There are five live poker rooms in Colorado casinos. Four are in Black Hawk. These are Ameristar, Golden Gates, Isle Casino and Monarch Casino. There is another at Midnight Rose in Cripple Creek. It reopened in 2022.
All Colorado poker rooms seat up to nine players per table. Bally’s and Horseshoe are the only poker rooms in Colorado that deal tournaments. The other poker rooms in the state only have cash games.
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Black Hawk, Colorado
Ameristar poker room
There are 11 tables in the Ameristar poker room. It is open 24 hours a day. TheAmeristar poker room only deals cash games. It has no tournaments.
The main games are no-limit Texas hold’em. Blinds are generally 1/3 or 2/5. The buy-in for 1/3 is $100 to $400. It is $300 to $1,000 for 2/5. If a 5/10 runs, it is $500 to $2,000. These games have two bad beat jackpots. Rake is timed at games of 5/10 no-limit and higher.
Pot limit Omaha has 1/3/5, 5/5, and 5/10 blinds Omaha during busy hours. The buy-ins are $100-$500, $300 to $2,000, and $500 to uncapped, respectively. The other regular game is a 30/60 fixed-limit Texas hold’em game.
There is a descending bad beat jackpot at Ameristar. Poker players earn $1 an hour in food comps or $0.50 in free play per hour when clocked in with a Penn Play card. Five hours of action in a day receive a reduced hotel rate.
High hands run daily outside of football season. In the fall, football squares replace high hands on Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays.
Bally’s (formerly Golden Gates) poker room
The Bally’s poker room is in Black Hawk. There are 17 tables. It opens at 9am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and closes around 2am, depending on when the last game breaks. It is open 24 hours on all other days.
The main game is 1/3 no-limit Texas hold’em with a $100 to $300 buy-in. The 2/5 game runs at busier times. Its buy-in is $200 to $1,000. A 5/10 no-limit game has a buy-in range of $500 to $2,000.
Bally’s poker room also offers 1/3, 5/5, and 5/10 pot limit games. The buy-ins for those games are $100 to $500 buy-in, $300-$1,000, and $500 to $4,000, respectively.
Cash game players earn $1 an hour in comps. Other promotions include Monte Carlo hand giveaways and hourly bonuses. There is also a descending bad beat jackpot.
Bally’s (formerly Golden Gates) poker tournaments
There are over 20 poker tournaments at the Bally’s Black Hawk poker room. It is also a stop on the Mid-States Poker Tour. Daily tournaments pause during major events like the MSPT.
Horseshoe poker room (formerly Isle Casino)
The Horseshoe in Black Hawk is home to seven poker tables. Its poker room was rebranded as WSOP by the end of the summer of 2022. The property became Horseshoe. It was previously Isle Casino.
The Horseshoe Black Hawk poker room opens at 9am daily. It closes when the last game breaks.
The two usual games at the Horseshoe poker room in Black Hawk are 2/10 spread limit and 1/3 no limit Texas hold’em. The no limit buy-in is $100 to $500. A 2/5 no limit game has a $200 to $1,000 buy-in, while the 4/8 limit with a half kill has a minimum buy-in of $100. The 1-2-10 game has a $60 minimum buy in.
Promotions include a bad beat jackpot. The minimum qualifying hand is quad fours. There are also high hand promotions. Cash game players receive $1.25 in comps when clocked in with their Caesars Rewards card.
There is an $80 no-limit hold’em tournament at 10am on Mondays and Wednesdays. This includes a $10 admin fee. There is an optional $10 dealer add-on.
The Horseshoe Poker room is at the top of the escalators on the second level. It is near the Lady Luck parking elevators and front desk. A bathroom and smoking terrace are within the poker room.
The Monarch poker room opened in May 2021. It has 11 tables. It is open 24 hours a day.
The main games are 1/3 and 2/5 no limit Texas hold’em. The buy-ins are $100 to $500 for 1/3 and $200 to $2000 for 2/5. A regular 1/3 pot limit Omaha game has a $100 minimum buy-in and $500 max. There is often a 30/60 fixed limit and 5/10 no limit Texas hold’em game when it is busy. The 5/10 game has a minimum buy-in of $500. It is uncapped.
If the 10/25 no limit hold’em game gets off the ground, it has a $1,000 minimum buy-in. There is no cap.
There is a bad beat jackpot. High hands run during slower hours. Players receive $1.50 an hour while clocked into a cash game.
The Monarch poker room offers a descending bad beat jackpot. This is for over $60k with quads or better beaten. Monday night high hands allow for players to win $500 from 6pm-8pm and 8pm-10pm. Players are also offered a buffet from 6pm-8pm while playing.
If you play 40 hours in one week, you can earn a free hotel room. The room can be redeemed Monday-Thursday of the following week.
The Monarch poker room also offers a graveyard special from midnight to noon. Every hour, the high hand receives $300, Monday through Friday. The prize doubles if it is a straight flush.
If you play 6 hours a day Monday-Thursday, you can receive a poker hotel room rate of $109.
The Midnight Rose is in Cripple Creek. It is the only Colorado poker room outside Black Hawk. It closed due to pandemic restrictions and reopened in 2022. There are six tables. It opens at 10am on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. It closes at 1:30am on Thursdays and Sundays and 4am on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Midnight Rose poker room only deals cash games. It offers mostly no-limit hold’em. The buy-n for 2/2 games is $100 to $500. When 2/3 runs, the minimum buy-in is $300. It is uncapped. There is an occasional 5/10 fixed limit Omaha hi/lo game.
Colorado poker room FAQ
How many poker rooms are there in Colorado?
There are five Colorado poker rooms.
Where are Colorado poker rooms located?
Four Colorado poker rooms are in Black Hawk. The other is in Cripple Creek.
Are there any poker rooms in Cripple Creek, Colorado?
Yes. The Midnight Rose poker room reopened in 2022.
Are there any poker rooms in Central City, Colorado?
There are no poker rooms in Central City.
What is the main poker game in Colorado?
No limit Texas hold’em is the most popular game.
What is the maximum bet at Colorado poker rooms?
There are no maximum bets in Colorado poker rooms. No-limit games are now legal.
Which Colorado casinos deal poker tournaments?
Bally’s, formerly Golden Gates, and Horseshoe are the only Colorado poker rooms that deal tournaments.
Are Colorado poker rooms open?
Yes. Colorado poker rooms were permitted to reopen on February 10, 2021, and have remained open since.
Last Updated on September 1, 2023 by John Mehaffey