Blog Archive for Colorado Advantage: 2020 to 2023

The content previously listed on Colorado Advantage has been moved to US Casino Advantage. The following is an archive of the blog posts that appeared on the site. Posts are dated beginning December 2020 and run through January 2023.

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Casino Question on Colorado Ballot Passes

Originally published: November 1, 2020

Written by: John Mehaffey

Update 11/4/2020: The ballot question that allows for higher bet limits and larger game selection in Colorado casinos has passed. The charitable-gaming question is losing.

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There are two ballot questions on the November 2020 ballot pertaining to gambling. The first covers casinos in Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek. The other is related to games of chance operated by state charities. 

Colorado requires 55 percent of voters to vote in favor for a measure to pass. This is typical of all constitutional amendment ballot questions in the state. 

Colorado Amendment 77 would eliminate two limits imposed on casinos by existing language in the state constitution. The state’s bet limit stands at $100 today. The constitutional amendment would strike that language and permit bets of any size in Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek. 

Another part of the proposal would drop the table-game title limits. Currently, craps, roulette and card games that require some skill are allowed. If approved, games such as baccarat and Casino War could be dealt in Colorado casinos. Currently, table games of luck may only be dealt electronically. Video baccarat is available in Black Hawk and Cripple Creek.

If approved at the state level, local referendums would then be required in the state’s three casino cities. Each would be independent of the others, meaning it could get approved in one or two but not all. 

The earliest that the removal of bet and game limits could go into effect is on May 1, 2021. Sports betting and poker tournaments are exempted from the current $100 bet limit. 

Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), the state’s two tribal casinos would also be able to raise bet limits and expand games, regardless of the outcome of local elections, should the referendum be is passed by voters on Tuesday. This is the same federal law that permitted tribal casinos when Colorado voters approved gaming in Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek.

Charitable gaming constitutional amendment

Colorado Amendment C covers charitable-gaming operators. If affirmed by voters, it would lower the number of years, from five years to three, that a charity must exist before getting licensed for gaming. Amendment C would also allow charities to pay workers minimum wage. Today, those that work a charity bingo or raffle must volunteer time; no payment of any kind is permitted under current law.

Table Games in Black Hawk and Central City Closing

Originally published: November 13, 2020

Written by: John Mehaffey

Gilpin County officials have ordered table games to temporarily close in Black Hawk and Central City to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the area. This will occur by 8am on Friday, November 13. The closure includes all live table games including blackjack, craps, roulette and Three Card Poker. It also covers the three poker rooms in Black Hawk.

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment sent a letter to Gilpin County leaders on November 10 noting that COVID-19 infections had tripled in the county over the last few weeks. This caused the state agency to move Gilpin County to Dial Level Yellow. 

This elevated level requires the closure of live table games at casinos. The county also announced a last call for alcohol at 11pm nightly. These requirements will be in place for at least two weeks to protect public health.

Casinos are permitted to remain open with limited games available, including slots, video poker, video keno, electronic table games and sports betting. Restaurants may operate with restrictions. 

Most casinos have not commented on the situation. However, Lodge Casino made a statement on its Facebook page wishing its guests and employees well:

We are sad to say that starting this Friday at 8am we must close table games in order to comply with the Gilpin County guidance in connection with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on increased operational restrictions.  Our table games employees and guests who enjoy those games are tremendously important to us, and we look forward to bringing them back as soon as we are able.  Please, for everyone’s safety, wear your masks, follow social distancing rules, and wash your hands often as we are all in this together.

Black Hawk and Central City join Cripple Creek in closing table games. The ones in Cripple Creek have been closed since March. 

One Colorado casino is still dealing table games

The Black Hawk and Cripple Creek table closures leave Ute Mountain as the only Colorado casino dealing live table games. Ute Mountain offers blackjack, roulette, Three Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold’em. The pit at Ute Mountain Casino is open from noon to midnight daily. Colorado Advantage has confirmed this status with a representative. 

Table Games Reopen in Black Hawk, Central City, Cripple Creek

Originally published: February 11, 2021

Written by: John Mehaffey

Casinos in Gilpin County will be able to reopen some table games starting today, February 10. The only permitted games at this time are live poker, craps, roulette and blackjack. 

Live table games in Black Hawk and Central City have been closed since November 13 due to spiking Covid-19 cases in the area. Slots, video poker, sportsbooks and electronic table games remained open during this time.

There are safety protocols that casinos must follow at table games. These include seating restrictions. Blackjack tables may only have three seats. Roulette may have five. There may be no more than three players on each side of a craps table. Poker tables are six-handed max. 

Masks are also required on casino floors. Players are encouraged to sanitize hands when entering a game. Dice are cleaned after each shooter finishes a roll. Tables are sanitized after guests leave. 

Announced Black Hawk table game reopenings

Local casinos started announcing the news over the weekend. It started with a tweet from the Golden Gates poker room, that stated its cash games and tournaments will return at 9am on February 11. Table games there and at Mardi Gras Casino will also open at that time.

Isle Casino opened its table games on February 10. Its poker room has not yet reopened. This post will be updated when it does. 

Ameristar announced on its Facebook page that craps, roulette and blackjack will reopen at 2pm on February 11. The poker room does not have a reopening time yet. Monarch Casino will reopen its table games at 9am on the same day. However, roulette will remain closed. Lady Luck will bring its pits back on February 12. 

Announced Central City table game reopenings

Grand Z Casino in Central City will reopen its table games on February 11 at 10am. These tables will be open 10am to 2am Thursday through Sunday. Century Casino in Central City will reopen its pit on February 12. Roulette will only open on weekends unless there is a spare blackjack dealer to move to the table. 

All casinos in Black Hawk and Central City were permitted to move last call back to midnight. It was previously 10pm. 

Announced Cripple Creek table game reopenings

Table games in Cripple Creek reopened on February 11. Century Casino in Cripple Creek announced that table games are allowed to open in that city at that time. Other casinos quickly followed. These have been closed since March. The Midnight Rose poker room is still closed. 

Colorado Advantage offers a directory of table games in Colorado. This includes a section dedicated to blackjack and one for live poker rooms in Colorado. 

Colorado Casinos Add New Games, Say Goodbye to Bet Limits

Originally published: May 1, 2021

Written by: John Mehaffey

Today is a big day for Colorado casinos. The $100 bet limit is a thing of the past. Casinos may set their own maximum bet at games. The limit on the types of games permitted is also gone, opening the door for new games of luck. 

The biggest change is the introduction of baccarat to pits in Black Hawk and Central City. We have found the game at Ameristar, Grand Z, Isle Casino, Lodge Casino and Monarch. Bet limits in some casinos were increased to as much as $10,000. Many baccarat tables were placed in new high limit table game rooms. We have yet to find any Cripple Creek casinos with baccarat, though some casinos did raise bet limits. 

The dropping of game limits also permitted Grand Z to add Pai Gow Poker to its selection of Colorado table games. Lodge Casino in Black Hawk was previously the only casino in the state with Pai Gow Poker.

While baccarat is the most important game that was added with the new rules, there will be others. Bingo and keno rooms will hit Colorado casinos in the coming months. 

Colorado casinos are excited about the new rules. Operators expect to attract some high limit players that previously had to go to Las Vegas to gamble more than $100 per hand. The increase in bet limits is expected to create more jobs, tax revenues, and visitation. 

We are working to gather minimum bets and all new game installations. We will add it to the Colorado Table Game Survey once we have that information.

MSPT Returns to Bally’s Black Hawk January 19

Originally published: January 14, 2022

Written by: John Mehaffey

The Mid-States Poker Tour will once again stop at Bally’s Black Hawk. This property was formerly known as Golden Gates. The MSPT series runs from January 19 to January 30, 2022. There are eight trophy events. 

Two events span two days. Seven are no limit Texas hold’em. The other is pot limit Omaha. Event number one has a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. It is $300,000 for event seven. There are daily satellites for these tournaments in the Bally’s Colorado poker room.

Event one

The first event lasts two days. This no limit hold’em tournament starts on January 19 with day 1A. Day 1B starts on January 20, 1C on the 21st and 1D on the 22nd. It has a buy-in of $360 and a mystery bounty. There is a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. Players start with 25,000 chips. Levels go up every 30 minutes.

Event two

Event two starts at 1pm on January 23. is a $250 no limit hold’em. Players start with 15,000 chips. Levels go up every 30 minutes. 

Event three

The third event is for seniors aged 50 and up. It starts at 11am on January 24. The game is no limit hold’em. The buy-in is $250. The starting stack is 15,000 chips. Levels go up every 30 minutes. 

Event four

The fourth event is pot limit Omaha. It has a $250 buy-in. Players start with 15,000 chips. Blinds go up every 30 minutes. It has a 3pm start time on January 24. 

Event five

This is a no limit hold’em tag team event. The buy-in is a total of $300, $150 for each player. The starting stack is 15,000. Blinds increase and player changes occur every 20 minutes. It begins at 5pm on January 25. 

Event six

The sixth event in no limit hold’em. It starts at noon on January 26. The starting stack is 15,000 chips. Blinds go up every 30 minutes. 

Event seven 

This is the Main Event. It has a buy-in of $1,100. It has a $300,000 guaranteed prize pool. Day 1A is January 27. Day 1B is the 28th, while the 29th is the start of Day 1C. Players with chips return on January 30 for day two. The starting stack is 25,000 chips. Levels go up every 40 minutes. 

Event eight

This is a $250 last chance tournament. Cards are in the air at 1pm on January 30. Players start with 15,000 chips. Blinds go up every 20 minutes. 

Satellites for event one

There are $80 satellites for the first event. These are scheduled for 10am January 19 through January 22. Players start with 10,000 chips. Levels go up every 20 minutes. One entry out of six receives a buy-in to event one, which is $360. 

Satellites for event seven

Event seven is the Main Event. It has $265 satellites where one out of five players earns a seat to the $1,100 tournament with a $300,000 guaranteed prize pool. The first satellite for this event starts January 25. The last is at 10am on January 29.

Full MSPT Bally’s structure sheets may be found here.

Midnight Rose Poker Room in Cripple Creek Reopens

Originally published: March 10, 2022

Written by: John Mehaffey

Live poker returns to Cripple Creek. The Midnight Rose poker room has reopened. It had been closed since the pandemic started. 

Management at the Triple Crown Casinos previously told Colorado Advantage that the poker room was permanently closed. Before this announcement, no Cripple Creek casino dealt poker. The news was first reported by Rob Solomon

Only cash games are available at Midnight Rose. It has no tournaments. Before the pandemic closure, there were tournaments on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There are eight tables in the Midnight Rose poker room. 

Poker at Midnight Rose (Triple Crown) Casino in Cripple Creek, Colorado

The poker room at Midnight Rose has limited hours. It is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 1:30am. It is dark Monday through Thursday.

During its previous run, the Midnight Rose poker room opened at 10am Wednesday through Sunday. It was dark on Monday and Tuesday. 

The Bally’s poker room in Black Hawk remains the only Colorado poker room that deals tournaments. The other three poker rooms in Colorado are at Ameristar, Lady Luck and Monarch. All are in Black Hawk. 

The Triple Crown Casinos website says that the poker room will deal no limit hold’em. This game was not legal in Colorado the last time the Midnight Rose poker room was open. The buy-in amounts for these new games are not posted on its website or in Bravo Poker. 

The old poker room dealt spread and fixed limit hold’em. It had a special day for spread limit seven card stud. There was a 5/10 Omaha hi/lo game on Saturdays. It does not appear, based on information provided by Midnight Rose, that these games have returned.

What to play at Triple Crown Casinos when the poker room is closed

The return of poker to Triple Crown Casinos increases its gaming amenities. Slots, video poker, live table games, electronic table games and Colorado mobile sports betting are all offered by the property. BetRivers is its sportsbook partner. 

The table games at Triple Crown are dealt at the Brass Ass. There are nine tables. Games include blackjack, Double Up Blackjack, baccarat, craps and double zero roulette. Blackjack uses six decks, hits soft 17 and allows double down before and after splitting. The minimum bet for table games is usually $10.

The electronic table game selection starts at a quarter minimum bet for double zero roulette. Other video tables include $1 craps, $2 blackjack and $5 baccarat.  

The best video poker that we found at Triple Crown Casinos is upstairs at Midnight Rose. Options include 8/5 Bonus Poker, 9/7/5 Double Bonus, 9/6 Double Double Bonus and 15/9 Deuces Wild. The denominations are quarter, half-dollar and dollar. You can also find 8/5 Bonus Poker at Brass Ass.

Colorado NCAA Basketball Tournament Betting

Originally published: March 14, 2022

Written by: John Mehaffey

The men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament starts this week. The brackets were just revealed. One Colorado college team made the cut. 

Coloradans can legally bet on any game. This includes the Colorado State Rams. That team made the number six seed in the South regional. Its first opponent is the Michigan Wolverines. 

Sports betting is legal in Colorado. Retail, mobile and online sportsbooks are licensed through casinos in Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek.

Colorado permits betting on college point spreads, totals and other team wagers. This includes in-state teams, something a few other states do not permit. Colorado State may be bet to win its region and to cut down the nets at the Final Four. 

Colorado sportsbooks offer free bets and other bonuses

If you are thinking about betting on the NCAA Basketball Tournament, there are great offers that you can take advantage of right now. The largest bonus involves making a first deposit. A free bet or bonus money are awarded to players for getting into action. After that, Colorado mobile sportsbooks have promotions like odds boosts, VIP programs and prizes for special outcomes.

Caesars Sportsbook up to $1,100 free bet

Caesars Sportsbook has a free bet of up to $1,100. If your first bet after making a deposit loses, it is replaced by a free wager up to the amount of your loss. It is placed in your Caesars Sportsbook Colorado account. It may be bet on most games. You have 14 days to place the free bet wager. 

If your first Caesars Sportsbook bet wins, you don’t receive the bonus. However, you can cash out the winnings without having to worry about the outcome of another game. 

BetRivers $250 bonus

BetRivers is another Colorado mobile sportsbook that has free bet offers. New players receive a 100% up to $250 first deposit bonus. The wager requirement is equal to the amount of the deposit. 

That makes it like a free bet that replaces a losing one. What makes the BetRivers offer better than a free bet is that you can divide it among many wagers. Your bets also do not need to lose to receive the bonus. 

How to make a Colorado mobile sportsbook account

Creating an account at a Colorado mobile sportsbook is simple. You do not need to go to Black Hawk, Central City or Cripple Creek. You can do it from your phone or computer. 

Simply go to a Colorado online sportsbook and click the sign up button. It will ask for your name, address, date of birth and email address. The information that you provide is confirmed by the site’s security team. After that, you are ready to get into action. 

Betfred Sportsbook at Saratoga Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado

How to deposit at a Colorado mobile sportsbook

There are several convenient options for depositing into a Colorado mobile sportsbook. This includes Visa, Mastercard and Discover credit and debit cards, PayPal, prepaid debit card, electronic checks and bank wires. Deposits may also be made at the Colorado casino that partnered with the mobile sportsbook.

How to withdraw from a Colorado mobile sportsbook

Getting your winnings from your mobile betting account is the most important part. It is easy to get paid. You can request a withdrawal right in the software on your phone. Withdrawal options include prepaid debit cards, electronic check, bank wire and PayPal.

Denver Broncos Betting Opportunities for the 2022-23 NFL Season

Originally published: July 22, 2022

Written by: Andruw Burling

The Denver Broncos are entering the new season with a renewed team and goals. Denver is playing in a very difficult AFC West. However, they have made improvements to try and compete for a playoff spot. The Broncos are coming off another disappointing campaign in the 2021-22 season, but will look to bounce back early in this season.

The Broncos are listed as the 3rd best odds to win the AFC West, but are in the top half of the NFL in Super Bowl odds. Denver is in a division with the Kansas City Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders, who are both coming off postseason appearances. The Los Angeles Chargers finished one game away from the playoffs a year ago and have bolstered their own roster this offseason. 

Denver made some huge offseason moves in adding Russell Wilson, D.J. Jones, and Randy Gregory. The Broncos also kept a strong defensive core together, which was their strength throughout last season. Denver will look for their revamped offense to lead them back to the playoffs for the first time since they won the Super Bowl in 2015. 

Denver Broncos 2022-23 betting futures

Super Bowl Odds+1700+1600+1700+1600+1600
Conference Winner Odds+850+850+850+850+850
Division Winner Odds+260+260+270+250+260
Win TotalsOver 10 ½ (+135)Over 10 (-120)Over 10 (-110)Over 10 (-110)Over 10 ½ (+125)

The Broncos are listed at FanDuel and BetRivers at +1700 to win the Super Bowl this season, which has the best value in that category. All five of our partner online sportsbooks in Colorado have Denver listed at +850 to win the AFC Championship next season, which is fourth highest in the AFC.

BetRivers also has the best value on Denver to win the division, with them listed at +270. The Broncos win total varies between 10 to 10 ½ wins. BetRivers and Caesars are both listed at the best over value at -110, while DraftKings has the best value on the under at under 10 for +100.

Denver Broncos 2021-22 season review

The Denver Broncos finished last season with a record of 7-10, which had them sitting in last place of the AFC West. Denver struggled without consistent play at the quarterback position. The Broncos had Teddy Bridgewater start 14 games on the season, going 7-7. Drew Lock started the other 3 games, earning an 0-3 record. 

Denver also struggled heavily in divisional play, going 1-5 in those matchups. The Broncos only divisional win came against the Los Angeles Chargers, who have also improved in the offseason. Despite having a losing record, Denver outscored opponents 335-322. The Broncos had a top 10 defense in points against, yards against and touchdowns against. 

Improved offense

The Broncos offense looks much stronger entering this season with Russell Wilson starting at quarterback. Wilson threw for 3113 yards, 25 touchdowns and 6 interceptions last season, earning his ninth Pro Bowl nod. Wilson will also look to strive as he enters a much stronger offensive team this season.

Denver boasts a strong supporting cast on offense for Russell Wilson to enter. The Broncos have a wide receiver core consisting of Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick and Jerry Jeudy. Sutton and Patrick both had over 700 receiving yards last season despite a weaker passing offense. Jeudy finished just shy of 500 yards in his rookie season. 

The Broncos kept their two heading running game with Melvin Gordon III and Javonte Williams. Gordon rushed for 918 yards with 8 touchdowns last season. Williams added 903 yards and 4 touchdowns in his rookie year. Wilson also adds some scrambling ability to this offense, rushing for 4.3 yards per attempt and 2 touchdowns last season.

Strong defense

Like many Broncos teams in the past few seasons, Denver has built another strong defense. The Broncos added onto that defense this offseason, signing defensive end Randy Gregory from the Dallas Cowboys and Defensive Tackle D.J. Jones from the San Francisco 49ers. These two will join a front seven that already includes Dre’Mont Jones and Bradley Chubb.

Denver’s secondary looks solid as well, despite losing multiple cornerbacks from last season. The Broncos still have Justin Simmons at free safety. He will be joined by Kareem Jackson, who is coming over from the Houston Texans. Patrick Surtain II and Ronald Darby will man the top two cornerback roles as well entering this season.

The Broncos finished last season giving up the third least amount of points to their opponents. Denver finished with 19 turnovers last season and will look to improve on that total. The Broncos only gave up 22 passing touchdowns and 9 rushing touchdowns, which were 5th and 1st in the NFL respectfully.

Don’t buy into the Broncos

Denver is entering this season with a revamped offense and a strong defense, but are in an unfortunate position. The Broncos will go up against arguably the best division in the NFL. While Russell Wilson is a huge improvement on Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater, he has not reached his dominant form the last couple of seasons.

DraftKings Sportsbook at Bally's Black Hawk in Colorado

The Broncos will start out this season with a relatively easy first half of the schedule. It includes teams like the Seahawks, Texans, Jets and Jaguars, who are all expected to finish in the bottom half of the league. Denver’s second half of the season will get much harder though as they play four divisional games along with the Ravens, Cardinals, Rams and Titans.

Sportsbooks have listed Denver’s win total for the 2022-23 campaign at either 10 or 10 ½ wins. The Broncos are with a completely new coaching staff and a quarterback that has not seen his best play the last few seasons. I expect Denver to have some growing pains with some of their young guys as well this season. I like the value on the under for the Broncos win total this season.

Best Bet: Denver Broncos Under 10 Wins

Celebrating the End of 2022 with Free Play and Prizes at Colorado Casinos

Originally published: December 25, 2022

Written by: Kristina Mehaffey

Most Colorado casinos will be hosting promotions on New Year’s Eve. A few promotions are being held on New Year’s Day. For most drawings, contestants must be active players card members and present to win. Additional details for each promotion can be found at the casino’s players card center.

Sky Ute Casino – More than $20,000 in cash prizes

Sky Ute Casino will be ringing in the new year with hot seat drawings. Hourly drawings will take place starting at 2pm on December 31, 2022. Until 11pm, active players will have a chance to win $2,023 in cash. A grand prize drawing will take place at 12:23am on January 1. One player will win a $20,000 cash prize. One entry into the grand prize drawing is gained for every 25 slot points earned.

Ute Mountain Casino – Hot seats, a $9,000 drawing and bingo prizes

Multiple New Year’s Eve promotions are being held at Ute Mountain Casino. Hot seat drawings will take place every 15 minutes from 12:15pm until 1:45pm on December 31. Active slot players have a chance to win $250 up to $522 in cash prizes.

A second drawing will give away $9,000 in prizes. One entry is awarded for every 50 points earned on December 31. Twenty-three times entries can be earned from 4pm until 7pm. Entries may be activated starting at 5pm.

  • 7pm, 9pm, 11pm, 12am – $2,023 cash drawings
  • 8pm, 10pm – $250 free play drawings
  • January 1 at 12:30am – $408 free play drawing

A special “Basket Weave” promotion is available in the bingo room. Prizes range from $400 to $2,023.

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day casino promotions in Black Hawk

Around half of the casinos in Black Hawk are hosting New Year’s Eve promotions. Most are drawings which allow players to earn additional entries. Beginning at 9pm, Bull Durham is hosting a NYE celebration with live music, party favors, cake, champagne and a cash drop.

There were no promotions specifically for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day listed on the websites for Monarch, Red Dolly, Saratoga, Sasquatch and Wild Card Saloon casinos.

Ameristar Black Hawk – Earn up to $1,050 in free play

Ameristar Black Hawk does not have any NYE promotions listed on its website. However, the start of 2023 is being celebrated during the first seven days of January. Players get $25 in free play for every 100 tier points earned. Each day, players can win up to $150 in free play by earning 600 tier points. Free slot play must be activated at a rewards kiosk after earning each 100 tier points.

Bally’s Black Hawk – Hot seat drawings + $25,000 in prizes

There are two New Year’s Eve promotions being held at Bally’s Black Hawk. Hot seat drawings will take place between 11am and 4pm. Every 30 minutes, two active players will be selected to win up to $75. Slot players must be using a valid rewards card to qualify.

The second promotion will be held from 5pm until 10pm. Entries are received through qualifying December promotions, select table game hands and winning jackpots worth at least $1,200. Prizes total $25,000 in value with a $10,000 grand prize.

Gilpin Casino & The Lodge – New Year’s Eve Drawings

New Year’s Eve will be celebrated with drawings at both Gilpin Casino and The Lodge Casino. Each property will have its own drawings between 6pm and 10pm. One entry is gained for every 10 points earned. Additional entries are awarded based on tier level.

  • Ascent – 2x entries
  • Elevation – 3x entries
  • Apex – 4x entries
  • Summit – 5x entries

Additional e-cash prizes are awarded to higher tier winners. Players must be present to win.

  • Ascent – $300 e-cash
  • Elevation – $450 e-cash
  • Apex – $600 e-cash
  • Summit – $750 e-cash
Chance to win $25 in dining credit

Players card members can receive $25 in dining credit for taking a picture in one of three photo locations. 25 winners will be selected from tagged photos. More information can be found at guest services.

Horseshoe Black Hawk – Win up to $2,023 in free slot play

Drawings for up to $2,023 in free slot play with take place at Horseshoe Black Hawk. Drawings begin at 6pm on December 31 and run through 1am on January 1. Players card member receive one free entry. Additional entries are earned for every 10 tier credits on slots and table games, and every 30 tier credits on video poker. Bonus VIP drawings will take place on the hour.

Lady Luck Black Hawk – Free slot play drawings $250 up to $2,023

Lady Luck Black Hawk will also be hosting drawings for free slot play prizes. Drawings take place starting at 6pm on New Year’s Eve and last through 1am on New Year’s Day. Prizes range from $250 up to $750 until 12:30am. At 1am, one player will win $2,023 in free play.

Z Casino – $55,000 in prizes

Drawings will take place to end 2022 and to ring in 2023 at Z Casino and its related casino properties in Central City. Drawings take place at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm and 10pm from December 28 through January 1. Prizes are worth $50 up to $250. On December 31 at 11:45pm, there will be a drawing for $2,023.

On New Year’s Day, drawings take place from 12:15pm until 2pm. Entries are earned between 8am and noon the same day. One entry is awarded for every 23 points earned.

Central City casino New Year’s promotions

There are three casinos in Central City with New Year’s Eve promotions celebrating the end of 2022. Dragon Tiger Casino and Grand Z are holding the same New Year’s Eve promotions as Z Casino in Black Hawk. Dostal Alley, Easy Street and Famous Bonanza do not have any NYE promotions listed on their websites.

Century Casino Central City – $23,000 grand prize at midnight

Hourly drawings will take place at Century Casino in Central City starting at 3pm on New Year’s Eve with a grand prize drawing at midnight. Seven finalists will be drawn. Six will receive $500 in cash and one will win $23,000. Entries can be earned through the Holiday Heights promotion running through the end of December.

Up to $25 in free play is awarded to players on January 1, 2023. The free play is automatically awarded in three increments. After 10 base points, players receive $5. At both 150 and 300 base points, players receive another $10 in free play.

New Year’s promotions at Cripple Creek casinos

Over half of the casinos in Cripple Creek are hosting New Year’s Eve drawings. The websites for Colorado Grande, Double Eagle, Johnny Nolon’s casinos do not have any New Year’s promotions listed.

On December 31, Triple Crown is holding a tiered reward hot seat drawing with $25,000 in free play prizes. Wildwood is also hosting a DJ from 6pm through 1am December 30 and 31. A special breakfast buffet is available at Woody’s for $18.95 on December 31 and January 1 from 7am until 11am.

Bronco Billy’s – $223 hourly drawings + $2,023 in cash

Bronco Billy’s is running promotions for both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Hourly drawings for $223 in free play will be held from noon until 11pm on December 31. At 12:30am, someone will win $2,023 in cash. On January 1, the $223 free play drawings will continue from noon until 6pm.

Century Casino Cripple Creek – $100 hot seats + $2,023 in cash

In Cripple Creek, Century Casino is hosting NYE hot seat drawings between 2pm and 10pm. Active players will be randomly selected every hour to win $100. A $2,023 cash drawing will be held shortly after midnight. Entries can be earned beginning at 8am on December 31. One entry is gained for every 50 base points earned.

Sports betting alternatives available online

While Colorado casinos are hosting a number of New Year’s promotions, sports bettors are left out of these offers. However, many online sportsbooks have bonus offers available to new account holders.

Sign-up and deposit bonuses range from first bet loss rebates to deposit matches. Players who have accepted another welcome bonus or already have an account may not qualify for these offers.

Last Updated on August 27, 2023 by Kristina Mehaffey