Coral Review

  • Offer: Bet £5, Get £20 Free
  • Stake Returned: No
  • Minimum Odds: 1/2 (1.5)
  • Wagering Requirements: None

Coral’s current welcome bonus is one of the more generous ones currently available on the web, and offers a fixed £20 free bet on a deposit of just £5.

Whilst it may not be the biggest bonus out there, at 400% of your deposit it certainly give’s you bang for your buck and the opportunity to test out the Coral site for a minimal investment.

Coral also offer a wide range of sports betting promotions for their customers – including regular money back specials on football (‘Win & BTTS acca insurace’ & ‘late loser insurance’), horse racing (‘Money back if you’re beaten by a head’), and even American Football (‘Accumulator insurance). Plus there’s plenty of one off free bets, money backs and price boosts to keep you interested.

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How It Works

Claiming the welcome bonus is very similar to other free bet offers that you may have seen. To get it you first need to register an account and then make a deposit of at least £5 (or €5 if you’re in the Republic of Ireland). No bonus code is needed as it’s added automatically to eligible accounts.

Next place a real money bet of £5 at odds of 1/2 (1.5) or more and the bonus will be added to your account instantly, after which you’ll have 7 days to use it before it expires.

The free bet stake is not included in any returns, and must be used to place a sole £20 wager (ie: it can’t be split into smaller bets) on any sport – this can be as a single, multiple, forecast or combination bet, and there are no minimum odds.


There are actually very few restrictions that you need to be aware of when claiming this offer, all of which are relatively minor. But we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t point them out:

  • Qualifying bet must be a £5 single or each way bet with odds of 1/2 or more.
  • The bet must be placed within 14 days of signing up.
  • Once credited, the free bet will be valid for 7 days and must be used in full in one go.
  • Eligible bet types for the free bet include singles, accumulators (doubles and higher), forecast & combination.
  • Excluded bets include TotePool, Football Jackpot and permutation bets such as a Lucky 15.
  • The stake is not returned with your winnings.

Our Verdict

This is a brilliant little offer and should appeal to a wide audience – including both casual low stake ‘now and again’ punters, as well as regular punters who like to have a flutter on almost anything.

The minimal deposit needed to get the bonus gets a big thumbs up from us, and whilst the stake isn’t returned with any winnings from the free bet, we think this is fair enough considering the fact that they’re putting up £20 to your £5. Plus SNR is (unfortunately) becoming the industry standard.

The welcome bonus also really does just scratch the surface of what’s on offer in terms of promotions at Coral, making having an account with them a must in our book.

Football Offers

Win and BTTS Money Back

The to win and both teams to score (BTTS) accumulator is currently the in vogue betting market at the minute. Whilst neither are particularly new to betting, as a pair they have become an extremely lucrative little double on their own. But, coral have taken this market to the next level by offer a bit of good old acca insurance. We all know how frustrating it is to see just one leg of our accumulator let us down for hundreds of not thousands of pounds, well Coral have devised a promotion where you can get your money back if just one leg fails.

The accumulator works after you have placed a four fold or greater with just picks from the Win and BTTs market. It’s worth noting that any acca not including solely these types of markets will not count towards the promotions. You don’t need to opt-in to this promotion either, as it will just quietly run in the background. The bet will essentially give you your money back up to £25 in the form of a free bet. If more then one of your picks does happen to let you down, then unfortunately, Coral can’t help you!

Offer rules

The bets can be placed on any football match that Coral offers, which is actually pretty darn cool, especially as most betting sites limit the games or leagues you can bet with. The promotion will start at 4 team accumulators and upwards and, as mentioned, can only include win and BTTS markets.

The free bet will be credited to your account upon settlement of your accumulator and then from there you’ll get 7 days to use your free bet which must be bet in whole on the market of your choice. There are no clearing amounts for the free bet, but for any winnings then you will not get stake returned. You are also able to bet on either mobile, tablet or online and qualify from each.

Late loser insurance

Is there anything more frustrating in football when your bet is winning with just five minutes to go and your team somehow manages to throw the game away, along with your dreams and more importantly money? The realistic answer to this is probably, in fact there certainly is more annoying things in life, but for those few minutes that you’ve been sweating your game only to see a late goal spoil the party, few things can compare!

Coral have decided that they want to lend a consoling arm around your shoulder and have decided to offer you a bit of ‘late lose insurance’. The promotion will essentially give you your money back should the team that you backed not go on and win the game after leading at 85 minutes. Your bet will be matched up to £25 and then deposited to your account as a free bet for each result that qualifies. Again, you don’t need to opt-in for the bet, but to qualify you need to have placed a single wager on the Correct Score or the Scorecast markets and you will be good!

Offer rules

The promotion only applies to single bets placed on games in the English Premier League. The markets that are covered are Correct Score and the First/Last Goal scorer (anytime goal scorer does not count).

Your selection must be leading after 84 minutes and 59 seconds, before then failing to go on and make your selection a winning one. If an event occurs before this timeframe to void your bet then the promotion will not pay out.

The free bet will be credited to your account upon settlement of your market and then you get 7 days in which to claim your free bet.

Racing Offers

Money back if your horse falls

There you are, watching your horse as it pulls five lengths clear with just one hurdle to jump. It’s been leading from the off and couldn’t look more comfortable if it was sitting in the Range Rover that’s riding alongside it for the cameraman. But then, out of nowhere, it clips the last hurdle and you’ve gone from hero to zero in a matter of seconds. Well, Coral have your back as they are willing to refund your bet as a free bet if your horse falls, unseats a rider or gets pulled down in any jump race across the UK and Ireland.

The promotion is in place to substitute your loss from any event where the horse falls or unseats the rider. It’s actually one of the most popular promotions that Coral ran and in 2014 they paid out on 870 horses throughout the jump race season. The bets will be accounted for when betting on the Win and Each Way singles (note; Coral will only pay out on the Win section).

Offer Rules

Your bet will be matched up to £25 on single bets for that specific race. You can place wagers from a mobile, tablet or computer, with each being matched equally.

If your horse does fall then your bet will be refunded within 24 hours and there is no need to opt-in for this promotion. Your bet must be placed after 8am on the day of the race and free bets should be in your account by noon the following day. If they are not, then it’s worth getting in touch with customer services.

Your free bet can be used on any market for any sport within 7 days, but must be placed in its entirety. Any winnings from your free bet will not include the stake back. Customers can not use the free bet in conjunction with any other Coral promotions and if found that they have done so, will have the free bet removed and voided.

Beaten by a length money back

The thrill of greyhound racing is something that all sports fans should experience at least once! Watching the dog that you’ve backed run up the home straight and fly over the finish line is about as exhilarating as sports get, especially if you manage to win a few quid as a result. But, that gut wrenching feeling of when the dog gets piped to the post and instead finishes second is about as frustrating as sports get.

But, the kind people of Coral have made those tight loses that little bit softer on the heartstrings by introducing a money back offer. So, if your dog finishes second by a length or less then Coral will in fact refund your bet worth up to £25. However, this offer will only be available to races that are covered live by Sky Sports, so not all greyhound races will actually e affected by this promotion. Opting in isn’t necessary and they will pay out on the win part of the win only and win/each way betting. For example, if you bet £50 each way, then Coral would match the £25 that is staked on the win market for your bet.

Offer rules

Only races that are live on Sky Sports are able to take advantage of this offer. The promotion will only pay out on official winning distances that is either 1 length or less.

Your free bet will be paid into your account within 24 hours of the bet being settled and you will be given 7 days in which to claim and use your free bet. The free bet cannot be broken down and must be used as one with the stake not being returned on any winnings.

Golf Offers

Golf Insurance

We all know that feeling when just one of your picks let’s you down on your accumulator. You’ve already been mentally spending your winnings when bamm, you lose out in the last minute. Whilst golf may not be the first sport that springs to mind when you think of acca insurance, Coral are providing just that in one of the more emerging betting markets from the ever-improving bookmaker.

The offer is essentially your money back if one of your picks lets your down from betting on either the 3 ball or the 2 ball market. You will need to place an accumulator that is a four fold or greater from one of the established markets. If just one of your picks loses, then you Coral will refund your bet worth up to £25. The promotion wont require you to you to opt-in, as all accounts will be eligible to claim it. It’s also worth noting that you can claim this offer as often as you wish, but you need to keep an eye on out the Coral site for the tournament that has been selected. This will likely change each week, depending on the size of the event and its popularity.

Offer rules

One of the main things to note from this bet is that a dead heat will be deemed a winner for the promotion. For example, two players from your three or two ball both come in with the same score, then it will be deemed a winning selection for you for the purpose of this promotion.

Your free bet token will be credited to your account within 24 hours and then you will have 7 days to use it on any betting market you choose. Free bet’s are non-refundable and any winnings from the free bet will not include the free bet stake.

Other Offers

Basketball acca money back

You know the drill by now… You’ve placed a 4-fold accumulator on your basketball markets and you are sweating the last result to come in. Unfortunately for you, they have lost and within minutes you’ve gone from shipping a couple of hundred quid, to nothing and a new team about to make an appearance on ‘your list’. But, Coral have your back and they are actually kind enough to offer a money back guarantee should this event ever happen, although they cant be accountable for the team entering the list!

The promotion is essentially your stake back up £25 when one of a four fold acca or greater on the points spread market lets you down. Make sure that you’ve noted that the market has to be on the points spread and this is for all your picks. Any deviation away from this betting market will not contribute. You don’t need to opt-in for this promotion and it will work with picks from any NBA game and any Euro League game as well. You are able to match up picks from both leagues and still become eligible to receive this offer.

Offer rules

The promotion will include bets placed from both mobile and online bets, but please make sure that all your picks are from the points spread market as other markets will not be included. You need to make at least 4 selections, ranging up to as many as you wish. Both the NBA and Euro Leagues will count.

Your free bet of up to £25 will be paid out as soon as the bet is settled and you will be given 7 days in which to use your free bet token. The free bet can be placed on any market but must be used in its entirety and also is non-refundable upon successful selections.

Expired Offers [Not Currently Running]

Bet and Spin

Have you ever wondered why bookmakers why bookmakers don’t offer sports betting promotions that are linked into their casino games? No? Well, neither have we! But, the guys down at Coral have decided that the link between the two is apparently a big thing, hence their creation of the Bet and Spin promotions.

The promotion is actually quite a lucrative one, so it’s worth getting your readers out and listening in closely. Each week coral will link up a single football betting game to this promotion. They will offer a casino bonus worth up to £100 for anyone placing a bet on any market from the ‘game of the week’ (check out the Coral site for an update as to which game is promoted for that week). Once you have placed your bet you should then be able to claim your bonus from the casino and start playing straight away.

Offer rules

The offer will be available to anyone placing a bet on any market of the game of the week. A qualifying bet starts at £10, but you can bet as much as you like to claim the offer. The amount that you will be awarded will range between £2 and £100, but it doesn’t actually state as the exact amount you will receive as they seem to be random amounts.

Your account will be credited with the bonus by 3pm on the Monday after the game that you bet on (usually the games that are in the promotion are on a Sunday). You will then get 48 hours to claim your bonus before then being able to use it in the casino as you choose.

You will need to play through the casino bonus 10 times before being able to withdraw. So, if you get a £50 bonus then you’ll need to wager at least £500 (£50 bonus x 10 = £500).

The bonus will expire after 7 days of activating it and any unclaimed bonus money will be removed from your casino account. Withdrawing any funds will also forfeit the bonus, but play on mobile, tablet and online will all count towards clearing it.

Certain games will clear the bonus quicker than others. For example, 100% of your slot play will contribute towards the bonus whilst games such as blackjack, roulette, craps, sic bo and keno will only contribute towards 20% of the bonus.

About Coral

Coral are one of the biggest brands in the gambling industry. The company have been about since 1926, making them one of the oldest, but in 2005 they merged with Gala Group in a deal thought to be worth in excess of £2billion. This made them the third largest bookmaker in the world with a huge online presence and also keeping up with 1,800 licensed betting shops across the UK and Ireland.

In 2015 the company again grew substantially with the acquisition of Ladbrokes, a massive brand in their own right. They now boast over 19,000 employees around the world, and whilst still based in Nottingham England, reported in 2013 revenue of £1.2billion.

Best features

The range of sports and markets on offer at Coral are pretty much second to none. In terms of horse racing, there are few bookies that get close to Coral, especially with their integration of live streaming with At The Races and the ability to view a bucket load of information on each horse.

The live streaming doesn’t just stop with horse though, and you will be able to access dozens of sports and betting markets from a variety of countries, all free to view for Coral punters. On top of all this you are going to be getting live scores, cash out betting, results section, statistics section, news and blogs, coral radio and really good range of offers for both new and existing customers.

As Coral are still very much a high street bookmaker as well as an online bookmaker, they have brought in their Coral Connect card which is directly linked up to your Coral account. The Coral Connect Card means that you can use funds from your online card in any of the 1,800 Coral betting shops across the country, which we think is very cool!


You don’t get to be one of the worlds leading bookmaker by having a poor pricing structure, and Coral certainly don’t have that. It wont take too much time on an odds comparison site to really see the value of betting with Coral and just how much more money you would have from winning bets them using time and time again.

Ease of use

The recent re-design of the Coral site has improved the usability dramatically. Although, we will say that it’s not necessary the best in the business, but it’s tough to massively dislike it. The ability to hop between markets and sports is great and the ease in which you can see trending betting markets is also pretty cool. The betting app on the other hand is simply superb, so well worth checking out!