are meant to be for everyone just because they had a couple of recent winning bets.
An interesting little feature is that next to some markets they write a paragraph of copy explaining what the market is or just giving it a little bit of background which is a nice touch.
Somewhat surprisingly, they have Alan Shearer on board as part of their team of bloggers and he has some interesting things to say. And they also have some big-name jockeys on board so all in all, their blog is probably a little better than what the competition are offering. You can also listen to Coral Radio throughout the day.
The general impression of Coral is that it’s all a bit dated. The site looks like it needs a facelift and everything has the appearance and feel of a site that would be fine if it was 2003 but not so much now that we’re in 2017.
But that’s not what we’re really concerned about. It’s the Customer Service that’s the real issue here and Coral will need to start valuing their customers more before we can recommend them as a good sportsbook.