Mobile sports betting is live in Colorado. A number of sports betting apps have launched and we expect more as they continue to partner with casinos in Black Hawk, Cripple Creek and Central City.
You can now bet on pro and college sports from anywhere inside CO state lines using your smartphone, tablet or desktop computer, as well as in person at retail sportsbooks.
This page covers what you need to know to about Colorado sports betting apps. We’ll examine the laws, how the sports betting apps work, bonuses and payment options. You’ll also find an overview of the types of bets, along with the variety of sports wagers.
Online sports betting apps and bonuses in Colorado
Best Colorado betting apps for 2021
There are a number of apps coming to the Colorado market, including a more than half a dozen that have launched already. Here are the major sports betting apps in Colorado, along with their headline welcome bonuses:
DraftKings Sportsbook app
DraftKings Sportsbook features one of the most innovative apps available to Americans. One of the main attributes, a customized betting carousel that suggests bets to players based upon their preferences and histories, guarantees that no two players ever have the same experience on DraftKings. DraftKings also has an active live ticket system that helps players cash out and save their winnings if a bet seems to be going well.
FanDuel Sportsbook app
The FanDuel Sportsbook app focuses on customer care and flexibility. Few sportsbooks are more consistent in their offers and promotions than the not-just-DFS giant. There are also a plethora of types of wagers that you can make on the regular, including rarer selections like teasers and round robins. FanDuel is partnered with three casinos owned by the Twin Rivers Group in Black Hawk. FanDuel’s online sportsbook went live on May 1.
FOX Bet Sportsbook app
The FOX Bet app is more entwined with sports media than any other app in Colorado, and it shows. No other app can offer the kind of seamless connection between on-air predictions and attention. Fox Sports hosts routinely offer features and suggestions to help bettors make their choices, which is a handy thing for players who might be feeling intimidated by all the app’s bells and whistles.
BetMGM Sportsbook app
BetMGM is obviously the app expression of one of the world’s largest gambling companies. However, where BetMGM really shines is in its Edit My Bet function, which is a dramatic extension of the live ticket system found elsewhere. Players have the freedom to add, swap, or remove selections from open bets, which gives bettors an unrivaled amount of liberty with their unsettled wagers. It is even possible to increase the stakes on your bet if things are going well. BetMGM is partnered with the Midnight Rose Hotel & Casino in Cripple Creek and went live May 1, 2020.
BetRivers Sportsbook app
BetRivers Sportsbook is the sportsbook app for a company undergoing explosive expansion – Rush Street Interactive. However, for players who find the navy-and-yellow app, you will find one aspect that is different from almost every other online sportsbook. BetRivers offers players the opportunity to take part in its iRush Rewards program, one of the few loyalty programs geared towards rewarding sports bettors for their continued patronage. BetRivers is partnered with J.P. McGill’s Hotel and Casino in Cripple Creek and launched online on May 1, 2020.
Sportsbetting.com Sportsbook app
Sportsbetting.com launched its sportsbook app in Colorado in September 2020. It is the 12th online sportsbook to do so in the Centennial State, and it serves as the online sportsbook arm of Johnny Nolon’s Casino in Cripple Creek. What stands out about this app, aside from its authoritative name, is the variety of sports that you can bet. Along with standards like basketball, baseball, and football, Coloradans can now wager on sports like Gaelic football, Gaelic hurling, and snooker.
SBK is the first sportsbook app to launch from British sports exchange operator Smarkets. The app launched in June 2020 thanks to a partnership with Bronco Billy’s Casino and Hotel in Cripple Creek. One of the more interesting aspects of the SBK app is its social feature. Players can trade tips and trash talk with each other in a way uncommon to most American sportsbooks.
BetMonarch Sportsbook app
BetMonarch became the fifth sportsbook app to launch in Colorado when it opened its virtual doors in May 2020. Unsurprisingly, the app is the online expression for sports betting at the Monarch Casino and Resort in Black Hawk. Like few other apps, BetMonarch offers its players a robust rewards program for their play.
Barstool Bets sportsbook app
Barstool Bets is not an active sportsbook in Colorado just yet. However, given the firepower behind the sportsbook app, its launch is decidedly imminent in the Centennial State. Thanks to the extensive reach of its parent company, Penn National Gaming, Barstool Bets is soon to be the sportsbook brand for the Ameristar Casino Black Hawk. Barstool is likely to offer a product with multiple touchpoints to its media presence, much like Fox Bet.
Sky Ute Sportsbook app
Sky Ute Sportsbook is the first tribal sportsbook to open its doors in Colorado. It is the online representative for the Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio and is in the unusual position of being open while its land-based partner remains closed. If you’re looking for the independent coffeeshop of Colorado sports betting, Sky Ute is your answer.
Circa Sports app
Most sportsbook brands that are active in Colorado have a long history of operations. Circa Sports is not one of those, and the new kid on the block has something to prove. While the app is not active just yet, sources indicate that Circa will emphasize futures betting and large bet sizes more than most sportsbooks. Circa will operate under one of the licenses secured by the Century casinos in Cripple Creek and Century City.
BetWildwood Sportsbook app
BetWildwood is the sports betting app for the Wildwood Casino in Cripple Creek. The app’s launch in July 2020 coincided with a retail launch at its land-based partner. BetWildwood is a pleasing, if unassuming, app with tremendous attention paid to the customer experience as a relaxed environment. Few sportsbooks are as authentically Coloradan as BetWildwood.
Elite Sportsbook app
Elite Sportsbook was the 11th online sportsbook to open its doors in August 2020. It did so courtesy of a partnership between Elite and Red Dolly Casino in Black Hawk. Perhaps the most significant feature of Elite Sportsbook is its Progressive Parlay. The Progressive Parlay injects an acceptable margin of error into parlay betting, making it possible to miss one or more of your legs and still collect on your bet to an extent.
Other brands expected to launch
- PointsBet Sportsbook: As well as the usual single- and multiple-game bets, you can enjoy a new betting format at PointsBet. PointsBetting is a variation of betting on the spread. You can win (or lose) multiple times your stake, depending on how many points/goals the real result is from your total. PointsBet will partner with Double Eagle Casino, also in Cripple Creek.
- BetAmerica Sportsbook: This brand is best known for its horse race betting site, which gives nationwide access to the pari-mutuel betting pools. BetAmerica has launched a full sportsbook, with an app, in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. It has announced a deal with Bronco Billy’s Casino in Cripple Creek.
- William Hill: This international brand delivers experience running both retail and online sportsbooks. William Hill has powered many Nevada sportsbooks for several years. It has also shown to be quick off the mark when opportunities arise in other states. If previous strategies reoccur in CO, then William Hill could open multiple retail and online sportsbooks.
How to download a Colorado sports betting app
Before you can bet, you’ll need to register with one or more sports betting sites. You also need to decide whether to download an app or use the website version of the sportsbook.
Online betting apps have several advantages:
- You can bet on the move, without being restricted to staying in front of your computer.
- Also, you can advantage of in-play betting, which allows you to wager while you watch a game.
- The graphics and navigation are optimized for smaller screens and touchscreen inputs.
Website access also has some pluses. If you are using a desktop computer, then that extra screen space means all the navigation and game info can be in one place. So, there isn’t any need to toggle between multiple screens to place your bets.
You’ll also be able to switch between the different books easily, for example, to compare lines.
Downloading the app
If you are using an iPhone or an iPad, the sportsbook will direct you to download its app from the Apple App Store. If you have an Android mobile device, you’ll need to download it from the sportsbook’s website.
Google does not allow gambling apps, even though these are legal in many states. Keep in mind that you might need to override some warning messages about downloading from an “unknown source.”
Creating a new account
While the process is slightly different for each app, the information collected is similar. The sportbook will ask you to create a screen name, enter your name, etc. It will want your email address because some apps will send you a verification link via email. You’ll then need your date of birth, the last four digits of your Social Security number (for age verification) and address.
You don’t need to be a permanent resident of the CO to bet, though you do need to be within state lines when you wager. Geolocation software will ensure that you are on the right side of the border.
How the mobile sports betting app works
Finding your way around the new sports betting apps will become intuitive. The first time you use one, sticking with a single sport can help you understand how the different areas fit together.
Each sports betting app has its nuances. Under the hood of varying navigation paths or icons, they all share the following attributes.
It starts with a way of navigating to the sport, league and game. Some books use icons, and others use lists. All the major leagues are always at the forefront.
An “A-Z” is the most common way to list all the sports, with many books having this list come in from the left-hand side. Once you pick your sport, the main screen will show the biggest upcoming games, along with ways to narrow down the options. It will change for different sports, with pro and college games, plus international fixtures where appropriate (for example, with soccer).
How to place a bet
When you pick a game, it will show only three bets: moneyline, totals and point spreads’ odds. Tapping on a link or arrow will provide you with a list of other bets including; props, period bets and other sport-specific wagers.
You can add any wager to your bet slip as you go along by tapping it. Once done, you’ll then need to go to your bet slip to add the amount you want to bet. You also have the opportunity to join bets into parlays or other multiples bets, or to remove them from your slip.
Other key areas of mobile betting apps in Colorado include your account information, betting history and current bonuses.
The cashier will provide you with your deposit methods and payment history, while the promotions page will cover any upcoming deals, such as odds boosts or bet insurance.
Bonuses and promotions for Colorado sports betting apps
Welcome bonuses will help get you started. Remember that the ongoing incentives, promotions and loyalty rewards will make a big difference over the long-term.
Here are the bonus offers to look out for:
- Risk-Free First Bets: Books will often take the risk off the table the first time you bet on their apps. If your first-ever bet loses, your stake gets returned, which is usually in the form of a free wager. Offers will range from $100 to $500. You’ll find minimum and maximum odds at some books, along with time limits for using your free bets.
- Matched Deposit Bonuses: This is the most common form of welcome bonus at sports betting sites: Your initial deposit gets matched, sometimes up to $1,000. This match is with free bets that you will need to wager between 1x and 5x before you can withdraw your winnings. Look out for time limits, and make sure that you leave plenty of time to meet the playthrough requirements.
- No-Deposit Free Bets: Simply signing up at some CO sportsbooks will get you a (smaller) free bet. These are in the $20-$30 range. Again, wagering requirements apply. These vary from 1x to 5x.
Ongoing offers are more varied than the initial welcome bonuses. These deals can include incentives to try new betting formats (for example, in-play betting) or to reload a dormant account.
Here are some popular ways that sports betting sites use to incentivize regular bettors:
- Free Bets: These depend on your betting activity. For example, Fox Bet offers a $5 bet each week for anyone betting $20 or more on certain games. This type of offer will sometimes be tied to major events, for example, the Super Bowl or March Madness.
- Odds Boost Offers: Before you place any bet at a CO sportsbook, check its promotion’s page for odds boosts. You will never know when a promo will boost the lines for bets you were about to place elsewhere.
- Parlay Insurance or Boosts: A common way to encourage parlays is to offer a stake-back deal if only one leg loses. If all your selections do come through, you’ll get a significant boost at some books, depending on the sliding scale percentage-wise of how many games you included.
- Overtime Insurance: This works in a similar way to parlay insurance, returning your stake if you lose a bet in overtime or in the last few minutes (it depends on the sport).
- Reload Bonuses: If you need to top up your betting account, then look out for reloads. These work in a similar way to the matched welcome bonuses.
- Loyalty Reward Comp Schemes: Most books will let you accumulate points based on the amount you bet. You can exchange these for free bets or cash bonuses at specified levels. Some loyalty schemes work in tiers or tie-in with hotel or casino loyalty programs.
With so many books and so many variations of promotions, it can pay to keep a regular eye on them.
Live, in-play betting on mobile apps in Colorado
Almost all betting apps offer live betting on sports. This feature allows you to bet while watching the game, whether at home, the bar or the stadium.
Mobile sportsbooks use live feeds from the games. As the action unfolds, the betting lines change. You can place many of the regular bets like totals, spreads, moneylines and some props while the game is underway.
To say this adds an immersive new way to bet would be an understatement. It can keep you involved in the on-field action.
Sports and leagues covered by CO sportsbooks
The only restrictions for bettors in Colorado are high school sports, college sports prop bets and esports, which are not controlled by a recognized governing body.
So, this leaves a long list of pro sports leagues, international sports and individual sports. The depth of sports offerings will vary between the brands, though all of them will offer the major games.
Here are the primary sports offerings, starting with the most popular:
- Mixed martial arts
- NASCAR and Formula 1
Athletics (including the Olympics), cycling and country-specific sports like Aussie rules football are available on some CO apps.
Types of bets available
Some bets work for most sporting events, while others are specific to certain types. The apps in Colorado have the most common single-match wagers, with the props and multiple team bets varying more.
Here are the main types of bets you can expect to find:
- Moneyline: A simple single bet where you back a team to win at odds offered by the book.
- Totals: A book will state how many points both teams combined will reach, and you get to decide whether to back the “under” or the “over.”
- Spreads: In this bet, the book will attempt to even the chances of the teams by adding points/goals to the underdog.
- Parlays: This is the most popular format for multiple-team bets. All your selections need to win, which should net you a big payday.
- Teasers: Also known as alternative spreads, this parlay format gives you wider spreads, meaning you’ll win more often.
- Round Robins: You can “box” bets so that all the teams play each other. Round robins can still pay if one or more of your team loses.
- Props: This is a general term for proposition bets for a wager which is on something other than the game’s outcome. Player props include the highest scorer or first to score.
- Futures: Your wagers don’t need to be on the current or upcoming game. You can bet seasonlong, for example, on your pick of the teams to make the playoffs.
Using the cashier at Colorado sportsbooks
A considerable advantage of regulated sportsbooks in Colorado is you don’t need to risk using offshore books. You can deposit securely using your regular credit or debit cards, bank transfers or e-wallet, like PayPal.
Some sportsbooks offer a prepaid debit card. You can load these from your bank and instantly deposit to your account or spend like a regular debit card.
For many people, prepaid cards are a great way to keep your betting bankroll separate from your day-to-day spending.
PayNearMe (at the cashier of 7-Eleven stores) works for those who don’t live near a casino.
Colorado sports betting apps and the law
In a close run, sports betting became legal after CO voters passed referendum Proposition DD in November 2019. Lawmakers argued that offshore sports betting was not safe, and “bringing sports betting into the daylight” was the right thing to do.
House bill 1327 set up a licensing framework for both retail and mobile sports betting, which went live on May 1, 2020.
The Colorado Division of Gaming (part of the Department of Revenue) holds jurisdiction over licenses and sportsbooks in the state. It drafted the guidelines and licensing process.
The licenses are split into master licenses (that all of the 33 casinos can apply for), plus separate live and online sportsbook licenses. Sportsbooks will be taxed 10% of revenue, with a license fee not exceeding $125,000.
Unlike in other states, there aren’t any restrictions on odds feeds for in-play betting. As a result, live betting will be a significant feature of CO sports betting apps. Prop bets on college games are the only notable restriction. You need to be 21 or older and within state lines to bet.
Help for problem gamblers
Expanding gambling to mobile devices does come with responsibilities. Users with gambling problems need to be protected. Colorado apps go far beyond supplying information and phone numbers to support charities.
There are tools to help people manage their deposit limits, bet limits and time spent gambling. If these are not enough, bettors can take a time-out or self-exclude from sportsbook apps. You can visit this page for more information on responsible gambling in Colorado.