Coral Bookmaker & £20 Free Bet

Go to Coral BookmakerCoral Bookmaker is UK based and the third biggest bookie in Britain with 1750 betting shops. It employs 11,500 staff and also owns Hove & Romford dog tracks. In 2012 turnover was over £2billion. It is a huge firm and part of what, in bookmaking terms, was known as ‘the big three.’ Coral Bookmaker is obviously a sound company for its customers to bet with.

£/€20 FREE BET (withdrawn until Sunday): Coral offers a £20 / €20 sports betting bonus when you stake you first bet of a fiver or more on a selection priced at 1/2 or bigger odds. This is given as a £20 / €20 free bet token and can be used within 7 days.

OPINION: Coral Bookmaker has been a mainstay of the UK High Street since the 1960s and they have taken that brand successfully to the internet. The £20 free bet they offer is more generous than it looks as you only have to stake a fiver to get it. This is a good website.

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Coral Bookmaker Review & History

Some of Gala Coral Bookmaker’s cutting edge of old seems to have temporarily dissipated. The company has changed hands many times, and is now owned by some private equity firms whose sole purpose may ultimately be just to find the most profitable exit route.

While its bricks and mortar betting shop business may have been competently managed, Gala Coral had made some poor decisions where its online business was concerned. As a result they lost some headway in the betting lands of the world wide web. Gala Coral got into the position of having several unconnected online brands with no strong identity. In an admirable bid finally to rectify this they closed their Eurobet online operation in September 2011 in order to push the one online betting brand of coral.co.uk.

Coral was purchased by Gala in 2005 to form Gala Coral. It brought the bricks and mortar, land-based bingo halls and casinos of Gala together with the high street betting shops and online presence of Coral.

Now Gala Coral are proud possessors of one hundred and eighty bingo halls and thirty one casinos and over one and a half thousand betting retail shops. In addition there are a couple of dog tracks at Hove and Romford.

The company’s online presence was split between a couple of brands. In a long overdue development, they have now been brought together. The bricks and mortar bingo operations were badly undermined by the rapid growth of online bingo. Ironically it was not Gala Coral who exploited this.

Its main UK offices are based at One Stratford Place in East London. The HQ had, until the end of 2011, been at Glebe House, Barking. The move to occupy eight floors of the Stratford building will allow the firm to vacate two other office buildings entirely and bring its administration largely under one roof.

As for the mammoth sports betting division, it is a far cry from the day in 1926 that Joseph Kagarlitis changed his name to the more pronounceable Joe Coral and started trading at the racetracks. He was at the forefront of the shop revolution and set up his first off-course Coral Bookmaker operation in the early 1940s.
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I bet on sports with Coral the whole time. I have had my account closed at a couple of bookies and I can not get much of a bet on at many others. They

Apr 19, 2014 by Paul Newton

I bet on sports with Coral the whole time. I have had my account closed at a couple of bookies and I can not get much of a bet on at many others. They offer a service for small stakes only but Coral is different. I can get much bigger stake sizes on with them and they have not yet limited me. If it is too big for them then it goes to a trader, but they appear to do their best to take the bet. I bet a few hundred quid on say a 5/1 shot, so that is the level I am talking about. It is the level most other online bookies will not play, especially if you have backed a winner or two before. Sure the Coral software is less reliable in the sense the site does even now seem to struggle for the major events when there is a huge demand - Grand National day this year again - that still needs to be sorted out. All other times they have become my No.1 choice.


Impressed, glad I gave Coral a try. Telephone customer service was helpful too.

Feb 25, 2014 by Nigel Sibley

Impressed, glad I gave Coral a try. Telephone customer service was helpful too.


I have noticed difficulties on big events. This years Cheltenham and then the Grand National was a mini disaster for Coral, their site plainly could n

May 28, 2013 by Hetty Maydew

I have noticed difficulties on big events. This years Cheltenham and then the Grand National was a mini disaster for Coral, their site plainly could not cope. They seem to have an inferior system to the other really big bookmakers, with a few oddities in their system, and hopefully those issues will be looked into. On a day to day basis they are fine.

Response: Yes they use Playtech software, currently slightly inferior to other sports betting systems. Hopefully these issues on big days will be solved in the future as it is costing Coral business. It is a good firm though.


4.7 5.0 3 3 I bet on sports with Coral the whole time. I have had my account closed at a couple of bookies and I can not get much of a bet on at many others. They offer a service for small sta coral