Coral (Owners of Coral Poker) were formed as long ago as 1926, when Joe Coral borrowed some money off a friend to operate a betting pitch at a greyhound course. In 1961 Joe opened his first betting shop and by 1981 Coral had become one of the largest bookmaking operations in the UK. In 1997 they were bought by Ladbrokes, but after becoming independent again in 1999 they merged with the bingo and leisure industry giant Gala in 2005 to form the Gala Coral Group.
Coral’s poker site operates a bonus scheme for new players that can be worth up to £1,220. To Get the bonus all you need to do is sign up for an account. You can do this by clicking on the link below.
If a new player deposits £5 or more into their account they will receive six tournament tokens, four free-roll tournament tokens and £5 free as soon as the player has played in a real cash game. In addition, for each £10 a player adds to their account Coral will match it with £10 worth of bonus cash, up to a limit of £1,200. This bonus cash is released in £5 increments for every 300 bonus points the player earns. Bonus points are earned at a rate of ten points for each $1 of rake the player generates.
Coral Poker review
Coral poker is yet another poker room who focus on Windows customers. You can play poker at Coral via a platform-independent flash panel, but the link is not well publicised on the site. Coral does offer a mobile platform but poker is not covered.
Coral Poker uses the Playtech Random Number Generator for their poker games, which has been passed via external compliance testing. A testing report can be downloaded via the site. All financial transactions made at Coral are encrypted.
The site offers seven versions of poker, namely Texas Hold ’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Five-Card Stud, Seven-Card Stud, Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo and Razz. All games can be played in Pot limit, No limit and Fixed limit styles. There’s also Speed Poker where you move to a new table once you’ve folded your hand at another. Game stakes range from micro-stakes to high roller amounts. You can also access side games such as Blackjack and Baccarat whilst you are playing. All games are played in $s.
There’s scant information about rake values on the site, aside from a two-line statement that they are between 0% and 5% per pot. Tournament fees are generally around 10% of the buy-in, although for tournaments with large buy-ins this slides to as little as 2%. There are plenty of scheduled, freeroll and Sit & Go tournaments.
Joining means the usual info, including name and address, date of birth, phone number and your username and password, the latter two you use to log in.
The Coral Poker loyalty scheme sees players awarded ten points for every $1 of rake generated. If a players reaches the top tier of the scheme they can exchange ten points for $1 of cash, but exchange rates are not so enticing at the lower end of the scheme. Points can also be exchanged for shop items.
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Coral’s poker site is nothing really to get excited about, but it does score a few plusses for the amount of tournaments that are available, including free-rolls, and some of the site’s promotions. The lack of information about rake values does give a slight cause for concern.