Colorado Online Sports Betting Laws
Colorado sports betting began in May 2020 – and quickly proved incredibly popular. By September of that year, monthly betting handle was already worth more than $200 million, suggesting there is a colossal appetite for sports betting among the people of the Centennial State.
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Jennifer has a degree in Journalism from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C, in 2005. She's been living in Las Vegas helping clients in the casino and gaming industry, as well as other regulated businesses, across Nevada for over 15 years.
She has authored and co-authored numerous articles and books on US gaming law, including most recently, The Law of Regulated Gambling: A Practical Guide for Business Lawyers, American Bar Association (2020), and That (Expletive) Broad: Women Who Broke Barriers in the Casino and Gaming Industry (2020).
Is Sports Betting Legal in Colorado?
Yes. A sports betting authorization bill was passed by the Colorado Legislature in May 2019, teeing it up for final approval by Colorado voters in a state referendum in November 2019. Following a successful vote, sports wagers have been available in Colorado since May 2020.
Is Online Sports Betting Legal in Colorado?
Yes, it is. Colorado online sports betting was legalized in 2019, at the same time as in-person betting.
How Old Do I Have to be to Place a Bet in Colorado?
You are able to enjoy sports betting in Colorado once you reach the age of 21.
You can place sports bets at a physical sportsbook in Colorado or choose an online sportsbook where you would like to sign up as a customer.
Verify your identity and age by uploading a driver’s license number or Social Security number.
Deposit some money into your new account.
Make sure you take advantage of any sign-up bonus on offer.
You’re good to go!
Colorado joined the growing number of states where sports betting is allowed in November of 2019. That’s when Proposition DD was passed, following the legislative bill HB19-1327 that went through the Colorado General Assembly six months earlier.
Sports betting in Colorado comes under the control of The Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission and the Division of Gaming, which is part of the state’s Department of Revenue.
Since May 1, 2020, the people of Colorado have been allowed to place sports bets. They can do this either at a licensed sportsbook facility within an existing casino or through their desktops and mobiles with an authorized online operator.
The good news for Colorado sports betting enthusiasts is that you don’t have to go in-person to a physical licensed sportsbook to sign up for an account. Unlike some states, you are allowed to sign up remotely with an online sportsbook in Colorado.
As well as providing basic information such as your name and email address, you’ll also have to prove you’re over 21, the legal age for sports betting in Colorado. This will mean uploading documents such as your driver’s license number or Social Security number.
Some of the biggest names in online sports betting wasted no time at all in taking advantage of Colorado’s new status as a venue for legalized sports betting. DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM and BetRivers all had licenses for online sports betting from day one. They have since been followed by a stream of online sportsbooks with advanced websites and apps for the use of Colorado online sports betting fans.
Yes, as in most states, winnings from gambling are taxable. And not just your big wins. Every win, however small, should be recorded on your 1040 form for your annual tax return. And for big wins, you may expect to receive a W2-G form, which is used to report wins over a particular threshold to the IRS, from the casino or sportsbook.
The minimum age for sports betting in Colorado, online or in person, is 21. According to the Colorado Division of Gaming: “Anyone under 21 years of age may not watch others gamble, participate, play, place wagers, or collect winnings, whether personally or through an agent, in or from any limited gaming game or slot machine.”
Online sports betting in Colorado is available through a host of sportsbook apps and websites via your device, smartphone, tablet or desktop – but you need to be within state lines to be able to use them to bet.
Most apps will verify your location automatically through your device’s geolocation software. If you’re betting on a laptop or desktop, you’ll need geo-comply software which is provided by your sportsbook.
Colorado has quickly established itself as one of the least restricted sports betting locations in the US. However, Americans are barred by law from betting on elections. No sportsbook licensed in the US is allowed to offer political odds.
In 2016, Colorado became the fifth state to enact laws to legalize and regulate the Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) industry.
Given the state’s progressive attitude towards gaming in general, it is no surprise to find that DFS fans have a host of potential competitions to choose from. These include daily fantasy games in the big four – the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL.
Established DFS operators such as FanDuel and DraftKings are active in the state and have raised their profile by launching associated sportsbooks since sports betting was legalized in Colorado.
With the legendarily passionate support of fans at Mile High, the Denver Broncos are one of the biggest names in football. Three Super Bowl victories, the most recent in 2015, have helped to give the Broncos a huge following, even beyond the state, and makes the NFL a big sports betting draw in Colorado.
Colorado has a strong focus on ensuring that the state’s gaming industry conducts itself in a responsible manner.
The state’s gaming industry trade group, the Colorado Gaming Association (CGA), offers a variety of programs that promote responsible gambling behavior.
Regular training sessions for industry employees, as well as civic groups, on the issues of problem and underage gambling.
The CGA works in conjunction with the Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado to offer a self-exclusion program for people who accept that they are unable to gamble responsibly. The coalition also provides educational and treatment options or families in Colorado affected by problem gambling issues.
Colorado Gambling Anonymous also offers help and support for people in recovery from addiction to gambling.
There are also several other agencies, including the National Center for Responsible Gaming and National Council on Problem Gambling, that promote the cause of responsible gambling, and offer education and treatment resources for people impacted by problem gaming.
The Colorado Limited Gaming Initiative is passed by voters, legalizing “limited” gaming, including slots and card games such as poker and blackjack, in the towns of Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek.
2019 - May
Legislative bill passed by the Colorado General Assembly to allow sports betting.
2019 - November
Voters pass the proposition allowing sports betting in Colorado.
2020 - May
Legal sports betting goes live in Colorado.
2020 - September
Monthly gambling handle passes $200m.
A full up-to-date list can be found here.
|Casino/Retail Sportsbook||Retail Sportsbook Partner||Address||Online Sportsbook Partner|
|Saratoga Casino||Betfred||101 Main Street, Black Hawk, CO 80422||Betfred|
|Monarch Casino Blackhawk||Monarch Casino Blackhawk||488 Main Street, Black Hawk, CO 80422||Monarch Casino Blackhawk|
|Golden Mardi Gras Casino||DraftKings||300 Main Street, Black Hawk, CO 80422||DraftKings|
|Wildwood Casino||BetWildwood (ISI)||201 Carbonate St, Cripple Creek, CO 80813|
|Ameristar Casino Black Hawk||Ameristar Casino Black Hawk||111 Richman Street, Black Hawk, CO 80422|
|Johnny Nolon’s||ISI||301 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813||Carousel Group – Sportsbetting.com|
|Isle of Capri Casino||William Hill||401 Main Street, Black Hawk, CO 80422||William Hill|
|Red Dolly Casino||Elite Gaming||530 Gregory Street, Black Hawk, CO 80422||Elite Sportsbook - Colorado|
|Wild Card Casino||Wild Card Casino||120 Main Street, Black Hawk, CO 80422|
|Sasquatch Casino||Sasquatch Casino||125 Gregory Street, Black Hawk CO 80422|
|Billy’s Casino||BetAmerica||233 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813|
|Colorado Grande||ISI||300 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813|
|Lady Luck Casino||William Hill||340 Main Street, Black Hawk, CO 80422||The Stars Group|
|Grand Z Casino||Grand Z Casino||321 Gregory Street, Central City, CO 80427||Play Maverick Sports|
|Z Casino||Z Casino||101 Gregory Street, Black Hawk, CO 80422|
|Johnny Z’s Casino||Johnny Z’s Casino||132 Lawrence Street, Central City, CO 80427|
|Bull Durham Casino||110 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422||PlayUp|
|Lodge Casino||240 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422||Superbook|
|Wildwood Casino||119 Carbonate Street Cripple Creek, CO 80813||BetWildwood (ISI)|
|Golden Gates Casino||261 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422||FanDuel|
|Bronco Billy’s||233 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813||WynnBet|
|The Gilpin Hotel||120 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422||theScore Bet|
|J.P. McGill's Hotel and Casino||232 Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813||BETRIVERS (Rush Street Interactive)|
|Christmas Casino||279 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813||Smarkets|
|Double Eagle Casino||442 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813||PointsBet|
|Midnight Rose and Hotel Casino||256 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813||BetMGM (Roar Digital)|
|Century Casino Cripple Creek||200 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813||Circa Sports|
|Famous Bonanza Casino||107 Main St, Central City, CO 80427||Betway (Digital Gaming Corporation)|
|Billy’s Casino (FHR-Colorado LLC)||233 E. Bennett Ave - Cripple Creek CO 80813||TwinSpires Sports (Churchill Downs, formerly BetAmerica)|
|Golden Gulch Casino||321 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422||Bally Bet|
Yes, you can. Since May 2020, Colorado online sports betting has been legal. You can take part in sports betting online in a casino, or from your own desktop, laptop or mobile. There are plenty of licensed and regulated online sportsbooks for you to choose from in Colorado.
Yes, it is. Online sports betting was legalized in 2019 and the first bets were placed in May 2020. You can bet online in certain casinos, or on your device wherever you are in the state. However, you must be at least 21 and you will have to verify your age and address before you can start betting.
No, it is not. Bet365 is yet to acquire a license from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission. That means it isn’t authorized to take online sports bets from customers in Colorado yet.
You can enjoy Colorado sports betting anywhere within the state’s boundaries and can pick from any of the Colorado online sports betting sites we’ve listed on this page. You can take part in sports betting online in a casino, but you can also bet on your mobile, desktop or laptop.