Current Status: Legal
Sports betting has been legal in Colorado since November 2019 and is available to anybody over the age of 21 and is available both online and in person. Bettors are allowed bet on sports in Colorado if you meet the age restrictions and are physically present within the state’s borders.
- Mobile Betting? Yes
- In Person Betting? Yes
Who regulates sports betting in Colorado?
The Colorado Division of Gaming oversees the Colorado sports betting industry. The division is in charge of the operator application process, licence issuance, and data collection on sports betting revenue.
Legal Sportsbooks in Colorado
The state of Colorado’s gambling laws allow the state’s 33 casinos to seek for a master sports betting licence. This master licence permits the holder to operate in the state’s retail and mobile sports betting markets.
The following are the present and upcoming retail sportsbooks in Colorado, according to the Colorado Gaming Division:
|Barstool||Ameristar Casino||November 2020|
|Bet365||Century Casino Cripple Creek||TBD|
|Betfred||Saratoga Casino||September 2020|
|BetMGM Sportsbook||Midnight Rose Casino||May 2020|
|BetMonarch||Monarch Casino||May 2020|
|BetRivers||JP McGill’s Casino||May 2020|
|BetWildwood (ISI)||Wildwood Casino||July 2020|
|Circa Sports||Century Casino Cripple Creek||July 2020|
|DraftKings||Golden Gulch Casino||May 2020|
|DraftKings||Golden Mardi Gras Casino||TBD|
|Elite Sportsbook||Red Dolly Casino||August 2020|
|FanDuel||Golden Gates Casino||May 2020|
|FOX Bet||Lady Luck Casino||May 2020|
|ISI||Colorado Grande Casino||August 2020|
|PlayMaverick||Grand Z Casino Hotel||January 2021|
|PlayMaverick||Johnny Z’s Casino||January 2021|
|PlayMaverick||Z Casino||January 2021 (retail only)|
|PlaySports||Sasquatch Casino||Retail open only|
|PlaySports||The Wild Card Saloon||Retail open only|
|PlayUp||Bull Durham Casino||March 2021|
|PointsBet||Double Eagle Casino||November 2020|
|SBK Sportsbook||Bronco Billy’s Christmas Casino||June 2020|
|Sky Ute Sportsbook||Sky Ute Casino||June 2020|
|SportsBetting.com||Johnny Nolon’s Casino||September 2020|
|SuperBook||The Lodge Casino||December 2020|
|TBD||The Brass Ass Casino||TBD|
|TBD||Dostal Alley Saloon||TBD|
|TBD||Easy Street Casino||TBD|
|TBD||The Famous Bonanza Casino||TBD|
|theScore Bet||The Gilpin Casino||September 2020|
|TwinSpires||Bronco Billy’s Casino||April 2021|
|Caesars||Isle Casino||September 2020|
|WynnBet||Bronco Billy’s Casino||September 2020|
Mobile Betting Apps in Colorado
There are a variety of mobile sports betting apps available, and more are expected to be released in 2021. Here’s a list of betting and gaming sites that are open people over 21 in Colorado:
- Circa Sports
- Elite Sportsbook
- FOX Bet
- SBK Sportsbook
- Sky Ute Sportsbook
- SuperBook USA
- William Hill
Colorado Sports Betting Handle Tops $200m per Month
Daily fantasy sports sites FanDuel and DraftKings were first out of the blocks with their mobile betting apps thanks to their agreement with Twin River Worldwide Holdings allowing them to offer sportsbooks inside several Colorado casinos.
Twin River paid $51 million to Affinity Gaming for three casinos in Black Hawk, Colorado (the Golden Gates, Golden Gulch, and Mardi Gras).
As reported in May 2021, the state’s numerous retail and online sportsbooks now process over $200 million in bets each month. The only other states to generate over $200m turnover per month are New Jersey and Nevada.
How Sports Betting was Legalized in Colorado
Due to a stringent Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) that required any new law that adds taxes to go before the electorate, launching sports betting in Colorado was a difficult task.
While the state’s people approved casino gambling way back in 1991, it was only in three towns. But in 2018, when the Supreme Court declared that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was unconstitutional, state politicians chose to push the boundaries of sports betting.
The state’s voters approved a ballot proposal in November 2019 that legalised sports betting through Colorado’s licenced casinos, with the Colorado Division of Gaming serving as the regulatory authority. On May 1st, 2020, the industry officially began, with both retail and mobile sportsbooks launching for operation on the same day.
Since then, the Colorado sports gambling sector has developed to become a high-revenue business, offering sports odds on multitude of events and betting markets with the state’s sportsbooks now competing for handle with the more established states, namely Nevada and New Jersey.
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Colorado Sports Betting Frequently Asked Questions
Is sports betting legal in Colorado?
Yes, sports betting became legal in 2019, and the industry began operating in 2020.
Is mobile betting legal in Colorado?
Yes, there are more than 20 mobile sports betting applications accessible in Colorado right now.
What is the legal betting age in Colorado?
You must be aged 21 or older to place a bet at a Colorado sportsbook.
Who regulates the sports betting industry in Colorado?
The Colorado Division of Gaming oversees the state's sports betting business. The division is in charge of the operator application process, licence issuance, and data collection on sports betting revenue.