Legal Colorado Online Casinos Are A Matter Of When, Not If

Written By Adam Hensley on 10/19/2022 - Last Updated on August 30, 2023
Legal online casinos in Colorado should be coming soon

Online casinos still aren’t legal in Colorado, but one company wants to be first on the market when the state eventually sorts things out.

PlayStar Casino partnered with GF Gaming to secure access to the Colorado online casino market when it eventually kicks off.

Adam Noble, PlayStar’s co-founder and chief business development officer, believes Colorado remains “poised to become a promising online casino market.” In a statement, he said:

“PlayStar is a brand that’s committed to providing players in the US with a genuinely unique online casino experience – and by teaming up with GF Gaming in Colorado, we’re already looking ahead to how we can expand these plans into the next market when regulation allows.”

The announcement comes after PlayStar’s highly anticipated New Jersey launch. The company also expanded in Indiana, partnering with Caesars.

“With New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana and now Colorado market access secured, along with more announcements coming, we’ve secured a growth path well into the future,” Noble said in a statement.

What is PlayStar?

PlayStar is an online casino. Founded last year, the company boasts hundreds of traditional casino games all at users’ fingertips. Customers can play slots, table games, video poker and more.

Some of the world’s leading gaming technology providers partner with PlayStar, such as:

  • International Game Technology (IGT)
  • Scientific Games
  • NetEnt

Being an online casino, PlayStar lets users participate in just about any way possible – phones, tablet, laptops or desktop computers.

What does PlayStar’s partnership with GF Gaming mean?

GF Gaming owns Famous Bonanza and Easy Street Casinostwo casinos located in Central City. The casino owner wants to secure an online gaming license.

In turn, it would allow PlayStar to run in the state once Colorado legalizes online casino gambling. GF Gaming general manager Roger Brown said in a statement:

“Having seen what PlayStar has already achieved with its innovative and incredibly successful New Jersey launch, we had no doubts whatsoever that the brand was the perfect online partner for us in Colorado.

Like us, PlayStar is a company that places a lot of emphasis on supporting the local community through promotions and partnerships. And when Colorado realizes the vast potential of legal internet-based gaming, we’re confident they’ll deliver a first-class online casino experience to players in our state.”

When will legal online casinos launch in Colorado?

Unfortunately, there’s no clear-cut timeline for when Centennial State will legalize online casinos. But PlayStar’s move hints that it’s not too far away.

Colorado allows in-person casino gambling in three cities:

  1. Black Hawk
  2. Central City
  3. Cripple Creek

Should the state legalize online casino gambling, casinos could apply for online licenses, following PlayStar and GF Gaming’s lead. In states that legalized online casinos, it’s traditional to see local casinos partner with the industry’s big online casino brands. This means that Caesars Palace online casino CO is a likely candidate when online casinos come to the state.

What online gambling is legal in Colorado?

Colorado residents can legally bet on sports (including horse racing) from their phones. They can also participate in the Jackpocket online lottery app.

Colorado’s sports betting industry took off since legalization. In August alone, the state recorded a sports betting handle of $290,107,970. Expect that number to climb as fall turns into winter, with college and professional football leagues reaching their peaks.

Colorado residents have the incentive to spend their dollars on the state’s sports betting industry. When the state legalized sports betting, it noted that a certain percentage of its sports betting tax would go to the Colorado Water Plan.

While online casinos are still not legal, Colorado residents can legally play social casinos, which include games like blackjack and slots. Social casinos are online games in which participants don’t wager or win real money. You can play traditional casino games using free virtual coins.

Coloradoans, though, can play Global Poker – an online poker game – since it’s a sweepstakes poker site. Sweepstakes gambling is totally legal in Colorado and players can win real money from their virtual currency – not the case for social casino players.

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Adam Hensley is a journalist from Des Moines, Iowa, who currently works for the USA Today Network. His byline has appeared in the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated and sites within the USA Today Network. Hensley graduated from the University of Iowa in 2019 and spent his college career working for the Daily Iowan’s sports department, both as an editor and reporter.

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