Introduction to Colorado Slot Machine Casino Gambling
Colorado slot machine casino gambling consists of thirty-one casinos in the three historic mountain tows of Black Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek including two American Indian tribal casinos within the state.
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in Colorado*
The minimum legal gambling age in Colorado depends upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: 21
- Poker Rooms: 21
- Bingo: 18
- Lottery: 18
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 18
Legalized gambling arrived in 1991 for Black Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek. In 2008, Colorado voters approved raising the maximum bet in these towns from $5 to $100.
In November 2020, Colorado voters gave voters in these three towns the right to vote to add new games and raises the maximum bet limit for their municipality, potentially providing a boost to their economies.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in Colorado
It is legal in the state of Colorado to own a slot machine privately if manufactured before 1984.
Gaming Control Board in Colorado
The Colorado Division of Gaming regulates gambling in the three historic mountain towns. This gaming control board is within Colorado’s Department of Revenue’s Enforcement Division.
Regulation of gaming at Colorado’s two tribal casinos is through their negotiated tribal-state compacts allowing Class III Vegas-style electronic gaming machines and table games.
These gaming compacts created Colorado’s two tribal gaming control commissions, which operate with support from the state gaming control board:
Casinos in Colorado
Colorado has twenty-nine commercial casinos and two American Indian tribal casinos with slot machines.
The largest casino in Colorado is Ameristar Black Hawk.
The second-largest casino is Monarch Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk.
Commercial Casinos in Colorado
There are twenty-nine commercial casinos within the historic mountain towns of Black Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek including:
Black Hawk, 50 miles west of Denver:
- Ameristar Black Hawk
- Bally’s Black Hawk East
- Bally’s Black Hawk North
- Bally’s Black Hawk West
- Bill Durham Saloon and Casino
- The Gilpin Casino
- Horseshoe Black Hawk
- Lady Luck Casino Black Hawk
- The Lodge Casino
- Monarch Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk
- Red Dolly Casino
- Saratoga Casino Hotel
- Sasquatch Casino
- The Wild Card Saloon
- Z Casino Black Hawk
Central City, 1.4 miles west of Black Hawk:
- Century Casino Central City
- Dostal Ally Casino & Microbrewery
- Dragon Tiger Casino
- The Famous Bonanza Casino
- Grand Z Casino Hotel
Cripple Creek, 112 miles south of Denver:
- The Brass Ass Casino
- Bronco Billy’s Casino
- Century Casino Cripple Creek
- Colorado Grande Casino & Hotel
- Double Eagle Hotel & Casino
- Johnny Nolon’s Casino
- McGills Hotel Casino
- Midnight Rose Hotel & Casino
- Wildwood Hotel & Casino
Central City is relatively more historic than the other two mountain towns. Black Hawk is much more of a typical casino town, nearly reminiscent of Las Vegas. Cripple Creek feels like a bit of both.
Black Hawk and Central City are just over a mile apart. Consequently, there is a heated competition between these two towns for revenue since gambling legalized in 1991.
Tribal Casinos in Colorado
Colorado has two tribal casinos:
- Sky Ute Casino Resort in Ignacio, 330 miles southwest of Denver near the Arizona border, operated by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe.
- Ute Mountain Casino Hotel in Towaoc, 400 miles southwest of Denver near the southwest corner of Colorado and 112 miles west of Ignacio, operated by the Ute Mountain Tribe.
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying Colorado slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. Bordering Colorado is:
- North: Wyoming Slots
- Northwest: Nebraska Slots
- East: Kansas Slots
- South: New Mexico Slots
- Southeast: Oklahoma Slots
- West: Utah Slots
- Southwest: Arizona Slots at Four Corners
Each of the links above will take you to my blog for that neighboring U.S. state to Colorado.
Our Colorado Slots Facebook Community
Are you interested in sharing and learning with other slots enthusiasts in Colorado? If so, join our Colorado slots community on Facebook. All you’ll need is a Facebook profile to freely join this closed Facebook Group community.
There, you can meet online and privately share your slots experiences with local slots enthusiasts about playing slot machines in Colorado. Join us!
Theoretical Payouts and Return Statistics in Colorado
No theoretical payout limits exist for Colorado’s commercial or tribal casinos.
The Division of Gaming offers return statistics by slot machine denomination. These hold percentages come state-wide and are for each of the three historic mountain towns, but not by individual casino within those towns. Player win% is 100% minus the hold% provided.
Colorado’s two tribal casinos do not have publicly available return statistics.
For a review of Colorado’s return statistics for its three mountain towns, see my article on Colorado Slots Return-To-Player.
Summary of Colorado Slot Machine Casino Gambling
Colorado slot machine casino gambling consists of twenty-nine commercial casinos in the historic mountain towns of Black Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek. Two tribal casinos are on reservations near the Arizona border and in the southwest corner of Colorado.
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