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Major events in Colorado gaming history

1948

Pari-mutuel wagering is legalized

1949

Pueblo Greyhound Park, Mile High Kennel Club and Rocky Mountain Greyhound Park open

1950

Centennial Race Track opens for horse racing

1955

Cloverleaf Kennel Club opens

1971

Interstate Greyhound opens

1982

The first U.S. inter-track wagering network begins in Colorado with the state’s Greyhound tracks

1983

Last year of racing at Centennial
The Colorado Lottery begins ticket sales

1984

Arapahoe Park opens

1990

Voters approve limited gambling

1991

The first casinos open in the mountain towns of Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek
Last year of racing at Interstate

1992

Arapahoe reopens after being closed for a few years
Ute Mountain Casino is the first tribal casino to open

1993

Sky Ute Casino and Lodge opens
Last year of racing at Pikes Peak Meadows (which opened in the 1960s)
Off-track betting begins

2001

Rocky Mountain Greyhound Park is sold and the Colorado Springs track is closed for two years while being renovated

2002

Last year of racing at Pueblo Greyhound

2003

Last year of racing at Post Time Greyhound Park (formerly Rocky Mountain)

2006

Last year of racing at Cloverleaf

2008

Last year of racing at Mile High
Voters approve Amendment 50, expanded limits at the casinos

2009

Expanded casino limits, hours and new games take effect in July

2011

A reduced gaming tax takes effect in July, and three new casinos open, one in each city

2013

The Lottery introduces Pick 3 in April
Doc Holliday Casino in Central City closes in June

2014

In May, Z Casino replaces Bullwhackers Casino in Black Hawk
Big Jim's Casino in Cripple Creek closes at the end of June

2016

The Lottery adds Lucky for Life in July

Casinos and casino-style gaming

Limited-stakes casinos in the mountain towns of Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek were approved by voters in 1990 and the first properties opened in 1991. There are currently 35 casinos operating.

Black Hawk:
Ameristar Casino Black Hawk – 1,219 slots, 58 tables
Bull Durham Saloon & Casino – 186 slots
Canyon Casino – 290 slots, 5 tables
Gilpin Hotel Casino – 356 slots, 6 tables
Golden Gates Casino – 227 slots, 25 tables
Golden Gulch Casino – 72 slots
Golden Mardi Gras – 496 slots, 10 tables
Grand Plateau Casino – 99 slots
Isle Casino Hotel Black Hawk – 1,070 slots, 36 tables
Lady Luck Casino – 460 slots, 15 tables
The Lodge Casino at Black Hawk – 696 slots, 17 tables
Monarch Casino Black Hawk – 721 slots, 14 tables
Red Dolly Casino – 128 slots
Saratoga Casino Black Hawk – 459 slots, 9 tables
Sasquatch Casino - 223 slots
Wild Card Saloon – 223 slots
Z Casino – 439 slots, 4 tables

Central City:
Century Casino – 499 slots, 8 tables
Dostal Alley Saloon & Gambling Emporium – 64 slots
Easy Street – 176 slots
The Famous Bonanza – 217 slots, 5 tables
Reserve Casino Hotel - 546 slots, 15 tables
Johnny Z's Casino – 340 slots, 6 tables
 
Cripple Creek:
Billy's Casino – 130 slots, 10 tables
Brass Ass Casino – 236 slots, 13 tables
Bronco Billy's Sports Bar & Casino – 497 slots, 2 tables
Buffalo Billy's – 179 slots
Century Casino Cripple Creek – 216 slots, 6 tables
Century Casinos – 225 slots
Colorado Grande Casino – 218 slots
Double Eagle Hotel & Casino – 475 slots, 4 tables
Johnny Nolon's – 229 slots
JP McGill's – 284 slots
Midnight Rose Hotel & Casino – 359 slots, 8 tables
Wildwood Casino at Cripple Creek – 498 slots, 17 tables
                    
Colorado Department of Revenue
Division of Gaming
17301 W. Colfax Ave., Suite 135
Golden, CO 80401
Phone (303) 205-1355

 

Tribal gaming

There are tribal-state gaming compacts with two tribes in Colorado.

Southern Ute Indian Tribe – Sky Ute Casino Resort
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe – Ute Mountain Casino

Colorado Department of Revenue
Division of Gaming
17301 W. Colfax Ave., Suite 135
Golden, CO 80401
Phone (303) 205-1355
 

Lottery

The Colorado Lottery began operations in 1984. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto, Lucky for Life, Pick 3 and Cash 5.

Lottery profits are designated to improve and support parks, recreation, open space, conservation education and wildlife projects, through Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund and the Colorado Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.

Colorado Lottery
212 West 3rd Street, Suite 210
Pueblo, CO 81003
Phone (719) 546-2400
 

Pari-mutuel facilities

Colorado established the first American inter-track wagering network when five Greyound tracks began simulcasting to each other in 1982. Greyhound racing was on the decline for many years and the last track shut down after its 2008 season. Only one track is now operating in Colorado, Arapahoe Park, running horse races seasonally. There are currently 11 off-track wagering locations; most are open year round.
 
Arapahoe Park
26000 East Quincy Ave.
Aurora, CO 80016

Colorado Department of Revenue, Enforcement Division
Racing Division
1881 Pierce St., Suite 108
Lakewood, CO 80214
Phone (303) 205-2990
 

Charitable gaming

Bingo, raffles and charitable games are licensed and regulated by the Secretary of State's office.

Licensing Division, Bingo and Raffles
Colorado Department of State
1700 Broadway
Denver, CO 80290
Phone (303) 894-2200, ext. 6410

 

Last updated on December 10, 2016