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Review Date : 4th Jan 2019
Is this coral or isn't it?History
In 1997 a management buy-in purchased 130 Gala Bingo Clubs from Bass. The management team led the management buy-in. The deal was backed by PPM Ventures.

In December 2000, the Gala Group made its first move into the casino sector with the acquisition, of 26 Ladbrokes Casinos from Hilton Group. This established Gala's leading position within the high-volume, low-stake sector of the gaming market.

In October 2005, Gala Group & Coral Eurobet merged, creating one of the top 100 companies in the UK.

Private equity firms Candover and Cinven acquired the Group in February 2003 for £1.24 billion, and in August 2005 a third investor, Permira, bought a stake in the company valuing Gala at nearly £1.9bn.

In October 2005, Gala Group acquired Coral Eurobet in a deal that created Europe's pre-eminent integrated betting and gaming company with strong market positions in licensed betting offices, bingo and casinos, and a high quality multimedia offer.

In January 2006, the Group acquired the County Clubs Bingo chain in Scotland.

In February 2006, the Group went on to acquire the Leo Casino in Liverpool, from Dolby Management Ltd, increasing the number of casinos in the estate to 31.

Gala owned 162 Clubs, 29 Casinos and one in Gibraltar, nearly 1,600 licensed betting offices. The Group currently has licences to operate 360 outlets in Italy of which about 80% are open.

Gaming group Gala Coral has now sold the last of its UK casinos to Double Diamond Gaming, ending its involvement in the UK casino business. The sale of the company’s Gala Casinos arm to the Rank Group in May 2013 excluded four casinos in Aberdeen, Bristol, Cardiff and Teesside, following a Competition Commission ruling. These locations - along with a “cold” casino licence in Dundee - have been acquired for an undisclosed sum by Double Diamond Gaming, an independent casino operator that owns the Rainbow Casino in Birmingham.

Merged with Ladbrokes in 2017 and then the merged entity purchased by GVC in 2018. Some Ladbrokes and Coral shops sold to Betfred and others to reduce dominance where they both had a presence. Coral shops still nicer places than Ladbrokes.

There is a lot on their site. The design has improved of late and the range of sports to be accessed is impressive. We like their golf coverage as they often take a stand on a price and give good action when they are wrong.

The menu system takes a bit of getting used to and can be improved. Annoying system of bet verification if you have more than a few quid. If you want a large bet then do not try it after 9pm as their traders have gone home and you will get knocked back.

Great account facilities and results page covers every sport.

Great live racing service and Racing Post commentary on every horse in each race prior to the race. Also generous free bet offers all the time gets top marks. The best of the old traditional bookies. Poorer price performance since joining with Ladbrokes, loses 1 point.

The Best
Very good free bet offers which are offered every week. Gains ½ point.
IBAS registered
Cut : Tax free Score : 9½/10 Limits : Max. payout £1 million
Tel : 0800 440011 Email must use their form  
TV : YES Best Odds Guarantee : Yes Apps : Android, iPhone
Based : Glebe House, Vicarage Drive, Barking, Essex, IG11 7NS
Comp. No. : 4639005
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