Coral Opening Times Saturday
Coral Opening Times Saturday
As it is now officially known, Coral or Ladbrokes Coral is kind of the odd one out when we compare it to the other bookmakers mentioned in this article.
Sure, it has a website where you can gamble 24/7; however, the way Coral started off was a lot different, and the business itself has changed hands a whopping 8 times! But how did it all come about?
In 1926 at the age of just 22, Joe Coral began his career as a bookie, operating his pitches at racecourses.
However, the big difference was that he ran speedway meetings and had multiple greyhound pitches at several stadiums. As you can imagine, after over a 35 year span in the business, once betting shops were allowed in 1961, not-so-young Joe Coral opened his first legal betting shop.
In 1971, things were going well for Joe, but maybe not as well as he had hoped. After talks with Mark Lane (another bookmaker), Coral agreed and arranged a merger between the two of them.
That's when things did start picking up.
By the end of 1979, the "Coral Leisure Group" had been born. This now included a diverse variety of other businesses, not just in the betting world. The Coral Leisure Group had taken on Pontins holiday camps, real estate, bingo halls, and hotels, to name just a few!
Over the next 25 years or so, Coral Leisure changed hands several times, going to Bass plc in 1981, just 2 years after the merger.
Ladbroke group in 1998, although the government forced Ladbrokes to sell again as the purchase was considered a conflict of interests under the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.
In November of 1999, the company acquired Eurobet based in Gibraltar. In 2005 the well-known bingo company Gala bought them out for a competitive £2.18 billion!!
The company was soon to change its name to the Gala Coral Group, which created the 3rd largest bookies and largest bingo company in the UK.
A couple of location changes happened in the following years, including just opposite the Olympic Stadium in London, where they had a purpose-built studio created to launch their new TV channel, "Coral TV."
Come to the end of 2016, Ladbrokes tried again and this time succeeded in buying the now "Gala Coral" company; however, all entities of the massive conglomerate operate under their own names respectively.
When it comes to opening times for Coral, there is a noticeable difference compared to the other two companies above.
If you want to back your favourite horse before going to work, then Coral isn't going to be the place you look.
Most shops don't open before 9 am/10 am. Saturday's, however, a few more shops do open that little bit earlier. As for closing times, on another broad scale, you can find doors being closed anywhere between 6 pm and 10 pm. I would definitely suggest looking at your local stores opening hours before heading down for that little flutter.
Pipped at the Post
So there you have it, whether you are a once in a blue moon kind of better or someone who likes a daily trip down the bookies, it's pretty clear that opening times don't vary much to any other day of the week.
There is, of course, the easy accessibility to betting online, with all of the market-leading bookies, and many independent smaller ones, having designated websites where you bet online at any time of the day or night.
Just remember to gamble safely and know your limits; whether you're online playing casino games, slots, bingo, or you've been studying today's runners in great detail, when the funs stops, stop.