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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.
MegaJackpots Cleopatra Slot
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. Stay with us here because things can get a little complicated... New players have a choice of three different welcome bonuses; you can deposit £10 and get £50 to spend on a variety of games; deposit £25 and get £25 to play table games while the final option is a 100% match of up to £1,000. The three bonuses nicely cover all basis and more importantly give you, the player, a choice. We recommend you take the £1,000 as it also allows you to play roulette (excluding live dealer), albeit with only 20% of your bet contributing to the wagering requirements. Slots as always should be your game of choice on this size of bonus.
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.
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 a built-up a decent reputation for speedy, hassle-free pay-outs.
Lots of Game and Weekly Bonuses
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 call them 'offers' rather than bonuses or promotions – weird. Once we did get there, we were pleasantly surprised by the welcome bonuses that were on offer all of which were a great improvement on previous welcome packages.
Players can choose from three different bonuses. The first is a £50 from a £10 deposit with wagering requirements of 40x. This bonus is available to play on most games but there are significant weighting rules in place so if you're going to use, you're best off sticking to the slots. The second bonus is £25 from a £25 deposit to play on table games. Table game bonuses can be rare but this is reflected by the 40x wagering requirements.
The final bonus is probably our favourite and is a 100% deposit match bonus which is valid for deposits between £50 and £1,000. Wagering requirements are also 40x and slots, arcade games and roulette count towards these. For a big spending slots player this is the ideal choice.
Big Brands, Progressives and Fast Play
Rather than a tiny selection of dated games, Coral Casino now has more than 225 shiny new Playtech games. Branded games such as the 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 the incredible amount of more than 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!
Coral Live Casino
A friendly introduction to Coral's limited selection of live dealer games.
Live Dealer Bonus but Just Three Games
The Coral Live Casino has its own section on the main site. Here you can find all of the live casino games on offer at Coral.
Unfortunately 'all' means just three at the moment as roulette 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.
One Giant Jackpot Selection
Providing players with a selection of more than 50 progressive jackpot games is the cherry on top of Coral's new 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 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!).