Johnny Z’s Casino Review

Johnny Z’s Casino in Central City, Colorado, is owned and operated by Maverick Gaming LLC., which also runs two other casinos in the state, Grand Z Casino Hotel, also in Central City, and Z Casino, which is located in Black Hawk.

Johnny Z’s Casino has 330 video poker and slot machines but does not have any table games or a poker room.  There are two restaurants on-site, the Z Grill and Z Cafe. Johnny Z’s does not have a hotel, though there is one at the Grand Z, which is just a short distance away.

Colorado started taking sports bets on May 1, 2020. Under the new law, casinos are able to have both retail and online sportsbooks. Johnny Z’s and Maverick Gaming have yet to announce sportsbook plans, but based on comments from Maverick majority owner Eric Persson, it appears they intend to have them in some form.

Johnny Z’s Casino

  • Address: 132 Lawrence St., Central City, CO
  • Owner: Maverick Gaming LLC
  • Operator: Maverick Gaming LLC
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-3 a.m.; Friday-Sunday: 24 hours
  • Casino games: 330 slots
  • Sportsbook: Expected to open in 2020
  • Poker: Does not have a poker room

Johnny Z’s Casino Sportsbook

Sports betting became legal at both online and retail sportsbooks as of May 1, 2020. Online sportsbooks are accessible anywhere within the state, both on computers and on mobile devices.

The owner and operator of Johnny Z’s, Maverick Gaming LLC, has not announced its plans for opening both a retail and online sportsbooks. But when Maverick closed on the purchase of Johnny Z’s, Z Casino and Grand Z Casino Hotel from CC Gaming LLC in 2019, it was made clear the company plans on opening sportsbooks in some form in the near future.

When it comes to Johnny Z’s Casino, there have not been any announcements about the specific plans for retail and online sportsbooks, but by looking at its owner and operator Maverick Gaming, we can get some clues about what is likely to happen.

When Maverick purchased Johnny Z’s from CC Gaming LLC, 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.”

As for which company Maverick and Johnny Z’s might partner with, William Hill appears most likely. Maverick Gaming owns four Nevada casinos, Gold Country Inn and Casino, Red Garter Hotel and CasinoRed Lion Hotel and Casino and Wendover Nugget Hotel and Casino. William Hill runs the sportsbooks at Red Garter, Red Lion and Wendover, while Gold Country does not have a sportsbook.

As for William Hill, the company is one of the leading gaming companies in United Kingdom.

William Hill already has agreements both with Isle Casino and Lady Luck Casino to operate their sportsbooks.

Johnny Z’s Casino

Johnny Z’s is a slots-only casino and features 330 gaming machines, but no table games or poker rooms in its 21,000-square-foot facility. The minimum and max bet for video poker and slot machine ranges from 1 cent up to $100, the highest amount allowed in Colorado.

Slot machines

Johnny Z’s features more than 300 video poker and slot machines.  Johnny Z’s prides itself on its attentive service and offers complimentary drinks as well as snacks delivered right to player’s machines. It also offers video roulette, craps, and blackjack.

Table games

Johnny Z’s does not have any table games, but its sister casinos, Z Casino and Grand Z Casino Hotel, both do. Those casinos offer blackjack, poker, craps and roulette.

Johnny Z’s Casino poker room

Johnny Z’s Casino does not currently have a poker room.

Rewards program at Johnny Z’s Casino

Johnny Z’s Casinos shares its reward program with Z Casino Black Hawk and Grand Z Casino Hotel. That means players can earn points at all three properties and use their reward points at all three as well. The rewards program is known as Club Z and it is free to join.

A few of the benefits of being a Club Z member include being entered into monthly casino drawings and being invited to member-only specials. Those specials include car giveaways as well as monthly calendar rewards.

There are four levels of Club Z and players will have six months to earn enough points to advance to the next VIP level. Level 1 is Club (0-4,999 points), next is Flame (5,000-24,999 points), then Nitro (25,000-49,999 points) and lastly is Turbo (50,000+ points).

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Johnny Z’s Casino amenities

While there is not a hotel at Johnny Z’s, there is at Grand Z Casino Hotel, which is a very short distance away. You are even able to book a room right from Johnny Z’s website.

As for entertainment, that’s available at fellow Maverick Gaming property Z Casino in Black Hawk. Z Casino boasts The Mile High Room, a space that has a dance floor and stage, with live shows regularly.

Johnny Z’s does however offer two restaurants on its premises.

  • Z Grill: American. Full-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Prime rib is their specialty and the all-day breakfast.
  • Z Café: Deli, desserts and coffee. Perfect for a quick meal and Starbucks coffee.

Johnny Z’s Casino history

Back in the 1990s when gambling was first legalized in Colorado, Johnny Z’s was then known as The Central Palace Casino. Its first owner was George Maloof, of the prominent Maloof family.

CC Gaming LLC bought the property for a reported $725,000 and then invested another $5.5 million in renovations. In 2010 it reopened as the Reserve Casino Hotel and later the name was changed to Johnny Z’s.

In 2019, Maverick Gaming LLC purchased Central City-based Johnny Z’s and Grand Z Casino Hotel, and Z Casino, located in Black Hawk.