A Guide to Colorado’s Casinos

The state of Colorado experienced massive expansion and development thanks to the gold rush in the mid-1800s, unfortunately, when the gold rush ended, the state struggled. With historic towns and building struggling, the state government needed to do something. Thankfully, this move would improve gambling opportunities in the state for residents and tourists.

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History of Gambling in Colorado

Colorado saw a massive growth explosion during the gold rush, which helped several cities grow and prosper. These included Black Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek. Unfortunately, when the gold rush ended, these cities that had grown so quickly, began to suffer. Historic buildings started to crumble, and things were not looking good for these once proud cities.

In a fortunate turn of events, the state government decided to pass a law that would legalize casinos in these three cities. The hope was the revenue generated by these casinos would help save the cities and grow the economy. The first casino opened its doors in 1991 and offered gamblers a selection of slot machines, live poker, video poker and a small selection of table games. The law only allowed table games that used cards, so while Blackjack was allowed, games like Roulette and Craps were not offered.

Colorado Gold Rush

However, there was an even bigger hurdle of gamblers from Colorado to overcome. The maximum bet allowed in the casinos was just $5, which was considerably smaller than what early online casinos were allowing. Because of the low betting limit and limited selection of games, the casinos were struggling to compete. Fortunately, in 2009, the government allowed casinos to raise the betting limit to $100 and begin operating 24-hours a day.

Top Colorado Casinos

CasinoGamesOther FeaturesContact
Ameristar Casino Black Hawk

Colorado Ameristar Casino Black Hawk

1250+ Slots

40 Table Games

22 Poker Tables

Hotel

Spa

Live Entertainment

Restaurants

Bars

111 Richman Street, Black Hawk, CO 80422

720-946-4000

Double Eagle Hotel & Casino

Colorado Double Eagle Hotel and Casino

500 Slots

Table games

Restaurants

Hotel

 

442 E. Bennett Ave Cripple Creek, CO 80813, 719-689-5000

 

Century Casino

Colorado Century Casino

Slots

Table Games

Hotel

Bars

Restaurants

102 Main Street, Central City, CO 80427

1-303-582-5050

Sky Ute Casino Resort

Colorado Sky Ute Casino Resort

Slots

Table Games

Poker Tables

Hotel Mini Golf

Spa

Restaurants

 

14324 US State Highway 172, North Ignacia, CO 81137 970-563-7777
Isle Casino & Hotel

Colorado Isle Casino

1100 Slots

25 Table Games

9 Poker Tables

Restaurants

Hotel

 

401 Main Street, Black Hawk, CO 80422 1-800-522-4700

Casinos in Colorado

Today, there are around 40 casinos operating in the state of Colorado. The vast majority of these are located in the three historic cities, while there are a few other casinos operating in Native American reservations. This gives the five million residents of the state plenty of choice when choosing their next casino.

Be advised, though; smoking is banned in all of the non-Native American casinos, so if you like to smoke while gambling, the Native American offerings will be a better choice.

Colorado Casinos

Online Gambling in Colorado

At this time, it does not look like the Colorado state government has any plans to legalize online gambling. However, the good news is that Colorado does not have any laws the forbid online gambling either. So, while the government is not regulating online casinos, or licensing them to operate, residents of Colorado can enjoy plenty of online casinos.

Gambling in Colorado – Going Forward

The state government does not seem to have gambling as one of its top priorities at this moment. However, with gambling allowed and the industry doing well, we’d expect to see it continue to grow and be supported. There are regularly new casinos being built in the three cities, and others are constantly being renovated.  With a wide variety of land-based casinos to choose from, as well as a wealth of online casinos, residents of Colorado are well catered for in terms of gambling choices.

Gambling Resources Colorado

Colorado Department of Revenue – Division of Gambling

The state of Colorado is ready to help anyone affected by gambling addiction. The website offers help and information, as well as some self-help guides. Find out more here.

Colorado Gamblers Anonymous

If you or someone you know is struggling with a gambling addiction, Colorado Gamblers Anonymous is available to help. This group provides gambling addicts with free meetings in many parts of the state and can help turn someone’s life around. Click here to learn more.

Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado

This group aims to increase awareness about problem gambling, as well as encourage research and education on the subject of gambling addiction. To find out more, visit their website here.