Black Hawk Casinos & Sportsbooks

Black Hawk’s casinos and sportsbooks offer bettors a little bit of everything when it comes to gaming and entertainment.

Black Hawk is the largest casino town in Colorado and one of the premier gambling destinations in the Western US. A gaming-focused town, there is one casino for every 6 residents. One of Black Hawk’s 15 casinos is around every corner. 

Most of the casino floors offer live blackjack, craps, roulette, classic slot machines, and video poker terminals. Black Hawk is home to some of Colorado’s most impressive poker rooms, too, offering Texas Hold’em, Omaha, 3 Card, and other forms of the card game. 

Black Hawk Casinos 

In this gambling town, visitors will find a variety of casinos that offer more than just gaming. Many of the casinos offer casual and fine dining, entertainment, spas, hotels, and other amenities. 

Ameristar Casino 

The town’s largest casino, Ameristar also houses a luxury hotel with 536 guest rooms, including 64 suites. Guests can relax and rejuvenate at the Ara Spa located on premises where spa services are offered daily and salon services are offered on the weekend. There are six dining choices, including the Timberline Grill Steakhouse. 

The Barstool Sportsbook at Ameristar includes a 24-foot video wall, 13 betting kiosks, drink specials, and 29 HDTVs. Barstool will launch an online sports betting app in 2021 in partnership with Ameristar. 

Ameristar’s casino offers:

  • Black Hawk’s largest poker room with 22 poker tables
  • Over 1,250 slot machines and video poker machines
  • 40 additional gaming tables on the casino floor
  • Barstool Sportsbook
  • 24-hour gambling, 7 days a week

111 Richman St, Black Hawk, CO 80422

Bull Durham Saloon and Casino

The Bull Durham Casino is a designated Colorado landmark. Housed in an 1880s building that was originally a wagon works and later a blacksmith shop, its name comes from an advertisement painted on the building’s exterior in 1912. The casino offers casual pub food, beer, wine, and cocktails for guests.

Bull Durham’s casino offers:

  • Some of the hottest new games available
  • The best percentage of three-coin bar video poker
  • Free Sharpshooters Club with perks, rewards and free food and beer offerings
  • Open 7 days a week

110 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422

Golden Gates Casino

Golden Gates is one of three sister casinos along with Golden Gulch and Golden Mardi Gras. The casino is home to the Colorado Poker Championship tournament and the Heartland Poker Tour. Golden Gates has one of the largest poker rooms in Black Hawk. There’s both a bar and a casual restaurant on-premises.

Golden Gates casino offers:

  • 18 poker tables with a 5 table overflow room during tournaments
  • 650 loose slot games
  • 33 table games
  • Open 7 days a week

261 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422

Golden Gulch Casino

Golden Gulch is one of three sister casinos along with Golden Gates and Golden Mardi Gras. The smallest of the three, it has one of the most unique gaming rooms in Black Hawk. Some of the games in this 100% all coin casino are located in the casino’s basement, formerly an old jailhouse. The Golden Gulch Bar located in the casino has real coin-in slot machines.

Golden Gulch casino offers:

  • 140 slot and video poker machines  
  • Classic gambling experience
  • Open 7 days a week

321 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422

Golden Mardi Gras Casino

Golden Mardi Gras is one of three sister casinos along with Golden Gates and Golden Gulch, and it’s the largest of the three casinos. Designed to be reminiscent of the classic New Orleans celebration complete with themed dining in the Bourbon Street Cafe or the Masquerade Bar, it’s connected by a skywalk to Golden Gates and its large poker room. 

Golden Mardi Gras Casino opened a DraftKings-branded sportsbook in 2020. The sports betting lounge includes a large video wall with over 40 TVs, 8 sports betting kiosks, 2 off-track betting terminals, and a sports betting cashier. The DraftKings Sportsbook also has a VIP lounge and full-service kitchen and bar. DraftKings also launched an online sports betting app on May 1, 2020, in partnership with Golden Mardi Gras.

Golden Mardi Gras Casino offers:

  • 650 slot and video poker games
  • 14 table games
  • DraftKings Sportbook
  • Off-track betting
  • Open 7 days a week

300 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422

The Gilpin Casino

Sometimes referred to as The Gilpin Hotel & Casino because of the building’s historic name, The Gilpin is now a casino only. Guests can stay at the casino’s sister property, the nearby Lodge Casino. This three-story Gilpin Casino is said to be haunted, with a ghost of a heartbroken school teacher who jumped to her death after her lover died. The casino’s restaurant, Lucille Malones’s, bears her name. 

Gilpin casino offers:

  • 469 slot and video poker machine
  • 6 game tables
  • Free Winners Club membership
  • Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

111 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422

Isle Casino Hotel 

The Isle Black Hawk is a casino and hotel with 404 guest rooms. Owned by Caesars Entertainment, it’s one of the 50 destinations where Ceasars Rewards can be used. Guests can take advantage of free valet parking in a covered garage. There are five dining options onsite ranging from a Starbucks to the Roxy Restaurant & Bar, a fine-dining steakhouse. Isle is connected to its sister property Lady Luck by a skywalk.

Isle casino offers:

  • Over 900 slot machines
  • 27 table games
  • Live poker room with over a dozen tables
  • William Hill Sportsbook at Lady Luck
  • Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

401 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422

Lady Luck 

Connected to its sister property Isle Casino Hotel by a skywalk, Lady Luck was Black Hawk’s first big casino. It shares a free valet parking garage with its sister hotel. Lady Luck opened solely as a casino in 1993 and later added a 164 room hotel. Owned by Caesars Entertainment, it’s one of the 50 destinations where Ceasars Rewards can be used. Guests can dine at the Otis & Henry’s Bar & Grill where breakfast and casual fare are served downstairs and pub far is served upstairs with a view of the Rocky Mountains.

Lady Luck Casino partnered with internationally-renowned sports betting brand William Hill to launch its retail sportsbook on-site in 2020. Currently, Lady Luck offers betting kiosks in the casino but we anticipate a full sports betting lounge to open in the future. William Hill launched its online sports betting app in 2020.

Lady Luck offers:

  • Over 400 slot and video poker machines
  • 11 table games
  • William Hill Sportsbook
  • Open 7 days a week, 24 hour a day

340 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422

The Lodge Casino

Black Hawk’s very first casino that also offered hotel rooms, The Lodge is the sister casino to The Gilpin Casino. The hotel has 50 guest rooms. The large casino’s dining choices include the White Buffalo Grille steakhouse as well as three other more casual establishments. 

The Lodge Casino offers:

  • 975 slot machines
  • 17 game tables
  • Free Winners Club membership
  • Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

240 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422

Monarch Casino 

Monarch is one of the first casinos many people see when entering Black Hawk. This casino and resort has 500 guest rooms and the Monarch Spa with spa services, a rooftop year-round pool, and a cardio theater and fitness center. Guests can dine at one of 7 fast-casual, buffet, or fine dining restaurants. A 1,350 car parking garage is on-site.

Monarch Casino is constructing a full-service sports betting lounge at the casino. In the meantime, bettors can place bets at the Monarch Rewards desk. Or, the casino is offering online sports betting under its BetMonarch brand name.

Monarch Casino offers:

  • 1200 slot and video poker machines
  • 40 table games
  • BetMonarch Sportsbook (under construction)
  • Open 7 days a week, 24 hour a day

488 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422

Red Dolly Casino

Black Hawk’s oldest casino, the Red Dolly with its famous red awning has been managed by the same team since 1992. It’s a small but busy casino with one dining option that serves everything from breakfast to burgers, pasta, and steaks. 

Red Dolly launched sports betting in Colorado through a partnership with ELITE Sportsbook. This includes a sportsbook app. Currently, bettors can place bets at various sports betting kiosks located throughout the property.

Red Dolly casino offers:

  • Over 100 classic and new slot machines
  • Elite Sportsbook
  • Open 7 days a week, hours vary

530 Gregory St, Black Hawk, CO 80422

Saratoga Casino

With beautiful mountain views, the Saratoga Casino is one of the newer properties in Black Hawk. The modern casino has a gift shop and free covered parking. Guests can dine at casual Main Street Cafe. They can also grab a drink and a bite at the Main Floor Bar or the Mill City Bar. 

Saratoga Casino partnered with Betfred to offer sports betting in Colorado. They were the first retail sportsbook to open, in June 2020. The Betfred sportsbook includes a 1,400 square feet sports betting lounge, with TVs, betting windows, and self-serve kiosks. Betfred also has an online sportsbook.

Saratoga casino offers:

  • Almost 500 slot machines
  • Table games such as craps, blackjack, and roulette
  • Betfred Sportsbook
  • Free Player Extra Club rewards membership
  • Open 7 days a week, hours vary

101 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422

Sasquatch Casino

This cozy casino, the smallest in Black Hawk, packs a lot into its 6,000 square feet, including Harry, a 7’4” Sasquatch, in the main lobby. Players often rub Harry’s butt for good luck. The casino has two restaurants. Harry’s Grill & Pizza serves sandwiches, chicken, and pizzas. Harry’s Steakhouse serves steaks and comfort foods. Sasquatch Casino is also one of the few kid-friendly places in Black Hawk with a 15-game arcade for kids and teens.

Sasquatch Casino offers:

  • More than 145 conventional, electronic and tabletop gaming systems
  • Open 7 days a week, hours vary
  • PlaySports kiosks for sports betting

125 Gregory St, Black Hawk, CO 80422

Wild Card Saloon & Casino

This small family-run casino has an outdoor deck, a convenience store, and a full bar with a menu with home-cooked dishes. Players can earn points to spend on comforting foods, which change with the seasons. Wild Card welcomes parties and caters to birthday, bachelor, bachelorette, and other celebrations.  

Wild Card Saloon casino offers:

  • Over 200 slot and video poker machines
  • Daily prizes awarded to those who enter to win the lock-up drawing
  • Open 7 days a week, hours vary
  • PlaySports kiosks for sports betting

120 Main St, Black Hawk, CO 80422

Z Casino

Z is both a casino and a hotel with 119 recently renovated deluxe rooms and suites and free covered self-parking with valet option. The Mile High entertainment lounge hosts a variety of artists and also has one of the few dance floors in Black Hawk. Guests can eat at the Z Cafe or Mustang Grill.

Z casino offers:

  • Over 400 slot machines including video craps, video blackjack, and video roulette 
  • 6 gaming tables
  • 1 poker table
  • Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
  • PlaySports kiosks for sports betting

101 Gregory St, Black Hawk, CO 80422

History Of Black Hawk 

Black Hawk is a historic mining town in Colorado, located about an hour away from Denver. It’s named after an American Indian Chief. Founded in 1859 during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush, thousands of prospectors and miners came to Black Hawk to find their fortunes. It became known as the “City of Mills” when it became the center of water-powered stamp mills that processed ore in the region. In 1872 the Colorado Central Railroad came to Black Hawk, cementing the town’s importance. 

After the Gold Rush, Black Hawk became a small mining town with little tourism. That changed in 1991 when people returned to find their fortunes, this time at the newly opened casinos. Black Hawk now caters almost exclusively to casino tourism.

Other Activities And Things To Do In BlackHawk 

In addition to gambling, there are many activities in and around Black Hawk for tourists to enjoy.

Black Hawk Gambling FAQs

How old do I need to be to gamble in Black Hawk?

21 years old. The legal gambling age in Colorado is 21, and all casinos strictly adhere to this law. Casinos check legal IDs upon entrance.


What is the drinking age at casinos in Black Hawk?
21 years oldThe legal drinking age in Colorado is 21, and all casinos strictly adhere to this law.

Casinos check legal IDs upon entrance.

What is the biggest casino in Black Hawk?

Ameristar Casino Resort Spa. Ameristar offers 1,250 slots and video machines, 40 table games, and 22 live poker tables. It also has the largest poker room in Black Hawk. Ameristar’s hotel has 536 guest rooms, including 64 suites. Many of the rooms feature views of the Rocky Mountains. 

Who regulates gambling in Black Hawk?
The Colorado Division of Gaming. All gambling in Colorado is regulated by the Colorado Division of Gaming. 

Who owns the casinos in Black Hawk?
Black Hawk’s casinos are independently owned. The casinos in Black Hawk are owned by independent corporations that are required to follow all rules and regulations set forth by the Colorado Division of Gaming. There are no American Indian owned Casinos in Black Hawk.

How far is Black Hawk from Denver?
About 35 miles. Depending on traffic and starting destination, it takes about 50 minutes to drive from downtown Denver to Black Hawk. Denver International Airport is 55 miles from Black Hawk and is about an hour and ten-minute drive. There are both trains and busses accessible from the airport that go to Black Hawk, sometimes with transfers.

Is it easy to park in Black Hawk?

Yes. Most casinos in Black Hawk offer free covered or uncovered parking garages for guests of the casino. Guests may use these parking garages for their entire stay at the casino. Some of the larger casinos also offer free valet service, although tipping the valet attendants is always encouraged.