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Colorado Casino Guide

When it comes to online gambling, Colorado appears to be right in the middle of things. While online casinos and poker haven’t been legalized in the state just yet, online sportsbooks have been. You can also place bets for horse races online. This means there is potential for online casinos in Colorado, but it is still early to tell.

You may not be able to wager at online casinos, but there is a long list of open land-based casinos in the state. Find out about everything casino related in CO, from current laws, venues, history, and more, here in our guide. 

Online Casinos in Colorado 

Although Colorado has a long tradition with some great land-based casinos, it has not legalized online casinos. There appears to be little motion toward legalization at this point. 

Colorado does have a state lottery, which can indicate an openness to other forms of betting.

The nearest state to Colorado with online casinos happens to be Nevada. Nevada offers some great poker through the World Series of Poker (WSOP) website and downloadable app. 

But, you can still register with a legal online casino while you're in Colorado. That means you can get the casino's bonus offers or deposit, and then play whenever you're in states where it's legal.

Land-based Casinos in Colorado

Colorado is home to over 30 land-based casinos that are spread throughout the mountain towns of Black Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek. Black Hawk and Central City are only a mile apart, making it easy to go back and forth between the two. 

There are also two Colorado casinos affiliated with Indian Tribes (which abide by Colorado’s limited gaming rules) in Ignacio and Towaoc.

Since online casinos haven't been legalized in CO yet, players have to head to the closest brick and mortar to legally gamble. There are a lot of advantages to playing at land-based casinos in CO: 

  • Gambling hotspots like Black Hawk and Central City are very close to each other, with multiple casinos located on one street. 
  • Big game selection to choose from. 
  • Some CO casino venues are smaller than others, ensuring visitors have options for both loud and quiet casino atmospheres.

Types of Casinos in Colorado

Black Hawk, Colorado Casinos

The closest Colorado casinos near Denver are about a 40-mile drive. Black Hawk and Central City are two of the most popular Colorado casino towns, and they are neighboring cities that are located one mile apart. The Black Hawk Shuttle Service provides free transportation throughout Black Hawk and Central City.

Most casinos in Black Hawk are small and don't have hotels. Ameristar Black Hawk, Lady Luck Casino, the Lodge Casino at Black Hawk, and the Isle of Capri, are the only Black Hawk casinos with hotel rooms. 

The next closest lodging is about one mile away at the two casinos in Central City: Century City and the Reserve. Another alternative is the Coyote Motel, located on Highway 119 about 1.5 miles from the Black Hawk casi­nos. The Coyote Motel features 23 rooms with private baths.

The Black Hawk and Central City casinos are located one mile apart. The Black Hawk Shuttle Service provides free transportation throughout Black Hawk and Central City.

There are a few bus tour programs operating between the metropolitan Denver area and Black Hawk/Central City casinos. These programs are priced around $15 and usually affiliated with a few casinos that will reimburse a portion of the transportation charge. 

Check the “Weekend” section of the Friday Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News for bus tour ads.

For information on visiting Black Hawk casinos, or general tourism information, call (303) 582-5221, or visit their website at: www.cityofblackhawk.org.

Central City Casinos

The casinos in Central City are located one mile from Black Hawk. The list of casinos in this area is smaller compared to Cripple Creek and Black Hawk and offers a quieter gambling experience. For more information on visiting Central City casinos or general tourism information, call (303) 582-5251 or visit their website at: www.colorado.gov/centralcity

Cripple Creek, Colorado Casinos

There are several casinos in Cripple Creek that have hotels, but most of them are very small. The largest hotel can be found at the Double Eagle Hotel & Casino which has more than 150 rooms, including some suites. 

For more nearby accommodations, there is also a 67-room motel, the Gold King Mountain Inn, which is located 1/8-mile from the casinos and it offers a free shuttle service to the Cripple Creek casinos. For room reservations, call (800) 445-3607.

All casinos in Cripple Creek are open 24 hours and all of them offer the following electronic games: slots, video poker, video blackjack, and video keno. Some Cripple Creek casinos also offer blackjack, poker, let it ride, and three-card poker.

Many Cripple Creek casinos hand out coupons and Fun Books at their doors. Also check the ads in the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Pueblo Chieftain, and the free tourist magazines. 

For more information on Cripple Creek casinos or general tourism in­formation, call (877) 858-4653 or go to www.visitcripplecreek.com

List of Casinos in Colorado

Shown below is a list of casinos in Colorado. Click on a name to see a page of detailed information about that particular casino.

Ameristar Black Hawk

  • 111 Richman St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
  • Phone: 720-946-4000
  • Games available: Poker, slots, table games

Brass Ass Casino

  • 264 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
  • Phone: 719-689-2104
  • Games available: Slots and table games 

Bronco Billy's Casino

  • 233 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
  • Phone: 719-689-2142
  • Games available: Slots and table games

Bull Durham Saloon & Casino

  • 110 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
  • Phone: 303-582-0810
  • Games available: Slots and video poker 

Century Casino & Hotel

  • 102 Main St, Central City, CO 80427
  • Phone: 303-582-5050
  • Games available: Slots and table games

Century Casino Cripple Creek

  • 200 Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO
  • Phone: 719-689-0333
  • Games available: Slots, table games, video poker

Colorado Grande Casino

  • 300 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
  • Phone: 719-689-3517
  • Games available: Slots

Dostal Alley Casino & Microbrewery

  • 116 Main St, Central City, CO 80427
  • Phone: 303-582-1610
  • Games available: Slots

Double Eagle Hotel & Casino  

  • 442 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
  • Phone: 719-689-5000
  • Games available: Slots and table games

Easy Street

  • 120 Main St, Central City, CO 80427
  • Phone: 303-582-5914
  • Games available: Slots

Famous Bonanza

  • 107 Main St, Central City, CO 80427
  • Phone: 303-582-5914
  • Games available: Slots and table games

Gilpin Hotel Casino

  • 111 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
  • Phone: 303-582-1133
  • Games available: Slots, video poker, table games

Golden Gates Casino

  • 261 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
  • Phone: 303-582-1650
  • Games available: Slots, table games, poker

Golden Gulch Casino

  • 321 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
  • Phone: 303-582-5600
  • Games available: Slots and video poker

Golden Mardi Gras Casino

  • 300 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
  • Phone: 303-582-5600
  • Games available: Slots, video poker, table games

Grand Z Casino Hotel

  • 321 Gregory St, Central City, CO 80427
  • Phone: 303-582-0800
  • Games available: Slots, video poker, table games

Isle Casino & Hotel

  • 401 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80427
  • Phone: 800-THE-ISLE
  • Games available: Slots and table games

Johnny Nolons Casino

  • 301 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
  • Phone: 719-689-2080
  • Games available: Slots, video poker, table games

Johnny Z's Casino

  • 132 Lawrence St, Central City, CO 80427
  • Phone: 303-582-5623
  • Games available: Slots, table games, poker

Lady Luck Casino - Black Hawk

  • 340 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
  • Phone: 800-THE-ISLE
  • Games available: Slots, video poker, table games

The Lodge Casino at Black Hawk

  • 240 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
  • Phone: 303-582-1771
  • Games available: Slots, video poker, table games

McGills Hotel & Casino

  • 232 Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
  • Phone: 719-689-2446
  • Games available: Slots

Midnight Rose Hotel & Casino

  • 256 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
  • Phone: 719-689-0303
  • Games available: Slots

Monarch Casino Black Hawk

  • 488 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
  • Phone: 303-582-1000  
  • Games available: Slots, table games, video poker

Red Dolly Casino

  • 530 Gregory St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
  • Phone: 303-582-1100
  • Games available: Slots and video poker 

Saratoga Casino Black Hawk

  • 101 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
  • Phone: 303-582-6100
  • Games available: Slots, table games, video poker

Sasquatch Casino

  • 125 Gregory St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
  • Phone: 720-880-1616
  • Games available: Slots and video poker

Sky Ute Casino & Resort

  • 14826 Highway 172 North, Ignacio, CO 81137
  • Phone: 888- 842-4180
  • Games available: Slots and table games

Ute Mountain Casino Hotel & Resort

  • 3 Weeminuche Drive, Towaoc, CO 81321
  • Phone: 800-258-8007
  • Games available: Slots, video poker, table games, bingo 

Wild Card Saloon & Casino

  • 120 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
  • Phone: 303-582-3412
  • Games available: Slots 

Wildwood Casino At Cripple Creek

  • 119 N Fifth St, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
  • Phone: 719-244-9700
  • Games available: Slots, table games, video poker

Z Casino - Black Hawk

  • 101 Gregory St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
  • Phone: 303-271-2500
  • Games available: Slots and video poker 

Colorado Land-Based Casino Map

You can easily see all casino locations by using our Colorado casinos map. To zoom in, just click the + (plus) sign in the lower right corner of the map, or to zoom out, just click the – (minus) sign in the same area.

To move the map of casinos in Colorado, click and hold down either of your mouse buttons. Then use the hand icon to drag the map in whichever direction you desire.

Each of the red icons on the map is a casino location. Just click on any red icon to see the name of the casino at that location. If you want more information on that casino, simply click again on the casino’s name and it will direct you to another page with detailed information on that particular casino, including address, phone number, toll-free phone number, room rates, casino size, dining information, games offered, availability of discounts for seniors, any special features, and a direct link to that casino’s website.

History of Gambling in Colorado

Gambling has existed in Colorado since the 1800s, where it began as card games being played in saloons. At one point, gambling in CO was even considered to be a professional job. 

Towards the end of the 19th century, a town called Leadville became the state's gambling hotspot. This is where famous gamblers like Doc Holliday and Ben Thomspon spent a lot of their time. A lot of stories have been told over the years of how these men, and others, would show their dissatisfaction after losing money at the table by shooting out lights or at each other. 

Gambling was eventually deemed illegal in the state until 1990. It took one year for CO to pass a bill legalizing casinos.

When CO casinos were initially introduced in 1991 it was limited in that only electronic games (including slots, video poker, video blackjack, and video keno) and the table games of poker, blackjack, let it ride and three-card poker was allowed. Plus, a single wager could not exceed $5.

All that changed, however, on July 2, 2009, when the maximum bet at all Colorado casinos was raised to $100, plus the games of craps and roulette were added to the mix. Additionally, the casinos in Colorado were allowed to stay open for 24 hours, rather than having to be closed between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. 

Colorado Gambling Laws and Regulatory Organizations

There are a few ways you can gamble legally in CO, including going to casinos and participating in the state lottery. The following is a list of all legal forms of gambling available in Colorado:

  • Social wagering
  • Playing in CO casinos
  • Lottery
  • Bingo and raffles
  • Horse racing (must be under the Colorado Division of Racing)

The minimum gambling age at all Colorado casinos is 21, including Indian casinos. Online casinos are strictly prohibited and can result in misdemeanor or felony charges for those caught playing online. 

Most recently online sportsbooks have been legalized in CO, and already almost half a dozen operators have launched a sports betting platform with a lot more on the way. You may also wager on horse races from your mobile or desktop device. 

While more land-based casino have closed than new ones have opened their doors over the last ten years, CO is counting on the sportsbook industry to bring the casino economy back to life. 

The Colorado Division of Gaming

The Colorado Division of Gaming is responsible for monitoring all gaming in the state. These responsibilities include ensuring every casino is operating under a legal license and doing regular random check-ins undercover. They must also test every game before it makes its way to the casino floor which is done in the test labs. 

The CDG is run by the Colorado Department of Revenue. For more information on the CDG, you can visit their site: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/enforcement/gaming

Gambling in Colorado Today

As far as gambling goes in Colorado today, players have a good selection of casinos on land with sports betting online. Since online sports betting is new in the state, it's hard to predict the effects it will have down the road in the market. If things go well, it would make sense for CO to look into legalizing more than just sportsbook online. 

Online poker was last brought up in the state back in 2013, and nothing seems to have changed in terms of progress since then. 

In 2018, CO land-based casinos broke records in the state with the amount of revenue brought in. Black Hawk, Cripple Creek, and Central City brought in a combined total of $842 million. You can read more about recent statistics and revenue from CO casinos, here

Cripple Creek Winners

Over time, a few casinos at Cripple Creek built a reputation of being very lucky for those walking in to play. Cripple Creek reports the highest payouts for casinos in all of CO, with players walking out with hand fulls of cash daily. 

The most recent big wins in Cripple Creek, ranging from $1,000 to $25,000, have taken place at the following casinos: 

  1. Wildwood
  2. Bronco Billy's
  3. Century Casino
  4. The Brass Ass
  5. Midnight Rose 
  6. McGillis

One lucky woman in CO won the biggest casino jackpot in state history right after winning the $1,000,000 Powerball! Read about it here.

Fun Facts

Below are a few fun facts on casino gambling in Colorado you may not have known about. 

Did you know?

There are over 15,000 slot machines in the state of CO. 

Did you know?

The largest casino in CO is Ameristar Casino Resort, with over 1500 games. 

Did you know?

The population in Black Hawk, CO, as of 2018, is 127 people. This means there is a casino for one person to every six people.  

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For more information on visiting casinos in Colorado, or for general tourism information, contact the state’s tourism board at (800) 433-2656 or www.colorado.com.

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