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There aren’t many longer-established names on the UK gambling scene than Coral; Joe Coral established his bookmaking business way back in 1926.
Even in the world of online casinos, Coral Casino is one of the oldest around. It was launched in 2002 to provide the brand’s original sports betting audience with a place on the web where they could also dabble in the likes of slots, roulette and blackjack games.
Unsurprisingly, Coral absolutely knows what it’s doing as far as its assortment of casino promotions and bonuses is concerned – we’re struggling to think of any other site we’ve reviewed that has offered such impressive variety in this regard.
Coral being the dynamic and ever-changing online casino portal that it is, the exact promos and bonuses being advertised at any one time are liable to change. Nonetheless, you can generally expect to come across the likes of:
All of the obvious categories of casino game are represented at Coral Casino, including slots, roulette and blackjack, with the number of ‘non-live’ casino games topping out at a formidable 521 at the time of our visit for this review.
The generous ‘live casino’ section adds another 46 games to the mix, including such glamorous options as Exclusive VIP Blackjack, Prestige Mini Baccarat and Speed Roulette.
Otherwise, membership of Coral Casino enables you to enjoy such games as:
The mobile experience, though, is another big aspect of life as a Coral Casino member. You can play smartphone-optimised versions of such games as Big Banker Slot, Jacks or Better Multi-Hand and Gems Gone Wild simply by navigating to the site through your device's web browser.
Alternatively, you could head to your handset's app store to download the 'Sports Betting & Casino' app - not to be confused with the 'Vegas Casino' app that Coral also offers.
Given that most people still consider Coral to be principally a bookmaker rather than an online casino, you won't be surprised to see such a wealth of sports betting markets being offered on the site.
In fact, with other entire sections of the site dedicated to the likes of poker, lottos, virtuals and bingo, if your idea of a great casino portal is one that gives you plenty of things to do when you aren't in a 'casino kind of mood', this is really one of the places to be.
Unusually for a casino site, when you are playing via the Coral desktop site, you can choose between downloading a program through which to experience the games here, or instead simply enjoying them on an 'instant-play' basis within your web browser.
Either way, the level of graphical sophistication, both with regard to the navigational lobby interface and the games themselves, is much as you would expect from such a respected name as Coral. The site's blue-and-white colour scheme is easy on the eye, and all of the menus are intuitive to use.
The actual games are provided by an assortment of leading casino game software developers to provide the right mix of vibrancy and realism, including - but not limited to...
The aforementioned downloadable program is certainly a boon for those who, for whatever reason, don't like playing casino sites directly within their web browser. You might prefer it because it makes for a graphically slicker experience, or so that you don't have to constantly manually navigate to the Coral site just to play a few games.
Four different levels of the Coral Priority scheme give you steadily rising levels of perks. It's all based on the earning of Priority Points, with two points earned for every £10 stake on slots, scratchcards and bingo, and one point for every £10 staked on all other casino games.
You must reach certain minimum deposit levels to qualify for the Priority Program each calendar month. £1,000 in deposits or 1,500 Priority Points, for instance, will give you access to the Bronze level, which grants you such advantages as a dedicated customer service team and exclusive Bronze promotions.
The top level is Platinum, which is invite-only. The perks that members experience at this level include a personal account manager, faster withdrawals, bespoke hospitality invitations and so much more.
Debit cards, e-wallets and even a voucher payment system - namely Paysafecard - are available to those wishing to top up their Coral account with funds.
|Payment Method||Fee||Processing Time||Limit Per Deposit|
|Visa Debit||£0||Instant||Minimum £5|
|Mastercard Debit||£0||Instant||Minimum £5|
|Skrill 1-Tap||£0||Instant||Minimum £5|
*Current as of November 2018; check Coral’s website for updates
As a Coral member, you can only withdraw funds to an account that you used to deposit. There's an exception to this, however, in the form of Paysafecard, so if you used this method to add money to your Coral account, you are advised to get in touch with the site team to set up an alternative withdrawal option.
|Withdrawal Method||Fee||Processing Time||Limit Per Withdrawal|
|Visa Debit||£0||2-5 working days||Minimum £0.01; no maximum|
|Maestro||£0||2-5 working days||Minimum £0.01; no maximum|
|Mastercard Debit||£0||2-5 working days||Minimum £0.01; no maximum|
|PayPal||£0||Up to 24 hours||Minimum £0.01; no maximum|
|Skrill||£0||Up to 24 hours||Minimum £0.01; no maximum|
|Netller||£0||Up to 24 hours||Minimum £0.01; no maximum|
|Eco||£0||Up to 24 hours||Minimum £0.01; no maximum|
|Bank Transfer||£0||2-5 working days||Minimum £0.01; no maximum|
*Current as of November 2018; check Coral’s website for updates
We wish all casino sites offered a customer support section as comprehensive as Coral's; browsing the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) here couldn't be easier thanks to the search feature provided, and almost any question that we could think of was answered in this part of the site.
The site does give you means of contacting the Coral team directly if you need to do so, though. The 'live chat' feature, for instance, is available on a genuine 24-hour, seven-days-a-week basis, while a freephone UK support number is also provided, along with another phone number specifically for those calling from outside the UK. An email contact form can also be used.
Finally, the support team has an active Twitter handle, @CoralHelp.
Coral does restrict access to those attempting to sign up from certain parts of the world - sometimes for commercial reasons, but also often because of legal issues in relation to online gambling in such jurisdictions.
Below are just a few of the restricted territories at Coral, according to the latest information we had at the time of this review being written:
From the perspective of those playing casino games at Coral in the UK, its services are licensed and regulated by the hugely respected Gambling Commission of Great Britain.
However, the company that operates the site - Coral Interactive (Gibraltar) Limited - is also licensed by the Government of Gibraltar and regulated by the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner.
If there's any site that covers all of the bases that a great online casino needs to cover, it is surely Coral. With more than 500 excellent games on offer encompassing slots, roulette, blackjack and more, as well as a practically unrivalled customer support offering and a rewarding VIP scheme, it's got virtually everything you could ask for from such a site.
Open an account at Coral today, and you'll also be able to immerse yourself in the site's wealth of other gambling options, which may mean you never feel the need to sign up to any rival.
Gavin writes on a wide range of subjects, including articles and reviews about online casinos, slots, bingo, poker, and sportsbooks. He has considerable expertise in the games, customer service, and other aspects of today’s leading gambling and betting portals.