Colorado Online Sports Betting

Colorado sports bettors, your state has officially joined the growing group of jurisdictions with legal sports betting. Sports betting in Colorado was made available on Friday, May 1, 2020 with multiple apps kicking things off.

While interest is already through the roof on local favorites such as the Denver Broncos and Denver Nuggets, Colorado sports betting sites offer lines on everything from the NBA to the UFC. Placing your bets legally and safely is a piece of cake.

There are currently 15 Colorado sports betting apps and nine retail sportsbooks. Expect to see more apps launch in the days and weeks ahead.

Naturally, some sportsbooks do it better than others, and we’ll show you which ones hit the right notes. We’ll also show you the types of bets you can place, touch on the biggest events on the sporting calendar and bonuses available at Colorado sportsbooks.

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What you can bet on right now in Colorado

Latest updates in Colorado

Updated: Oct. 8, 2020

The Colorado sports betting market is in a holding pattern of sorts. So, of course, now that this is out in the universe, we’ll probably get five launches in the next few days.

Since it’s been a few weeks since the last sportsbook launch in the Centennial State, the guessing game is on. What’s the next sports betting app to enter the Colorado market?

Look for the SuperBook to become one of the next apps to go live in Colorado. Also keep an eye on PlayUp and PointsBet. Both of those sportsbooks could be close to launching.


Colorado Revenue Report

The sports betting handle for the first two months shows what the Colorado sports betting market is capable of. The fact it was able to launch amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and with no major sports, plus just six apps in May, is remarkable. The June handle in particular at $38.1 million shows why the expectations and hopes remain a mile high for sports betting in Colorado.

Here are the top line numbers from the first few months of Colorado sports betting revenue:

TimeHandleGGRNSBPFree Bets PaidFederal Excise Tax State Tax
September 2020$207,655,943$4,166,334($3,394,190)$7,041,384$519,140$69,772
August 2020$128,646,209$7,519,599$1,877,911$5,320,072$321,616$189,462
July 2020$59,183,620$5,196,599$2,417,311$2,631,328$147,959$241,867
June 2020$38,136,949$3,484,015$2,169,978$1,218,694$95,342$217,023
May 2020$25,621,762$2,565,729$946,741$1,554,933$64,054$96,538

Is sports betting legal in Colorado?

Colorado sports bettors are to thank Proposition DD for this change in law, as wagering became legal after a critical referendum passed in Nov. 2019. Even if you aren’t a CO resident, however, you can still get in on the action. Colorado residents and visitors will have two main avenues for sports betting:

  • The referendum legalized Colorado online sports betting. Each of Colorado’s casinos will have the opportunity to offer a mobile betting app.
  • Legal sports betting in the state of Colorado began on May 1, 2020.
  • The Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission has approved 31 licenses, from manufacturer/distributor licenses to master and vendor licenses.
  • People in Colorado over the age of 21 can legally bet on sports at retail sportsbooks in addition to Colorado betting apps.

Colorado sportsbooks and expected launch dates

Colorado’s casinos are confined to three towns nestled in the Rocky Mountains. Black Hawk, Century City and Cripple Creek are located about an hour west of Denver and offer a unique throwback aesthetic to the casinos of the Old West.

The following online sportsbooks and casinos have been granted sports wagering licenses by the CLGCC so far.

SportsbookCasinoDeveloperMobileLaunch Date
DraftKingsGolden Gulch CasinoKambi/SB TechYesMay 1
FanDuel Golden Gates CasinoIGT/GANYesMay 1
BetMGMMidnight Rose CasinoTBDYesMay 1
BetRiversJP McGill’s CasinoKambiYesMay 1
BetMonarchMonarch CasinoTBDYesMay 11 (mobile app and retail sportsbook)
FOX BetLady Luck CasinoTBDYesMay 19
SBK SportsbookBronco Billy’s CasinoSmarketsYes June 4
Sky Ute SportsbookSky Ute Casino and ResortUSBookmakingYesJune 9
BetfredSaratoga CasinoPlaytechYesJune 17 (retail sportsbook launched). Mobile app launched Sept. 10.
Circa Sports Century Casino Cripple Creek IGTYes July 1
DraftKingsGolden Mardi Gras Casino Kambi/SB TechNoThe temporary retail sportsbook launched on July 10. The permanent outlet on Sept. 25.
Wildwood CasinoAmelcoYesJuly 21 (mobile app and retail sportsbook)
Barstool BetsAmeristar CasinoTBDTBDJuly 21 (retail sportsbook only as of now)
William HillIsle CasinoWilliam HillYesJuly 24 (retail sportsbook launched). Mobile app launched Sept. 8.
ELITE SportsbookRed Dolly CasinoTBDYes Aug. 12 (mobile app and retail sportsbook)
ISIJohnny Nolon's CasinoTBDTBDRetail sportsbook
theScore BetThe Gilpin CasinoTBDYes Sept. 2 (Carousel Group)Johnny Nolon’s CasinoTBDYesSept. 16
BetAmericaBronco Billy’s Christmas CasinoTBDNoRetail sportsbook opened on Sept. 24.
PointsBetDouble Eagle CasinoPointsBetYesTBD
SuperBookThe Lodge CasinoTBDYesTBD
Bet365Century Casino Cripple Creek TBDYesTBD
TBDThe Brass Ass CasinoTBDTBDTBD
BetssonDostal Alley SaloonTBDYesTBD
TBDBull Durham CasinoTBDTBDTBD
TBDEasy Street CasinoTBDTBDTBD
PlaySportsSasquatch CasinoIGTYesTBD
TBDThe Famous Bonanza CasinoTBDTBDTBD
PlaySportsThe Wild Card SaloonIGTYesTBD
TBDGrand Z Casino HotelTBDTBDTBD
ISI Race &
Colorado Grande CasinoTBDTBDTBD
Tipico Century Casino Central City TBDYesTBD

One of the two tribal casinos in the southwestern portion of Colorado, Sky Ute Casino, is now live with its sportsbook. There’s no update on when Ute Mountain Casino will launch its sportsbook to Colorado sports bettors.

Colorado sports betting apps, brands and launch dates

Several of the biggest and best-known sport betting brands announced partnerships with casinos ahead of the May 1 launch. The list below shows the partnerships which are already known.

Several of the biggest and best-known sport betting brands announced partnerships with casinos ahead of the May 1 launch. The list below shows the partnerships which are already known.

  • FanDuel: This popular DFS site has transformed into a full sports betting powerhouse in other regulated states. A partnership has been announced with three casinos owned by the Twin Rivers Group in Black Hawk. FanDuel’s online sportsbook went live on May 1.
  • DraftKings: Like FanDuel, this site started in Daily Fantasy Sports. They are part of the same deal, with Golden GateGolden Gulch and Mardi Gras casinos in Black Hawk, all possible sites for their retail sportsbook. DraftKings also went live in Colorado on May 1.
  • BetMGM: BetMGM went live in Colorado on May 1. It is partnered with the Midnight Rose Hotel & Casino in Cripple Creek. Their online sportsbook is also currently live in New Jersey, West Virginia, Nevada and Indiana.
  • BetRivers: BetRivers is partnered with J.P. McGill’s Hotel and Casino in Cripple Creek and launched online on May 1. Their online offering has been highly successful in other states under the Rush Street Interactive umbrella. It has online sportsbooks in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Iowa, in addition to Colorado.
  • Fox Bet: You’ll have heard of FOX Sports, and PokerStars. Fox Bet brings together the best of both brands. It uses the innovative Stars Rewards program and offers promotions tied to the anchors and personalities on FOX Sports. 

Other brands expected to launch in 2020 / 2021

  • PointsBet: This sportsbook is huge in their native Australia – and are already active in other regulated states. They are partnering with the Double Eagle Casino to bring mobile sports betting to Colorado. Pointsbet has a unique way to bet in addition to the regular singles and parlays. This is called ‘Pointsbetting’ and involves betting units of your stake per point / goal difference in the spreads.
  • Bet America: This is one of three brands which will work with Full House Resorts, owners of Bronco Billy’s Casino in Cripple Creek. Bet America has been running an online racebook in Colorado. It has transitioned into full sports betting in several states already. New bettors at Bet America will get a generous $100 refund (in betting credits) if their first bet loses.
  • theScore: This media brand has announced its intention to develop sports betting apps to go alongside their website in multiple states. They have partnered with Jacobs Entertainment in Colorado. This is a local company, which owns multiple casinos. Their flagship property is the Lodge Casino in Black Hawk. They also own the smaller Gilpin Casino.
  • BetFred: Another international betting brand which has a big presence in the UK, Ireland and around the world. BetFred offers casino and poker games online in those jurisdictions, though will be focusing on sports betting in Colorado. They have announced a partnership with the Saratoga Casino, Black Hawk. This is owned by same company behind the famous Saratoga Springs racetrack in New York state.
  • Barstool Bets: Penn National, owners of many casino properties around the country, recently bought a big stake in media brand Barstool Sports. They are developing a sports betting app – with a 3Q 2020 target for launch. Penn National manages the Ameristar Casino in Black Hawk, making this the likely candidate for a live sportsbook and online betting license.
  • Caesars Sports: While there are no Caesars branded hotels or casinos in Colorado, it looks like their sports betting brand has a way into the Centennial state. A corporate merger with Eldorado Resorts is underway. Eldorado owns both the Isle and Lady Luck Casinos in Black Hawk. No announcement has been made, though one of these (physically linked) casinos could be the right spot for a Caesars sportsbook.

Types of online sportsbook bonuses

The legal sports betting environment here in Colorado is quite competitive, and that’s really good news for consumers. Operators have to pull out all the stops to separate themselves from the pack, and that translates directly into generous bonus offers. Here are some of the best ones you’ll find.

  • No Deposit Bonus: This can go by other names such as a free bet, but the bottom line is that it’s free money for you to play with at an online sportsbook. Qualifying for this offer can be as simple as creating an account via our exclusive links.
  • Risk-Free Bet: For this offer, the sportsbook allows you to place your first bet in risk-free fashion, sometimes for as much as $500. If you place your first bet and it turns out to be a loser, the operator will refund the amount of your wager.
  • Deposit Bonus: If you make a deposit at certain operators, they’ll match it dollar for dollar up to a certain amount. Some books really go all out on this front and will match your first deposit on a 100 percent basis up to $500.
  • Odds Boost: This is a special promotional offering in which the sportsbook raises the odds on a specific event to make it even more appealing. As an example, they might spike the moneyline on a big favorite to a level that’s almost too good to pass up.

The best way to make sure you are getting all of the incentives you are entitled to is by creating an account with the sportsbooks via our exclusive links. You can be up and running in just minutes to take full advantage of these offers.

For free bet offers, the rules are simple. Create your account and receive free funds to play with. Risk-free bets will require a deposit, and the amount that gets refunded to is not eligible for immediate withdrawal. Getting your money back on a losing bet is tough to beat.

For deposit matches, the bonus funds will be credited to your account. These also aren’t eligible for withdrawal as the book is giving you free money for the purpose of playing on site. This is a fantastic way to get started on the path towards building up bankroll.

How to bet online

The sports calendar is jam-packed all year round, so you’ll have little trouble finding something to wager on. From local favorites to niche sports and all points in between, you’ll have plenty of choices to consider.

Here’s what you need to do for each step.

  1. The main sportsbook lobby will be filled with featured and upcoming listings. To find a specific sport, you’ll often find the full list of available markets on the left side, or in a drop-down menu up top. In some cases, you’ll have both options. Once you click on the sport you want, the lobby will be populated with the available events. 
  2. Each game or event will have its own listing. The default will be for the main bet types available, such as moneyline, point spread and totals for the team-based sports. If you click through on the listing — or the “more wagers” label in some spots — you’ll find all of the other bets available, such as props and alternative lines.
  3. Once you’ve zeroed in on the sport and bet type, it’s just a matter of making your selection. Generally, you’ll just need to click on the odds that correlate with your choice.
  4. After the bet is added to the ticket, you can go back and add more if you’re looking to build out a parlay or another exotic wager. If not, all you need to do is add in the amount you want to wager.
  5. Last but not least, take the time to verify that everything is correct on your slip. We can all make mistakes, but many will be avoided by simply double-checking. If everything looks good to go, just click submit and the bet will be placed right away.

The entire process is quick and painless. Once you go through it a few times, it’ll be that much quicker.

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Major sporting events in CO

All throughout the year, you’ll have plenty of options to consider when it comes to sports betting but here’s a look at some of the biggest drivers at the betting window.

NFL betting

The biggest attraction at sportsbooks comes in the form of the betting on the NFL, and there are numerous ways to get in the game. Think this is the Denver Broncos’ year in the AFC West? There will be a futures bet to place on that. Like Drew Lock to throw for more than 2.5 TDs the next time the Broncos take the field? You’ll likely find a prop bet for that.

Here are just some of the top NFL betting markets you’ll have to consider here in CO.

  • Moneyline, spread and totals for all regular season games.
  • All bet types for NFL playoff games and the Super Bowl.
  • Prop betting for each NFL game.
  • Live betting for every game on the NFL schedule.
  • NFL futures — Super Bowl winner, Rookie of the Year, etc.

NBA Betting

Pro hoops is another of the biggest draws at the betting window, and it’s a top choice for many seasoned bettors. You can get in on the fun in a number of ways, including a futures bet on the Denver Nuggets to take down the Western Conference or a prop bet on the over or under for total points scored by Nikola Jokic next time out.

Here’s a peek at some of the biggest NBA betting opportunities you’ll have to sort through.

  • Moneyline, spread and totals for all regular season games.
  • All bet types for playoff games and the NBA Finals.
  • Prop betting for each NBA game.
  • Live betting for every game on the NBA schedule.
  • NBA futures — conference winners, league MVP, etc.

MLB betting

The MLB season is a big highlight at sportsbooks from opening day straight through to the World Series. The opportunities are nearly endless, including on the futures and props front. Like the Colorado Rockies to win the World Series? There’s a futures bet with your name on it. Think Trevor Story goes yard next time out? Scroll through the props and place your wagers.

Here’s a look at some of the main MLB betting markets available.

  • Moneyline, run line and totals for all regular season games.
  • All bet types for playoff games and the World Series.
  • Prop betting for each MLB game.
  • Live betting for every game on the MLB schedule.
  • MLB futures — pennant winners, Cy Young, etc.

NHL betting

The fastest game on ice brings in plenty of wagering interest. You have a number of ways to bet on the NHL here in CO, including bets that are specific to the Avalanche. Examples include a futures wager on the team to win its division, or various prop bets on what star forward Nathan MacKinnon has in store for the next game.

Here’s a look at some of the top NHL betting markets you’ll find at online and mobile sportsbooks.

  • Moneyline, goal line and totals for all regular season games.
  • All bet types for playoff games and Stanley Cup.
  • Prop betting for each NHL game.
  • Live betting for every game on the NHL schedule.
  • NHL futures — Stanley Cup winner, Vezina Trophy, etc.

College basketball betting

Interest is through the roof when it comes to March Madness, but there’s plenty to be said for the rest of the college basketball season. There are tons of games to consider, as well as numerous futures opportunities such as the regular season win total for Colorado State or the  chances for Northern Colorado to take down the Big Sky.

Here are some of the top NCAAB betting markets you’ll have to choose from.

  • Moneyline, point spread and totals for all regular season games.
  • All bet types for March Madness.
  • Bet on the Final Four and national championship.
  • Live betting for NCAAB games.
  • NCAAB futures — national champion, Player of the Year, etc.

College football betting

College football is a top choice for a number of seasoned handicappers, and folks here in CO can now see what all of the fuss is about. Beyond a plethora of options for each game on the docket, you can wager on things such as Colorado to take down the Pac-12 or an over or under on total wins for Air Force this season.

Here are some of the top NCAAF betting markets you’ll want to take a look at.

  • Moneyline, point spread and totals for all regular season games.
  • All bet types for bowl games.
  • Bet on the College Football Playoff and national championship.
  • Live betting for NCAAF games.
  • NCAAF futures — conference winners, Pac-12, etc.

Other sports you can bet on

The list of sports you can bet on doesn’t begin and end with the major team-based sports. There are a number of other markets to explore, some of which see a great deal of action in their own right. This includes golf, darts, international sports, NASCAR and Aussie Rules, just to name a few.

There are a number of times when certain sports from will see a ton of betting action. Examples include a major tournament for golf or tennis, NASCAR’s Daytona 500, or a big UFC pay-per-view event.

One other quick note to keep in mind: Not every operator will offer each of the sports we’ve touched on. You can consult the books you plan to play on for an exact list, but the vast majority of them will have a large menu for you to browse through.

Can I bet on college sports in Colorado?

It’s good news on this front for college football and basketball fans. You can bet on college sports here in Colorado without issue. The only exception is that there is no prop betting allowed on any college sporting events.

This is an area of sports betting law that has varied on a state-by-state basis in the new legal and regulated environment. For example, New Jersey allows betting on college games, but you can’t bet on events that are happening in the state or on any NJ-based teams. Meanwhile, neighboring Pennsylvania has no such restrictions on in-state programs.

Here in Colorado, you’ll be able to experience all of the fun and excitement of betting on college sports, including on the local teams. That means that betting on Air Force football is perfectly fine, as is wagering on Colorado basketball or any of the other local teams.

Beyond the locals, you’ll be able to get in the game with college football bowl season and March Madness like never before.

Live betting

Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could get some bets in after the action had already started? Thanks to the wonders of live betting, you can.

Also known as in-game or in-play wagering, live betting is one of the fastest-growing parts of the sports betting landscape. It refers to bets you can place in real time as a contest unfolds.

It’s a fast-moving market in which the offerings will vary based on what’s going on. Typically, you’ll find new opportunities to bet on the outcome of the contest, wagers that resemble props and bets on certain segments of the game, such as a quarter in basketball or the next drive in a game of football.

Here are a few examples of what you might see:

  • Which side will hold the halftime lead — Nuggets or Jazz?
  • What will be the outcome of the Broncos’ next drive — TD/FG/punt/TO?
  • How many shots will the Avalanche take in period two — over/under 8.5?

There’s no need to go to a busy sportsbook to get in on the action with live betting. Online and mobile platforms make it super simple to stay on top of the action, and current offerings are generally easy to find.

Live betting is a great way to get additional action on a contest, hedge or double down on your initial positions, or simply become more engaged with the games you love.

Colorado sports betting basics

You’ll have plenty of betting markets to choose from here in Colorado, and the same holds true for the ways you can wager. All of the major bet types are available at the major online and mobile platforms, ranging from the basics to the advanced.

Here’s a quick cheat sheet for the main bet types you’ll have to consider.

  • Moneyline: This is a simple bet in which you are simply choosing the winner.
  • Point spread: You can take the favorite minus the points, or go with the underdog plus the spread.
  • Totals: These are wagers in which you choose over or under a benchmark number of points for the game as set by the sportsbook.
  • Props: These are basically side wagers on something that may happen during the game or by its conclusion.
  • Futures: These are bets on something that will happen down the road, such as the winner of the next Super Bowl or World Series.
  • Parlays: These are wagers in which you include multiple outcomes on a single betting ticket in a quest for greater rewards.
  • Live betting: Bets you can place in real time as the action unfolds on the field of play.

When starting out, remember that there’s no need to try to master everything at once. You can start with one or two bet types, build up your skills, and rinse and repeat as your skills advance. It’s worth taking the time to play around with each of the aforementioned bet types to determine which works best for your overall wagering strategy.

Where does the tax revenue go?

A 10% sports betting tax will be collected throughout the year and that money will go to the state of Colorado’s water conservation plan.

Proposition DD narrowly passed with a 50.73% yes vote in November 2019.

Colorado was allowed to put Proposition DD on a ballot following the US Supreme Court’s ruling in May 2018 that legalizing sports betting is now in the hands of individual states.

Colorado Sports Betting FAQ

Is it legal to bet on sports in Colorado?

Yes, by virtue of the passage of 2019’s Proposition DD, sports betting is now legal in Colorado.

Great! Where can I bet?

Online sports betting is live in Colorado. As long as you are 21+, you can bet at DraftKings, FanDuel and BetMGM. You can also bet at a retail location by visiting on of the casinos in Colorado.

Where will sportsbooks be located in CO?

In terms of retail sportsbooks, Colorado’s land-based casinos are eligible to pursue a master license for sports betting in the state. The vast majority of them have already done so.

By law, Colorado’s casinos are limited to three towns located about an hour west of Denver. The towns of Black HawkCentury City and Cripple Creek are the only permissible locations for gambling establishments in the Centennial State.

Who will oversee the sportsbooks once they launch?

The Colorado Division of Gaming oversees all gambling in the state. It has extended its regulatory jurisdiction to cover sports betting.

Who can bet on sports in Colorado?

Any Colorado residents or visitors who are 21 years or older can bet on sports.

Can l bet on my phone?

Yes. Online sports betting is available through your mobile or desktop computer.

Is my personal and financial information safe with Colorado sportsbooks?

Yes, the sports betting sites are owned and operated by some of the most prominent and respected operators in the world. They will take the utmost care to safeguard player information from hackers and other criminal elements.

Can I play from outside the state?

No, both state and federal laws prohibit sports betting across state lines. Colorado sportsbook apps must maintain geolocation verification software and monitor the location of players on their apps continuously.

That being said, if you live outside of Colorado, you can drive across the border and bet online.

Are offshore sportsbooks safe to use?

No, an offshore site operates outside the legal protections of the United States. Were there to be any incidents or disputes between you and the sportsbook, you might find your options for recourse quite limited.