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 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.
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:
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:
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.
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.”
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.
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).
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.
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:
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:
With so many books and so many variations of promotions, it can pay to keep a regular eye on them.
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.
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:
Athletics (including the Olympics), cycling and country-specific sports like Aussie rules football are available on some CO apps.
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:
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.
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.
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.