Colorado is home to quality blackjack games. We found 111 blackjack tables in the state. All but one table pay 3:2 on a blackjack. The outlier is a 6:5 single deck game. Every two and six-deck blackjack game in Colorado that we found pays 3:2.
A 3:2 payout is the most important rule. However, Colorado casinos go beyond that. Some stand on all 17’s. Most allow aces to be re-split at least once. Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek are ideal destinations for blackjack players due to great rules and low limits. Big players will need to note that the maximum bet in Colorado is $100. A ballot question could change that.
See also: Colorado Table Game Guide
Players may only enter during mid-shoe at six-deck tables. It is not permitted at single or double deck games at Colorado casinos.
The only blackjack variants in Colorado are in Cripple Creek. Double Up Blackjack and Spanish 21 are found there. There are no blackjack variants in Black Hawk or Central City.
Best Black Hawk blackjack games
Most of the blackjack in Black Hawk is identical. All hit soft 17. Double down on any two cards before and after splitting is allowed. All but one table pays 3:2. Aces may be re-split up to four hands in most cases. The list below includes the blackjack games, rules and limits we found in September 2020.
Single deck blackjack
Golden Gates is home to the only single deck blackjack game we found in Colorado. It is also the only 6:5 blackjack game in the state. The minimum bet was $25. Players may double down before and after splitting on two cards. The dealer hits soft 17.
Double deck blackjack
Four Black Hawk casinos offer double deck blackjack. All pay 3:2 with the dealer hitting soft 17. The limits were $15 at Isle Casino and Lady Luck. These games allow double down before and after splitting on two cards. Aces may be re-split up to four hands.
There are two $25 double deck blackjack games. Golden Gates allows double down before and after splitting at that game. Lodge Casino only allows double down before splitting.
Nine Black Hawk casinos deal six-deck blackjack. Blackjack pays 3:2 at all these tables. The dealer hits soft 17. Double down is allowed before and after splitting. Aces may be re-split up to four hands. Any rules in parenthesis are a change from these standard ones.
Below are the minimum bets we found at these tables. This was during pandemic restrictions that reduced the number of seats per table.
- Saratoga (cannot re-split aces)
- Golden Gates
- Mardi Gras
- Z Casino
- Isle Casino
- Lady Luck
- Lodge Casino
- Monarch Casino
Central City blackjack
There are two casinos with blackjack in Central City. The tables are at Century Casino and Grand Z. The minimum bet is $3 at Century Casino and $10 and Grand Z.
Both have the same rules. Six decks are dealt. Blackjack pays 3:2. Players may double down before and after splitting. The dealer stands on all 17’s. This is a rule that favors the player in Central City over Black Hawk.
Cripple Creek blackjack
Cripple Creek table games are scheduled to reopen on February 18, 2021.
Blackjack tables were not open in Cripple creek during our visit due to pandemic restrictions. The minimum bets are historical and may go up due to seating restrictions when tables can reopen.
Four Cripple Creek casinos deal blackjack. All have six-deck games. Wildwood Casino is the only one with double deck. The minimum is $10. Double down before and after splitting. The dealer hits soft 17.
All six-deck Cripple Creek blackjack games share these rules:
- Blackjack pays 3:2
- Double down before and after splitting
- Re-split aces one time to three total hands
The only difference in rules is whether the dealer hits soft 17. The dealer stands on all 17’s at Century Casino. That makes it the best blackjack rules in Cripple Creek. Brass Ass, Bronco Billy’s and Wildwood Casino hit soft 17.
The minimum bet before the pandemic was $5 everywhere, with Century Casino going as low as $2 during the week. The seating restrictions may increase these limits when tables reopen in Cripple Creek.
There are two blackjack variants in Cripple Creek. Bronco Billy’s deals Spanish 21. Brass Ass and Century Casino have Double Up Blackjack. The minimum is $5 at all, though Century Casino may lower it during the week.
Ute Mountain is temporarily closed. When open, its blackjack games have a $5 minimum bet. Blackjack pays 3:2. Double down is permitted before and after splitting. The dealer hits soft 17.