Colorado Online Sports Betting

Colorado sports betting on the way!

The signature of Governor Jared Polis was not enough to start sports betting in Colorado. A referendum was also needed. The question (known as Proposition DD) went to a vote in November 2019. It passed – by a small margin – paving the way for the expansion of sports betting in the Centennial state.

As of May 2020, betting on pro and college sports is possible both online and at retail sportsbooks in Colorado. Each casino can apply for a single mobile license in conjunction with their retail sportsbook, creating healthy competition between the sports betting brands.

This page explains how to get the best from these new Colorado sports betting sites. Both the retail sportsbooks and the online betting apps are covered. You’ll find out about the law, the brands and how to use the sportsbooks below.

Out of state changes were required before the Colorado house could pass a sports betting bill. New Jersey has been challenging an act called PASPA for many years. This act denied the states jurisdiction over sports betting. In 2018, it was overturned at the Supreme Court. This returned jurisdiction over sports betting (and other forms of gambling) to individual states.

Since then, many states have already introduced both retail and online sports betting. Places where this is currently live include New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Iowa. Many other states have passed legislation.

Bill HB 1327 was signed into law by Governor Jared Polis in May 2019. This includes tax changes, which meant a state-wide referendum was needed for it to become law. This took place, and narrowly passed.

Unusually, Bill 1327 included a start date. Sports betting will go live in Colorado on the 1st of May 2020. This provided time for the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission to set up a licensing system. Sports betting brands will partner with the brick and mortar casinos, setting up online betting sites and apps – plus branded retail sportsbooks.

Details of Bill 1327: What Colorado Sports Betting Will Look Like

There are few exclusions or rules in this bill which could adversely affect sports betting in Colorado. This bill does not include provisions for online casinos or poker rooms. DFS contests and pari-mutuel betting are already legal.

Highlights from Bill 1327:

Which Colorado Casinos Will Have Sportsbooks

Until the licensing process is completed, we will not know exactly which CO casinos will have new sportsbooks. There are 33 casinos in Central City, Cripple Creek and Black Hawk – plus the tribal casinos at Ute Mountain. With so many small venues it is improbable that they will all open sportsbooks.

Two partnerships are already known.

Here is the full list of venues which could have sportsbooks in 2020:

CasinoCityApplication StatusPartnerLaunch Date
Saratoga CasinoBlack HawkApproved (ML)Betfred
Double Eagle CasinoCripple CreekApproved (ML)PointsBet
Dostal Alley SaloonCentury CityApproved (ML)
Monarch CasinoBlack HawkApproved (ML)
The Brass Ass CasinoCripple CreekApproved (ML)
Midnight Rose CasinoCripple CreekApproved (ML)
JP McGill’s CasinoCripple CreekApproved (ML)
Bronco Billy’s CasinoCripple CreekBetAmerica / Smarkets / Wynn Resorts
Golden Gates CasinoBlack HawkFanDuel / DraftKings
Golden Gulch CasinoBlack HawkFanDuel / DraftKings
Golden Mardi Gras Casino Black HawkFanDuel / DraftKings
Century Casino & HotelCentury CityCirca Sports
Century CasinoCripple CreekCirca Sports
Ameristar CasinoBlack Hawk
Bull Durham CasinoBlack Hawk
Isle CasinoBlack Hawk
The Lodge CasinoBlack Hawk
Red Dolly CasinoBlack Hawk
Z CasinoBlack Hawk
Bronco Billy’s Christmas CasinoCripple Creek
Wildwood CasinoCripple Creek
Easy Street CasinoCentury City
Sasquatch CasinoBlack Hawk
The Gilpin CasinoBlack Hawk
The Famous Bonanza CasinoCentury City
The Wild Card SaloonBlack Hawk
Grand Z Casino HotelCentury City
Lady Luck CasinoBlack Hawk
Colorado Grande CasinoCripple Creek
Johnny Z’s CasinoCentury City
Johnny Nolon’s CasinoCripple Creek

The Colorado sports betting law puts the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission in charge of issuing sports betting licenses to eligible applicants.

The state’s 33 land-based casinos can apply for master licenses, which are a prerequisite for any sort of sports betting. Each master licensee can then go it alone, or work with partners for retail sports betting and online and mobile sports betting operations. Any partners must also apply for either an operator or internet operator license.

The application process started in February 2020 and all but five of the 33 eligible Colorado casinos have applied for master licenses. The Commission issued the first seven CO sports betting master licenses on Feb. 20, 2020.

The following CO casinos were approved to launch retail and online sportsbook operations starting May 1, 2020:

The companies listed above in parentheses are that casino’s named sports betting partner and are applying for operator and/or internet operator licenses.

There are seven more sports betting operators that have partnered with various Colorado casino operators awaiting master license approval, including

BetAmerica Sportsbook Colorado

In September 2019, horse racing and casino giant Churchill Downs signed a deal with Full House Resorts to offer retail and online sports wagering under its BetAmerica brand and Full House Resorts’ license for Bronco Billy’s Casino and Hotel in Cripple Creek.

Churchill Downs is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky where it runs its flagship horse racing event – The Kentucky Derby. It also owns and operates the largest online horse racing wagering platform in the US, TwinSpires.com, brick-and-mortar casinos in eight states, and online sports betting and online gambling operations under its BetAmerica platform in multiple states.

Betfred Sportsbook Colorado

In January 2020, UK based bookmaker Betfred Group and its subsidiary Betfred USA Sports signed a deal with Saratoga Casino Black Hawk to offer Sports Wagering throughout Colorado.

Betfred and Saratoga Casino plan to open a full retail sportsbook at the casino and offer mobile and internet betting for customers inside the state.

Betfred has been around since 1967 and is one of the biggest sports betting brands in the UK with over 1,500 retail outlets and an online platform.

Las Vegas based Betfred USA Sports launched in 2019 targeting the expanding US sports betting market. It has since launched a retail sportsbook in Iowa and is preparing to go live with retail and online sports betting in Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Colorado in 2020.

Circa | Sports Colorado

Circa | Sports is Derek and Greg Stevens’ newest sports betting brand. The Stevens brothers own and operate a Circa | Sports retail sportsbook location inside their Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, and a satellite sportsbook at their D Las Vegas Casino Hotel, both in downtown Las Vegas. Plus, a Circa | Sports Nevada mobile sports betting app.

Circa Resort & Casino is the brothers’ newest hotel and casino project currently under construction in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. It should be ready to open by December 2020 with a three-story, stadium-style centerpiece sportsbook that will be the largest in Las Vegas.

In February 2020, Circa | Sports signed on to become Century Casinos Colorado Internet sports betting operator.

Century Casinos owns and operates Century Casino & Hotels in Cripple Creek and Central City, Colorado.

DraftKings Sportsbook Colorado

In January 2020, DraftKings announced a new market access partnership with Twin River Casino Holdings that will see DraftKings to offer retail and online and mobile sports betting in Colorado. The DraftKings Sportsbook mobile app is currently available in Indiana, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

The Colorado partnership will see DraftKings Sportsbook launch online in Colorado and at a new retail sportsbook operation inside the Mardi Gras Casino in Black Hawk. DraftKings also operates retail sportsbooks in Iowa, Mississippi, New Jersey, and New York.

Twin River also inked a deal with DraftKings rival FanDuel Sportsbook to launch online and mobile sportsbook operations in Colorado.

FanDuel Sportsbook Colorado

In January 2020, FanDuel and Twin River Casino Holdings agreed to a market access partnership that will see the FanDuel Sportsbook app launch in Colorado. FanDuel Sportsbooks already operates online in four states across the country.

Twin River owns and operates three casinos in Colorado, including:

Twin River also inked a deal with FanDuel rival DraftKings Sportsbook to launch both retail and online and mobile sportsbook operations at the Twin River Mardi Gras Casino in Black Hawk.

PointsBet Sportsbook Colorado

On July 30, 2019, Global sportsbook operator PointsBet announced it had entered a multi-year partnership with Double Eagle Hotel & Casino in Cripple Creek. The partnership includes the launch of both retail and mobile sportsbook operations in Colorado, pending regulatory approval.

PointsBet is a US online sportsbook originally founded in Australia. It first came to the US in New Jersey. It is now in Indiana and seeking regulatory approval to launch in several other states as well.

SBK Sportsbook Colorado

SBK is a UK-based betting exchange Smarkets’ new mobile sports betting app. In October 2019 Smarkets signed a deal with Full House Resorts to come on as one of the Colorado casino owner’s Internet sports betting operators.

Full House Resorts is the owner and operator of Bronco Billy’s Casino and Hotel in Cripple Creek, Colorado. It has also inked Colorado sports betting deals with casino operator Wynn Resorts and horse racing and casino giant Churchill Downs and its emerging online gaming brand BetAmerica.

Wynn Resorts Sportsbook Colorado

Luxury casino brand Wynn Resorts signed a deal with Full House Resorts in October 2019 to come on as one of the casino owner’s Internet sports betting operators in Colorado.

Full House Resorts owns and operates Bronco Billy’s Casino and Hotel in Cripple Creek, Colorado. It has also signed similar partnership agreements with UK betting exchange operator Smarkets and US horse racing and casino giant Churchill Downs.

In April 2019, Wynn Resorts also partnered with Scientific Games Corporation to launch new Wynn Resorts digital sports betting and iGaming applications in the US. Colorado may be the first state to see the launch of a Wynn Resorts-Scientific Games sports betting product.

What the Colorado sports betting apps should provide

Which Colorado Teams Can I Bet On?

You can bet on any team you like at the new Colorado sportsbooks. Naturally the local teams will be popular. Here are the biggest pro league teams in Colorado:

Colorado are well represented in other sports and in minor leagues. You can bet on the Colorado Rapids MLS team, the Eagles (hockey), Buffaloes (basketball), the Air Force Falcons (baseball) and many more.

Range of Betting Markets at Colorado Sportsbooks

Colorado based teams are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to betting opportunities at the new sportsbooks. You’ll be able to bet on matches covering the major / pro leagues, minor leagues and colligate action in all the popular sports.

You’ll find the depth of coverage for individual sports and international events impressive. All the sportsbooks cover US leagues in depth. You’ll find variations when it comes to the breadth of coverage for international games.

Here are some of the key sports you can bet on at both online and retail sportsbooks in Colorado:

What Types of Bets are Available at Colo Sportsbooks?

The move to Colorado online sports betting allows for types of bets which would not be possible in a retail sportsbook environment. These include in-play betting, which allows you to place bets on matches which are already underway – and cash out (also called early-redemption) betting.

These new bet types are in addition to the many ways you can wager on single matches or combine matches into multiples bets. Note that PointsBet add one more way to wager. This is ‘pointsbetting’, a new way of betting on the spread which gives you the chance to win many times your stake.

Odds are expressed in terms of a $100 bet. Keep in mind that this is for clarity only – you can wager any amount you like. If you see a positive number (for example, +350) this is the amount won per $100 staked. Negative numbers are common. This is the amount you’d need to bet to win $100. For example, a -200 line means you need to bet $200 to win an additional $100.

Single Match Bets:

Multiple Match Bets:

Props, Futures and Period Bets

Downloading a Colorado Sports Betting App

There are two ways to access online sports betting in Colo. From your desktop, the web-browser versions of the sites make the best of your larger screen. If you are using an iPhone or Android smartphone, then you’ll need to download one of the Colorado sports betting apps.

The first step for downloading sports betting apps is to visit the website of the book. This will detect what type of device you are using – and prompt you to download the correct app.

It only takes a couple of minutes to install an app. Note that Android users will need to download directly from the sports betting brands. Google won’t allow any US betting apps in their ‘Play’ store. Apple users will not have this issue.

Once your app is installed, you’ll be prompted to create an account. While the details of the process and order of the steps is slightly different from book to book – the overall information needed is the same each time. This will include the following:

Backup documentation is not required for Id as a default, though could be needed if your account is flagged for a security check.

Quick Guide: Using Sports Betting Apps / Websites

Each sportsbook website and app will have unique design elements. What you’ll find is that the processes of finding your match, listing the odds for each type of bet and placing your wagers are almost identical. Icons, how the different leagues are listed, and the terms used will be different for each app.

You’ll go through the following 3 areas of a site each time you place a bet:

Other important areas of the sports betting apps and websites include the cashier, account pages (which show any bonuses and your progress towards clearing them) and the latest bonuses and promotions. Apps also include FAQ / Customer Service sections and a responsible gambling section which includes tools to limit and manage your betting account.

It’s All Change for Colorado Sports Betting

As of May 2020, it is all go for sports betting in Colorado. Retail sportsbooks will open in the casinos in Central City, Cripple Creek and Black Hawk. Mobile sports betting, via apps and websites, will become available to use from anywhere inside state lines. More meetings still need to occur, but you can follow Colo sports betting updates and learn more about the proposed changes.

With some big partnerships to be announced, many of the biggest and best-known names in sports betting are expected to become available. You’ll be able to take advantage of many competing bonuses and promotions. With a mix of free bets, no-lose first bets and odds boosts, your betting bankroll will have every chance to get off to the best possible start.