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Indian Casinos & State-Licensed Casinos

Colorado has 2 Indian casinos operating in the southwestern part of the state.  In 1995 Colorado signed gaming compacts with the Ute Mountain Tribe near Cortez and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe near Durango. These tribes operate Vegas-style casinos on their reservations under the Federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988.

In addition the state has licensed 18 casinos in Black Hawk, 14 casinos in Cripple Creek and 6 casinos in Central City.

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Colorado Indian Casinos

Ute Mountain Casino
3 Weeminuche Drive
Towaoc, CO 81334
(near Cortez, CO)
(800) 258-8007
(970) 565-8800

Sky Ute Casino Resort
14826 Highway 172 North
Ignacio, CO 81137
(near Durango, CO)
(800) 876-7017

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News Headlines

News Colorado's non-tribal casinos reopen June 15 June 17, 2020 - Colorado casinos in Blackhawk and Cripple Creek reopened Monday after months of shutdown due to COVID-19. Sky Ute Casino Resort and Ute Mountain Casino remain closed to protect tribal members. ... Read more News Sky Ute Casino launches US-first tribal sports betting app June 14, 2020 - Sky Ute Casino Resort announced Tuesday has launched its mobile sports betting app branded Sky Ute SportsBook. It is available in iOS and Android. The mobile app was developed ... Read more News Colorado launched sports betting May 1 May 2, 2020 - Yesterday Colorado officially launched legalized sports betting for online websites and mobile apps. In-person betting is posponed until it is safe for Colorado casinos to reopen. ... Read more News Ute Mountain Casino will open sportsbook May 1 February 29, 2020 - Ute Mountain Casino and Sky Ute Casino now have state authorization to open sports betting operations on their reservations. Ute Mountain Casino has announced plans to open its ... Read more News Sky Ute Casino Resort - Updates February 13, 2020 - Our Sky Ute casino and bingo pages have been reviewed and updated by Sky Ute marketing staff. For the latest information on gaming, restaurants, event center, hotel and RV park, visit these new pages ... Read more News Ute Mountain Casino plans sports book by May 1 January 20, 2020 - Ute Mountain Casino is planning to open a sports betting area before May 1. The casino is seeking to partner with a sportsbook operator with the approval of the National Indian Gaming Commission. ... Read more More Headlines ...

Colorado State-Licensed Casinos

Colorado legalized gambling in 1991.  Today there are 38 state-licensed casinos in Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek that offer slots, blackjack, poker, craps and roulette.

City Casinos Slots Blackjack Poker Craps Roulette
Black Hawk 18 8,348 86 80 16 14
Central City 6 1,897 21 6 3 3
Cripple Creek 14 3,577 31 23 4 6

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Black Hawk Casinos

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Bullpen Casino
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Canyon Casino
Fitzgeralds Black Hawk
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Golden Gulch Casino
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Central City Casinos

Century Casino & Hotel
Doc Holliday Casino
Dostal Alley Brewpub & Casino
Easy Street
Famous Bonanza
Fortune Valley Hotel and Casino
Johnny Z's Casino
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Cripple Creek Casinos

Brass Ass Casino of Cripple Creek
Bronco Billy's Casino
Christmas Casino & Inn
Colorado Grande Casino
Double Eagle Hotel & Casino
Gold Creek Casino
Gold Rush Hotel & Casino
J.P. McGills Hotel & Casino
Johnny Nolon's Casino
Midnight Rose Hotel & Casino
Wildwood Casino
Womacks Casino & Hotel

News Articles

Colorado's non-tribal casinos reopen June 15

June 17, 2020

Colorado casinos in Blackhawk and Cripple Creek reopened Monday after months of shutdown due to COVID-19. Central City casinos reopen today. Sky Ute Casino Resort and Ute Mountain Casino remain temporarily closed to protect tribal members from the virus.

Casinos in Gilpin and Teller County prepare to reopen after three-month long closure
June 12, 2020
Video courtesy of Denver 7.

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Colorado launched sports betting May 1

May 2, 2020

May 1 was the official kickoff date in Colorado for legalized sports betting as authorized by state voters last November.

With casinos currently closed in compliance with state's "safer-at-home" order, the only betting for the foreseeable future will be online. Colorado bettors can bet on UFC 249 and future major league sports teams.

In-person betting can be placed at any Colorado casino licensed for sports wagering after the COVID-19 closures are lifted. Initially there will be two licensed tribal casinos in Southwest Colorado and five commercial casinos in Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek.

Players must be 21 or older to bet. Other rules and regulations are established by the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission, which requires a 10% tax paid to the state by sportsbook licensees.

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Ute Mountain Casino will open sportsbook May 1

February 29, 2020

Ute Mountain Casino in Towao, Colorado can now legally begin operating a sportsbook beginning May 1, 2020.

The two state Indian casinos, Ute Mountain Casino and Sky Ute Casino, have gaming compacts with the state which allows both casinos to offer any state-licensed gambling. Under terms of these compacts, the tribes will be automatically authorized to operate sport betting after May 1 and do not need a state license. However, tribal sports betting will be restricted to reservations and prohibited from mobile betting.

Last week the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission granted its first sports-betting licenses to seven casinos, and in turn giving the Ute Mountain Casino and Sky Ute Casino authority to open sportsbooks May 1.

Ute Mountain Casino has announced plans to open a sportsbook on May 1. The casino is seeking an operations contractor which must be approved by the National Indian Gaming Commission.

Sky Ute Casino has not made any announcement to date regarding its plans.

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Colorado voters approve sports betting

November 8, 2019

Sports Betting

On Tuesday Colorado became the 20th state to approve sports betting since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its ban in 2018. Voters narrowly passed Proposition DD, a ballot measure allowing the Colorado Division of Gaming to establish and regulate sports betting within the state. The vote was 50.71% to 49.29%.

First bets can be placed when Colorado launches its program on May 1, 2020 giving baseball fans the opportunity to bet on the Rockies vs. Phillies game that night. First bets are also expected on the Kentucky Derby scheduled the next day.

Bets will be placed in Colorado casinos or through mobile apps. Any of the state's casinos can apply to the Division of Gaming for a license to establish a physical sportsbook and an online betting app. Each casino will set its own limits.

Colorado will collect a 10% tax from the casinos on all sports betting revenues.

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Wildwood Casino Breaks Ground on New Hotel

June 9, 2019

Wildwood Hotel Cripple Creek

City officials and community leaders gathered with casino employees to celebrate the groundbreaking of the $14 million Wildwood hotel project, which will be built in the parking lot next to the casino.

Wildwood is the first of several hotel projects planned for Cripple Creek. Both the Triple Crown Casino and Bronco Billy's have announced construction plans which are intended tp attract more family visitors.

The Wildwood Casino Hotel will offer 104 guest rooms, hospitality suites, meeting spaces and a large welcoming lobby. It will be finished and opened in 2020.

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Triple Crown Casinos plans 150-room hotel for 2020

November 27, 2018

By spring of 2019 construction is expected to start for the new Triple Crown Casinos hotel project. This will be the second largest hotel in Cripple Creek.

$40 million will be spent to complete the project. The building will be five stories tall. Plans include a restaurant on the building's rooftop, coffee shop, lounge, a meeting and event center, hot tubs, and a fitness center. As well as a bridge over Third Avenue will be built for easier guest access.

Design for the hotel will be done by OZ Architecture. The general contractor has not been publicly announced.

Approval from the city of Cripple Creek is still needed for the hotel plans.

Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

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Christmas Casino & Inn opens in Cripple Creek

November 02, 2018

The newly opened Christmas Casino and Inn is located at the previous Big Jim's casino and Imperial Hotel property. It took nearly 6 months and $1 million to convert the former property over to the new casino.

Eight live reindeer are located at the casino parking lot. They will be there until January 1, 2019.

A 15-foot tall Christmas tree rotates on the inside of the building. A Christmas pyramid that is 17 feet tall with rotating scenes. 4,000 ornaments are on a 360-yard-long garland. Nutcrackers that are 9 feet tall. Plus 30 cuckoo clocks.

Lou Nasti is an artist that specialized in mechanical displays and has worked with Park Avenue Plaza and Macy's in New York. Nasti designed much of the decor for the casino.

The city will gain an additional 100 gaming devices with the new casino. This is one of the main ways that the city government earns money.

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Bronco Billy's Casino plans $100 Million Expansion of Casino and Hotel

April 20, 2018

Last week approval was given by the Cripple Creek City Council for a new casino project. The project will develop the largest casino resort in the history of the area.

The project will cost over $100 million to complete the Bronco Billy's redevelopment and hotel.

During the meeting there were over 100 people attending. The room was standing room only. The project was approved by a vote of 4 to 0.

The hotel will have 200 guest rooms and be six stories tall. There will be space to host events and meetings. A fitness center and spa. A large parking garage. Crossways for pedestrians. New construction will consist of creating 300,000 square feet.

Maintaining the guidelines of the city's historical preservation will be given a certain amount of flexibility to allow for the large scale of the undertaking of the project. There were close to 20 conditions placed on the project in order to be approved.

Many visitors to the area consider the city a daytrip. The new casino resort is hopeful to change that thinking. The goal is to make it more of a destination where guests stay for a few days instead of a few hours.

The proposal had many in support during the meeting. Pushing for the project were owners of local businesses and community residents. Comments were made regarding the economic impact for the city from the over $100 million development.

Bronco Billy's casino is owned by Full House Resorts.

The building will be new construction. Opposed to the guidelines of restoring the buildings with a historical reference. However, the design will compliment and blend in with the surrounding area.

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News Headlines Continued

News Colorado voters approve sports betting November 8, 2019 - By an extremely narrow margin, state voters approved a ballot measure Tuesday authorizing the Colorado Division of Gaming to license and regulate sports betting at casinos and on mobile apps.. ... Read more News Wildwood Casino Breaks Ground on New Hotel June 9, 2019 - Wildwood Casino is building a new 104-room hotel adjacent to the casino in Criipple Creek, Colorado. The new hotel will open in the second half of 2020. ... Read more News Triple Crown Casinos plans 150-room hotel for 2020 November 27, 2018 - The $40 million Triple Crown Casinos hotel project will be the second largest hotel in Cripple Creek. Construction will start in Spring 2019 and completed by end of 2020. ... Read more News Christmas Casino & Inn opens in Cripple Creek November 02, 2018 - Christmas Casino has opened with a year-round christmas theme and 100 gaming devices. It is located at the former Big Jim's casino ... Read more News Bronco Billy's Casino plans $100 Million Expansion of Casino and Hotel April 20, 2018 - The Cripple Creek City Council has approved a $100 million expansion and redevelopment of Bronco Billy's Casino and Hotel. ... Read more

News Archive

07.14.2015   Possible 24 hour Liquor Sales at Cripple Creek Casinos
05.28.2015   Black Hawk Casinos to Host Job Fair

09.29.2014   Amendment 68 Would Allow for Casino at Race Track
07.20.2014   Controversy Over Possible Arapahoe Park Casino
07.14.2014   Petition Submitted for Possible Arapahoe Park Racetrack Casino

10.21.2013   Riviera Black Hawk Casino Changes Name
08.27.2013   Century Casino Central City named Denver's Best Casino
03.21.2013   Fourth Quarter Release dates and Conference Call Announced
01.29.2013   Fitzgeralds Casino Black Hawk has new Owner and Name

10.19.2012   Colorado Gaming License granted to Affinity Gaming
10.08.2012   Black Hawk Casino Announces new Management
09.26.2012   Ute Indian Tribe plans casino in Dinosaur

09.22.2011   Three Black Hawk Casinos to Have New Owner
06.21.2011   Fortune Valley Hotel and Casino, Big Jim's Gambling Hall, and Sasquatch Casino prepare to open
04.04.2011   Julio Iglesias to preform at Century Casino Calgary
02.16.2011   Report Shows Casino Contribution to Economy
01.24.2011   Century Casinos Opens New Ship-Board Casino

09.29.2010   Womacks Casino in Cripple Creek is renamed 'Century Casino'
07.15.2010   Riviera Casino in Black Hawk files for bankruptcy
06.19.2010   Johnny Z's Casino opens in Central City
06.03.2010   Cripple Creek's not gaining from Amendment 50
03.09.2010   Cripple Creek's Imperial Casino Hotel closes
02.01.2010   Colorado casino revenues grow 9.2% in 2H 2009

10.12.2009   Ameristar Casino Hotel Black Hawk is open
06.30.2009   New Casino Law to take effect July 02, 2009
06.01.2009   Colorado Grande Casino expansion opens July 2nd
04.23.2009   Colorado Grande Casino plans $370,000 expansion

12.19.2008   Landslide Victory for Cripple Creek Casinos
11.24.2008   Imperial Casino files Chapter 11
11.19.2008   3 Towns Plan for Vote on Gambling
11.18.2008   New Sky Ute Casino opens
11.05.2008   Voters pass Amendment 50 on expanded gambling
10.31.2008   Wild Horse Casino closes down
10.13.2008   Cripple Creek Casino, Black Hawk Casino, and Central City & Amendment 50
08.11.2008   Casino measure makes November ballot

07.28.2008   130,000 signatures for higher casino bet limits
07.10.2008   Sky Ute casino update

05.28.2008   Wildwood Casino to open in Cripple Creek
05.06.2008   Sky Ute Casino Resort Construction

03.24.2008   Black Hawk's Eureka Casino to Shut Down

01.01.2008   Colorado Casinos are Smoke-Free in 2008

12.22.2007   Vegas-style Gambling Proposed for Colorado

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