Blackjack Guide

Colorado is home to quality blackjack games. We found 111 blackjack tables in the state. All but one casino pays 3:2 on a blackjack, the exception is three tables at Lady Luck. Every double-deck blackjack game in Colorado that we found pays 3:2. 

The information below is from our October 2021 visit to Colorado casinos. It was originally part of our newsletter. You may still support Colorado Advantage by purchasing the newsletter in pdf form, which includes all blackjack, table game and video poker information, as well as maps to each game, for only $2.

A 3:2 payout is the most important player-friendly 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 appreciate that the bet limit was just dropped. Posted maximum bets are often in the thousands now.

See also: Colorado Table Game Guide

Players may only enter during mid-shoe at six-deck tables. It is not permitted at double-deck games at Colorado casinos. 

In Colorado, blackjack variants are in Cripple Creek, with one in Central City. Double Up Blackjack and Spanish 21 are found there. There are no blackjack variants in Black Hawk, at least that we found.

Best Black Hawk blackjack games

Most of the blackjack in Black Hawk is identical. All games hit soft 17. Doubling down on any two cards before and after splitting is allowed. All but three tables that we found 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 October 2021.

Single-deck blackjack

Single-deck blackjack is no longer dealt in Colorado. It was last seen at Golden Gates, now Bally’s Black Hawk West, Casino.

Double-deck blackjack

Five Black Hawk casinos offer double-deck blackjack. All pay 3:2 with the dealer hitting soft 17. The limits were $25 to $1,000 at Lady Luck. It was $25 to $5000 max bet at Horseshoe Casino, formerly Isle. These games allow a double-down before and after splitting on two cards. Aces may be re-split up to four hands.

Bally’s Black Hawk West (formerly Golden Gates) Casino and Monarch allow doubling down before and after splitting at that game and do not allow aces to be re-split. The game was $15 to $500 at Bally’s and $50 to $1,500 at Monarch.

Lodge Casino only allows a double-down before splitting. The limits there are $25 to $1,000.

Six-deck blackjack

Eight Black Hawk casinos deal six-deck blackjack. Blackjack pays 3:2 at most of these tables. The dealer hits soft 17. Doubling down is allowed before and after splitting. Aces may be re-split up to four hands. (Any rules noted in parenthesis differ from these standard ones.)

Below are the minimum bets we found at these tables. The max bet starts at $250 at Saratoga, $500 at Bally’s and Monarch, $2,000 at Isle and runs up to $5,000 at Ameristar. Most maximum bets were $1,000.

$10

  • Bally’s Black Hawk West (formerly Golden Gates) Casino
  • Bally’s Black Hawk North (formerly Mardi Gras) Casino
  • Lady Luck Casino (blackjack pays 6:5)
  • Saratoga (cannot re-split aces)

$15

  • Ameristar
  • Horseshoe (formerly Isle Casino)
  • Lady Luck
  • Lodge Casino
  • Monarch Casino

Central City blackjack

There are three casinos with blackjack in Central City. The tables are at Century Casino, Dragon Tiger and Grand Z. The minimum bet is $5 at Century Casino and $10 and Dragon Tiger and Grand Z. The maximum bet is $300 at Century and $500 at Dragon Tiger and Grand Z.

Six decks are dealt. Blackjack pays 3:2. Players may double down before and after splitting. Aces may be re-split up to four hands. The dealer hits on soft 17.

Century Casino also deals Double Up Blackjack with the same limits as its six-deck blackjack game.

Cripple Creek blackjack

Four Cripple Creek casinos deal blackjack. All have six-deck games. Most are dealt out of a shoe. There are a few shuffle machines.

All six-deck Cripple Creek blackjack games share these rules:

  • Blackjack pays 3:2
  • Dealer hits soft on 17
  • Double down allowed before and after splitting
  • Re-split aces three times to four total hands

The minimum bet before the pandemic was $5 everywhere, with Century Casino going as low as $2 during the week. The games now tend to be $10 at Cripple Creek casinos, though you may find a $5 game during the week. The maximum blackjack bet in Cripple Creek is $500, except at Century ($300) and Wildwood Casino ($1,000).

There are two blackjack variants in Cripple Creek. Bronco Billy’s deals Spanish 21. Brass Ass, Century and Wildwood have Double Up Blackjack. The minimum is $10 for both variants.

Sky Ute Casino

Blackjack at Sky Ute pays 3:2. Dealer stands on soft 17. Doubling down is permitted, but Aces can only be split once.

Ute Mountain Casino

Ute Mountain Casino’s blackjack games have a $5 minimum bet. Blackjack pays 3:2. Doubling down is permitted both before and after splitting. The dealer hits soft 17. 

Last updated: September 5, 2022