Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel Review

Bronco Billy’s Casino and Hotel is one of nearly 40 gambling establishments operating in Colorado. Located in the historic mining town of Cripple Creek, Bronco Billy’s is one of more than a dozen casinos in the city. The casino is owned and operated by Full House Resorts Inc.

Boasted to be a Colorado-style casino, Bronco Billy’s is located within nine historic buildings and hosts more than 800 slots and video poker games in Cripple Creek.

The casino’s gaming floor hosts 13 live tables, and a selection of table games such as blackjack, craps, roulette and three-card poker. Bronco Billy’s also offers a 24-room hotel, a steakhouse, a Christmas-themed casino and diner, three casual dining establishments and an outdoor amphitheater.

Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel

  • Address: 233 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, CO  80813
  • Owner and Operator: Full House Resorts Inc.
  • Hours: 24/7
  • Casino Games: 800 slots, blackjack, craps, roulette
  • Sportsbook and Launch Date: The SBK Sportsbook mobile sports betting app launched on June 4.
  • Poker: No poker room

Bronco Billy’s Sportsbook

Full House Resorts currently is partners with three sportsbooks: Wynn Sportsbook, BetAmerica and SBK Sportsbook. Out of its three, Full House Resorts Inc. has signed agreements with BetAmerica to begin offering sports gambling at its Cripple Creek casino.

In addition to offering online sports gambling throughout the state, BetAmerica will likely open a brick-and-mortar sportsbook at Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel.

Although the recent COVID-19 pandemic has hindered the kickoff of CO sports gambling, Full House Resorts estimates that BetAmerica’s retail and mobile operations will commence in mid-2020.

Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel gaming

Boasted to be the friendliest casino in the city, Bronco Billy’s features spacious gaming areas, luxury hotel rooms, several delicious eateries and the only year-round Christmas-themed casino in Cripple Creek.

Bronco Billy’s deems itself Cripple Creek’s lucky casino for its excitingly high jackpot numbers. In fact, Bronco Billy’s paid more than $32 million in jackpots in 2016.

Bronco Billy’s features more than 800 of the most popular vintage and high-tech game machines. Slot options vary from old school reel games to fan-favorites.

The casino also offers an expansive selection of video poker games, along with several of Colorado’s most popular table games such as blackjack, double deck pitch blackjack, small tall or all, craps, roulette and poker-based games like three-card poker.

Bronco Billy’s is also the only casino in Cripple Creek to offer Cajun Stud, which is a poker-based game that is loosely based on five-card stud with elements of Texas Hold’em.

Players begin by placing an ante bet and have opportunities to raise or fold when cards are exposed. Unlike poker, players at the table play against one another instead of the house. To up the ante, side bets may also be made in Cajun Stud.

The Colorado Gaming Commission restricts what table games casinos are allowed to offer. To keep things interesting, Bronco Billy’s offers fun promotions and variations on the permitted table games such as Double Deck Pitch Blackjack with a $25 minimum and 10x odds every day.

Bronco Billy’s Players Club

Bronco Billy’s Casino offers players the opportunity to take advantage of exciting rewards and compensations with Mile High Rewards. Sign-up is free and earning points is easy.

Players earn rewards by participating in their favorite slot or table games and points must be redeemed within six months. For table games, points are based on play average and total wagers placed. Players earn points with slot and video games as follows:

• Slots: $1 coin in = 1 tier point
• Video poker and games of skill: $5 coin in = 1 tier point

Boasted to be the most lucrative players club in Colorado, Mile High Rewards is composed of five reward tiers, with each tier offering more exciting perks than the next.

Base Camp is the first tier of the Mile High Rewards program. It is free to sign up. Players earn comps depending on their gameplay. Base Camp rewards include:

  • Mail and email offers
  • Redeem points for gameplay
  • Exclusive tier point multiplayer
  • Mobile app access
  • Hotel offers
  • Special birthday dining offer
  • Self-comp at all venues
  • Dining promotions

The second tier of the Mile High Rewards program requires 10,000 tier points for entry. The Summit tier includes:

  • Daily point-earning bonus
  • Free play tier bonus for hot seats
  • Tier bonus for tournament winners
  • Tier status invitational events

The third tier of Bronco Billy’s rewards program requires 75,000 tier points for inclusion. Membership to the Pinnacle tier includes:

  • Initial achievement perks
  • Express line at the players club
  • Exclusive drawings and events

As members move up the Mile High tiers, rewards and perks become more exclusive. Peak tier requires 175,000 points for membership and includes:

  • Credit card cash advanced fee reimbursed.
  • Dedicated personal casino host service
  • Priority lines for gift pickups
  • Aspiration bonus 100,000,000 tier points receive $2,000.
  • VIP hotel check-in and dining reservations
  • Early check-in and late check-out during hotel stays.
  • Annual celebration dinner

The final tier in the Mile High Club is the E.I.P., which requires members to earn 175,000 tier points on a quarterly basis. It includes:

  • Semi-annual GM dinner
  • VIP parking
  • Annual free cruise
  • Guaranteed free hotel rooms on holidays
  • A limitless all-inclusive four-night stay at Sonesta Ocean Point or Sonesta Maho Beach Resort St. Maarten, which includes complimentary airport transportation in St. Maarten.
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Bronco Billy’s hotel and amenities

The Pioneer Room

For event planners, Bronco Billy’s flexible meeting spaces are ideal for group events of up to 120 guests. Whether it’s an intimate gathering or a full-blown party, Bronco Billy’s start-of-the-art accommodations and attentive staff make even the most challenging events seamless and problem-free.

As long as you bring the guests, the staff at The Pioneer Room will take care of the rest. This venue offers a top-notch dining experience and a charming historic ambiance.

Bronco Billy’s hotel

Renowned for its cleanliness and charm, Bronco Billy’s is one of the most historic hotels in Cripple Creek. Step into history when booking one of the hotel’s rustic-themed rooms. It features antique fixtures that commemorate Cripple Creek’s history as a gold-mining town.

While the rooms are historically authentic, they do not lack amenities such as coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs and complimentary breakfast.

Bronco Billy’s restaurants

Bronco Billy’s is known for paying particular attention to its restaurants and hotels. The friendly staff members and top-rate accommodations have made this establishment a destination for Colorado gamblers.

Home Cafe: Since the casino’s opening in 1991, the Home Cafe has been offering casino-goers tasty treats and affordable cuisine. The quaint cafe is famous for its delicious steak and eggs, hamburgers and sandwiches.

Baja Billy’s Cantina: Offering south of the border favorites, Baja Billy’s Cantina features fresh Mexican cuisine and signature margaritas. The restaurant also features a fireplace where guests can enjoy the warm atmosphere of the cantina.

The Steakhouse: This fine-dining restaurant offers top-end steak and a selection of seafood, pasta and more. Claimed to be the best steakhouse in southern Colorado, The Steakhouse hosts a vast selection of fine wines and top-shelf liquor. Reservations are recommended.

The Crippled Cow: Named after Cripple Creek’s folklore, The Crippled Cow features wood-fired pizza baked and some of Colorado’s most popular craft brews.

Christmas Casino & Inn

Located on Bronco Billy’s Casino property is the Christmas Casino & Inn, Cripple Creek’s only year-round Christmas gaming establishment.

The festive casino is decked-out in beautiful Christmas-themed decorations and holiday music that will make gamblers feel as though they are playing their favorite games in a winter wonderland. The casino floor features a 15-foot Christmas tree, an authentic German Christmas pyramid, 10-foot nutcrackers, an ornament bar and a state-of-the-art twilight ceiling with shooting stars.

In addition to the holiday atmosphere, the casino features 150 popular slot machines, as well as 12 Christmas-themed guest rooms in the casino’s Christmas Inn. Each guest room has its unique twist and Christmas characters like Santa, Mrs. Claus and more.

Gamblers can take a break from the energetic gaming floor and grab a savory or sweet treat from Rudy’s Diner, a Christmas-themed eatery.

Bronco Billy’s history

Based in Las Vegas, Full House Resorts owns and operates several gaming establishments in Nevada, Indiana, Mississippi and Colorado.

The casino operator acquired Bronco Billy’s on May 13, 2016, from one of the casino’s founders, Marc Murphy. At the time, Murphy had owned the casino since its opening during Colorado’s gambling revival in 1991. Bronco Billy’s was the last casino in Cripple Creek to be owned by one of its founders.

The property was purchased for around $30 million, and the acquisition occurred after the casino underwent a massive expansion. The expansion included 14 new guest rooms, 15% more gaming machines and an additional 2.3 acres of parking.

Bronco Billy’s is one of Cripple Creek’s market leaders in casino gambling. With Full House Resorts backing the local Colorado casino, Bronco Billy’s is sure to have a bright future ahead of it.