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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.

Written by OnlineBetting.com staff.

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Jennifer Gaynor Bio

Jennifer Gaynor

Administrative law and government relations attorney

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.

How do I Start Betting in Colorado?

  1. 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.

  2. Verify your identity and age by uploading a driver’s license number or Social Security number.

  3. Deposit some money into your new account.

  4. Make sure you take advantage of any sign-up bonus on offer.

  5. You’re good to go!

Is Sports Betting Legal in Colorado?

Colorado Legalizes Online Sports Betting
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Online Sports Betting Licenses
Are Colorado Gambling Winnings Taxable?

Who Is Allowed to Bet on Sports In Colorado?

You Must Be At Least 21 Years Old to Bet in Colorado
You Must Be in Colorado to Bet

What Can’t I Bet on in Colorado?

Politics

Daily Fantasy Sports in Colorado

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.

Top Sports to Bet on in Colorado

The people of Colorado love their sport. The state has elite level representation in football, basketball and baseball. That gives local fans plenty to cheer about – and to bet on.

NFL

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.

Responsible Gaming 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.

These include:

  • 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.

Timeline of Sports Betting in Colorado

1990

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.

Where Can You Bet in Colorado?

A full up-to-date list can be found here.

Casino/Retail SportsbookRetail Sportsbook PartnerAddressOnline Sportsbook Partner
Saratoga CasinoBetfred101 Main Street, Black Hawk, CO 80422Betfred
Monarch Casino BlackhawkMonarch Casino Blackhawk488 Main Street, Black Hawk, CO 80422Monarch Casino Blackhawk
Golden Mardi Gras CasinoDraftKings300 Main Street, Black Hawk, CO 80422DraftKings
Wildwood CasinoBetWildwood (ISI)201 Carbonate St, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
Ameristar Casino Black HawkAmeristar Casino Black Hawk111 Richman Street, Black Hawk, CO 80422
Johnny Nolon’sISI301 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813Carousel Group – Sportsbetting.com
Isle of Capri CasinoWilliam Hill401 Main Street, Black Hawk, CO 80422William Hill
Red Dolly CasinoElite Gaming530 Gregory Street, Black Hawk, CO 80422Elite Sportsbook - Colorado
Wild Card CasinoWild Card Casino120 Main Street, Black Hawk, CO 80422
Sasquatch CasinoSasquatch Casino125 Gregory Street, Black Hawk CO 80422
Billy’s CasinoBetAmerica233 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
Colorado GrandeISI300 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
Lady Luck CasinoWilliam Hill340 Main Street, Black Hawk, CO 80422The Stars Group
Grand Z CasinoGrand Z Casino321 Gregory Street, Central City, CO 80427Play Maverick Sports
Z CasinoZ Casino101 Gregory Street, Black Hawk, CO 80422
Johnny Z’s CasinoJohnny Z’s Casino132 Lawrence Street, Central City, CO 80427
Bull Durham Casino110 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422PlayUp
Lodge Casino240 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422Superbook
Wildwood Casino119 Carbonate Street Cripple Creek, CO 80813BetWildwood (ISI)
Golden Gates Casino261 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422FanDuel
Bronco Billy’s233 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813WynnBet
The Gilpin Hotel120 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422theScore Bet
J.P. McGill's Hotel and Casino232 Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813BETRIVERS (Rush Street Interactive)
Christmas Casino279 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813Smarkets
Double Eagle Casino442 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813PointsBet
Midnight Rose and Hotel Casino256 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813BetMGM (Roar Digital)
Century Casino Cripple Creek200 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813Circa Sports
Famous Bonanza Casino107 Main St, Central City, CO 80427Betway (Digital Gaming Corporation)
Billy’s Casino (FHR-Colorado LLC)233 E. Bennett Ave - Cripple Creek CO 80813TwinSpires Sports (Churchill Downs, formerly BetAmerica)
Golden Gulch Casino321 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422Bally Bet

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