Coral Bingo Review
Coral Bingo launched in 2012 on the Virtue Fusion platform favoured by it's many bookmaker competitors. It was strongly allied to Gala and there were some big similarities in terms of bingo rooms and side games. That said it had it's own identity and offered players a few exclusives. All that has now changed as Coral is now the latest addition to GVC's platform headed up by Foxy Bingo.
Coral Bingo is part of the wider Coral gambling and betting service. This means by joining you have access to poker, casino, slots, lottery and sportsbook options all via the same wallet and account. The bingo section is bathed in Coral's disctinctive blue and the latest promotions are featured in a slideshow across the page. Current bingo room activity plus the latest slots are also shown. The site is responsive therefore making Coral Bingo playable via all devices including mobile and tablet.
A change of platform means a new welcome offer. Newbies are offered the chance to claim a £40 bonus when they deposit and spend £10. Note that the £10 must be spent on bingo tickets and wagering terms apply. In this case they're x4 the bonus which actually makes it quite a hefty wagering term. Note that if you win using the bonus money then these winnings become void if you don't meet the wagering requirements within 14 days. Full terms and details can be found at Coral Bingo.
As a Virtue Fusion site Coral Bingo offered players access to a wide selection of games. These included Cash Cubes and Coronation Street Bingo. Now that it's on the GVC developed Cozy Games set up there are less rooms and less themed rooms. Instead you will find 30, 75, 80 and 90 ball rooms - the majority of which are shared with Foxy. The only themed room is Friends Bingo which is good but not quite on par with Corrie, The Chase and similar.
If you like slots then Coral is a good destination because you have access to a wide variety of games via the slots, gaming and casino channels. The bingo section does have slots such as Slingo, Fluffy Favourites, The Winnings Of Oz, Coronation Street Cashpot, The Chase, Rainbow Rewards, Rainbow Riches and Emmerdale Fun Drops. However, by changing platform the developers seem to have missed out a link to show all slots or give user's a search option. Hopefully this will be fixed because it's a considerable oversight. Coral Bingo should feature all the slots you can find at Foxy but you might not want to visit Foxy to discover them!
Discovering Coral Bingo promotions is also another oddity. You need to go to "Offers" to discover the various casino, bingo and poker promos. The main one for Coral Bingo is the Spingo Wheel. For the chance to win up to £50 Cash or a Bingo Bonus up to £5 just spend £20+ on bingo in a day to qualify for a spin of the wheel. The only other promotion of note (January 2020) is a £10K Savvy Sliding Jackpot. One thing worthy of note for this particular game is that £5000 is guaranteed. This amount is quite high when compared with other sliding jackpot games.
One advantage of Coral over other bingo brands, is that you can collect winnings from Coral retail stores. All you need is a Coral Connect Card. The beauty of the card is that you can also use it to make deposits - ideal if you're not keen on using the various online services that are available. However this isn't flagged within the new bingo section which makes us wonder whether it's stil valid or is being downgraded.
When we first reviewed Coral Bingo we said that they had their "work cut out if they intend to become a big name in the crowded bingo market". To a point they made some inroads but in our view never emerged from Gala's shadow. The platform change could be beneficial but we're still unsure if GVC's version of Cozy appeals to bingo players. The addition of big brands to this platform may just succeed where 100s of smaller sites, now closed, failed.