Retail sportsbooks at casinos and mobile betting apps are coming to Colorado courtesy of a law passed in 2019 and approved by voters via statewide referendum.

The first mobile sportsbooks in Colorado launched on May 1st and the first retail sportsbooks followed shortly thereafter.

Limited Gaming Control Commission (LGCC) meetings held in February, March and April of 2020 have issued sports betting licenses, approved regulations and created a list of sports events upon which operators may accept wagers.

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Mobile Sportsbooks in Colorado

Each casino in Colorado may launch a single sports betting app capable of accepting wagers from across the state. Sports fans 21 or older and located within state lines may sign up for accounts, make deposits, place wagers and receive payouts from anywhere in Colorado.

Numerous mobile sportsbooks have launched in Colorado and more are set to follow suit pending final approval.

Mobile sportsbooks that are now live in Colorado:

Other operators that have received licenses:

  • PointsBet
  • BetAmerica
  • Penn Sports Interactive
  • Smarkets
  • Wynn Sports Interactive
  • Digital Gaming Corp.
  • ISI Race & Sports
  • SuperBook USA
  • SportsBetting.com
  • Bet.Works
  • IGT
  • Kambi

Additional operators that have either already confirmed plans to enter Colorado or that are likely to do so include:

  • Bet365
  • Betsson
  • Unibet
  • 888 Sport
  • Caesars Interactive
  • SportsBetting.com
  • Barstool Sportsbook

Retail Colorado Sportsbooks

Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek are home to 32 land-based casinos that hold a total of 33 licenses (one property holds two licenses for a single location). As a result, Colorado can support up to 33 retail sportsbooks at full capacity under current law.

To date, the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission has issued sports betting licenses to 30 casinos. These licenses allow each casino to operate a retail sportsbook on site and to contract with third-party operators for mobile betting.

Mardi Gras Casino Sportsbook

Twin River Worldwide Holdings operates three casinos in Black Hawk and has partnerships in place with two major sports betting providers: DraftKings and FanDuel.

FanDuel and DraftKings have since launched and now offer online betting across Colorado. Additionally, DraftKings operates a retail sportsbook at Mardi Gras Casino.

The DraftKings Sportsbook at Mardi Gras Casino opened in July 2020 and offers betting on a large catalog of professional and college sports.

Address:

300 Main Street
Black Hawk, CO 80422

Ameristar Casino Sportsbook

Ameristar Casino Sportsbook is operated by parent company Penn National Gaming, which has a partnership in place with Barstool Sportsbook for mobile betting.

Address:

111 Richman Street
Black Hawk, CO 80422

Saratoga Casino Sportsbook

Saratoga Casino Sportsbook in Black Hawk is managed by Betfred, which is a UK-based sports betting operator that has been in business since 1967. With no shortage of experience in sports betting, Betfred comes to Colorado with a full betting menu and plush sportsbook setting. Betfred also plans to launch mobile betting in Colorado at some point.

Address:

101 Main Street
Black Hawk, CO 80422

Monarch Casino Sportsbook

Monarch Casino operates a retail sportsbook and mobile betting with technology provided by Stadium Technology Group. The retail sportsbook at Monarch Casino offers generous odds and a robust comp program for customers.

Address:

488 Main Street
Black Hawk, CO 80422

Wildwood Casino Sportsbook

Wildwood Casino operates a retail sportsbook at Woody’s Sports Bar & Grill plus mobile betting via BetWildwood.com in partnership with ISI Race & Sports.

Address:

119 Carbonate Street
Cripple Creek, CO 80813

Johnny Nolon’s Sportsbook

Johnny Nolon’s Casino has a deal in place with Carousel Gaming, an online gaming provider based out of Malta, to offer in-person and mobile betting under the SportsBetting.com banner.

Address:

301 E Bennett Ave
Cripple Creek, CO 80813

Colorado Grande Sportsbook

Colorado Grande operates a retail sportsbook right across the street from Johnny Nolon’s in a historic atmosphere that is emblematic of the Cripple Creek experience.

Address:

300 E Bennett Ave
Cripple Creek, CO 80813

Red Dolly Casino Sportsbook

The Red Dolly Casino offers in-person and mobile sports betting in partnership with Elite Sportsbook. Mobile sports betting commenced in August 2020 and Red Dolly Casino followed with the installation of self-serve betting kiosks throughout the property.

Address:

530 Gregory St.
Black Hawk, CO 80422

Isle Casino Black Hawk Sportsbook

Isle Casino Black Hawk is partnered with William Hill to operate a retail sportsbook and self-serve kiosks. Additionally, William Hill’s larger partnership with Isle Casino parent company Caesars Entertainment extends to statewide mobile betting.

Address:

401 Main St.
Black Hawk, CO 80422

Lady Luck Casino Sportsbook

Lady Luck Casino is also partnered with William Hill to offer a full retail sportsbook plus betting kiosks.

Address:

340 Main St.
Black Hawk, CO 80422

Other Casinos with Sports Betting Licenses

Black Hawk

  • Golden Gates Casino
  • Golden Gulch Casino
  • Bill Durham Casino
  • Gilpin Casino
  • Red Dolly Casino
  • The Lodge Casino
  • Z Casino

Central City

  • Dostal Alley
  • Century Casino & Hotel
  • Easy Street Casino
  • Grand Z Casino Hotel
  • Johnny Z’s Casino
  • The Famous Bonanza Casino

Cripple Creek

  • Double Eagle Casino
  • The Brass Ass
  • McGill’s Casino
  • Midnight Rose
  • Bronco Billy’s
  • Billy’s Casino
  • Christmas Casino
  • Century Casino Cripple Creek
  • Century Casinos Inc.
  • Colorado Grande

Additionally, Sky Ute Casino Resort in Igancio, Colorado is authorized to offer in-person and online betting.

Sports Betting Partnerships and Plans

Numerous casino operators have partnerships in place with name brand online gaming providers. Most of these partnerships include plans to launch online/mobile betting and a retail sportsbook at each casino.

Midnight Rose Sportsbook

Midnight Rose Hotel & Casino is partnered with Roar Digital, parent company of BetMGM, to offer sports betting in Colorado. BetMGM Colorado is now live, but Midnight Rose has not yet detailed what plans it has in place for a retail sportsbook.

Address:

256 Bennett Ave
Cripple Creek, CO 80813

Double Eagle Sportsbook

Cripple Creek’s Double Eagle Hotel & Casino got an early start on sports betting by forming a partnership with PointsBet back in July 2019, well before voters had even approved the new law.

According to a press release, PointsBet will provide Double Eagle with statewide mobile betting and a “multi-faceted sports entertainment venue” consisting of a retail sportsbook, multi-screen video, an odds wall and on-site viewing parties.

PointsBet CO plans to offer traditional sports wagers as well as PointsBetting wagers, which allow customers to bet a specific dollar amount on the margin by which each wager is won or lost.

For example, a PointsBet customer betting on a Broncos vs. Chiefs game could wager $10 per point and win $10 for every point by which the Broncos exceed the spread. If the Broncos were favored by 1 point and actually win by 14 in this example, the bettor would win $130 (13 points over the spread at $10 per point).

Address:

442 E. Bennett Ave
Cripple Creek, CO 80813

Sky Ute Casino Sportsbook

Sky Ute Casino Resort in Ignacio was the state’s first tribal casino to enter the sports betting business. Sky Ute Sportsbook launched in mid-2020 with mobile betting apps available for iOS and Android devices.

Sky Ute Casino is partnered with USBookmaking, a Las Vegas-based sports betting services provider led by longtime gaming executive Vic Salerno.

Address:

14324 Hwy 172 North
Ignacio, Colorado 81137

Century Casino Sportsbook (Cripple Creek and Central City)

Century Casinos Inc., which manages properties in Cripple Creek and Central City, is partnered with Circa Sports LLC to offer mobile sports betting across Colorado. The partnership between Century Casinos and Circa Sports is set for an initial 15-year period.

Century Casinos holds three CO casino licenses in total, which means it still has two slots open to partner with other mobile providers and the ability to launch up to three retail sportsbooks.

Circa Sports is a relatively young sports betting operator that manages retail sportsbooks in Las Vegas and a mobile betting app available across Nevada.

Cripple Creek Address:

200 E Bennett Ave
Cripple Creek, CO 80813

Central City Address:

102 Main St
Central City, CO 80427

The Lodge Casino and Gilpin Casino Sportsbooks

Jacobs Entertainment Inc. (JEI), parent company of The Lodge Casino and Gilpin Casino, has agreements in place with two sports betting operators.

In one agreement, JEI is teaming up with theScore Bet for mobile betting. A JEI press release indicates the agreement is only for mobile betting.

theScore Bet is operated by the same group behind the extremely popular sports news app of the same name. theScore entered the mobile betting business in 2019 after launching in New Jersey and offers users not just a familiar name, but also extensive cross-app integration. For example, theScore users can create betting slips from within the news app, place those wagers through the betting app and then monitor the statuses of those wagers in real time through both apps.

In a second agreement, JEI is partnered with the one and only SuperBook USA out of Las Vegas. SuperBook, which runs the Westgate SuperBook in Vegas, is arguably the most high-profile sportsbook in the world, often cited as the source for odds and home to a gargantuan variety of wagers.

A SuperBook press release states the agreement includes the construction of a retail sportsbook at The Lodge Casino and statewide mobile betting.

The Lodge Casino Address:

240 Main Street
Black Hawk, CO 80422

The Gilpin Casino Address:

111 Main Street
Black Hawk, CO 80422

Bronco Billy’s Sportsbook

Full House Resorts, parent company of Bronco Billy’s Casino in Cripple Creek, has a partnership in place with Churchill Downs Inc to launch a retail sportsbook and mobile betting under the BetAmerica brand.

Full House is also partnered with Smarkets to launch SBK Sportsbook in the CO market. Smarkets operates as a betting exchange in Europe but offers traditional betting under the SBK Brand in Colorado. However, SBK leverages its betting exchange capabilities elsewhere to provide SBK users in the US significantly better odds than the industry average.

Address:

233 E Bennett Ave
Cripple Creek, CO 80813

Address:

488 Main Street
Black Hawk, CO 80422

Dostal Alley Sportsbook

Dostal Alley Casino in Central City is partnered with Swedish online gaming operator Betsson to offer mobile sports betting in Colorado. In a press release, Betsson announced it has reached a 10-year partnership agreement with Dostal Alley to mark its first entrance into the US market.

Address:

116 Main Street
Central City, CO 80427

CO Sports Betting Law Basics

The Colorado sports betting law has set the stage for a vibrant and competitive industry. Licensing fees of $2,000 for casinos wishing to offer sports betting and $1,200 for operators that plan to manage in-person or online betting on behalf of casinos and a 10% tax rate provide low barriers to entry.

Additionally, each Colorado casino may operate one independent retail sportsbook and one mobile betting app. That leaves space for up to 33 retail sportsbooks and 33 mobile sportsbooks. Given the number of available slots and low barriers to entry, it is likely most of the nation’s major online betting operators will make an appearance in Colorado sooner or later.

Licensed CO sportsbooks are authorized to accept wagers on a wide range of sports and leagues. Bets on pro sports, college sports and esports are all legal under Colorado law. The LGCC maintains a list of events on which wagers may be accepted, and the list is extensive with more than 40 sports on offer.

Readers may download this Excel file from the LGCC website to see a full list of sports, leagues and types of wagers that are authorized. For some context, the LGCC has approved more than 400 types of wagers for NFL betting alone. The options run the gamut from betting on the outcome of the game to whether or not a player other than a quarterback will attempt a pass.