Welcome to Colorado Advantage. This site offers information on casino action and sports betting in the state. Our casino reviews cover the video-poker games we found at each casino, the table games being dealt, blackjack rules, players/loyalty club information, live poker, and sports betting.
Colorado casinos have expanded their gambling services several times since being legalized in 1991. The original bet limit was increased by voters from $5 to $100. Craps and roulette were added to the approved list of games. Casinos were permitted to be open 24 hours; they were previously required to close between 2am and 8am before that approval. Legislation that went into effect May 1, 2021 removed the bet limits and the limits on types of live table games permitted.
Most of Colorado’s casinos are located in three towns. Two other casinos are located on tribal land. Black Hawk and Central City are connected. These are the closest casinos to Denver, about one hour’s drive away. Cripple Creek is 110 miles to the south, closer to Colorado Springs.
Colorado Advantage visited these casino towns in September 2020, with a second trip in October 2021. This website covers what we found. It was a fun casino trip in a resort environment. We recommend it and this site covers why we feel that way.
Casino players must be at least 21 years old. Some casinos do not permit minors anywhere on its property, including in hotel rooms and restaurants.
Black Hawk casinos
Black Hawk is the largest of the states’ three casino towns. Varying from smaller casinos to resort properties, all the casinos offer a selection of slots. Most have video poker, electronic table games and deal live table games. Sports betting kiosks area available through Black Hawk. Some casinos offer a betting counter and seating area to watch the games.
14 different table games
dealt across 146 live tables
4 live poker rooms
29 casino dining options
5 casino hotels
Central City casinos
Central City is home to mostly smaller casinos. The main setting is a Wild West downtown. Most Central City casinos are built into historical storefronts and are slots-only, some with many older titles that still drop coins to winners. There are three Central City casinos with table games. These are at Century Casino, Dragon Tiger (formerly Johnny Z’s) and Grand Z Casino. There are no live poker rooms or sportsbooks in Central City. Sports betting kiosks are available throughout the town. All casinos have bar areas for viewing sports.
5 different table games
dealt across 15 live tables
no live poker
9 casino dining options
2 casino hotels
Cripple Creek casinos
Cripple Creek is a small casino town about one hour west of Colorado Springs. The town offers a good mix of moderate-sized casinos and small slot parlors. Sports betting kiosks are available throughout Cripple Creek. Wildwood Casino hosts a sports bar with betting that is an ideal place in town to watch a game.
11 different table games
dealt across 36 live tables
1 live poker room
13 casino dining options
6 casino hotels
Colorado tribal casinos
There are two tribal casinos in Colorado. Both are in the southwest part of the state. Ute Mountain Casino and Sky Ute Casino offer 5 different table games across approximately 15 live tables. Bingo is available at Ute Mountain. Sky Ute’s Bingo room has not reopened. Mobile sports betting is available through both properties. Hotel rooms and RV spaces are available for overnight guests.
Our Colorado Blackjack Survey covers the five blackjack games that we found in Colorado’s casinos.
Blackjack games dealt include double deck and six-deck blackjack. Double Up Blackjack and Spanish 21 are the blackjack variants available.
The information includes the expected minimum bet, double down rules, blackjack payout and if surrender is available. For all games, the dealer hits on soft 17.
There are 14 non-blackjack table games dealt at Colorado’s casinos.
We list all of them in our Colorado Table Game Survey.
The data includes the expected minimum bet for the table and any relevant rules, like the type of pai gow poker game dealt and craps odds.
Only four casinos in Colorado have a poker room. All are located in Black Hawk.
Our Colorado poker room section covers the types of cash games dealt, including permitted buy-ins, tournament information, the number of players seated per table, and the current promotions offered by each of the four poker rooms.
Colorado sports betting
The Colorado sportsbook section covers where you will find sports betting in Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek. We also cover online sportsbook apps. Most have new player offers like free bets and bonuses.
Professional and college sports are available at Colorado retail and online sportsbooks. This includes games involving the Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rockies, Denver Nuggets, Denver Broncos, Colorado Buffaloes and the Colorado State Rams. Prop bets are not available on college games under state law.
Players clubs found at Colorado casinos
- Bally’s Rewards
- Bally’s Black Hawk
- Caesars Rewards
- Isle Casino
- Lady Luck Casino
- Club Wild
- Wildwood Casino
- Club Z/Dragon Tiger players club
- Dragon Tiger (Johnny Z’s)
- Grand Z Casino
- Z Casino
- Johnny Nolon’s Players Club
- Johnny Nolon’s Casino
- Maggie’s Club
- Colorado Grande
- Mile High Rewards
- Bronco Billy’s
- Monarch Rewards
- Monarch Casino
- Mountain Rewards Club
- Ute Mountain Casino
- Players Extra Club
- Saratoga Casino
- Red Dolly players club
- Red Dolly Casino
- Players Club
- Easy Street Casino
- Famous Bonanza
- Premier Club
- Double Eagle Casino
- Sasquatch/Wild Card players club
- Sasquatch Casino
- Wild Card Saloon
- Sharp Shooter
- Bull Durham Saloon
- Sky Ute Players Club
- Sky Ute Casino
- Triple Play Club
- Brass Ass
- Midnight Rose
- Winners Club
- Gilpin Casino
- Lodge Casino
- Winners’ Zone
- Century Casino Central City
- Century Casino Cripple Creek
Colorado dining guide
During our visits to Colorado casinos, we created casino dining guides for Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek. Each covers the restaurants inside Colorado casinos. Listings include type of food served, hours open and whether minors are permitted to dine.
Colorado Casino FAQ
Are there casinos in Colorado?
Yes. There are casinos in Black Hawk, Central City, Cripple Creek, and on the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Reservations.
What is the minimum age at Colorado casinos?
Players must be at least 21 years old. At some properties, this includes all amenities, like lodging and dining.
How long is the drive from Denver to Black Hawk and Central City?
It takes about one hour to drive to these cities.
How long is the drive from Denver to Cripple Creek?
This drive takes a little over two hours.
How long is the drive between Black Hawk and Cripple Creek?
It takes 2.5 to 3 hours to drive between these cities.
What is the Colorado casino bet limit?
As of May 1, 2021, bet limits are up to the individual casinos.
Are craps and roulette legal at Colorado casinos?
Yes. Most casinos with tables have these games.
Is baccarat legal at Colorado casinos?
Yes. It was permitted as of May 1, 2021.
Are Colorado casinos open 24 hours a day?
Yes. Colorado casinos may choose to be open 24 hours a day.
Do Colorado casinos serve free drinks?
Yes. All the casinos Colorado Advantage visited offered free drinks to players.
Can alcohol be served 24 hours a day at Colorado casinos?
Yes. However, there may be restrictions due to the pandemic.
Are table games in Black Hawk open?
Yes. Table games reopened in Black Hawk on February 10, 2021.
Are table games open in Central City?
Yes. Central City table games reopened on February 11, 2021.
Are table games open in Cripple Creek?
Yes. Table games in Cripple Creek reopened on February 18, 2021.