Z Casino Black Hawk Review

Z Casino Black Hawk, formerly known as Bullwhacker’s, is one of 40 casinos in Colorado. Maverick Gaming owns and operates this casino, along with Grand Z Casino Hotel and the Dragon Tiger Casino in Central City.

The Z features more than 400 slot and video poker machines, and offers blackjack, roulette and poker.

There isn’t a hotel on the premises, but there is one at Grand Z, which is less than a 10-minute drive away.

Sports betting became legal in Colorado in 2020, and Z Casino is partnered with the PlayMaverick Sportsbook app and online site.

Z Casino

  • Address: 101 Gregory St., Black Hawk, CO  80422
  • Owner and Operator: Maverick Gaming
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-3 a.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-midnight Thursdays, 24 hours Fridays-Saturdays and 12 a.m.-3 a.m.; 8 a.m.-3 a.m. Sunday.
  • Casino Games: 409 slots, blackjack, poker and roulette
  • Sportsbook: Play Maverick Sports mobile app to launch soon. Will also have retail kiosks
  • Poker: No poker room

Z Casino Sportsbook

While Colorado gaming law does not allow for online casinos, sports wagering became legal in the state on May 1.

When it comes to online betting apps, bettors can wager anywhere within state lines.

The owner and operator of Z Casino, Maverick Gaming LLC, has yet to announce plans for retail and online sportsbook operations. Still, based on the fact that the company has obtained a sports betting license in Colorado, it intends to enter the market.

Maverick Gaming purchased CC Gaming, the former owner of Z Casino, in December 2019. At that time, Maverick majority owner Eric Persson said, “This purchase gives Maverick Gaming sports betting in two states, and we look forward to adding more jurisdictions in the coming months.” The company already operated sportsbooks in Nevada.

As further proof, Maverick’s commitment to sports betting, Persson told The Seattle Times the company plans to spend $20 million-$30 million to fight a bill in the state of Washington that allows sports betting at tribal casinos only.

Z Casino gaming floor

Z Casino boasts hundreds of games but does not host a poker room. The video poker and slot machines range in price from pennies up to $100.

Slot machines

There are 409 slots and video poker machine at Z Casino.

The denominations run from pennies up to $100, which is the highest amount that Colorado gaming law permits. Z Casinos offers the newest machines as well as hard-to-find video craps, blackjack and roulette machines.

Table games

Z Casino has five table games for its patrons to choose from, offering blackjack, roulette, and poker to play.

Z Casino rewards program

Z Casino Black Hawk has a rewards program called Club Z, which it shares with fellow Maverick Gaming casinos Johnny Z’s and Grand Z, both in Central City, CO.

Club Z features four tiers: Club, Flame, Nitro and Turbo. The more members play with their Club Z cards, the more points they earn and thus, the more comps, discounts and giveaways they receive.

Some of the perks of being a Club Z member include:

  • Monthly casino promotions and rewards.
  • Member-only specials.
  • Car giveaways.
  • Z Casino’s famous prime rib meal deal. Members who earn 100 points in one day receive a free prime rib dinner that day only.

Club Z members climb the following tiers by earning enough points in six-month periods:

  • Club: 0-4,999 points
  • Flame: 5,000-24,999 points)
  • Nitro: 25,000-49,999 points
  • Turbo: 50,000+ points

Z Casino poker room

Z Casino does not have a poker room.

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Amenities at Z Casino Black Hawk

Z Casino does not have an on-site hotel; however, its website offers accommodations at its sister casino, Grand Z, which is a short drive away. Be advised, though, that Grand Z is not in Black Hawk.

The Z does have two restaurants on the premises.


  • Mustang Grill: Serves American-style food, including burgers, sandwiches, steaks, ribs, soups and salads. It also serves breakfast all day.
  • ZBucks: This deli offers Starbucks beverages and quick to-go options, including sandwiches, pizza and ice cream.

Its sister casino, Grand Z Casino Hotel in Central City, is home to The Mile High Room for entertainment. The entertainment space, on the second floor of the casino, features a dance floor and stage. It hosts live musical shows regularly, mostly on Friday and Saturday nights.

Z Casino history

The building that houses Z Casino in Black Hawk is the original home of Bullwhackers Casino, one of Colorado’s first casinos that opened in 1992.

In 2013, CC Gaming purchased the property, renovated it, and renamed it Z Casino.

In 2019, CC Gaming was bought by Maverick Gaming in a purchase that included Johnny Z Casino and Grand Z Casino in Central City, CO.