CO Sports Betting

Legal sports betting comes to Colorado officially, thanks to legislators and CO voters saying “Yes” on the referendum. Moreover, 33 state casinos have all applied for sports betting. Therefore, the sports betting market in Colorado is still growing, with many online sportsbooks coming soon.

At PlayingLegal, our sports betting experts cherry-pick the top legal CO sports betting apps after thoroughly analyzing all the available operators. Below, this Colorado sports betting guide extensively covers all the details, including the types of welcome bonuses and ongoing betting promotions available in the Centennial State.

Best Colorado Sports Betting Sites

The best online sports betting sites in Colorado meet and even exceed our team of sports betting experts’ strict criteria. In detail, we examine each CO online sportsbook’s welcome bonus offers, plus other features such as betting interfaces and customer service. Therefore, do not expect every CO sports betting site available to make the list.

FanDuel Sportsbook

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$1000 Risk-Free Bet Bonus Terms:
  • The first bet must lose
  • Cash Outs not eligible
  • Bonus credits within 72 hours
  • 1x wagering requirement
  • Valid from Aug. 31, 2020 until Dec. 31, 2020
More details +
FanDuel is the premier name in online legal sports betting. The mobile app offers the best sports betting experience. The only real negative to the mobile app is slow responsiveness during major sporting events when everyone wants to place wagers.
Bonus Offer
10
Game Variety
10
Interface
10
Payment Options
9.5
Customer Support
8
PROS:
  • A fantastic mobile app
  • In-play betting
  • Cash Outs available for certain bets
  • Odds boost for bigger wins
CONS:
  • No Loyalty Program offered
  • Slow Customer Service

FanDuel CO ranks highest thanks to the cleanest sports betting interface available, plus a generous welcome bonus offer for new customers. Coloradans enjoy other strengths are the wide variety of betting options available plus competitive odds compared to other sportsbooks.

BetMGM Sportsbook

$600 Free Bets Offer Terms:
  • Must clear in 7 days
  • Available for BetMGM Sports only
  • Bet must be qualifying
  • Bet must lose
More details +
The BetMGM Sportsbook has the capacity to deliver an all-around mobile betting experience. The app is clean, the new customer offer is amazing, and the supporting betting features are downright blissful. Truly, the only flaw is the delayed customer support response.
Bonus Offer
9.5
Odds Variety
9
Interface
9.5
Payment Options
9.5
Customer Support
8
PROS:
  • Free Live Streaming
  • Crisp in-play betting
  • Boosted parlays
  • Easy Navigation
CONS:
  • Shortage of special market odds
  • Slow customer support response

Indeed, BetMGM Sportsbook CO gives you a variety of real-time betting lines, along with player props. Most of all, the BetMGM Sports live in-play betting interface is one of the best, if not the best available nationwide. No doubt that the ‘King of Sportsbooks’ exceeds expectations.

William Hill Sportsbook

Best value
$500 Risk-Free Bet Terms: 
  • No rollover required
  • Qualifying first bet must lose
  • Free bet must be used within 7 days
  • Valid for new customer accounts only
More details +
$500
Risk-Free Bet
PLAYINGLEGALRF
William Hill clearly excels in certain areas. However, some basics are missing, like cash out and loyalty rewards. On the other hand, they are one of the most prominent bookmakers with live streaming. Their bonus terms are short, yet extremely favorable.
Bonus Offer
10
Odds Variety
8.5
Interface
9
Payment Options
9
Customer Support
9
PROS:
  • Live Streaming
  • Transparent terms of use
  • Generous welcome bonus
  • Responsive customer support
  • Complete odds offer
CONS:
  • Cash Out not available yet
  • The user interface could be improved

Truly, William Hill CO is a long-standing brand that dates back almost 90 years. Now, Coloradans can experience the traditional interface with excellent betting lines and odds variety that brought prestige to the brand. Definitely not to be missed, William Hill in Colorado offers guidance for new sports bettors and betting promotions for those with more experience.

PointsBet Sportsbook

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Bonus Terms:
  • The first refund is a maximum of $1,000 for PointsBetting wager if you lose.
  • The second refund is a maximum of $500 in Free Bets for your very first fixed price wager if you lose.
  • Bonus bet must be used within seven days from when it is credited.
  • Bonus bet must be used on markets of $1.50 or (-200) or greater odds.
More details +
$2,000
Free Bets
LEGAL1500
PointsBet Sportsbook indeed outpaces the competition. In detail, there is a fantastic risk-free bet welcome offer, the capability of Name-A-Bet, tons of fun props and futures, plus an excellent live betting product. Frankly, it is difficult to come up with any negatives except the limited customer support contact methods.
Bonus Offer
9
Odds
9.5
Interface
9
Payment Options
7.5
Customer Support
7
PROS:
  • Smooth in-play betting experience
  • Unique features like PointsBetting
  • Fantastic $1500 Free Bets welcome promo
  • Ability to place off-the-board bets with Name-A-Bet
  • Cash Out is available on certain bets
CONS:
  • Lack of Customer Service options
  • Live Chat is slow

Altogether, PointsBet offers CO residents something for everyone and even more. For example, traditional bet types that most customers seek are readily available. Yet, for those experienced CO sports bettors, try PointsBetting, a proprietary and high-risk wager, to bet on your favorite sport.

FOX Bet Sportsbook

$500 Risk-Free Bet Terms:
  • New player accounts only
  • Expires 30 days after issue
  • The initial bet has to lose
  • 1x wagering requirement
More details +
$500
FOX Bet Sportsbook certainly lives up to the hype of being partnered with a major sports network. There’s a good variety of sports to bet on, along with cashouts, plus the best feature, which is allowing custom prop bets through social media. Unfortunately, customer service is the only genuine gripe, simply because you can only email support and need to await a response.
Bonus Offer
8.5
Odds Variety
9.5
Interface
8
Payment Options
9
Customer Support
6.5
PROS:
  • Custom prop bets available
  • Cash Outs are available on certain bets
  • Various bet boosts and ongoing betting promotions
  • Interactive In-Play betting platform
CONS:
  • No Live Streaming
  • Email-only for customer support
  • Slow server during high traffic hours

Definitely, FOX Bet Sportsbook CO offers you a chance to place wagers with your favorite on-air personalities. With a straightforward betting interface, CO sports bettors can also choose to make their own ‘Custom Bets.’

CO Sports Betting Law

Officially, HB 1327 legalizes Colorado sports betting. Moreover, the bill defines the Colorado sports betting regulator, the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (LGCC), a Colorado Department of Revenue division, to formulate the plan and rules for implementation. Additionally, the measure allows revenues raised from taxes to the Colorado Water Plan.

Some key points to the CO sports betting law are:

  • These 33 casinos can offer retail (in-person), mobile, and online sports betting.
  • Customers can completely register remotely online for a new account.
  • No max bet limits or upper limits on sports betting.

Other key points relating to licenses, fees, and operators:

  • Master licenses are only available to state casinos in Black Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek. Other licenses available are:
    • Sports Betting Operator License (retail sportsbook partner)
    • Internet Sports Betting License
    • Vendor Major License
    • Vendor Minor License
    • Manufacturer or Distributor License
  • Master Sports Betting License applications pay $10,000 when applying and a $125,000 fee when approved.
  • Renew licenses every two years.
  • 10% tax on net proceeds on all sports betting wagers.

Sports Available

Notably, the LGCC approved a massive list of sports available for sports betting in Colorado. Moreover, CO is one of the few states to embrace eSports betting.

To this end, even the Sky Ute Casino is launching the world's first eSports online sportsbook only. Finally, NCAA betting in Colorado is accepted, with just a few restrictions covered in the next section.

Available Sports to Bet on in Colorado
eSportsAussie RulesBadminton
BaseballBasketballBiathlon
BowlingBoxingCornhole
CricketCyclingDarts
FloorballFootballFutsal
Gaelic GamesGolfHandball
HockeyLacrosseUFC/MMA
MotorsportsNetballPesapallo
PoolRodeoRowing
Rugby LeagueRugby UnionSailing
SnookerSoccerSwimming
Table TennisTennisVolleyball
Water PoloWinter SportsChess

Restrictions

In Colorado, there are a few restrictions to take note of:

  • No betting on high school sports
  • Prop betting on players is not available on college games. (The idea is to discourage live betting because athletes could potentially wager on themselves, causing an issue of morality.)
  • No conflict of interest, such as an athlete, coach, referee, or employee placing wagers at licensed sportsbooks.

Previously, Colorado had a low max bet limit that capped casino wagers to $100 maximum. Amendment 77 changes things for Colorado casinos, but the rulemaking is yet to come. Sports betting in Colorado is not affected by the max bets requirement, which allows casinos to set their own limits.

Also, there is no legal penalty for online sports betting in Colorado so long as you play at a licensed LGCC operator.

Geo-location

Part and parcel of sports betting online in Colorado is you need to be physically located within state borders. Moreover, although the Centennial State sets this requirement, this responsibility is on the online operator. The CDG can issue fines if an online operator accepts players from beyond state borders.

For example, when you login into a CO sports betting app, you need to allow the app to access your location. The mobile app also re-checks your geolocation to prevent those from outside state lines from wagering from time to time.

To this end, the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (CLGCC) authorizes vendor minor licenses for companies such as GeoComply. In detail, GeoComply provides geolocation technology services for the majority of online sportsbooks.

All CO Online Sportsbooks

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pointsbet logo
8.4

PointsBet Sportsbook Review

Bet-BuilderCash OutIn-play Betting
$2,000
8.3

FOX Bet Sportsbook

Cash OutIn-play Betting
$500
Editor choice
fanduel sportsbook logo
9.5

FanDuel Sportsbook Review

Cash OutIn-play BettingLive Streaming
$1,000
Best value
william-hill-logo
9.1

William Hill Sports Book Review

Bet-BuilderIn-play BettingLive Streaming
$500
9.1

BetMGM Sports Review

Bet-BuilderCash OutIn-play BettingLive Streaming
$600
7.4

DraftKings Sportsbook Review

Cash OutIn-play BettingLive Streaming
$1,000

Online SportsbookCO PartnerSoftware Provider
FanDuel SportsbookGolden Gates CasinoIGT PlaySports
BetMGM SportsMidnight Rose CasinoEntain, GVC Holdings
FOX Bet SportsbookLady Luck Casino Black HawkAmelco
DraftKings SportsbookGolden Gulch CasinoSBTech
BetRivers SportsbookMcGills CasinoKambi
William Hill Sports BookIsle Casino HotelProprietary Software
Lady Luck Casino
PointsBet SportsbookDouble Eagle CasinoProprietary Software
BetFred SportsbookSaratoga CasinoScientific Games
Sportsbetting.comJohnny Nolon's CasinoProprietary Software
Sky Ute SportsbookSky Ute Casino and ResortUS Bookmaking
theScore SportsbookGilpin CasinoBet.Works
SBK SportsbookBronco Billy's Casino and HotelSmarkets
BetMonarch SportsbookMonarch Casino ResortStadium Technology Group
Elite SportsbookRed Dolly CasinoBet.Works
Circa SportsCentury CasinosStadium Technology Group
BetWildwood SportsbookWildwood CasinoISI Race & Sports

New Online Sportsbooks

Currently, these are the online sportsbooks waiting to launch in Colorado. Mainly, these operators need the LGCC to approve them before launch.

The process for online operators to enter the Centennial State is:

  1. Secure a partnership with an existing casino. 
  2. Pay a $10,000 application fee to the LGCC. 
  3. Once the sports betting license is approved, pay the $125,000 licensing fee
8.4

Barstool Sportsbook Review

Bet-BuilderCash OutIn-play Betting
$10
Editor choice
bet365 Sports Logo
9

bet365 Sports Review

Bet-BuilderCash OutIn-play BettingLive Streaming
$500
9

BetAmerica Sportsbook Review

Bet-BuilderCash OutIn-play Betting
$50

Other online sportsbooks waiting to launch are: 

  • SuperBook
  • WynnBet 
  • Betsson
  • ZenSports.

Land-Based Casino Sportsbooks in Colorado

In Colorado, located within physical casinos are retail sportsbooks where you can place your wagers in person. Moreover, the locations listed below offer betting terminals and kiosks for those who want to skip the wait in lines.

While you cannot bet on sports in Colorado at pubs, the majority of the retail sportsbooks below offer a fantastic experience similar to pubs. So, kick back, relax, grab a beer, whether sports betting in Black Hawk, Central City, Cripple Creek, or the Ute.

Black Hawk Casino Sportsbooks

When it comes to retail sports betting in Black Hawk, Colorado, the options appear endless. Located in Gilpin County, there are many casinos in operation less than an hour outside Denver, Colorado. Finally, travel by tram between Black Hawk and Central City, CO.

Black Hawk Sportsbooks
Barstool SportsbookAmeristar Casino Black Hawk 111 Richman St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
TBD-Application in ProgressBill Durham Saloon and Casino
110 Main St., Black Hawk, CO 80427
TBD – theScore BetGilpin Casino
111 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
William Hill SportsbookIsle Casino and Hotel 401 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
Lady Luck Casino 340 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
theScore Bet/SuperBookLodge Casino 240 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
DraftKings SportsbookMardi Gras Casino 300 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
TBD – DraftKings or FanDuelGolden Gates Casino 261 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
Golden Gulch 321 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
Monarch SportsbookMonarch Casino 488 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
Elite SportsbookRed Dolly Casino 530 Gregory St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
Betfred SportsbookSaratoga Casino 101 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
TBD-IGT PlaySportsSasquatch Casino 125 Gregory St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
The Wild Card Saloon & Casino 120 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422
Play Maverick SportsZ Casino 101 Gregory St, Black Hawk, CO 80422

Central City Casino Sportsbooks

Again, Central City, like Black Hawk, sits about 45 minutes west of Denver. The tramway that connects Central City and Black Hawk is just a mere five minutes. Finally, quite a few casinos sit on Main Street.

Central City Sportsbooks
Circa SportsCentury Casino 102 Main St, Central City, CO 80427
BetssonDostal Alley Saloon 116 Main St, Central City, CO 80427
TBD-LicensedEasy Street Casino 120 Main St, Central City, CO 80427
TBD-LicensedFamous Bonanza Casino 107 Main St, Central City, CO 80427
Play Maverick SportsGrand Z Casino 321 Gregory St, Central City, CO 80427
Johnny Z Casino 132 Lawrence St, Central City, CO 80427

Finally, there is a new casino being built in Central City by Boulter Developments, owner of the Dostal Alley Casino. While the new casino is yet to be named, an online sports betting operator announced for the property, called ZenSports.

Cripple Creek Casino Sportsbooks

From Denver, CO, Cripple Creek is about a 2-hour drive south or from Colorado Springs, a shorter-hour drive. Like Black Hawk and Central City, Cripple Creek is a historic town. Casinos are clustered together, allowing for easy walking access.

Cripple Creek Sportsbooks
TBD-Triple Crown CasinoThe Brass Ass 264 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
BetRivers SportsbookMcGills Hotel and Casino
232 Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
TBD-BetMGMMidnight Rose Hotel & Casino
256 Bennett Ave,
Cripple Creek, CO 80813
BetAmerica Bronco SportsbookBronco Billy’s Casino 233 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
Circa SportsCentury Casino & Hotel 200 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
TBD-BetAmerica, WynnBet, or SBKChristmas Casino & Inn 279 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
TBD – ISI Retail SportsColorado Grande Casino & Hotel 300 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
PointsBet SportsbookDouble Eagle Hotel and Casino 442 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
TBD – ISI Retail SportsJohnny Nolon’s Casino 301 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813
Woody’s SportsbookWildwood Casino 119 N Fifth St, Cripple Creek, CO 80813

Other CO Casino Sportsbooks

Currently, there are plans for physical retail sportsbooks to be built at both Sky Ute and Ute Mountain. Yet, there is only online sports betting for now.

TBD – Online onlySky Ute Casino Resort 14324 Hwy 172 North, Ignacio, CO 81137
TBD – Online onlyUte Mountain Casino Hotel 3 Weeminuche Dr, Towaoc, CO 81334

CO Sports Betting Apps

Definitely, there is a variety of CO sports betting apps. Eventually, as the market nears maturity, over thirty CO online sports betting apps will be available. For now, PlayingLegal reviews the top CO betting apps below.

FanDuel Sportsbook Mobile App

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$1000 Risk-Free Bet Bonus Terms:
  • The first bet must lose
  • Cash Outs not eligible
  • Bonus credits within 72 hours
  • 1x wagering requirement
  • Valid from Aug. 31, 2020 until Dec. 31, 2020
More details +
FanDuel is the premier name in online legal sports betting. The mobile app offers the best sports betting experience. The only real negative to the mobile app is slow responsiveness during major sporting events when everyone wants to place wagers.
Bonus Offer
10
Game Variety
10
Interface
10
Payment Options
9.5
Customer Support
8
PROS:
  • A fantastic mobile app
  • In-play betting
  • Cash Outs available for certain bets
  • Odds boost for bigger wins
CONS:
  • No Loyalty Program offered
  • Slow Customer Service

FanDuel is not just one of the top online sportsbooks in Colorado but a leading brand across the country. Overall, FanDuel has an immaculate betting interface and attracts sports bettors with odds boosts and betting promos.

BetMGM Sportsbook Mobile App

$600 Free Bets Offer Terms:
  • Must clear in 7 days
  • Available for BetMGM Sports only
  • Bet must be qualifying
  • Bet must lose
More details +
The BetMGM Sportsbook has the capacity to deliver an all-around mobile betting experience. The app is clean, the new customer offer is amazing, and the supporting betting features are downright blissful. Truly, the only flaw is the delayed customer support response.
Bonus Offer
9.5
Odds Variety
9
Interface
9.5
Payment Options
9.5
Customer Support
8
PROS:
  • Free Live Streaming
  • Crisp in-play betting
  • Boosted parlays
  • Easy Navigation
CONS:
  • Shortage of special market odds
  • Slow customer support response

Definitely, do not miss out on BetMGM Sportsbook's amazing mobile app. In detail, turn on alerts during important games to receive important score notifications while in-game. Plus, the BetMGM Sports app features one of the best live in-play betting interfaces.

William Hill Sportsbook Mobile App

Best value
$500 Risk-Free Bet Terms: 
  • No rollover required
  • Qualifying first bet must lose
  • Free bet must be used within 7 days
  • Valid for new customer accounts only
More details +
$500
Risk-Free Bet
PLAYINGLEGALRF
William Hill clearly excels in certain areas. However, some basics are missing, like cash out and loyalty rewards. On the other hand, they are one of the most prominent bookmakers with live streaming. Their bonus terms are short, yet extremely favorable.
Bonus Offer
10
Odds Variety
8.5
Interface
9
Payment Options
9
Customer Support
9
PROS:
  • Live Streaming
  • Transparent terms of use
  • Generous welcome bonus
  • Responsive customer support
  • Complete odds offer
CONS:
  • Cash Out not available yet
  • The user interface could be improved

William Hill also offers a top-notch live in-play betting experience. Moreover, CO sports bettors appreciate the highly rated overall betting interface. Best of all, you can easily access a multitude of betting promotions directly on the app.

PointsBet Sportsbook Mobile App

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Bonus Terms:
  • The first refund is a maximum of $1,000 for PointsBetting wager if you lose.
  • The second refund is a maximum of $500 in Free Bets for your very first fixed price wager if you lose.
  • Bonus bet must be used within seven days from when it is credited.
  • Bonus bet must be used on markets of $1.50 or (-200) or greater odds.
More details +
$2,000
Free Bets
LEGAL1500
PointsBet Sportsbook indeed outpaces the competition. In detail, there is a fantastic risk-free bet welcome offer, the capability of Name-A-Bet, tons of fun props and futures, plus an excellent live betting product. Frankly, it is difficult to come up with any negatives except the limited customer support contact methods.
Bonus Offer
9
Odds
9.5
Interface
9
Payment Options
7.5
Customer Support
7
PROS:
  • Smooth in-play betting experience
  • Unique features like PointsBetting
  • Fantastic $1500 Free Bets welcome promo
  • Ability to place off-the-board bets with Name-A-Bet
  • Cash Out is available on certain bets
CONS:
  • Lack of Customer Service options
  • Live Chat is slow

The PointsBet Sportsbook mobile app allows you to sports bet in the more traditional manner and try out PointsBetting, a high-risk type of wager. Also, quickly access the fantastic variety of betting options from live in-play wagering, futures, parlays, teasers, and more.

FOX Bet Sportsbook Mobile App

$500 Risk-Free Bet Terms:
  • New player accounts only
  • Expires 30 days after issue
  • The initial bet has to lose
  • 1x wagering requirement
More details +
$500
FOX Bet Sportsbook certainly lives up to the hype of being partnered with a major sports network. There’s a good variety of sports to bet on, along with cashouts, plus the best feature, which is allowing custom prop bets through social media. Unfortunately, customer service is the only genuine gripe, simply because you can only email support and need to await a response.
Bonus Offer
8.5
Odds Variety
9.5
Interface
8
Payment Options
9
Customer Support
6.5
PROS:
  • Custom prop bets available
  • Cash Outs are available on certain bets
  • Various bet boosts and ongoing betting promotions
  • Interactive In-Play betting platform
CONS:
  • No Live Streaming
  • Email-only for customer support
  • Slow server during high traffic hours

Try the FOX Bet Sportsbook mobile app with the highlight of making your own ‘Custom Bets.’ Additionally, the FOX Bet app allows you to get boosted odds and lines by what on-air personalities choose.

How to Bet Online in Colorado

To bet online in Colorado, make sure that you fully provide all the personal information requested. Overall, signing up for a new CO online sports betting account is simple and easy.

As sports betting enthusiasts at PlayingLegal, we highly recommend that you open several accounts at online sports betting sites so that you can accurately line shop for the best odds and promotions.

Below, check out a step-by-step guide on how to bet online in CO:

  1. Pick from our top list of legal CO sports betting sites that provide online sportsbooks that exceed or pass our experts’ checklist.
  2. Then, navigate your web-based browser either on a desktop or mobile device to the CO online sportsbook website.
  3. To download the mobile app, you can scroll to the bottom of the website or look for a section called ‘Download.’
  4. Now, sign-up for the new CO online sports betting account with your personal details, like:
    • Full legal name
    • Email address
    • DOB
    • Mailing address
    • Social Security Number
  5. Next, enter a promo code to redeem your welcome bonus if there is one available.
  6. Then, make a real-money deposit via one of the many accepted payment methods to fund your player account.
  7. Finally, browse the various betting lines and odds, pick your selection to add to your bet slip.

Notably, some customers feel uncomfortable providing either the last four digits of their Social Security Number or even a copy of their valid government-issued ID. However, because these online sportsbooks are legal and licensed by the LGCC, the additional verification process ensures the prevention of underage gambling. Finally, your information is safe and secure with legal operators.

CO Betting Bonuses and Promotions

Ultimately, online operators are flocking to the Centennial State, thanks to the low tax rate for sports betting plus the fact that there are multiple sports betting licenses still available. Thus, make no mistake, CO is a competitive market for sportsbooks. Competition is not a negative from the customer perspective because CO online sportsbooks need to offer lucrative welcome bonus offers plus ongoing betting bonuses.

As far as CO online sports betting welcome bonus offers, look for:

  • Sign-up no deposit bonus money
  • Free bets
  • Risk-free bets
  • Deposit match bonuses

Now, for ongoing betting promotions, CO sportsbooks offer a variety especially depending on what popular sport is in season, like:

  • Odds boost
  • Parlay boosters
  • Betting reload bonuses
  • Leaderboard races

Remember, it is in your best interest to have multiple accounts at a variety of sportsbooks. What one sportsbook offers does not mean that another one offers the same lines or promotions. In fact, some sports betting sites may offer better loyalty and rewards programs to make up for betting promotions or bonuses. Thus, in sports betting, it pays to shop around.

Payment Methods

Customers can choose from a variety of payment methods thanks to the Centennial State legalizing sports betting. Not only does playing at a legal sportsbook guarantee the security of your funds, but there are more options, too. Yet, note that all payment methods are not offered at every operator.

Below, here are some payment options available at most CO online sportsbooks:

  • PayPal
  • Operator branded Play+ prepaid card
  • Bank Transfer
  • Skrill
  • eCheck/ACH
  • PayNearMe
  • Major credit or debit cards
  • Casino cage

Beware that certain operators may require you to have used your preferred payment option as a deposit method before allowing you to withdraw. Also, this bears repeating. A legal online operator may require additional identity verification before processing a withdrawal due to compliance with licensing requirements.

Most Popular Sports in CO Sportsbooks

CO sports bettors enjoy betting on various sports and bet types. Additionally, with over 30 casinos and multiple online sportsbooks, there is literally something for everyone in terms of sports betting.

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NFL
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MLB

NFL

Colorado online sportsbooks no doubt offer all types of NFL betting lines. The home team, the Denver Broncos, are a successful franchise, having won three Super Bowl Championships.

No doubt about it, futures offered by Colorado online sportsbooks are of great interest such as:

  • Super Bowl Champion
  • NFL MVP.

Otherwise, CO NFL bettors look for:

  • Point spreads
  • Moneylines
  • Totals
  • Live in-play betting
  • Player props

NBA

The Denver Nuggets is the home team to the Centennial State. Thus, expect that legal Colorado online sportsbooks offer many odds, promotions, and boosts for CO NBA bettors. For example, futures such as the NBA Championship Winner get posted well before the season even begins.

Other popular CO NBA bet types include:

  • NBA Finals
  • MVP
  • Defensive POY
  • Conference Champion
  • Point spreads
  • Moneylines
  • Totals

NHL

Home to the NHL Colorado Avalanche, loyal fans love the two-time Stanley Cup winners. Again, Colorado sportsbooks, either retail or online, offer amazing odds and bet lines for the NHL. In fact, during hockey season, ongoing betting promotions often promote Avalanche games.

Other CO NHL popular bets include:

  • Stanley Cup
  • MVP
  • Player props
  • Puck lines
  • Futures
  • Moneylines
  • Totals

MLB

The Colorado Rockies are the home team to the Centennial State. Definitely, MLB betting offers an incredible variety due to large teams and high interest.

Moreover, baseball season traditionally is a long season making for thousands of betting lines and odds. Colorado sportsbooks no doubt focus on the Rockies, particularly for boosted odds, parlays, and promotions.

Here is a sampling of CO MLB popular bet types:

  • To win the World Series
  • Player futures
  • Props
  • Run lines
  • Totals
  • Parlays

Types of Sports Betting in Colorado

Overall, the types of sports bets you can legally place in Colorado are the same in virtually most states:

  • Moneyline
  • Totals
  • Parlays
  • Teasers
  • Point spreads
  • Props
  • Live in-play betting
  • Futures

History and Timeline of Sports Betting in Colorado

Certainly, it was a long road towards the legalization of Colorado sports betting. Although there were little rumblings within the CO Legislature due to bipartisan support, the Centennial State needed approval from the voters. Remember that historically, Colorado is a state opposed to gambling.

 

Thus, when voters headed to the polls, the final vote was almost evenly split on the Colorado sports betting referendum. However, legalization prevailed. Below, explore the history and timeline of how sports betting officially became legal in Colorado.

  • 1948

    Pari-mutuel wagering is legal in Colorado on horses and greyhound racing. Thus, the Colorado Racing Commission is created.

  • 1982

    The Colorado General Assembly authorizes the creation of the Colorado Lottery, kicking off ticket sales in 1983.

  • 1990

    The Colorado Limited Gaming, Initiative 4 passes legalizing gambling in Black Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek.

  • 1992

    The Colorado Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) passes, restricting the raising of taxes without statewide voter approval. Thus, for Colorado to legalize sports betting, the legislature has to approve along with CO voters.

  • May 2018

    The Supreme Court of the United States overturns PASPA, finding in favor of New Jersey, which allows other states to legalize sports betting.

  • April 2019

    Colorado HB 1327 is introduced with bipartisan Democrat and Republican support.

  • May – Nov. 2019

    Discussion over HB 1327 centers more around how to use sports betting revenue. Legislators came on board when with the proposal that the majority of the sports betting tax go to benefitting the Colorado Water Plan.

  • Nov. 2019

    Proposition DD passes the legislature but, CO voters need to approve the constitutional amendment under the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), a rather restrictive law.

  • Nov. 7, 2019

    The results are in. Colorado voters pass Proposition DD, the bill for sports betting voter referendum, which allows for legalized sports betting in the Centennial State by barely over 43,000 votes.

  • Nov. – Jan. 2020

    The Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission readies to launch legalized sports betting by reviewing regulations from other states.

  • Feb. 2020

    LGCC formalizes sports betting rules along with seven sports betting licenses for casinos.

  • March 2020

    The LGCC approves another eighteen sports betting licenses, not just for online operators but other vendor licenses. All of the state’s licensed retail casinos are now approved or in the process of application for sports betting licenses.

  • Apr. 2020

    In the April meeting, the LGCC approves extensive sports betting catalog plus another slew of licenses. All of the state’s 33 retail casinos are officially licensed to offer sports betting.

  • May 1, 2020

    Colorado officially kicks off online and live in-person sports betting, becoming the first US state to offer both at launch.  

The Future of CO Sports Betting

The future of CO sports betting is bright. Overall, Colorado is definitely a state chock full of potential. In fact, there are many factors in favor of the Colorado sports betting market maturing faster and possibly outpacing other states in revenue.

  • Firstly, Colorado is the first state to launch both online and retail sports betting at once. Moreover, the Centennial State allows for complete online registration, unlike other states (Illinois for launch and Nevada) that require sports bettors to register in-person.
  • Secondly, Colorado offers a low tax rate of 10% of net sports betting proceeds from each operator.
  • Thirdly, sports betting licenses require low fees such as $10,000 to apply plus a $125,000 fee on approval. Compare these low fees to the $10 million required by Pennsylvania.
  • Finally, the Colorado sports betting landscape is practically open season for both domestic and international operators. Sportsbooks from overseas are wading into the US market with Colorado as the first stop. Additionally, domestic sportsbooks such as Circa Sports from Las Vegas have expanded to the Centennial State.

CO Sports Betting FAQs

Is sports betting legal in CO?

Yes, sports betting is legal in CO. Officially, legal sports betting launched in Colorado on May 1, 2020. Additionally, you can legally sports bet online from anywhere within the Centennial State’s borders or in physical retail casino sportsbooks. For all your gaming needs, PlayingLegal compiled a list of the best CO betting sites.

How do you gamble on sports in Colorado?

Coloradans can legally gamble on sports in several ways: 1) any legal and licensed CO online sportsbooks, or 2) licensed retail sportsbooks in casinos in the Black Hawk, Central City, Cripple Creek, or two tribal Southwestern casinos. Additionally, you need to be a minimum of 21 years of age and physically located within state borders.

Where can you bet on sports in Colorado?

You can bet on sports in Colorado either through a legal online sportsbook or in a physical licensed casino sportsbook. Our resourceful guide to CO sports betting points out the best online betting sites available and all the licensed casino retail sportsbooks in the state from Black Hawk, Central City to Cripple Creek and beyond.

Is DraftKings available in Colorado?

Yes, DraftKings is available in Colorado both online and in-person as of May 1, 2020. In fact, you can wager in-person at the DraftKings Sportsbook in Mardi Gras Casino located in Black Hawk. However, DraftKings' daily fantasy sports was available long ago since 2012 in the Centennial State.

What type of sports betting promotions are available in Colorado?

Overall, it depends on the CO online sportsbook and sports season regarding what type of betting promotions are available. Generally speaking, you can find boosted parlays, a betting reload bonus, special odds boost. With CO sports betting welcome bonus promotions, expect no-deposit sign-up offers, risk-free and free bets, plus deposit match bonuses.

What is the best Colorado sports betting app?

Overall, after going through an extensive checklist, PlayingLegal recommends FanDuel as the best Colorado sports betting app. Yet, there are other CO sports betting apps available that rank highly on our list, such as BetMGM Sportsbook, William Hill, PointsBet, and more. Remember that to ensure you are receiving the best odds and promotions, accounts at various sportsbooks allow you to line shop.

Is FanDuel available for Colorado sports betting?

Yes, FanDuel Sportsbook officially launched in CO on May 1, 2020. Thus, CO sports bettors can either bet online or in-person at FanDuel. The retail FanDuel Sportsbook is located within the Golden Gates Casino at Black Hawk. Finally, FanDuel is partners with the Denver Broncos.

Is BetRivers available in Colorado?

Yes, BetRivers is available for sports bettors in Colorado. In fact, BetRivers was officially available as of May 1, 2020. CO sports bettors can access the BetRivers site through a web-based browser or download the mobile app. In the Centennial State, BetRivers partners with the McGills Hotel and Casino at Cripple Creek.

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