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Coral Sportsbook

How To Claim Your 20 Bonus

Simply staking a 5 in a single bet or 5 each way can see new users receive a free bet of 20 with Coral. This is an offer open to new customers only and all qualifying bets must be placed on outcomes with odds of 1/2 or greater. Valid bets must also be placed 14 days prior to the opening of the new account with the free bet coupon expiring just seven days after being received by the account holder.

Terms and conditions are clearly displayed beneath the description of the deal on the relevant promotions page.

bonus format: [5 >> 20F]

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General Info About William Hill

Gala Coral Group Ltd. is the third largest bookmaker in the UK, as well as being the largest provider of bingo services in the country. In total, the company employ just under 20,000 members of staff and own 1,800 betting outlets.

Their empire began in 1926 when Joe Coral began to operate a stall at a local greyhound track. Coral then took advantage of the legalisation of off-course betting some 34 years later. The company quickly built a chain of 650 shops by 1981. After changing hands on numerous occasions through the intervening period, the Coral brand eventually merged with Gala Bingo in 2005.

Coral.co.uk is the leading brand of Coral Interactive and 'prides[s] itself on offering its customers the widest range of betting and gambling products and opportunities.'

Betting Markets

The Coral sportsbook homepage focuses on such matters as in-play betting, up-coming events of the day and future matches and races. It is highly customisable with a number of tabs allowing punters to have different categories displayed. The right hand side of the homepage deals with the various promotions on offer (see Customer Service section) whilst the left shows quick links to popular markets, a 'My Coral' collection of favoured shortcuts and an A to Z of all the sports available.

Through clicking one of the links in this catalogue, Coral users can place money on a choice of 30 sports with another 10 non-sporting markets open for betting. This isn't the most generous of selections and those who may want to place a wager on sports such as Gaelic football, pool and speedway can though will be won't be pleased with the number of markets available.

By selecting the football option in this A to Z, the punter will be greeted with the football betting homepage. Again this page can be personalised with the in-play betting perhaps swapped for odds concerning the day's later events.

Further down the page is a list of forth-coming ties, though these can be filtered away should the user want to bet on 'Outrights', 'Specials' or 'Cups'; or want to see the 'Correct Score', 'Goalscorer' or 'Both Teams To Score' markets. Clicking on the tie will take the punter to the page concerned with that specific match.

The information held on these pages is colourfully displayed with the user being able to scroll at will or use the links at the top of the page to jump to their market of choice. Unfortunately, however, Coral fall behind many of their rivals when it comes to the amount of markets they offer. There is around 100 markets available for a popular Premier League game at Coral, despite some of their competitors providing around 170 markets on the same matches. Supporters of smaller clubs, however, will be pleased with the number of markets they have to bet on. Typically, there are as many open books for Conference matches as there are for their Premier League counterparts.

Coral's horse racing homepage has an easily customised table of UK and Ireland meetings that can be changed to show international or Channel 4-broadcast races. Beneath this table are the most popular 'Betting Highlights'.

The individual race pages, accessible by selecting a time in the table of meetings, are attractive and simple to use without scrimping on the necessary information. There is a Racing Post overview of the race, and tabs allowing the user to bet on the Tote or select a forecast or tri-cast.

The runners are all identifiable by name, number and silk whilst the name of their jockey and trainer is also displayed next to their form, age and weight to carry. There's also a Racing Post rating next to their previous and current odds. Coral also inform their customers of when they are able to get a better win only price.

Customer Service

Whilst most of Coral's promotions focus on horse racing, there is a wide variety of other deals that concern other popular sports from NFL and NBA to golf and football. All promotions can be found by selecting the offers link that is located in the toolbar at the top of every page.

The bookmaker's best odds guarantee sees Coral give the punter the starting price for their winning horse, should this SP be greater than the early price initially taken. This is a popular promotion amongst bookmakers that allows punters to relax knowing that they will obtain real value when they place their bets. Coral also offer an insurance, promising to return all bets up to the value of 25 should the backed horse finish second by a head or less. Only races held in the UK and Ireland are eligible for this offer.

There is a similar promotion for greyhound racing. Should the customer's selected dog lose by a length or less in a live Sky-broadcasted race, Coral will refund all bets up to the value of 25.

With regards to football, Coral safeguard punter's wagers by providing two kinds of accumulator insurance. The first concerns four-fold 'to win'/ 'both teams to score' accumulators, with customers receiving their money back to the value of 25 should they be let down by a single leg. The Premier League late loser insurance also guarantees users their money back up to the value of 25 should their then-winning bet lose thanks to a goal in the 85th minute or later.

There is 100,000 on offer to Coral customers should they be able to predict the results of 15 matches in one weekend in their football jackpot competition. At least 25p must be staked per line and there is a first consolation dividend for those who only fail by one result and a second consolation dividend for those who miss out on the jackpot by two.

At the time of writing, there is also a Golf acca insurance running exclusively for Coral customers. Punters' stakes up to the value of 25 will be returned on all two-, three-ball four-fold accumulators in the Volvo World Matchplay, Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and the Hong Kong Open should their accas lose by a single bet.

Similarly American sports fans should also check out the insurance safeguards for the NFL, NCAA, NBA and Euro basketball league. Coral promise to reimburse the punter with their stake placed on a four-fold acca concerning any four or more games in any of the above markets should the accumulator miss out by only a single leg.

Further terms and conditions are displayed in the form of a drop-down menu beneath the FAQs and offer description on the relevant promotion page. Coral should be applauded for including both a series of FAQs and terms and conditions and for the simplicity and conciseness with which these have been written. The use of tables to convey important information also adds a greater sense of clarity and transparency to the bookmaker's service.

In Summary

Coral's sportsbook is a colourful and engaging website that is simple enough for newbies to use but also comprehensive enough to satisfy experienced punters.

Those interested in horse racing will be the most happy with the services provided with a well-presented table of runners and a number of promotions concerning the sport. Indeed, there are various deals to be had on a myriad of often overlooked markets and for this Coral should be applauded.

Despite these offers, betting for other sports isn't so great with there being few markets for those with more niche interests. Don't expect the vast array of Premier League markets enjoyed at other online bookmakers either.

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