Poker Rooms

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 is the only poker room in Colorado that deals tournaments.

Black Hawk, Colorado

Ameristar poker room

There are 11 tables in the Ameristar poker room. It is open 24 hours a day.

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.

Pot limit Omaha has 1/3/5, 5/5 and 5/10 pot limit Omaha during busy hours. The buy-ins are $100-$500, $300 to $1,000 and $500 to $4,000, respectively. The other regular game is a 30/60 fixed limit Texas hold’em game.

There are two bad beat jackpots at Ameristar. The primary requires quads or better to lose. The other is a mini bad beat where aces full or better qualifies.

Poker players earn $1 an hour in food comps or $0.50 in free play per hour when clocked in with a mychoice card. Four hours of action in a day receives a reduced hotel rate. Five hours of live poker play in a day gets a bus reimbursement.

Ameristar offers a Quad Sevens promotion 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can win up to $400 if you make quad sevens. Ameristar also offers $200,000 Fall Football High Hands. Running every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday through December 15th, 2022. They offer $300 high hands every hour between 9am-12pm, 3pm-6pm, and 9pm-3am. If the High Hand $300 is not hit, it rolls over to the qualifying offer.

Poker players are offered their poker rate for a hotel room if they play 5 hours a day. If a poker player plays 35 hours in a week (Friday-Thursday), they earn a free hotel room.

Bally’s (formerly Golden Gates) poker room

The Bally’s poker room is in Black Hawk. There are 17 tables. It opens at 9am Monday through Thursday and closes around 2am, depending on when the last game breaks. It is open 24 hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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. Players that give 20 hours of qualifying poker action in a week receive $50 in cash. It goes up to $75 at 30 hours and $100 at 40 hours.

Bally’s (formerly Golden Gates) poker tournaments

There are 17 daily poker tournaments every week at Golden Gates. All are no limit Texas hold’em. The 10am tournament has an $80 buy-in daily. A Noon tournament is $200 on Sundays and Fridays and $300 on Saturdays. The 7pm is $80 Monday and Tuesday and $140 on other nights. Bally’s is the only Black Hawk poker room with tournaments.

On October 18, there is a $200 Big O tournament. There is a $1,000 Super Stack no limit hold’em tournament on October 22 and 23.

Horseshoe poker room (formerly Isle Casino)

The Horseshoe in Black Hawk is home to nine poker tables. Its poker room was rebranded as WSOP by the end of the summer in 2022. The property became Horseshoe. It was previously Isle Casino.

The Horseshoe Black Hawk poker room opens at 9am on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. It closes when the last game breaks. The Horseshoe poker room is dark Monday through Wednesday. It currently deals only cash games. Isle Casino had poker tournaments on weekend nights before the pandemic closure but has not brought these back.

The two usual games at the Isle Casino 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. As of October 6, 2022, the qualifying hand was aces full of eights beaten.

The Isle 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.

Monarch

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 $1,500 for 2/5. A regular 1/3 pot limit Omaha game has a $100 minimum buy-in and no cap. 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 buy-in of $500 to $5,000.

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 in to 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.

The Monarch poker room also offers Sunday high hands allowing players to win $500 from 2pm-4pm, 4pm-6pm, 6pm-8pm. This offer goes from September 11th- regular football season. Super Summer Sizzlin Wednesdays are from 6pm-8pm, where players get complimentary buffet-style summer foods.

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.

If you play 6 hours a day Monday-Thursday you can receive a room rate of $109. 

The Monarch also offers graveyard special from 12am- 10 am. Every two hours, the high hand receives $400, Monday- Friday.

Cripple Creek

Midnight Rose

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 eight 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. You may also find a 4/8 fixed limit hold’em game or a 5/10 Omaha hi/lo one during busier hours.

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 with 1/3 blinds 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, is the only Colorado poker room that currently deals poker 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: October 12, 2022