J.P. McGills Hotel & Casino Review

J.P. McGills Hotel and Casino is one of three adjacent Triple Crown Casinos operating in Cripple Creek, CO. McGills is located on the town’s main casino strip and features nearly 300 slot and video poker machines, an 80-room hotel, and an Irish-style eatery.

Established in 1997, the massive Cripple Creek casino claims to be one of the most spacious gambling establishments in the historic mining town. In addition to its large gaming area, J.P. McGills Hotel and Casino is also the only casino in Cripple Creek featuring an Irish theme. Beyond its emphasis on Irish-themed décor, the casino also features an Irish Pub style restaurant called the Pint & Platter Pub.

J.P. McGills Hotel and Casino

Address: 232 Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, CO 80813
Owner / Operator: Triple Play Casinos
Hours: 24 hours / 7 days a week
Casino games: 280 slots & video poker machines
Sportsbook: BetRivers launched the mobile sports betting app on May 1.
Poker: Poker room available at Midnight Rose Hotel & Casino

McGills Sportsbook

Colorado voters approved a piece of legislation in 2019 that enables retail and online sports betting to commence in the state beginning on May 1, 2020. Triple Crown Casinos moved quickly to secure its approval for licenses and develop partnerships to operate sportsbooks through its Colorado casinos.

McGill’s Hotel and Casino recently partnered with BetRivers and its sportsbook developer, Kambi. This partnership took place shortly after the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission approved a whole host of licenses to casinos across the state. BetRivers was one of the first operators to launch an online sports betting product through its partnership with J.P. McGill’s.

Although BetRivers may not sound familiar to most Colorado gamblers, it’s usually one of the first sportsbooks to make it to market in jurisdictions that pass laws allowing the practice. Owned and operated by gaming company Rush Street Interactive, BetRivers’s online sportsbook has had great success in other states. Before coming to Colorado, BetRivers had online sportsbooks in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Michigan. Presumably, BetRivers will power any future retail sportsbook at J.P. McGills as well.

The BetRivers sportsbook boasts a wide selection of sports and betting outlets in addition to exciting welcome promotions and bonus offers. BetRivers also offers the iRush Rewards program.

When sports bettors register with BetRivers, they are automatically enrolled in iRush Rewards. iRush Rewards include 10 regular loyalty levels and one exclusive VIP level. The VIP level is available only by invitation, but place bets frequently and you might find yourself among the elite group in iRush’s most exclusive membership. Members build points while wagering on their favorite sports teams. Members will earn one point for every $5 staked, and combination bets earn points even faster.

The rewards system operates using two types of rewards. The first type is Loyalty Points, which help members increase their loyalty level and unlock exciting rewards. The second is Bonus Store Points, which are points that can be redeemed at a specialty online store.

J.P. McGills Hotel & Casino gaming

J.P. McGills offers everything from exciting new sports betting products and popular slot and video poker machines to Irish pub-style dining and lavish lodging options. The McGills Casino experience is further enhanced by the casino’s two sister properties, Midnight Rose and The Brass Ass, which feature a grand selection of table games, eateries, bars, and other facilities for guests to enjoy.

Featuring festive green lights and Irish memorabilia, the McGills Casino hosts 280 slot and video poker machines. Options include classic reels and penny slots, as well as progressive video gaming options.

McGills Casino also boasts a wide variety of progressive slot and video poker machines for gamblers to choose from. The gambling floor of the McGills Casino features some of Cripple Creek’s most popular games like:

  • Game of Thrones
  • Wild Panda
  • Dragon Spin
  • Caribbean Gold
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Monkey Strike
  • Wheel of Fortune

For gamblers who enjoy a view while playing the slots, McGills Casino also has a mezzanine gaming floor that overlooks the main floor of the Irish-style casino and is stocked full of popular gaming machines.

Bets start at penny machines, and high-rollers can find maximum bets up to $100 in one of McGills’ sister casinos.

Although the McGills Casino does not offer table games or poker, this is no real inconvenience to guests since the casino’s two sister properties connected to McGills feature a stylish poker room and a vast selection of all of the allowable table games in Colorado.

Triple Crown Casino’s Play Club

In addition to the loyalty program offered by sportsbook BetRivers, the casino also offers gamblers the chance to get the most out of their gaming fun by enrolling in Triple Crown’s free four-tiered VIP rewards program.

Once enrolled, members immediately receive 200 points and a complimentary $10 to play. Enrollment rewards must be redeemed within the same day and all other points must be redeemed within a calendar year after they are earned.

The Triple Play Club features a seamless gaming experience that allows members to earn rewards and redeem points at any Triple Crown casino.

Triple Play Club members earn rewards and points for all gameplay, although earnings and rewards are dependent upon the member’s tier. The Play Club features four tiers:

  • Purple
  • Gold
  • Platinum
  • Triple Diamond

Members begin in the Purple tier and earn mainstream casino rewards and perks for gameplay. Perks include free play, birthday rewards, monthly offers, gifts, and compensation, convert comps to cash at 50% rate, member-only discount, and so on.

The Play Club tier system builds on the previous tier’s rewards, and perks become more lavish and exciting as members move up the ranks. All tiers include the Purple-tier rewards, and the second play club level is the Gold tier. In addition to the Purple tier’s offerings, the Gold tier features:

  • Free annual Carnival cruises
  • Hotel room & gift shop discounts
  • Gold party events
  • Exclusive drawings and events
  • Anniversary bonuses
  • Point multiplier days

The benefits offered in the Purple and Gold tiers are incredible, but the Play Club’s Platinum and Triple Diamond benefits are even more spectacular. The VIP rewards and inclusions available at the Platinum and Triple Diamond levels allow frequent gamblers the opportunity to participate in VIP events, a chance to play in the Las Vegas Baby Slot Tournament, attendance to offsite events, one-time-per-year use of a 20-seat limo, a three-night stay at approved Caesars properties, and an assigned host.

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McGills Pint & Platter Pub

The casino features an Irish décor that is particularly present inside the casino’s restaurant, McGills Pint & Platter Pub. Conveniently located on the casino’s main floor, the Irish-themed pub serves traditional pub fare in addition to a vast selection of other options like steak, soups, seafood, and sandwiches.

As the pub and casino feature an Irish theme, the festivities are at their peak on St. Patrick’s Day. The Pint & Platter offers traditional Irish classics on St. Patrick’s Day, including Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, and $1 specials on beer.

When visiting the McGills, guests can enjoy a drink at the pub’s historic bar while surrounded by authentic Irish artifacts and décor. The bar features three large-screen TVs for casino goers to catch their favorite sports while taking a break from the busy gambling floor.

J.P. McGills Hotel

J.P. McGills also has an 80-room hotel above the casino. McGills’s deluxe standard rooms all include free wireless internet, breakfast discounts, LCD TVs, and complimentary coffee.

Guests looking for something more spacious can book one of the hotel’s suites. For those looking for more than just added space, McGills offers luxury suites available upon request. These lux digs include added comforts such as fireplaces and jacuzzi tubs.

Guests seeking a more unique feel to their stay may want to check out one of McGills Roman, Western, or Royal themed suites.

J.P. McGills Hotel & Casino history

One of Cripple Creek’s largest and most spacious gambling properties, J.P McGills Hotel and Casino is one of three Triple Crown Casinos in the city. Established in 1997, McGills and its two sister casinos have offered tourists and local gamblers a well-rounded and excitement-filled gaming experience since the late ’90s.

In addition to the casino expansions, Triple Crown Casinos also renovated the old Gold Fever Inn to house the casino’s employees. The Inn features affordable studio apartments in an area where affordable housing is rare. The Inn currently houses nearly 15 Triple Crown employees.

McGills and its two sister casinos are located in some of Cripple Creek’s most historic and charming buildings. The town of Cripple Creek is a mecca of Colorado history, and the Triple Crown Casino boasts the perfect amount of historic ambiance mixed with modern comforts.