In a Nutshell
- Top highlights: Lots of poker tournaments, great promotions, range of poker games
- VIP or loyalty programme: Yes
- Other offerings: Casino, sports, slots, live casino
Although Coral Poker is probably not one of the most widely recognized online poker names, we are betting this will be changing soon. As a member of the world-wide iPoker network, they can boast some huge traffic numbers of mostly loose-playing participants. The site offers some large bonuses and very favourable player rules and customization options. The game selection is decent and there are a number of ongoing promotions and all types of tournament offerings with huge prizes. If you play your cards right, you might even find yourself winning a seat at one the premier live GSOP events.
Software & Graphics
The software chosen to power the games on Coral Poker is OnGame. This has been recognized for quite some time as one of the most reliable and trusted software networks. With the latest version players will find an incredibly smooth and interactive gaming experience. There are strong customization options offered including the ability to play up to 10 tables simultaneously (and easily, at that). Resource consumption is also much lower than with previous versions. The graphics are also very reminiscent of playing at a "real" table.
The heart and soul of an online poker site is the games which they offer. Coral has a nice variety that begins with Texas Holdem, currently the most popular poker variety in the world. With more players interested in this game all the time, you will find fixed limit, pot limit, and no limit varieties here. If you enjoy a game of Omaha or Omaha hi-lo (very popular among players from the continent) this is your site. Additional offerings include 7-Card Stud and even 5-Card Draw.
Finding support is easy at the Coral Poker site. They are one of the few sites that actually have their help options listed on every page. This includes several toll-free phone lines, categorized according to function (general support, placing a wager, etc). They even offer a shop locator in case you wish to contact them in person. Send an email directly from the view messages link at the top of any page or connect through Facebook or Twitter. There are also frequently asked questions which should solve most user inquiries.
There are a number of tournaments and events to keep each player satisfied. These include huge guaranteed prize money events like the $200,000 weekly guaranteed tourney every Sunday. In fact, there are big money guaranteed events almost every day, with prizes ranging from $2,000 to the previously mentioned $200,000. How about trying your hand at the IPOPS 4 series? With over $1.2 million in guaranteed prizes, this could be exactly what you have been waiting for. Plus, the site is offering a mini-IPOPS series to allow players of all levels to participate.
With both a downloadable and in-browser software option, the site is very flexible and easy to use. You will find wagering limits ranging from as little as a penny up to several hundred. Tournament buy-ins also span the gamut in order to accommodate all skill levels. Everything runs very well with the game play being smooth and fast. Loyal players also are eligible to receive cash awards each month.
Deposit / Withdrawal Options
There are many banking options players can choose from when making a deposit or withdrawal. Some of these include:
- Visa Electron
- Master Card
- MoneyBookers / Skrill
and more. Since banking options do change frequently, be sure to check back on a regular basis.
Since bonuses "clear" as you accumulate player points, there is no need to worry about satisfying any type of wagering or rollover requirements like most casinos. In fact, taking a payout is normally a simple procedure of visiting the cashier and then deciding how much and which method you would like to use for collection. Withdrawals normally only take one to three business days, but this can vary based on the method used (some methods also may require additional fees).
The games offered at Coral Poker are varied and there is a lot of action based on the poker network. Most players are offer fairly soft competition, making this a great place to play if you have a strong game. The money paid out every month through guaranteed tournaments is another plus. On the downside, it would be nice to see the software client and lobby upgraded a bit; they can be hard to use initially (although it is certainly functional and allows players to find exactly what they are looking for).