Denver Sports Betting

A look at how Colorado casinos plan to tackle sports betting

By Jackson Wieger, Contributor to

Proposition DD was placed on the ballot to legalize sports betting in Colorado back in November 2019. The bill passed, and sports betting has been in effect in Colorado since May 1.

Due to the unfortunate timing of COVID-19, the arrival of legalized sports betting in Colorado has flown under the radar for many. Although sports betting has been legal in Colorado for over a month, it’s still only limited to online sportsbooks. Draft Kings, Fan Duel and Fox Bet are some of the larger nation-wide companies that are all operating online sportsbooks in Colorado.

The state of Colorado is slowly starting to return to some sense of normalcy since the pandemic, and casinos in Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek have already been granted sports betting licenses.

Various casinos are interested in developing an on-site sportsbook. So far, according to, the Colorado Gaming Control Commission granted licenses to a handful of online, retail, specific vendors, and suppliers for sports betting.

Things are still in their adolescence stage here in Colorado, which means a lot could change within the course of a day. Some Colorado casinos are set to re-open on June 17 after being closed for nearly four months. 

Let’s take a look at some plans of the initial casinos that were granted a sports betting license. 

Century Casinos- Cripple Creek & Blackhawk, CO

Century Casinos announced a partnership with Bet365 out of England for internet sports betting. Century already had been partnered with Circa Sports Colorado LLC since February for online sports betting as well.

Lodge Casino- Blackhawk, CO

The Lodge plans to partner up with SuperBook out of Las Vegas and will feature online betting. There are plans to develop an on-site sportsbook as well.

Gilpin Hotel Casino- Blackhawk, CO

Gilpin plans to partner up with TheScore to open up mobile betting at their location, presumably with the kiosk-style of mobile betting on-site.

Bull Durham Saloon & Casino- Blackhawk, CO

Has obtained an initial license from the gaming commission, so it will most likely open doors to sports betting but have yet to find a mobile platform to partner with due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Red Dolly Casino- Central City, CO

The Red Dolly initially applied and was granted a sports betting license as early as April 2020. Still, according to Alejandro Miguel of Colorado Sharp they don’t have any foreseeable plans for sports betting as it stands right now.

 • Sasquatch Casino- Blackhawk, CO

Plans for on-site kiosks partnered with online sportsbooks yet to be determined.

Monarch Casino- Blackhawk, CO

Is planning to use BetMonarch as a homegrown Colorado sportsbook app and on-site sportsbook location within the Monarch Casino.

Midnight Rose Hotel & Casino- Cripple Creek, CO

BetMGM Sportsbook has partnered with the Midnight Rose to offer an online betting experience with on-site kiosks at the property.


Want to educate yourself before placing a bet? Check out our sports betting guide.

The ultimate sports betting guide from Denver Sports Betting will prepare you for the incoming influx of fresh money now that sports betting is legal statewide. Whether you want to sports bet for fun or become a seasoned professional, this guide will help direct you on the right path. Besides, what’s more fun than winning a bunch of money while also beating all your friends?

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Ryan Garcia June 14, 2020 at 4:11 pm

With sports betting legal in Denver Colorado, I can’t wait to see what all the casinos in BlackHawk do for their sportsbook. Once the NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA are back it’s going to be so fun for sports betting. I’m going to be laying a lot of bets on the Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and Colorado Rockies.

Jackson Wieger June 17, 2020 at 7:45 pm

Should be a good time. Casinos in Cripple Creek, Blackhawk, and Central City will be flooded by locals looking to take action on the Colorado teams like the Denver Broncos, Nuggets, Avalanche, and Rockies.


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