The Gala Coral Group is undoubtedly the leading operator in the UK bingo sector, boasting an impressive market share of around 45%. Since its launch in October 2012, the Coral Bingo site has aimed to replicate the success of its parent company, combining the best qualities of its physical locations with a leading technological platform.
Whilst they may struggle to compete directly with Gala Bingo, Coral Bingo is already making waves in the sector, giving some of the industry's bigger hitters a run for their money.
Coral Bingo is powered by Virtue Fusion, a subsidiary of gaming giant Playtech. The specialist bingo developer provides Coral access to a multi-currency network of bingo games, which gives its players the chance to win some of the biggest prizes to be found in online bingo.There's also a mobile app available to download from the iTunes and Google Play stores for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, although this features a slightly more limited choice of games.
Registered users can pick from a whole number of different bingo rooms, including some TV favourites with Coronation Street, Deal or no Deal and Emmerdale themed rooms all featuring. Making a decision launches a flash pop-up screen, meaning any pop-up blocker within the browser will need to be turned off to allow the game to appear. From the lobby, players can see which rooms are open and how full they are, and can also use the sophisticated search tool to find specific rooms.
Whilst not the most glamorous website, the Coral Bingo page is clearly labelled and easy to navigate. The lobby screen is fast to load from the Coral Bingo main page, and this same speed is evident on the mobile platform. The handy Room Finder also allows players to customise their game of choice via sliding option bars, making it easy to make it fit their needs.
Coral Bingo is home to a wide number of games, including classic 90, 75 and 80 ball bingo, as well as multiplayer slots and specials. All of these options are separated into helpful categories, although it is also possible to view them all as a single list.
Within these categories, players will find different game types and stakes, from the 2p Castle Super Spotlight to the 25p Megamax Gold Ticket. There are also branded games such as Deal or No Deal and Britain’s Got Talent Bingo.
Coral Bingo clearly knows its customers, and has added a couple of features that are sure to be well received by those who enjoy a site with a real community feel. The first is the Community tab, which not only allows players to get to know their fellow bingoers, but also introduces the hosts to the crowds as well.
Players can chat to one another in a friendly and welcoming environment while they wait for their numbers to come up. There's also a useful "Bingo Lingo" page on the community tab, giving newcomers an insight into the language used by Coral players.
In order to entice new players, Coral Bingo offers a generous "Welcome Bingo Bonus", which includes a first deposit matching scheme. Loyal players are also given the chance to play in free rooms, and are given the opportunity to win free cash each and every day. The site runs additional weekly and monthly competitions, where users can win tens of thousands of pounds.
Coral Bingo has prioritised the safety and security of its players, using SSL technology to encrypt passwords and account information. There's also a handy FAQ section for anyone needing a bit of basic help, as well as a support team that's available via a toll-free phone number and quick response email.
Players looking to cash-in on all their earnings can do so instantly if they use Neteller or Skrill (Moneybookers). If traditional bank cards like Visa or MasterCard are used, a withdraw time of 2-5 days is expected.
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Overall, Coral Bingo offers enough bingo games to keep avid players happy, plus a number of bonuses and a generous loyalty scheme that guarantees customers will return for more.
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