Colorado is laid-back about a lot of things and gambling is no exception. The Centennial State’s gambling laws have always been relaxed and they certainly enjoy the tax revenue. Colorado has been open to testing the waters on many forms of gambling from land-based casinos, bingo, lottery, daily fantasy sports, and most recently, Colorado has welcomed in sports betting.
Colorado Legal Gambling History
Thanks to the state lottery, Colorado introduced scratch-offs first in 1983, before hosting its first drawing later on that year. Powerball came to Colorado in 2001 and Mega Millions in 2009.
After the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in 1988, Colorado’s tribes we’re already setting things in motion to open up casinos. In 1991, a state law passed which gave 3 Colorado towns their casino licenses. Poker, blackjack, and slots were offered to players and the casinos did well. At this time, however, bets were capped at $5.
In 1999, Colorado’s Bingo-Raffle Advisory Board was established. This allowed for bingo, raffles, and other “Vegas-style” charity casino games to take place as “good-cause” gambling at charity events hosted by non-profits. Today, these games have expanded and with no shortage of bingo offerings in Colorado, which have even made their way online.
In 2008, laws surrounding gambling were expanded which was huge in more ways than one. But most importantly, this allowed for craps and roulette to become available at Colorado casinos and raised table limits to $100.
A monumental decision was made by Colorado voters on November 5th, 2019, when they voted “yes” on Proposition DD. This made sports betting legal in the state. Triple H 1327 then passed which was needed for real money wagering to take place. The law allows for casinos in the 3 towns of Black Hawk, Cripple Creek, and Central City to apply for licenses to operate physical sportsbooks.
Colorado Gambling Legal Status
Colorado doesn’t permit online gambling at this time. It is thought that this will change at some point, but for now, it remains illegal with only one push being made for online poker to date.
The full-range of casino gambling is legal in the state, slots, poker, video poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, keno, and more. The state is home to a variety of poker rooms.
Colorado has recently legalized sports betting. Once everything is in order, the new law will let casinos in 3 Colorado towns to offer physical sportsbooks at their locations.
Players must be 21 and up to play at Colorado casinos and sportsbooks.
Daily Fantasy Sports has been allowed in the state since 2016, making Colorado one of the first states to legalize it.
Pari-mutuel wagering is legal in Colorado and the state is home to 3 pari-mutuel betting locations that feature horse and greyhound racing. The state allows for off-track betting.
The state lottery in Colorado is legal, including scratch off’s, Powerball, and Mega Millions. Players need must be 18 and up.
Colorado Land-Based Casinos
Slots, poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, table games, and more are fully legal and offered to players at Colorado’s tribal casinos.
Colorado’s major tribal casinos are:
• Ameristar Black Hawk Casino
• Reserve Casino and Hotel
• The Isle Casino Hotel
• The Lodge Casino at Black Hawk
• Wildwood Casino at Cripple Creek
• Ute Mountain Casino Hotel and Resort
Colorado Legal Sports Betting and Daily Fantasy Sports
November 5th, 2019 was one for the books as Colorado voters decided “yes” on Proposition DD, allowing legal sports betting into the state. The next move was the passing of Triple H 1327 which was needed to finalize legal wagering on sports in Colorado. Currently, the law permits for casinos in the Colorado towns of Black Hawk, Cripple Creek, and Central City to apply for licensing. The first sportsbook is projected to go live as soon as May of 2020.
Daily Fantasy Sports were legalized in 2016, making Colorado one of the first states to recognize it as legal. Fantasy Sports players in Colorado can take advantage of the full range of offerings from FanDuel and DraftKings.
Colorado Legal Gambling FAQ’s
What can I bet on legally in the state of Colorado?
The following forms of gambling at legal in Colorado:
• Land-based casino gambling
• Sports betting
• Daily Fantasy Sports
• State lottery
• Charitable gaming such as bingo and raffles
Will legal online gambling ever come to Colorado?
It’s likely. While laws currently do not permit it, Colorado is not known for its hesitancy to make progressive moves. State news sources forecast online gambling to make its way to Colorado at some point, so it’s about waiting it out for now.