Colorado Sports Betting Apps

Mobile sports betting is live in Colorado.

A handful of sports betting apps have launched and we expect more as they continue to partner with casinos in Black HawkCripple 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.

Best mobile betting apps in Colorado for 2020

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Top sports betting apps in Colorado

There are a number of apps coming to the Colorado market, including a handful that have launched already.

Here are the major brands, along with their headline welcome bonuses:

  • DraftKings: DraftKings now offers a full sportsbook in parallel, giving you the chance to bet on pro and college sports. DraftKings is live in Colorado with an app for both Android and iOS. Get a risk-free first bet, up to $200, plus a $500 matched welcome bonus.
  • FanDuel: FanDuel runs a full sportsbook in parallel with its daily fantasy sports app in multiple states. Expect a big welcome bonus and plenty of specials at FanDuel. Download the FanDuel app for your Android or iOS and your first bet will be risk-free, up to $500.
  • BetRivers: The Philly-based sportsbook is now live in Colorado with a $250 deposit bonus when you download the BetRivers sports betting app. 
  • BetMGM: BetMGM offers an app for both iPhone and Android and provides new bettors with a risk-free first bet, along with plenty of promotions. . Receive a $25 free bet for registering and a $1,000 matched welcome bonus.

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.
  • Fox Bet: You’ll have heard of Fox Sports, and maybe even BetStars (PokerStars’ betting arm). Fox Bet brings together the best of both brands. It uses the excellent BetStars’ platform and innovative Stars Rewards program. You’ll also find promotions tied in with the main anchors and personalities on Fox Sports. Again, no partner has yet been announced.
  • 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

With 33 Colorado casinos potentially launching sportsbooks, there should be plenty of competition between the apps.  A little rivalry is great for sports betting fans, who will be able to take advantage of competing bonuses to kickstart their betting bankroll.

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 sportsThis 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:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Boxing
  • Mixed martial arts
  • NASCAR and Formula 1
  • Rugby
  • Cricket

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.

If you prefer old-fashioned cash, you’ll be able to make deposits at the casino cages in Cripple Creek, Black Hawk or Central City

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