There are four live poker rooms in Colorado casinos. Three are in Black Hawk. These are Ameristar, Golden Gates and Isle Casino. The other is in Midnight Rose in Cripple Creek. The Golden Gates poker room is the only Colorado poker room that deals poker tournaments.
Black Hawk, Colorado
Ameristar poker room (reopened February 11, 2021)
There are 11 tables in the Ameristar poker room. It is open 24 hours a day. All games are cash. There are no tournaments at the Ameristar Black Hawk poker room.
The main games are spread limit Texas Hold’em. The blinds are generally 1/3 or 2/5. The Colorado $100 bet limit is the cap. Raises are permitted based on house rules. 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 four queens or better to lose. The other is a mini bad beat where aces full of fives 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.
The Golden Gates poker room (reopened February 11, 2021)
The Golden Gates poker room is in Black Hawk. It is the only one in Colorado with poker tournaments. There are 17 tables. It opens at 8am daily. It closes at 2am all nights except Saturday, when it closes at 3am.
The main cash games are spread limit Texas Hold’em with a $100 max bet. The blinds are typically 1/3 and 2/5. You may find a different game during peak hours.
Cash game players earn $2 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 $100 in cash. It goes up to $150 at 30 hours and $200 at 40 hours. Three hours of play receives a bus ticket redemption.
Golden Gates poker tournaments (running)
There are three daily poker tournaments at Golden Gates. All are no limit Texas Hold’em. The 10am tournament has a $60 buy-in daily. The noon is $80 Monday through Thursday, $200 on Friday and Sunday, and $300 on Saturday. The 7pm is $60 Sunday through Thursday and $140 on Friday and Saturday.
The Golden Gates poker room is home to the Colorado Poker Championship. It has been a past stop on the Heartland Poker Tour and Mid-States Poker Tour.
Isle Casino (reopened February 19, 2021)
The Isle Casino is home to nine poker tables. It opens daily at 10am. 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 and 2-100 spread limit Texas Hold’em. The blinds are $1 and $2 in each. Cash game rake is capped at $3. There is a jackpot drop that funds Monte Carlo progressive hands.
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.
Midnight Rose (temporarily closed)
The Midnight Rose is in Cripple Creek. It is the only poker room outside Black Hawk in Colorado. It is temporarily closed due to pandemic restrictions. When in operation, it has eight tables. It opens Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 10am. It opens an hour earlier on Saturdays. The poker room closes when the last game breaks.
The main cash games are 2-20 and 2-100 spread limit. The blinds are $1 and $2 in each. A 5/10 seven card stud hi/lo is dealt on Thursdays. There is a 5/10 Omaha hi/lo on Saturdays. Before the closure, Midnight Rose dealt a tournament on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Colorado poker room FAQ
How many poker rooms are there in Colorado?
There are four Colorado poker rooms in casinos.
Where are Colorado poker rooms located?
Three are in Black Hawk. The other is in Cripple Creek.
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?
Spread limit Texas Hold’em is the most popular game. The limits are typically 2-10, 2-20, 2-100 and 5-100.
What is the maximum bet at Colorado poker rooms?
The maximum bet is $100. However, this may be raised in most cases.
Which Colorado casinos deal poker tournaments?
Golden Gates is the only Colorado poker room that currently deals poker tournaments.
Are Colorado poker rooms open?
Yes. Black Hawk poker rooms were permitted to reopen on February 10, 2021. Midnight Rose’s poker room in Cripple Creek is temporarily closed.