Coral has been a familiar name on high streets since 1926 and today operates more than 1,100 licensed betting shops in the UK.
For years Coral’s online casino used Chartwell software which, if we’re honest, wasn’t great. Fortunately that’s now a thing of the past since the casino was re-launched late in 2012 on leading edge Playtech software. This means that rather than clunky old games you now have the benefit of smooth gameplay and a selection of more than 225 of the best-looking online casino games around.
One of the many slots at Coral is the ever-popular Cleopatra – now complete with MegaJackpots.
But before you get to the games there’s the ever-important matter of the welcome bonus – an area where Coral has also had a bit of a shake up. New players can deposit £10 and get £50 to spend on the site’s games, and this is much simpler than the multiple-choice welcome bonuses Coral has offered in the past.
Coral’s casino gaming products launched online in 2002 and can be found alongside their sportsbook, poker, bingo and lotto products. Once you sign up to Coral you can use all of these products with just one wallet which is a bonus for sports bettors in particular and stops you having to withdraw and re-deposit if you want to play a few hands of blackjack.
Having always mainly focused on sports betting, Coral was acquired by the Gala Group in 2005. This provided them with the benefit of many years of traditional casino management experience and this is something that’s evident when you visit the Coral site – lots of slots, large jackpots taking centre stage and a focus on customer support.
Coral’s new look site is easy to navigate and the fact that you can easily switch across to the live casino and games tabs means that there’s much more variety on offer. This is compounded by the fact that live casino games are now also available on tablets.
Coral’s Playtech software also gives Coral players the option to play download or no-download games. So whether you’re in a rush or settling in for a proper session, it’s good to see Coral have got that covered.
With more than 85 years of gambling experience, Coral should know how to keep customers happy and do so by doing the basics well. This includes 24/7 customer support that has always answered any questions we’ve had instantly.
In terms of withdrawing your winnings, we’re happy to report that so far Coral have built up a decent reputation for speedy, hassle-free payouts.
The promotions at Coral Casino had previously been a bit of a weak point. However, more recently, staff at Coral have noticeably made an extra effort to provide more bonuses – something which we all appreciate.
One slight gripe we do have is that it took us a while to find the bonuses they had to offer simply because they sometimes call them ‘offers’ rather than bonuses or promotions – weird. Once we did get there, we were pleasantly surprised by the welcome bonus that was on offer, and particularly how easy it is to claim this.
The £50 is simply added to your account when you deposit your first £10. It’s that straightforward – so simple that step 3 in the instructions of how to claim it simply says, “In fact, it’s so easy that there isn’t a 3.”
Rather than a tiny selection of dated games, Coral Casino now has more than 225 shiny new Playtech games. Branded games such as Gladiator, Rocky, Fantastic Four and Baywatch are the first to catch your eye (doubly the case with Pamela Anderson’s appearance in the Baywatch slot!).
But there’s much more than just big names and pretty faces. There’s a great selection of around 50 jackpot games, while players willing to spend a bit of time searching could unearth some unknown gems.
One such gem that we found is Frankie’s Fantastic 7 – a spin-off from the popular Frankie Dettori slot that consists of a horse race where each horse progresses according to the card which has been drawn behind them. Not a great explanation but a very good game!
A friendly introduction to Coral’s limited selection of live dealer games.
The Coral Live Casino has its own section on the main site as well as being available on tablets. In the main tab on the desktop site you can find all of the live casino games on offer at Coral.
Unfortunately ‘all’ means just four at the moment as roulette, hold’em, blackjack and baccarat are the only live dealer games on offer. However, the ability to chat with the dealers and watch on high-quality streaming means that the games that are there are very impressive. Plus you can even read a bit about the dealers before or after you play at their table in the Coral ‘Meet the Dealers’ section.
Having been a little slow on the uptake when it comes to mobile casino games, Coral have definitely made up for lost time. In doing so they’ve covered both approaches to mobile games by creating casino apps as well as allowing mobile users to play games from their browsers alongside the Coral sportsbook.
The Coral Spin Casino really is a thing of beauty and is available in the Apple App Store with its party-piece being the tilt and swipe functionality available. Also not to be sniffed at is the collection of games now available from mobile browsers. This includes slots, roulette, blackjack and the recent addition of Jacks or Better video poker.
Providing players with a selection of around 50 progressive jackpot games is the cherry on top of Coral’s casino.
We can only assume that this huge selection of jackpot games has only been possible because Coral have added Playtech games so late. While Playtech casinos are never short on progressive jackpot games, there are very few out there that have quite as many as Coral Casino does.
Aside from the Marvel jackpot games that are perennial favourites here in the Jackpot.co.uk office, we particularly like the Gladiator Jackpot slot while the Punisher War Zone slot surprised us with its entertainment value (helped largely by the stacked wilds!).