Ameristar Casino, Resort & Spa Black Hawk is one of 40 casinos in Colorado. The property is owned by Gaming and Leisure Properties which is a corporate spinoff of Penn National Gaming, the company that operates Ameristar.
Located in Black Hawk, Ameristar features 1,250 slot and video poker machines, 40 table games, and a poker room. It is a smoke-free casino since Colorado has a statewide indoor smoking ban. The Ameristar also is home to a 536-room hotel. Additionally, there is a spa, a variety of dining options, bars, and Black Hawk’s only hotel swimming pool, which is on the roof.
The Ameristar is expected to announce plans to start both an on-site and online sportsbook in 2020.
Previously, Colorado did not allow online gambling, but as of May 1, 2020 the state will allow online sports betting after passing a referendum in November 2019.
The Ameristar was granted its sports betting license in March 2020 and the license is active for two years. As of this writing it has not been announced who the Ameristar plans on partnering with for its online sports wagering.
Sports betting was legalized in Colorado after a referendum passed in 2019. Starting May 1, 2020 both onsite and online sports wagering will be allowed.
Ameristar has not announced who it will partner with to run both its in-person and online sportsbook. However, in January 2020 Penn National Gaming, which owns Ameristar, acquired a stake in Barstool Sports and plans on launching a Barstool Sportsbook brand in the near future.
PNG currently operates Hollywood Casino at Penn National in Pennsylvania. At Hollywood Casino, bettors can wager on just about every sport available at the casino’s retail sportsbook. The types of wagers they accept include straight bets, parlays, match-ups, futures, props, and in-play betting.
In Colorado, it appears likely that Ameristar will be able to accept bets on all those contests and possibly even more. Colorado has a Sports Betting Catalog that will include everything sportsbooks are able to take wagers on. The catalog is not available to the public yet, but the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission has stated the catalog is massive.
Ameristar obtained its sports betting license in March 2020.
Ameristar Casino Black Hawk boosts 57,000 square feet of gaming space with 1,250 gaming machines, 40 table games, and a live poker room. When it opened in 2001, it was the largest casino in Colorado.
The Ameristar features skylight ceilings, slate floors, and timber beams throughout as well as huge floor-to-ceiling fireplaces, giving it a mountain lodge feel.
Ameristar’s casino slot and video poker machines range from pennies to $100.
Ameristar has 1,250 slot and video poker machines. The most popular machines at the Ameristar are Buffalo Gold, Buffalo Grand, and Dragon Link. They feature all varieties of slots though, including interactive video slots, classic reel machines, and both single and multi-hand video poker.
Because of Colorado’s current gaming restrictions, poker, blackjack, craps, and roulette are the only table games permitted. Ameristar has 40 tables and features all four games. The casino also offers bonus craps.
When it comes to poker, Ameristar has:
The Ameristar Casino is part of the national mychoice loyalty program, which is used across Penn National Gaming casinos throughout the country. What that means is mychoice rewards that players earn at any PNG casino, such as the Tropicana Casino in Las Vegas, can be redeemed at other PNG casinos, like the Ameristar.
New mychoice members receive $30 in free play guaranteed. On their first visit, members get a complimentary $5, then $10 on their second visit, and $15 on their third. Mychoice members also have the chance to get up to $500 after those three visits.
When you play slots and table games with mychoice, you receive tier points and mycash. Tier points allow you to advance to the next membership level, while mycash can be redeemed for free playing, dining, shopping, or hotel stays.
In the casino, players accrue one tier point for every $5 of slot play, $10 of video poker, and $40 of electronic table game play. Players also earn one point for every $10 bet on horse racing. The amount of points players accrue from tradition table games varies based on the game, length of play, and average bet.
You also can earn points outside casinos, receiving one tier point for every $5 spent on dining, drinking, or retail purchases at participating outlets.
Lastly, players receive two tier points for every $1 spent at Hollywood Casino.
As expected, the more points earned, the higher status players achieve, and the better the benefits become. Here’s how many points are needed to reach each mychoice level:
Ameristar Black Hawk’s smoke-free poker room has 22 tables and boasts plenty of great games and amenities. It is open seven days a week and around the clock.
The poker room offers table-side food service, chair massages, charging ports, and the ability to earn mycash during live poker play.
A few of the popular games are: $1-$3-$100 Spread Hold’em, $30-$60 Limit Hold’em, and $2-$5-$100 Spread Big O.
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Ameristar Casino, Resort & Spa features a 536-room hotel as well as a rooftop swimming pool, the only hotel pool in Black Hawk. The pool is open daily from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. for all guests. There also is an adult-only swim from 9-11 p.m. for all guests over the age of 18.
The spa experiences include massages, scrubs, facials, pedicures, and manicures. Guests of the hotel are able to use the Ameristar’s fitness center which has cardio and strength-training equipment.
Ameristar boasts the only Starbucks in Black Hawk, offers in-room dining for its hotel guests, and a plethora of other dining options to choose from.
The Ameristar Casino opened Dec. 20, 2001, and at the time, was the largest Colorado casino. At the time of its opening, it was known as the Black Hawk Casino by Hyatt. By 2003 Hyatt Hotel’s management agreement was terminated and the name was changed to Mountain High Casino when Windsor Woodmont took over the operations.
Ameristar Casinos purchased it in 2004 and it was rebranded under its current name in 2006 after an $80-million renovation.
The 536-room hotel tower was added in 2009 at a reported cost of $235 million.