Famous Bonanza Casino is one of the oldest gambling operations in Central City, CO.
The casino is one of 40 gaming establishments in the state. The local gambling company GF Gaming Corporation owns it. The Central City gambling company also owns Easy Street Casino, which is across the street from Famous Bonanza. The two GF Gaming-owned casinos are deemed two of Central City’s friendliest casinos.
Known for its hospitality and charm, Famous Bonanza has more than 200 popular slot and video poker machines, and a full-service restaurant.
The casino does not offer any table games or lodging; however, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue, as Famous Bonanza is along Central City’s busy casino strip.
Address: 107 Main St., Central City, CO 80427
Owner and Operator: GF Gaming Corporation
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays
Casino Games: 238 slots and video poker games
Poker: No poker room
In November 2019, Colorado residents voted in favor of legalizing sports gambling throughout the state.
Online betting apps took the first legal bet in Colorado on May 1. Since November, gaming establishments are preparing to join the legal sports gambling trade. Numerous gambling houses have applied for a master license, which allows casinos to offer online, mobile and retail sportsbooks.
Famous Bonanza and its sister casino, Easy Street, have been approved for a master license. However, GF Gaming casinos hasn’t announced any plans to partner with a sportsbook.
Featuring 3,900 square feet of gaming, Famous Bonanza is known for its friendly staff members and comfortable casino space. The historic building, soft lighting and rustic atmosphere delivers a laid-back gambling experience.
Famous Bonanza is a slot machine-only casino that features a selection of more than 200 classic, coin-operated slot machines that will make casino-goers feel like they’ve stepped back in time. Wagers start at 1 cent and go as high as $10.
A variety of gaming options, from video poker to vintage throw-backs, are available at Famous Bonanza. Popular games include Triple Double Diamond, Harley Davidson, Double Blackjack, White Hot Aces and Penn & Teller.
Famous Bonanza and Easy Street Casino offer guests membership to the Players Club loyalty program. It features cash redemptions, exciting promotions and worthwhile rewards.
Membership is free, and casino-goers can use the Players Club card to earn and redeem points at both Central City casinos. Earning points is simple: Members earn one point for every dollar staked on the slots and for every $2 on a video poker machine.
Members can redeem points for dining comps and merchandise or save points and exchange them for cash dollars. To be more specific, every 1,000 points can be redeemed for $5 in cash.
New members can spin the Cash Wheel for a chance at $100. Additionally, new affiliates who use public transportation can earn bus ticket reimbursements after earning the first 250 points. Point multiplier promotions are offered nearly every weekend.
Also, Famous Bonanza often features opportunities almost every Friday night to win cash prizes during live events.
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Located on the casino’s upper level, guests can take a break from the casino floor and dine at Stella’s Cafe.
Offering full-service dining, Stella’s Cafe specializes in comfort food and affordable diner classics such as house-style firecracker burgers, soups and salads, chicken wings, breakfast pizzas, fish and chips, and paninis.
Located next to Dostal Alley Brewery, Famous Bonanza Casino is one of the oldest and friendliest gambling operations in town. In fact, Famous Bonanza was one of the first casinos to open in Central City. The casino has been locally owned by GF Gaming since 1992, shortly after casino gambling become legal in CO.
Bonanza and its sister casino are along Central City’s historic Main Street, also known as the gambling town’s casino strip. Guests rave about the service at the two GF Gaming casinos, mentioning that the extra attention paid to customers by the casino’s staff members is incomparable to that of larger casinos. It is a testament to Central City’s small-town gaming experience.
Central City is a historic Colorado mining town. Full of historic architecture and landmarks, Central City has become an attraction for travelers who love Colorado history as much as casino gaming.
As Famous Bonanza Casino is located in a historic building, the establishment’s owners took extra measures to ensure the installation of the slot machines did not compromise the building’s historic structure. In fact, based on a picture of the building from 1986, other than a few decorations and the maroon cloth awnings, the exterior of the building has retained its integrity and appears the same.
Like many historical buildings in Central City, Famous Bonanza is within a Victorian landmark. As such, the owners took special precautions to maintain the atmosphere of the historic building. Paying tribute to Central City’s gold-mining days, customers can enjoy a glamorized Victorian atmosphere coupled with genuine Central City history, all while playing slots.