Colorado Sports Betting – Where To Play & 2020 Promo Codes

Residents of the great state of Colorado voted in a ballot referendum to approve legal sports betting in late 2019 and in an extremely close vote, Proposition DD was approved, which has opened the door to legal sports betting in Colorado.

Just six months later, we saw DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, and BetRivers go live on May 1, 2020, with many more sites to come. This page will cover all aspects of legal Colorado sports betting and the best sportsbooks available.

Best Colorado sportsbook site & apps

Rank
Casino
Offers
Features
1

$250 Bonus

Only 1x Wager Applies

  • Easy to Clear, Generous Bonus
  • Simple Withdrawals, Deposits
  • Unmatched Loyalty Program
  • Excellent Teaser Pricing
2

Up to $1,000 Bonus

21+ Eligibility restrictions apply. See website for details.

  • Loaded Promotional Schedule
  • Tons of Player Props
  • Best Teaser Pricing
  • Up-to-the-Second Live Betting
3

$1000 in Bonuses

  • $500 Risk-Free + $500 Match
  • PayPal Deposits, Withdrawals
  • Offers Custom Bets
  • Backed by FOX Sports

All mobile/online sportsbook sites in Colorado

Below is a list of online sportsbooks where you can bet on sports right now, and their retail casino partners.

SportsbookBonusCasino partnerTech providerLaunch date
FanDuel
Get BonusGolden Gates Casino/Mardi Gras CasinoIGT/GAN 5/1/2020
DraftKingsGet BonusGolden Gates Casino/Mardi Gras CasinoKambi (SB Tech in future)5/1/2020
BetMGMGet BonusMidnight Rose CasinoGVC5/1/2020
BetRiversGet BonusJP McGill's Hotel & CasinoKambi5/1/2020
FOX BetGet BonusLady Luck CasinoStars Group5/19/2020
PointsBet USADouble Eagle Hotel & CasinoPointsBetTBD
SmarketsBronco Billy’s Casino
SmarketsTBD
Wynn SportsBronco Billy’s Casino
MiomniTBD
BetAmericaBronco Billy’s Casino
SBTechTBD
bet365Century Casinobet365TBD
theScoreThe Lodge Casino at BH
Bet.WorksTBD
BetfredSaratoga Casino
PlaytechTBD
William HillLady Luck, Isle Of Capri CasinoWilliam HillTBD
Circa SportsCentury Casino Stadium TechnologyTBD
ISI Race & Sports (ISI) Wildwood CasinoAmelcoTBD
SuperBook USAThe Lodge Casino at BHStadium techTBD
Digital GamingN/AN/ATBD
BetWildwoodWildwood Casino in Cripple CreekISI Race & Sports (ISI) TBD
Penn National/Barstool Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black HawkPenn Interactive SportsTBD
BetMonarchMonarch Casino Resort SpaStadiumTBD

Live CO online sportsbook sites

BetMGM

  • Retail Partner: Not announced
  • What they’re saying: “We look forward to offering Colorado sports fans the excitement and ease of betting with BetMGM,” CEO of Roar Digital Adam Greenblatt told Sports Handle via e-mail. “With a limited sports schedule currently, it’s the perfect time for new customers to learn how to use our feature-rich sports wagering product, ahead of the return of US sports.”

BetRivers

  • Partner: Triple Crown Casino
  • What they’re saying: “BetRivers.com will offer bets on any sports worldwide that are currently playing, as well as future bets on all major US sports, including NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL,” a representative from Rush Street Interactive told Sports Handle. “The May 9 UFC event will be a major headliner during the first week of action. As soon as any league resumes play, bets on those games will be available to Colorado players. As of right now the catalogue consists of Korean baseball, Taiwanese basketball, Russian Icehockey, Russian and Ukrainian table tennis (ping pong), English Darts, The International Tennis Tour, Golf, Soccer from around the world and futures on all American sports as mentioned above.”

DraftKings Sportsbook

  • Retail Partners: Golden Mardi Gras Casino and Golden Gulch Casino
  • What they’re saying: “As of now we are on track and look forward to providing Coloradans with our mobile and online Sportsbook on May 1,” a DraftKings spokesman told Sports Handle earlier this month.

FanDuel Sportsbook

  • Retail Partners: Twin River and Golden Gates Casino
  • What they’re saying: “The plan prior to COVID-19 was May 1 being the day that a lot of operators had circled on their calendars,” FanDuel’s Chief Marketing Office Mike Raffensperger told Centennial Bets earlier this week. “That remains the date that we plan on. The timing of our launch plans haven’t changed. I think we recognize that we’re launching at a time with limited sports content available … We’ve done things like securing more streaming rights for the sports that are on, things like table tennis and Eastern European soccer, or darts, where you can watch those events right within the sportsbook while you bet them. We have leaned into that.”

FOX Bet

  • Retail Partner: TBA
  • What they’re saying: FOX Bet’s entry into the Colorado market arrives roughly a year after its “first-of-a-kind,” media and sports wagering partnership with The Stars Group (TSG). In May 2020 TSG shareholders approved a subsequent proposed merger with Flutter Entertainment, the parent company of FanDuel. While the FOX Bet sports betting app didn’t officially launch in Colorado until May 19, 2020, Fox Bet Super 6, the company’s free to play pick’em contest, has been live statewide since September ’19. Since the launch of Super 6, the app has received more than 1.4 million downloads across the country. Former Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe often provides recommendations for picks on the Super 6 app.

Projected launches

Barstool/Penn National

  • Retail Partner: Ameristar Black Hawk
  • Planned launch date: Third quarter 2020
  • What they’re saying: “Our unparalleled distribution network will also help power the launch of our Barstool-branded mobile sports betting product in the third quarter of this year, as our product development team has remained fully engaged and focused on delivering a best-in-class product on time and on budget,” Penn National CEO Jay Snowden shared with stakeholders in an April 20 letter. “We expect our digital businesses to deliver meaningful revenue and profit contributions in 2021 and beyond.  … In short, our long-term strategic position remains unchanged and intact.”

BetMonarch

  • Retail Partner: Monarch Casino Resort Spa
  • Planned launch date: May 8
  • What they’re saying: BetMonarch plans to launch a new app May 8 in time for the highly anticipated UFC event, one evening later. Developed by Miomni Gaming, the app will be very similar to Monarch’s sister resort, Atlantis in Reno, a company representative told Sports Handle. Monarch will offer a $1 minimum on bets placed on the app, along with a $5 minimum on wagers inside the retail sportsbook in Black Hawk. “We have operated our own sportsbook at our Nevada resort for years,” Monarch COO David Farahi said in a company statement. “We will give sports bettors the best product and the best guest service with our sports betting app, just as we aspire to do in every other part of our resort.”

BetWildwood

  • Retail Partner: Wildwood Casino
  • Planned launch date: Late May
  • What they’re saying: According to the Denver Post, Wildwood’s Director of Marketing Andrew Jones said the app is in beta testing, and the company is aiming to launch its platform in the next few weeks.

PointsBet

  • Retail Partner: Double Eagle Hotel and Casino
  • Planned launch date: Summer 2020
  • What they’re saying: “We’re not going to launch on May 1, but we won’t be far behind,” CEO Sam Swanell said during an investor call earlier this month. PointsBet is live in Indiana, Iowa and New Jersey, and is also licensed online Illinois but has not launched there yet.

Smarkets

  • Retail Partner: Bronco Billy’s Casino (Full House Resorts)
  • Planned launch date: Late May/Early June
  • What they’re saying:  “Launching in America is a landmark moment for us, and we’re really excited for users in Colorado to experience SBK’s class-leading prices and technology through our sportsbook app, SBK,” Smarkets PR Manager Pascal Lemesre told Sports Handle via e-mail this week. “Of course it’s a difficult time for the industry at the moment with few major sports on, but this is just the first step of our journey in the States and we expect sports to gradually start returning in the near future.” Smarkets is a UK-based company and Colorado will be its first U.S. market.

SuperBook

  • Retail Partner: Lodge Casino
  • Planned launch date: Summer 2020
  • What they’re saying: A SuperBook spokesperson said the original launch date of May 1 was pushed back due to the coronavirus crisis, and it won’t be launching its mobile app “until a later date to be determined in the near future. We’re playing it day by day.” Colorado is SuperBook’s first foray outside of Nevada.

William Hill

  • Retail Partners: Lady Luck Casino and Isle Casino
  • Planned launch date: June 2020
  • What they’re saying: William Hill got its license application approved in early April, but won’t be in the first batch of mobile operators to go live. William Hill currently operates mobile and/or retail sportsbooks in eight U.S. states.

Licensed, but plans not set

Bet America

  • Retail Partner: Bronco Billy’s Casino (Full House Resorts)
  • Planned launch date: TBA
  • What they’re saying: “We believe our innovative, state-of-the-art products and deep experience as the leader in online horseracing wagering enable us to introduce a premier sports betting platform in Indiana,” said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of BetAmerica sportsbook partner Churchill Downs said in a press release in September 2019. “We look forward to the opportunity to provide our BetAmerica Sportsbook to the residents of Colorado in the future as well.”

Betfred

  • Retail Partner: Saratoga Casino
  • Planned launch date: Fall 2020
  • What they’re saying: While Betfred continues to make steady progress on the construction of a retail sportsbook, it could still be a few months before the company launches its mobile app in Colorado. There are strong indications that Governor Jared Polis will not lift an order allowing casinos to reopen until the start of June, at the earliest.

“We’re sort of at the mercy of what the governor wants to do,” Betfred USA Sports Chief Operating Officer Bryan Bennett told Sports Handle. “If the casinos were allowed to open in May, our retail book would open in May as originally planned.”

Bennett anticipates that the rollout for Betfred’s mobile app in Colorado will take a little longer. “We’re bullish that we’ll be ready by football season, assuming a football season happens,” he added. Betfred is a UK-based company that opened its first U.S. sportsbook in Iowa earlier this year.

Circa Sports

  • Retail Partner: Century Casino
  • Planned launch date: TBA
  • What they’re saying: “The Colorado market is a perfect launching point for Circa Sports’ non-Nevada ambitions, specifically because of remote registration,” Circa Sports Strategic Operations Manager Mike Van Ermen told Centennial Bets. “Remote registration is a great equalizer; customers can make decisions based on the value and product offered by the sportsbook, not just based on which book is closest to them. In this regard, we think we have a tremendous advantage.”

Digital Gaming

  • Retail Partner: TBA
  • Planned launch date: TBA
  • What they’re saying: “Digital Gaming Corporation USA is thankful for the opportunity to participate in the Colorado online gaming market, and we will continue working with the state’s gaming regulators moving forward,” spokesman Keith Furlong shared with Sports Handle via e-mail. “We are looking forward to the upcoming opportunities in Colorado as well as other gaming markets throughout the U.S.”

theScore

  • Retail Partner: Lodge Casino
  • Planned launch date: TBA
  • What they’re saying: “We can’t wait to introduce theScore Bet to fans in Colorado later this year. We’ve already seen exciting early momentum from our mobile sportsbook in our launch state of New Jersey,” theScore CEO John Levy was quoted as saying by SBC Americas in March.

Wynn

  • Retail Partner: Bronco Billy’s Casino (Full House Resorts)
  • Planned launch date: TBA
  • What they’re saying: “We are excited to partner with Wynn Resorts, allowing them to conduct mobile sports wagering throughout Indiana and Colorado,” said Daniel R. Lee, President and Chief Executive Officer of Full House Resorts in a press release last October. “Wynn Resorts is renowned for its unparalleled focus on guest service and as the premier operator in the gaming industry. We are thrilled to see them bring their unique vision to the online space, beginning with the residents of — and many visitors to — Indiana and Colorado.”

More on Colorado partnerships

With more than 30 retail casinos in Colorado, there will be no shortage of partnership opportunities in the state.

Two of the biggest names in US online sportsbetting, FanDuel and DraftKings, have inked deals with Twin River World Holdings.The terms of the deal for both growing sports betting brands were not disclosed. Regardless of the terms, FanDuel and DraftKings continue to strengthen their sports betting reach especially in the western part of the country.  

Twin River Worldwide Holdings owns Golden Gates Casino (Black Hawk), Golden Gulch Casino (Black Hawk) and Mardi Gras Casino (Black Hawk). Twin River has three total skins because they own three separate properties and each property gets one skin. Twin River technically still has one available online skin for another mobile sports betting company. DraftKings will be building and branding the retail sportsbook at the Mardi Gras Casino.

BetMGM, who is also live in New Jersey, went live on May 1, 2020 via a partnership with Midnight Rose Casino in Cripple Creek and BetRivers went live on the same day after partnering with JP McGills Hotel and Casino. When PointsBet does go live, it will be via a deal with Double Eagle Hotel and Casino.

TheScore also announced a deal with Jacobs Entertainment. Inc. The deal is for 10 years and gives Jacobs Entertainment. Inc. a percentage of sports betting revenue. TheScore is now available in New Jersey, and with the expansion into Colorado, should help the company gain better footing in the sports betting space. Another big name in US sports betting, SuperBook USA will also be partnering with Jacobs Entertainment, but the details of that partnership have not been disclosed.

When William Hill goes live, it will be via a partnership with Lady Luck Casino, and they will be operating both Lady Luck and Isle of Capri retail casino sportsbook. Another big name in US sports betting, SuperBook USA will also enter the Colorado market, after announcing a partnership with the Lodge Casino in Black Hawk in April 2020. When SuperBook goes live, it will mark the company’s first foray outside of Nevada.

Betfred has secured a partnership with Saratoga Casino Black Hawk to operate a retail and online sportsbook at Saratoga Casino in Black Hawk. Betfred is a British company that has ventured into sports betting in the U.S. and should be live in four states by the end of 2020, including Iowa.

Colorado sports betting, a brief timeline

  • 2008: Colorado passes initiative 50, which allows for 24/7 casino gaming in Central City, Cripple Creek and Black Hawk.
  • April 2019: House majority leader Alec Garnet introduces HB 1327, a bill that would allow for legal and regulated sports betting in Colorado.
  • May 2019: Governor Polis signs HB 1327 into law, but needs to be put up for a referendum vote on the November elections.
  • November 2019: Colorado voters vote on Proposition DD, and YES wins by less than a 1% margin.
  • May 2020: FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM and BetRivers all launch their online sportsbooks, officially adding Colorado to the list of states that offer legal and regulated online sports betting.

The actual bill that created the framework for CO sports betting, HB19-1327, restricts sports betting to casinos already licensed. The vast majority of the state’s 33 casinos are located in the cities of Black Hawk, Cripple Creek and Central City. The approved bill allows the licensed casinos to offer brick-and-mortar sportsbooks, but more importantly, mobile and online sportsbooks, which is now available for use statewide, as in Indiana, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Colorado casinos pay a 10% tax fee on gross sports wagering revenue, which is in the middle-lower range of tax rates across the U.S.  A large majority of the money collected from sports betting goes towards multiple projects agreed by the state to help with the future growth of Colorado such as the Colorado Water Plan. 

Colorado brick-and-mortar sportsbooks

Below you will find a list of Colorado casinos and their home cities in alphabetical order that already have, or will be seeking, a sports betting license.

These casinos may partner with one company to build out and brand its brick-and-mortar sportsbook, and another company for its online/mobile sportsbook, if it desires.

While there aren’t currently any active brick-and-mortar books in the state, partially due to the covid-19 pandemic, the first ones are expected to open in 2020, once social distancing rules are relaxed.

Does Black Hawk have sports betting? You bet

  • Ameristar Casino Black Hawk
  • Bull Durham Saloon and Casino
  • BullWhackers Casino
  • Canyon Casino
  • Fitzgeralds Casino
  • Isle of Capri Casino and Hotel
  • Lady Luck Casino and Hotel
  • Lodge Casino
  • Red Dolly Casino
  • Riviera Black Hawk Casino
  • Sasquatch Casino
  • Silver Hawk Saloon & Casino
  • Red Dolly Casino
  • Riviera Black Hawk Casino
  • Sasquatch Casino
  • Silver Hawk Saloon & Casino
  • The Wild Card Saloon & Casino
  • Z Casino – Black Hawk

Cripple Creek

  • Black Diamond Casino and Salon
  • Brass Ass Casino of Cripple Creek
  • Colorado Grande Casino
  • Creeker’s Gaming Hall
  • Gold Rush Hotel
  • Imperial Casino
  • J.P. McGills Hotel & Casino
  • Johnny Nolon’s Casino
  • Midnight Rose Hotel & Casino
  • Uncle Sam’s Casino
  • Wildwood Casino

Central City

  • Century Casino
  • Famous Bonanza
  • Teller House

Other

  • Sky Ute Lodge and Casino – Ignacio
  • Ute Mountain Casino Hotel & Resort – Towaoc

Banking options

One of the biggest upsides of legal and regulated online sports betting is how easy and secure it is to get money on and off the sites. The majority of the most convenient — and safe– deposit and withdrawal options will be available, which is a sigh of relief for anyone who may have been using offshore sportsbooks operating illegally in the U.S. These methods include:

  • PayPal
  • ACH/eCheck
  • Online banking (log into your banking account through the portal)
  • Check
  • Cash at the casino cages
  • Site-specific prepaid debit cards
  • Skrill

FAQ about Colorado sports betting

How old do you have to be to bet on sports in Colorado?

You have to be 21 years of age to place a sports wager.

Is there mobile sports betting in Colorado?

Yes! FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM and BetRivers went live May 2020. Other books will follow and definitely offer betting via mobile devices.

Do I need to be in Colorado to bet real-money on sports

Yes. You will need to be within the state to make a legal wager.

Do I need to be a state resident in Colorado to bet on sports?

No. If you are 21 or older, and inside the state at the time you bet, it is legal to make a sports wager.

What types of bets are available?

Single game bets, moneyline, totals, parlays, teasers, game props, player prop bets (professional sports only). Pretty much the full menu as seen at other legal sportsbooks in other states.

Can I bet on local professional and college teams?

You can to bet on all in-state professional sports teams and local universities. However you are not allowed to make prop bets on college games.

What sports or events can I bet on?

All professional sports including MLB, NFL, NBA, NFL, soccer, golf, boxing, MMA, motorsports, Olympics and most college sports. Each sportsbook can create their own list of eligible sports which is important to keep in mind. Some might offer more options than others. No eSports betting.

What are the taxes and licensing fees on sports betting?

For companies/sportsbook operators to qualify for a license, they are required to pay a non-refundable $10,000 fee and then a $125,000 licensing fee for a two year period. Each year, each casino will need to pay a 10% tax to the state on gross gaming revenue.

Colorado sports betting journey

In 1991, Colorado legalized casino gambling but the state has always had limited gaming options with low maximum wagers. The limited style gaming options only allowed gambling on poker, craps, roulette, slot machines and blackjack, and all online options were banned. The maximum wager allowed was $100.

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in May 2018 that overturned PASPA, which had prohibited states from offering legal sports betting, Colorado began to look into the process of bringing sports betting to the state.

In May of 2019, the state Legislature sent the sports betting bill HB 19-1327 to the governor for his signature. It then went to vote and was approved by the residents of Colorado in November of last year. 

There is not a limit to bet sizes for sports wagering, but the $100 maximum fee for casino games is still in place. Sportsbook operators can set their own limits. This new change in wager size and with a new mobile option makes for a positive change for casinos and their new sports betting clients.

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