Coral Poker is, as the name suggests, the online poker room of Coral Eurobet, the British company that was established in 1926 and is now one of the largest gaming companies in the world. Coral have a long established reputation for being a company of honesty and integrity, and their 1200 betting shops in the UK, along with their online casino and sportsbook, are incredibly popular. So how does their Coral Poker offering measure up?
The first thing you notice when you visit the Coral Poker home page is the option to download the software or to select the Instant Play option and participate via a Java-enabled browser. This is fairly common with online casinos, but much less common with online poker rooms. To be perfectly honest, if a player hasn't got the time or patience to launch installed software then we really have to question whether he should be playing at all, so we don't quite see the point of the instant play version unless you already have a Coral account and simply wants to sneak a peek at the poker game before downloading. The features of both games are virtually the same, so we're primarily talking about the download version of Coral Poker from her on in.
The download doesn't take more than a couple of minutes, and if you already have a Coral.co.uk account then you can use that to play at Coral Poker, so no further registration is necessary. Those who don't have a Coral.co.uk account will need to register for a new one by entering their personal information and, if they want to play for real from the outset, by making an initial deposit. Coral regularly offer bonuses on deposits, so check these out on the web site to get any bonus code that might be required to take advantage of such promotions.
There is a good variety of games on offer at Coral Poker, including Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo and Five Card Draw. You can choose to participate in a ring game, sit and go or multi-table tournament. There are also free rolls, satellite events and re-buy tournaments on offer.
The software at Coral Poker is stable and reliable. Players are represented on screen by static avatars, but each chair has a fixed avatar so there is no room for any kind of personalisation here. In one game you could be represented by a man wearing a hat and in the next you could be a woman in a dress. Whether this better than no visual representation at all is something you will have to decide for yourself. Whatever your view, graphics and sound are generally of a high standard here, and the player interface is very easy to use - just click on the self-explanatory button to check, call, raise and so on. Right clicking on a character allows you to make notes about that player for future reference.
For the person who wants to place sporting bets or casino games as well as online poker, Coral Poker is a good choice, because it allows you to do all of this with a single account. The poker room is busy with plenty of traffic, and players here aren't the best, so you can prepare yourself for a fairly easy time if you know what you're doing.
This Coral review was updated in September 2013.
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