Grand Z Casino Hotel in Central City, CO, is one of 40 casinos in the state. Grand Z is owned and operated by Maverick Gaming LLC, which bought the casino from CC Gaming LLC in 2019 along with Johnny Z’s Casino and Z Casino. The casino triumvirate gives Maverick Gaming the second-most slot machines in Colorado.
Grand Z Casino boasts nearly 600 slot and video poker machines as well as table games. It is also home to a 119-room hotel, three restaurants and The Mile High Room, an entertainment space on the second floor that has a dance floor and stage to host live events throughout the year. Since Colorado has a ban on indoor smoking, Grand Z Casino is smoke-free.
While there is not currently a retail or online sportsbook at Grand Z, it is expected there will be one, if not both, in the near future.
The only form of online gambling that is legal in Colorado is sports wagering. Starting May 1, 2020, casinos were able to open both retail and online sportsbooks; before that date no online betting of any kind was allowed in the state.
Online sportsbooks are able to accept wagers from anywhere within state lines, as opposed to other states that restrict bettors to placing wagers only while on casino property.
Maverick Gaming and Grand Z have not announced any specific plans regarding online or retail sportsbooks. However, when Maverick purchased Grand Z in 2019, Maverick majority owner Eric Persson referenced sports betting as part of the reason for the acquisition.
Grand Z and Maverick Gaming have not announced exact plans for retail and online sportsbook operations. The organization is set up to offer sports betting, as there are master licenses in place for all three Maverick properties. Based on comments and agreements Maverick has at its Nevada casinos, it’s a safe bet these properties will offer some form of sports betting.
Maverick owns four casinos in Nevada, three of which have sportsbooks: Red Garter Hotel and Casino, Red Lion Hotel and Casino and Wendover Nugget Hotel and Casino. All three are run by William Hill.
William Hill is no stranger to sports betting. The UK-based company is one of the top sports betting and gaming operators in the world. William Hill already has agreements with two Colorado casinos, Isle Casino and Lady Luck, to run their sportsbooks.
As for Maverick Gaming, it’s not afraid to put substantial money into sports wagering. Majority owner Eric Persson told The Seattle Times it is planning on spending upward of $20 million to $30 million to fight a bill in the state of Washington that would allow sports betting only at tribal casinos in the state.
Grand Z features 684 gaming machines and eight table games but does not have a poker room. The slot and video poker machines range in price from pennies up to $100, while the table games allow players the ability to wager as much as $100 at a time, as well.
Grand Z Casinos is home to nearly 700 slot and video poker machines that range in denomination from pennies all the way up to $100, the maximum amount allowed in the state. The Grand Z gaming area was recently updated with what the casino describes as a “new vibe.” Also, players receive complimentary drinks and snacks while playing.
There are eight tables available for players at Grand Z Casino. Five of them are devoted to blackjack, while there is one each for three-card poker, craps and roulette. The minimum bet is $5, while the maximum wager allowed at any of the tables is $100, which is the highest allowed under Colorado gaming law. The tables are open 24 hours.
Grand Z Casino does not have a poker room.
Grand Z offers a rewards program, called Club Z, which is free to join. The Club Z rewards program is shared with Maverick Gaming’s two other Colorado casinos, Z Casino and Johnny Z’s, meaning that players are able to earn and redeem points while playing at all three properties. Members of Club Z earn points on their club card while gambling and dining at any of the three casinos. The more they play, the more points they earn, and the better the rewards.
Club Z offers members four levels based on how many points they earn during six-month periods. The first level is Club for members with 4,999 points or fewer. Next up is Flame (5,000-24,999 points), the penultimate level is Nitro (25,000-49,999 points), and lastly, Turbo is for members with 50,000 points or more.
Being a member of Club Z gains players entry into monthly drawings as well as invitations to member-only events and specials.
|All Casinos in Colorado|
|Ute Mountain Casino||Sky Ute Casino||Colorado Grande Casino & Hotel||Johnny Nolan's Casino||Golden Gulch Casino|
|Grand Z Casino||Double Eagle Hotel & Casino||Dostal Alley Casino & Brewery||Red Dolly Casino||Isle Casino & Hotel|
|Johnny Z's Casino||Bronco Billy's Hotel & Casino||Mardi Gras Casino||Famous Bonanza Casino||Bull Durham Saloon|
|The Brass Ass Casino||Z Casino Black Hawk||Century Casino & Hotel||The Gilpin Casino||The Lodge Casino|
|Wild Card Saloon||Golden Gates Casino||Saratoga Casino||Easy Street Casino||J.P. McGill's Hotel & Casino|
|Midnight Rose Hotel & Casino||Ameristar Casino Resort & Spa|
Along with its gaming area, Grand Z Casino features a 119-room hotel, with recently renovated deluxe rooms and suites. Grand Z is not pet-friendly, though service dogs and miniature horses are accepted. Yes, you read that right. The Grand Z Casino website explicitly notes that mini-horses are OK.
Grand Z is home to The Mile High Room, an entertainment space on the second floor of the casino that features a dance floor and stage. The Mile High Room hosts live music shows with regularity, with most shows being on Friday and Saturday nights.
There are three restaurants on-site for patrons to choose from.
Of the three Colorado casinos purchased by Maverick Gaming LLC in 2019, Grand Z Casino is the newest.
CC Gaming LLC purchased what was known as Reserve Casino in early 2017. Then, after renovations and upgrades that took more than a year to complete, it reopened in June 2018 under the moniker Grand Z Casino.
As part of the renovations, the hotel rooms were completely revamped, the entire casino was wallpapered, and new LED lighting was added throughout. The hotel features 119 rooms, and there also are 700 covered parking spaces for guests.
The other major upgrade at the time was the addition of what is now known as The Mile High Room, a 300-person entertainment space, which was described at the time of its opening as a “Vegas-style music room.” The Mile High Room regularly hosts live music shows.
In addition to its three Colorado casinos, Maverick also owns properties in several other states. The bulk of Maverick’s casinos are in Washington, where the company owns 19 properties. There are four properties in Nevada: three in Elko and one in Wendover.
It looked as though Maverick was going to acquire both a Louisiana casino and a resort in Lake Tahoe via a deal with Eldorado Resorts. However, in the wake of coronavirus, the company backed out of the deal.