Colorado has become a player in the legalized gambling world. Its casinos, located in Black Hawk, Central City, Cripple Creek, and on two reservations, have gone from a $5 bet limit on a small assortment of games to no bet or game limits. Mobile sports betting is legal in Colorado. Larger casinos have a retail sportsbook. There are four live poker rooms in Black Hawk and one in Cripple Creek.
Daily fantasy sports contests are permitted in Colorado. There is a state lottery, charitable gaming, live and off-track betting on horses, and a social gaming law that allows home poker games and friendly betting pools.
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CO commercial and tribal casinos
Colorado is home to a typical range of regulated gaming. Casinos are permitted in Black Hawk, Central City, Cripple Creek, and on tribal land. Games include slots, video poker, and any type of table game, including poker. Bet and game limits were removed by voters in recent years. These days, players may enjoy baccarat, craps, and roulette along with traditional casino card games, like blackjack, at any bet limit that a Colorado casino is willing to offer.
Sportsbooks are legal at casinos. Gambling is restricted to guests 21 years of age or older. Many properties do not allow minors, including in restaurants and hotel rooms.
Casinos located in Black Hawk, Colorado
There are more than a dozen casinos located in Black Hawk, Colorado. Casinos vary from a tobacco shop with slots to resort properties.
Most properties offer slots, video poker, table games, sports betting, and at least one dining option.
Ameristar Casino – 111 Richman Street
There are almost 1,000 slot and video poker machines and 40 live table games at Ameristar Casino. On the second level, there is a Barstool Sportsbook and poker room. The property has five dining options, a 536-room hotel, a fitness center, a pool, and a spa.
Bally’s Black Hawk – North 300 Main Street | West 261 Main Street | East 321 Main Street
Bally’s Black Hawk has three casino properties, two of which are connected. The three casinos have more than 600 slot and video poker machines, 15 table games, a DraftKings Sportsbook, and a poker room. FanDuel Sportsbook is also a mobile sportsbook partner. The properties have a total of five dining options. However, there is no hotel.
Bull Durham Saloon & Casino – 110 Main Street
Bull Durham Saloon & Casino is a small gaming establishment on Main Street. It has a selection of almost 200 slot and video poker machines. It offers sports betting through the PlayUp sportsbook app. There is one restaurant, but no hotel. It is open 8am until 2am Sunday through Thursday and 8am until 4am Friday and Saturday.
Gilpin Casino – 111 Main Street
Gilpin Casino has a selection of slot and video poker machines. There is one dining option, but no hotel.
Horseshoe Casino – 401 Main Street
Previously known as Isle, Horseshoe Casino offers around 900 slot and video poker machines, 27 table games, live poker games, and sports betting through Caesars Sportsbook. The property has three family-friendly dining options, a Starbucks, and 240 hotel rooms. It connects to Lady Luck Casino.
Lady Luck Casino – 340 Main Street
Lady Lucky Casino is connected to Horseshoe Casino by a sky bridge. It has around 400 slot and video poker machines. Sports betting is available through Caesars Sportsbook. The property has one dining option and 164 hotel rooms.
Lodge Casino – 240 Main Street
There are more than 850 slot and video poker machines, 23 table games, and a Superbook Sportsbook at The Lodge Casino. It has three dining options and a 50-room hotel. The property is limited to guests 21 years of age and older, including the hotel.
Monarch Casino – 488 Main Street
Monarch Casino is home to around 1,000 slot and video poker machines, 42 table games, and a Monarch Sportsbook. There are four dining options on the property. The resort has 516 hotel rooms, a fitness center, a pool, and a spa.
Red Dolly Casino – 530 Gregory Street
A boutique casino, Red Dolly Casino, offers around 100 slot and video poker machines. The casino is open daily from 8am until 2am or later if busy. There is one dining option with daily specials. There is no hotel.
Saratoga Casino – 101 Main Street
Saratoga Casino has 400 slot and video poker machines, eight table games, and a Betfred Sportsbook. It has one dining option, but no hotel accommodations.
Sasquatch Casino – 125 Gregory Street
There are around 140 slot and video poker machines at Sasquatch Casino. It has sports betting kiosks, one dining option, and an arcade. The casino is open daily from 8am until 2am. There is no hotel associated with this property.
Wild Card Saloon – 120 Main Street
The only casino to permit indoor smoking is the Wild Card Saloon. This cigar bar has more than 200 slot and video poker machines. The property also offers sports betting and one dining option. There is no hotel. The casino is open Monday through Wednesday from 8am until 2am and 8am until 4am Thursday through Sunday.
Z Casino – 101 Gregory Street
Z Casino is related to Dragon Tiger Casino and Grand Z Casino in Central City. It has around 400 slot and video poker machines. There is one dining option. A hotel is located at Grand Z Casino.
Casinos located in Central City, Colorado
Central City is located just minutes away from Black Hawk. It is home to a half-dozen casinos.
Casinos offer a selection of video poker slots and table games. Several dining options are available. Two properties offer hotel accommodations.
Century Casino – 102 Main Street
Century Casino has around 430 slot and video poker machines and seven table games. Mobile sports betting options are available through Circa Sports and Tipico Sportsbook. The property has two dining options and 26 hotel rooms.
Dostal Alley Casino – 116 Main Street
Slot machines are located on the second level of Dostal Alley Casino. It offers pizza and craft beer.
Dragon Tiger Casino – 132 Lawrence Street
Dragon Tiger Casino was formerly known as Johnny Z’s Casino. It has around 350 slot and video poker machines. There is one dining option. A hotel is located at Grand Z Casino.
Easy Street Casino – 120 Main Street
Easy Street Casino has a selection of slot and video poker machines. It is related to Famous Bonanza Casino. The property has one restaurant, but no hotel.
Famous Bonanza Casino – 107 Main Street
Famous Bonanza has around 250 slot and video poker machines. Many of the games are old-fashioned coin slots. The casino shares a players club with Easy Street Casino. It has one dining option, but no overnight accommodations.
Grand Z Casino – 321 Gregory Street
Grand Z Casino has over 700 slot and video poker machines and eight table games. It once hosted a Maverick Sportsbook. It closed in July 2023. The kiosks were removed from Z Casino and Dragon Tiger at the same time. Grand Z Casino has three dining options and 119 hotel rooms. The property, including the hotel, is restricted to guests 21 years of age and older only.
Casinos located in Cripple Creek, Colorado
Cripple Creek is a small casino town. Most of the casinos are in old storefronts along East Bennett Avenue.
Casino options include table games, slots, video poker, and sports betting. There is one poker room. Hotel rooms are available at multiple properties.
Bronco Billy’s Casino – 233 East Bennett Avenue
Bronco Billy’s Casino is located across multiple storefronts along East Bennett Avenue. The casino offers around 800 slot and video poker machines and ten table games. There are two dining options and 24 hotel rooms. A hotel expansion is currently under construction.
Century Casino – 200 East Bennett Avenue
There are 450 slot and video poker machines and six table games at Century Casino in Cripple Creek. The property also has one dining option and a 21-room hotel. Its mobile betting partner is Circa Sports.
Colorado Grande Casino – 300 East Bennett Avenue
Colorado Grande Casino has about 200 slot and video poker machines. There is one restaurant, a coffee counter, and seven hotel rooms. It no longer has sports betting kiosks.
Double Eagle Casino – 442 East Bennett Avenue
Double Eagle Casino offers around 400 slot and video poker machines and sports betting through the PointsBet app. The property has one restaurant and a 158-room hotel.
Johnny Nolon’s Casino – 301 East Bennett Avenue
The casino at Johnny Nolon’s has about 250 slot and video poker machines, including coin-operated games. Sports betting was offered through ISI Sportsbook through kiosks on the casino floor. However, these are no longer available. There is one dining option. Hotel rooms are available through a partnership with Colorado Grande.
Triple Crown Casinos – McGills 232 E Bennett Ave | Midnight Rose 256 E Bennett Ave | The Brass Ass 264 E Bennett Ave
Three casino properties make up Triple Crown Casinos: Brass Ass, McGills, and Midnight Rose. The combined casino floors offer more than 900 slot and video poker machines, nine table games, and the only Cripple Creek poker room. Sports betting is offered through BetRivers and BetMGM sportsbooks. Each casino has one dining option. There are 50 hotel rooms available.
Wildwood Casino – 119 Carbonate Street
Wildwood is located apart from the other Cripple Creek casinos. It offers more than 500 slot and video poker machines, a dozen table games, and sports betting kiosks. The property has three dining options and 100 hotel rooms. It is being rebranded as a Golden Nugget.
Colorado tribal casinos
There are two tribal casinos located in Colorado.
Sky Ute Casino – 14324 Highway 172 North
Located in southwestern Colorado, the Sky Ute Casino has around 600 slot and video poker machines, eight table games, and a 200-seat bingo hall. Bingo is currently closed. Sports betting was offered through a partnership with US Bookmaking. That ceased operations in June 2023. The property has three dining options, 140 hotel rooms, and an RV park.
Ute Mountain Casino – 3 Weeminuche Drive
Ute Mountain Casino is located near Four Corners. The casino offers almost 800 slot and video poker machines, six table games, a sportsbook, and a 400-seat bingo room. One restaurant is available. Overnight accommodations include 100 hotel rooms and an RV park.
CO legal sports betting
In Colorado, sportsbooks are legal inside casinos and on mobile betting apps. Most casinos are partnered with at least one sportsbook. A few casinos have full-service sportsbooks, while a few more have kiosks available.
Mobile sportsbook apps allow players to sign up, deposit, and place bets within Colorado state lines. Players must be 21 years of age or older to bet on sports. Colorado mobile sportsbook brands include DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, Caesars Sports, Betfred, BetRivers, WynnBet, Circa, and Westgate.
Most Colorado mobile betting sites give players a first deposit offer. This may be a bonus bet equal to the first wager if it loses, or a bonus as a percentage of the deposit that requires a wagering requirement to clear.
Approved sports wagers in Colorado
Most professional sports leagues and NCAA sports are approved. Similar to other states, wagering on high school sports and equivalent-level clubs is prohibited.
Events approved by the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission include Australian Rules Football, badminton, bare knuckle fighting, baseball, basketball, biathlon, bowling, boxing, chess, cornhole, cricket, cycling, darts, disc, e-sports, floorball, football, futsal, Gaelic games, golf, handball, hockey (ice and field), jai-alai, lacrosse, MiniGolf, MMA, motorsports, netball, Olympics, pesäpallo, pool, rodeo, rugby league, rugby union, sailing, SlapFight, snooker, soccer, swimming, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, water polo, windsurfing, and wrestling.
Additional sporting events are approved as summer and winter athletics. Multiple events governed by the Major Eating League are also approved. Events include Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest and the DraftKings World Halloween Candy Eating Championship.
Online gambling options in Colorado
Online sports wagering is available through daily fantasy sports contests and sportsbooks in Colorado. Daily fantasy sports contests are available to players 18 years and older while sportsbooks are limited to 21 years of age and older. Sweepstakes contests are also allowed in the state.
CO live horse racing and off-track wagers
Live horse racing is legal in Colorado. Thoroughbred races run at Bally’s Arapahoe Park in Aurora, Colorado. The live racing season runs from July through October. All ages are welcome to watch the races, but bettors must be 18 years of age or older. Off-track betting is permitted at parlors and on mobile betting apps. Available advance deposit wagering is offered through 1/st Bet, FanDuel Racing, NYRA Bets, and TVG.
Colorado off-track betting locations
- Odds on OTB
- Havana Park
- Black Hawk
- Bally’s Black Hawk Casino
- Colorado Springs
- Elevated Stakes at The Block Bar & Grill
- Elevated Stakes OTB at Peak 31 (Union Station)
- Celtic on Market
- Fort Collins
- Sundance Steakhouse & Saloon
- Garden City
- Big D’s OTB at El Bandido Nightclub
- Mirage Sports Bar
- Off to the Races (formerly Southern Colorado Gaming and Event Center)
CO state lottery
US Casino Advantage blog posts about Colorado
Trip report about a recent visit to Black Hawk, Colorado. It is the state’s largest casino town. We visited nine of the biggest casinos during our trip.
Cripple Creek is a casino town in Colorado. It is home to slot machines and video poker, some coin-operated, as well as table games, dining and hotels.
We visited all casinos in Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek, Colorado in October 2021. This is our trip report.
Colorado Gambling FAQs
Are casinos legal in the state of Colorado?
Yes. Commercial casinos are permitted in Black Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek. There are also two tribal casinos in Colorado.
What is the minimum age to gamble in Colorado casinos?
Players must be at least 21 years of age to gamble in Colorado casinos.
What types of games are allowed at Colorado casinos?
Casinos are permitted to have slots, video poker, keno, electronic table games, live table games, poker rooms, and sports betting. Bingo is allowed at tribal casinos.
Are table games allowed at Colorado casinos?
Yes. A wide selection of table games is approved in Colorado, including baccarat, blackjack, craps, Mississippi Stud, pai gow poker, roulette, Three Card Poker, and Ultimate Texas Hold’em.
Are sportsbooks legal in Colorado?
Yes. Retail and mobile sportsbooks are legal in Colorado. Players must be at least 21 years of age.
Is mobile sports betting legal in Colorado?
Yes. Wagers may be placed online or on mobile apps. Sports bettors must be 21 years of age or older.
What online gambling options are available in Colorado?
Available online gambling options in Colorado include daily fantasy sports contests, sports betting, horse racing, and sweepstakes games.
Are live horse races held in Colorado?
Yes. Bally’s Arapahoe Park hosts live Thoroughbred races in Colorado.
Can you bet on horse races in Colorado?
Yes. Wagers on horse races may be placed at racetracks, off-track betting parlors, and on mobile apps.
What is the minimum age to wager on horse races in Colorado?
Horse bettors must be at least 18 years of age in Colorado.
Does Colorado have a state lottery?
Yes. In Colorado, lottery games include lotto drawings and scratch-off tickets.
How old must you be to play lotto games in Colorado?
Lottery games are restricted to players 18 years of age and older in Colorado.
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Last Updated on September 10, 2023 by Kristina Mehaffey