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Another long established Bookmaker transitioning to online gaming via the purchase of Eurobet. Solid and financially sound.
Established in 1926 Coral has gone through a series of mergers, acquisitions and management buyouts and has a colourful history in the fabric of British betting culture.
Where Bet365 is associated with the online betting revolution and Ladbrokes with dragging horse racing into the new millennia, so Coral's is quintessentially linked with the dogs – greyhound racing.
Joe Coral began his bookmaking business in 1926, after borrowing some money off of a local cafe owner who happened to be a good friend of Joe's, operating betting pitches at greyhound courses.
If you ever wondered how Britain came to have so many greyhound and speedway stadia and how they are interlinked it is because Joe Coral, along with an associate opened many betting pitches at these venues and with the revenue generated they expanded the operations.
Along with Max Stein of Ladbrokes fame Joe Coral was one of the first people to take advantage of the 1961 betting and gambling act and opened his first Coral betting shop that year.
The gambling market kept growing and the shops kept opening until by 1981 Coral was one of the largest high street betting operators in the UK with around 650 betting shops. With the money made from their retail operation Coral diversified and bought into social clubs, casinos and holiday camps which is how they came to have a strong link with Bingo and Casino online today.
In 1981 the predatory Bass group acquired Coral and asset stripped them leaving the flourishing high street chain with the Coral name.
Joe Coral died in 1996 of lung cancer
Coral Group was then sold in a management buy-out backed by Morgan Grenfell Private Equity in February 1999.
At the end of 1999 Eurobet, an internet betting business was acquired and the Group's name was changed to Coral Eurobet. This was the smart move to transition to online betting.
The Coral Eurobet Group was then sold in a further management buy-out in September 2002 and became known as “Gala Coral”
Coral owns two greyhound racing stadia in Britain, at Romford and Hove and operates betting shops at three of Britain's biggest racecourses – Cheltenham , Epsom , and Sandown Park , They currently employ over 11000 betting shop staff within the UK.
- Comprehensive "in play" betting features.
- "Quick links" to latest promotions and up coming event offers.
- Very easy to use betslip and clear instructions.
- Slick interface and a good opening bet offer.