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. Players visiting Coral Bingo now can enjoy 30, 75, 80 and 90 ball games including Friends Bingo and free games.
Introducing Coral 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.
Coral Bingo Welcome Offer
A change of platform means a new welcome offer. Newbies are offered the chance to claim a £40 bingo bonus when they deposit and spend £10. Register, login, deposit and then wager at least a tenner on bingo to qualify for the reward. Note that the £10 must be spent on bingo tickets and wagering terms apply. In this case they're x4 the bonus which is standard for many brands these days/ 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, Ladbrokes and Cheeky. The only themed room is Friends Bingo which is good and a very similar format to the Corrie Room that's now exclusive to Gala.
Coral Bingo Promotions
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 Bingo 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. At time of writing (May 2020) players are offered free bingo games - with no deposit required - and a Slingo Slider rewards promotion. These are joined by regular jackpot games that are shared by the GVC Network. For example you can dash to the Dash room for the chance to win a share of £15,000. Additionally there's a £500 prize on offer in Spotlight. Pre-buy is available for all the jackpot games that are available at Coral.
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. However the arrival of free games such as free bingo and trivia live games should help attract new players to the brand.