Since the casinos in Black Hawk, nearby Central City, and Cripple Creek are all state sanctioned casinos (having received their charter by voter initiative in 1991), you will find a greater assortment of well recognized slot games than you would at some Native American casinos. The Vegas and AC game makers are well represented with WMS and IGT games in good supply. Games like Yahtzee, Monopoly, and Press Your Luck as well as Lord of the Rings, Cleopatra, Wolf Run, Star Trek and others make Black Hawk a premiere destination for slots aficionados every where.
IGT briefly owned Isle of Capri Black Hawk through its acquisition of Anchor Gaming in 2001 but later sold the property. IGT's biggest presence is now felt at the Ameristar Casino where their DynamiX™ gaming consoles offer players a never ending and ever changing gambling experience.
With IGT DynamiX™ games the landscape of a casino floor is not the same as the old days. Previously you would see banks of penny slots, dollar slots, reel slots, and video poker all segregated. Now one gaming box can be any of those games with a touch of a button. Adult families and friends who like to play together but enjoy different games can sit next to each other and enjoy the game they want at the denomination they prefer.
You can check out all about DynamiX™ here in this IGT video which is pretty sweet:
Though both approved by the same law, Black Hawk was not the first locale near Denver to offer state sanctioned gaming. They were preceded by nearby Central City. Gamblers had to pass through Black Hawk to get to Central City so the venue out paced their neighbor. A new highway bypass from Denver should invigorate Central City again where currently there are five casinos operating about 3,000 slot machines. Century Casino & Hotel and Fortune Valley Hotel Casino have over 1,000 slots each.
Casino regulation, the recent increase of bet limits from $5 to $100, a 35 mile shuttle service to and from Denver International Airport along with the unique and authentic character of this town of just over 100 people make Black Hawk Colorado seem assured of a promising future in the American casino landscape.