Colorado casino and sports betting information
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.
The Colorado sports betting section covers where you will find live sportsbooks in Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek. We also cover sports betting apps.
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.
Colorado voters will return to the polls to decide whether Colorado’s casino towns can remove all wagering and gaming limits. It is on the November 2020 ballot.
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. 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 is the largest of the state’s three casino towns. It is home to several modern resorts and some smaller casinos. All offer large slot and video-poker selections. Most have table games including blackjack, craps and roulette. Some also offer baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker or Ultimate Texas Hold’em. Table games are open in Black Hawk.
Sports betting kiosks are available throughout Black Hawk. Some casinos offer a betting counter and seating area to watch the games.
There are four Colorado poker rooms. Three are in Black Hawk. Six players are seated per table. The main game is spread-limit Texas hold’em.
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 two Central City casinos with table games. These are at Century Casino and Grand Z Casino. Table games in Central City are also open. 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.
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.
Many casinos deal table games in Cripple Creek. Blackjack and roulette are the most common games. Others available include craps, Cajun Stud and Spanish 21.
The only Colorado poker room outside Black Hawk is at Midnight Rose in Cripple Creek. It deals spread-limit Texas hold’em with a couple of hi/lo days of seven-card stud and Omaha.
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 are open limited hours. US Bookmaking is the sports betting partner for Sky Ute Casino. It is currently open for business.
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.