Colorado Gambling News

The latest on Colorado online gambling, sports betting, lottery, and more.

It’s official: Legal sports betting has arrived in Colorado. Several sportsbooks got the green light on May 1, 2020.

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The Colorado sports betting bill, H 1327, passed the Senate by a vote of 27-8 on May 3, 2019 before being signed by Gov. Jared Polis. From there, it needed to pass a voter referendum. Proposition DD narrowly passed on Nov. 5, 2019.

With that, retail and online sports betting were approved for the Centennial State.

Unlike most other US states that have installed legalized sports betting, Colorado will start with mobile sports betting and allow users to register from the comfort of their couches. Approved retail locations will also be able to take bets when they are allowed to open their doors. Casinos in the state have been closed due to the COVID-19 situation.

Residents and visitors to Colorado will soon be able to place in-person wagers at casinos in the three remote mountain towns of Black HawkCentral City, and Cripple Creek. State-wide online betting will also be available through those brick-and-mortar locations that obtain the appropriate internet sports betting license and find an online partner.

The wagering options for Coloradans are plentiful, helped along by a rather operator-friendly 10% tax on revenue, which is earmarked for water conservation projects in the state.

CO Sports Betting Update

Updated: May 27, 2020

Colorado sports bettors had their first chance to wager on an event that involved Peyton Manning this past Sunday.

The former Denver Broncos quarterback paired with Tiger Woods in “The Match 2” to raise money for COVID-19 relief. Manning and Woods defeated the team of Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson.

The NHL also took its first steps to return teams to the ice with a return-to-play-plan. The Colorado Avalanche have qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs under the proposal and have great odds to win the Stanley Cup.

There’s also another UFC event this Saturday for Colorado sports fans to bet on — Woodley vs Burns.

Online Sports Betting

Sports betting is now legal in Colorado, with several online sportsbooks having started taking wagers on May 1, 2020.

More sportsbooks are expected to launch apps throughout 2020 and brick-and-mortar books will also be allowing for sports betting in the Centennial State.

The Colorado state legislature initially approved a sports betting bill in the spring of 2019 and Colorado voters made legal sports wagering a reality in November of 2019.

Online Lottery

Online lottery play is not offered inside Colorado. Though the Colorado Lottery does maintain a mobile app, the software only serves as an informational tool.

It is possible to purchase tickets for drawings in advance, using the state’s Advance Play option for Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto, and Cash 5. However, these purchases must occur through lottery terminals at retail lottery vendors.

Fantasy Sports

Colorado is one of a growing number of states to have fully legalized daily fantasy sports play. In fact, it was the fifth state to do so, approving legislation back in 2016.

The legal situation is unusually generous to smaller-sized operators who would like to offer DFS play. The law only requires sites with greater than 7,500 users to apply for licenses; every other site can simply get started.

Nevertheless, every major DFS site is active in Colorado. DraftKings, FanDuel, Yahoo!, and Fantasy Draft all accept wagering from the Centennial State.

Horse Betting

Colorado does permit its inhabitants to take part in online horse betting. Coloradans are eligible for accounts at major sites like TVG and BetAmerica.

Colorado is also home to one live racing venue, Arapahoe Park, which offers both live and simulcast wagering. Players in the state can also take advantage of 12 off-track betting parlors throughout the state.

Casino Games

Colorado is home to more than 40 casinos with the majority of them being in Cripple Creek or Blackhawk.

Online casinos remain prohibited in Colorado. Colorado residents and visitors who wish to play should visit Chumba Casino or Luckyland Slots.

Both sites use a sweepstakes model that allows them to offer their games. It is not necessary to purchase in order to win on these sites.

Poker Rooms

There are currently four poker rooms in Colorado, which you can find in Colorado Springs, Denver & Black Hawk, and Greater Colorado.

Online poker in Colorado is in the same category as online casinos. For right now, there aren’t any legal options in the state.

Unfortunately, that situation is unlikely to change anytime soon, as Colorado has proved hesitant to move forward on online gaming expansions. While the state’s eyes remain focused on sports betting, there won’t be much movement for the poker community.

Colorado Gambling FAQ

Can I play online casino games for real money in Colorado?

No. There aren’t any legal online casinos available in Colorado.

If it's not legal, how come I can find sites in Google?

Any online casinos that you may find through web searches are offshore websites.

These sites are not legal under Colorado or US law.

They are problematic for American players because they can be untrustworthy. Worse, if there’s ever a dispute, US bettors would have limited legal options to pursue.

What kind of online gambling is legal in Colorado?

At this moment, the only types of legal online gambling active in Colorado are online horse betting and daily fantasy sports. Regular online sports betting is in the process of becoming active, but is likely six months away from launching.

Is sports betting legal in Colorado?

Yes. By virtue of the passage of Proposition DD in 2019, sports betting became legal in Colorado.

However, there are no open sportsbooks yet. Sports betting should launch in Colorado sometime in mid-2020.

Since sports betting is legal, does that mean online casinos will be too?

No. Colorado has been quite resistant to online casinos in the past, and the appearance of sports betting does not portend online casinos coming to the state.

What is the gambling age in Colorado?

Most types of gambling in Colorado require players to be over the age of 21. Sports betting will follow suit once it goes live.

Will I have to be a Colorado resident in order to play?

No. Visitors to Colorado will be able to play on its online sportsbooks, too.

The only requirement will be that players will have to be inside the state’s borders in order to take part. The sportsbooks will employ geolocation software to ensure that every player onsite is within Colorado.

Where are the Colorado casinos located?

Colorado’s 30+ casinos are primarily located in one of three mountain towns. The vast majority of facilities are either in Black Hawk, Central City, or Cripple Creek.

Black Hawk and Central City are located roughly 30 minutes apart and are west of the Denver area. Cripple Creek is farther south, west of Colorado Springs.

Finally, there are two tribal casinos that are in the southwestern corner of Colorado. Both the Sky Ute Casino Resort and Ute Mountain Casino Hotel are clustered around Durango, and are a stone’s throw from the borders of New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona.


How do I download a gambling app?

Though online sports betting has not gotten underway in Colorado yet, the procedure for getting started on the apps is likely to be the same as in other locales. So, here’s what to do once that first app launches.

First, it’s important to understand that sportsbook sites tend to present three different versions of themselves to the public. In most cases, they will have dedicated apps for both major platforms and a browser version.

Apple devices use the iOS platform, and most sportsbooks have an iOS-specific app. Players who wish to play on these apps need only find them in the App Store and download them, just like any other app.

The only thing that might trip some people up is the fact that, due to various regulations, a site might have several state-specific versions of their app. So, Coloradans need to be sure that the app they are downloading specifically mentions its compatibility with Colorado.

Android users will only have to visit the sportsbook’s website in order to initiate the download. However, they will need to set their phones to allow downloads from other sources.

The site itself will detect both your location and the type of device you’re using. Then, it will most likely auto-optimize to fit your screen best.

Funding your account

Once the app is accessed, the next step will be to fund the account. After all, there can’t be any wagering if there isn’t any money involved.

Thankfully, most gambling sites maintain several different methods for depositing into the site. Usually, there will be at least one transaction method that will work for each player.

Some of those transaction methods include:

  • Credit or debit cards
  • Online bank or wire transfers
  • Electronic or paper checks
  • Electronic wallets, like PayPal or Skrill
  • PayNearMe via 7-Eleven
  • Prepaid cards
  • Cash at the physical location

The most important thing is to use a method that is most comfortable to you. Figure out which method is easiest to serve your money needs.

Please make sure to look for any fees that these methods may have. Fees can attach for both deposits and withdrawals, and can be present at both the sportsbook and your financial institution. Check with both sides of the transaction carefully before proceeding.

How to bet

Online sportsbooks have also expanded upon the different types of betting that sports bettors can use. At this point, there is very little reason to expect that a player could not find action on any type of bet he or she can imagine.

So, all the bets typically found in live sportsbooks are available online. Point spreads, moneylines, totals (over/unders), futures, and propositions are all part of the normal sportsbook offering.

There are even ways to make parlay bets online. These bet might be as advertised, or come with a teaser or pleaser rate in order to increase the player’s chances of winning or payout, respectively.

However, the area where online sportsbooks have taken flight is through live betting. Live betting allows players to make wagers on events during games in progress.

This type of wager greatly expands the number of bets that a single game may hold. It’s not uncommon for there to be over 100 bets on a single match.

Some states have chosen to limit live betting in various ways. Colorado’s regulators will have that choice in front of them. Only time will tell how it will all shake out.