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Gala Coral Group Ltd is a UK betting shop, bingo and Casino operator owned by private equity houses, Candover investments, Permia and Cinven. It merged with Coral Eurobet for £2.18 billion in October 2005, making it the UK’s third largest bookmaker and the largest Bingo Operator. Owning over 30 casinos, Coral will remain a brand and trading division of the new group. Get your Free Coral Bets here.

The Groups headquarters are based in Nottingham (Gala Bingo and Casino), Stratford in London (Coral), and Woking (Gala Coral Remote Gaming). However in 2011, a decision was made to move substantial areas of the business to Gibralter, with almost all of the Remote gaming division going with it.The Group, have over 1700 Licensed betting offices.

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Gala Bingo operates some 140 clubs throughout the UK, with approximately a 25% market share of all clubs and nearly 40% of National Bingo Game ticket sales up until the operator’s withdrawal from the National Game in 2008.

With five million bingo members, of which approximately 1.2 million are active players. Gala Bingo has an average of 600,000 admissions per week.

In 31 July 2007 – Pauline Clarke, a 62 year old pensioner, became Gala’s first millionaire, after winning a tie-break against another online player.

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Up Until May 2012 Gala Casino operated 20% of the UK casino market through 32 outlets (30 based in the UK). It sold 19 of these to the The Rank Group, effectively making Rank the biggest casino operator in the UK. Gala have not actually sold any of their casinos yet as of February 2013. Gala Casinos have over 1.3 million members. Roulette is the most popular game by far, accounting for around 63% of their gaming income. Punto Banco/Baccarat is next with 19.1% with blackjack bringing 11.1%. To bet on any of the games make sure you use your free coral bets welcome bonus.

In December 2000, the Gala Group made its first move into the casino sector with the acquisition of 26 Ladbrokes casinos from the Hilton Group. This established the Group’s leading position within the high volume, low stake sector of the gaming market. Private equity firms Candover and Cinven acquired the Group in February 2003 and in August 2005 a third investor, Permira, bought a stake in the Group.

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Coral is a bookmaker in Britain, and currently has over 1700 betting shops in the UK as of October 2011 with hundreds more in Italy trading under the Eurobet name.

The business began in 1926 when Joe Coral borrowed some money off of a local café owner, who happened to be a good friend of Joe’s, who operating betting pitches at greyhound courses. One of his great friends, Tom Bradbury-Pratt ran speedway meetings at Harringay and at a number of other venues. He, and Joe Coral, subsequently went on to establish many more speedway and greyhound tracks and Joe was one of the first bookmakers to take advantage of the 1960 legalisation of off-course betting shops and he opened his first shop in 1961. In those days Coral were not afraid to lay large commissions, even to shrewd customers.

In January 1981 Coral was acquired by Bass, by which time Coral was one of the largest leisure groups in the United Kingdom. It comprised of approximately 650 betting shops, with 2 greyhound stadiums, social clubs, casinos, hotels and also holiday camps. The betting shops and stadia retained the Coral name, however the other operations were integrated into Bass.

Ladbrokes acquired Coral from Bass in December 1997. However, the acquisition was referred to the UK Monopolies and Mergers Commission and they concluded in September 1998 that Ladbrokes should not be allowed to retain ownership of Coral. They were however allowed to keep Corals betting offices in the Channel Islands and integrated them into their own retail division. Coral Group was later sold in a management buy out, backed by Morgan Grenfell Private Equity in February 1999. Near the end of 1999 Eurobet, an internet online betting business was acquired and the groups name was changed to Coral Eurobet.

In 2002 The Coral Eurobet Group was then sold in a further management buy-out, which was backed by Charterhouse Development Capital.

Coral owns two greyhound racing stadiums in the UK, one at Romford and one at Hove. You can use free coral bets on these races as well as the operating shops at three of Britains largest racecourses –  Cheltenham, Sandown Park and Epsom. There are further courses at Gatwick Airport (South Terminal) and Stanstead. Coral also runs a successful Telebet business, based in Barking.

Coral operates online casino, gaming and poker sites. Free Coral Bets are on offer in their Casino, Sports betting or slot games

Coral was the first major UK Bookmaker to sign to Turf TV on 22 December 2007.

Coral employs over 11000 betting shop staff within the UK

In 2007, the Group commenced the rollout of betting shops in Italy (under the ‘Eurobet’ brand) following its success in December 2006 in winning 403 sports and horse race betting licenses, through a government-led auction. The Group also set up a joint venture in China.

In July 2009 Coral announced the relocation of their broadcasting department to Milton Keynes to a purpose built studio to manage the inception of its new TV channel, Coral TV. To receive the Free Coral bets you will need to register at their website.

In May 2010 Coral bookmakers launched the Coral Dugout which was designed to offer in-depth football knowledge from ex-Premier League referee Graham Poll and sports presenter Jeff Stelling during the FIFA World Cup 2010. The Coral Dugout currently features the Coral Insider who posts daily betting odds and tips on the FIFA World Cup2010 for  online visitors.

In November 2011 Coral announced they had signed for 30,793 sq ft of offices at One Stratford Place at Westfields £1.45bn Stratford City scheme opposite the Olympics stadium in east London. Coral is the first private company to sign for offices at the Olympic park. Westfield has let the seventh and part of the eighth floor of the building to Coral which is moving from head offices in Barking.

Marketing and Advertising

As part of their experimental marketing campaign strategy, Coral engaged in the ‘RUN 4 IT’ campaign, requiring brand ambassadors dressed in trademark robber costumes, to physically ‘steal’ customers from competitor bookies. Over the course of this 3 week campaign, punters were encouraged to change their betting habits with the lure of a guaranteed win loyalty card and then walked by the ambassadors to the nearest Coral. This campaign saw a 7% conversion rate and 2,447 customers were ‘stolen’ from 900 bookies.[4]

E-Commerce Division

The division is responsible for the development, management and operation of all the E-Commerce activities of the Gala Coral Group. The division is also the online betting and gaming arm of the Gala Coral Group, offering a wide variety of products and betting opportunities both in the UK and internationally through the Group’s branded services.

  • galabingo.com,
  • GalaTV.co.uk,
  • galacasino.co.uk,
  • coral.co.uk
  • eurobet.com
  • sportpress.com

Eurobet serves clients in over 130 countries, providing online sports betting in the following languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese, Greek, Russian, Turkish, Bulgarian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Albanian and Czech.

The Telebet business also forms part of this division.

Other services operated by the division include Gala TV. You can still obtain your free coral bets here too!

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