Central City Casinos & Sportsbooks

Central City, Colorado began as a mining town during the Gold Rush. It’s still a town where people go to find their fortunes or simply to have some fun and entertainment. All six of the Central City casinos are within a short walking distance of each other. There’s always something to do 24 hours a day in Central City, and when visitors do it all, there’s a free inter-city shuttle service that will take them to nearby Black Hawk with its all-night casino fun.

Although there are not retail sportsbooks in Central City yet, it is possible we will see some in 2021.

Central City Casinos

Century Casino & Hotel Central City

Century has a boutique-style hotel with 26 rooms including king, queen, and suite options. The casino’s three dining options include two American cuisine-themed restaurants, the Retro Deli & Tavern and the Mid City Grill. There’s also a bar on-premise. Century’s covered parking garage with a scenic sky-bridge takes visitors to the historic and walkable part of town.

Century Casino in Cripple Creek partnered with Circa Sports Colorado! and its Sportsbook betting mobile app. From the app, bettors can browse the complete betting menu and live odds. They can also participate in future bets in parlay, two-sided yes/no future betting, and deposit and withdraw account funds remotely. As of right now, there is no retail sportsbook at Century Casino in Central City.

Century Casino offers:

  • A slot floor with over 500 slot and video machine
  • 7 table games including poker, blackjack, crap, and roulette
  • Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

102 Main Street, Central City, CO 80427

Dostal Alley

Dostal Alley is the only casino in Central City to contain a microbrewery. The brewery uses wild, local hops that grow all around the city. The smallest in Central City, Dostal Alley is one of the town’s oldest casinos. The beer is served at the casino’s brewpub alongside housemade pizzas, calzones, and sandwiches.

Dostal Alley has partnered with Betsson for sports betting that is expected to launch in 2021.

Dostal Alley’s casino offers:

  • 60 slot and video machine, including penny slots
  • Open 7 days a week, hours vary

114-116 Main Street, Central City, CO 80427

Easy Street Casino

Easy Street is one of the more family-friendly casinos with a gaming arcade for kids and the diner-style Millie’s Restaurant, open Thursday to Sunday. It’s also home to the historic Gold Coin Bar. Easy Street is small but welcoming, and guests can go across the street to its sister casino, the Famous Bonanza Casino that’s slightly larger.

Easy Street Casino offers:

  • 180 slot and video machines
  • An arcade for guests under 21 years old 
  • Open 7 days a week, hours vary

120 Main Street, Central City, CO 80427

Famous Bonanza Casino

The slightly larger sister casino to Easy Street Casino that sits right across the road, Famous Bonanza offers alternative games and dining options than its sister. Stella’s Cafe serves lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Famous Bonanza casino offers:

  • 238 slot and video machines
  • Open 7 days a week, hours vary

107 Main Street, Central City, CO 80427

Grand Z Casino Hotel

The Grand Z is the largest casino in Central City and is the sister casino to Johnny Z’s in Central City. It’s also the home to The Mile High Club, the only live entertainment venue in town that features local and national touring acts and a dance floor. Guests can stay in the casino’s hotel that features 119 recently renovated deluxe rooms and suites. There are three dining options in the casino including the flagship restaurant The Grand Bistro, a casual grill, and a fast-casual cafe.

The Grand Z Casino Hotel recently announced its sportsbook partner. It is partnering with IGT to place self-service PlaySports kiosks in the hotel, and an app, branded Play Maverick Sports, is also soon to launch.

The Grand Z Casino offers:

  • More than 700 slot machines
  • 14 table games including poker, blackjack, crap, and roulette
  • Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

321 Gregory Street, Central City, CO 80427

Johnny Z’s Casino

Johnny Z’s is the sister to the larger Grand Z Casino that has a hotel where guests can stay. The dining options at Johnny Z’s include the full-service casual Z Grill and the fast-casual Z Cafe. For finer dining, guests can go to the Grand Z for to The Grand Bistro.

Johnny Z’s Casino recently announced its sportsbook partner. It is partnering with IGT to place self-service PlaySports kiosks in the hotel, and an app, branded Play Maverick Sports, is also soon to launch.

Johnny Z’s offers:

  • Over 350 video slots and video poker machines
  • Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

132 Lawrence Street, Central City, CO 80427

History Of Central City

Central City was founded as a mining town in 1859. A prospector named John H. Gregory staked the first ming claim in Central City, and the region soon became known as the “Richest Square Mile on Earth.” By 1960 more than 100 men were arriving in Central City each day in search of gold. The town remained fairly stable, although it suffered its share of fires and floods, until the early 1900s. 

In addition to being home to many, the town became a tourist attraction – it still looks similar as it did in the late 1800s – until the economic downturn of the 1980s. When Colorado allowed for gambling, Central City chose to allow casinos. The smallest of the three casino towns in Colorado, it’s now home to six casinos.

Other Activities And Things To Do In Central City

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

Central City Gambling FAQs

How old do I need to be to gamble in Central City?

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 Central City?

21 years old. The 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 Central City?

The biggest casino in Central City is The Grand Z Casino Hotel located at 321 Gregory Street. It has three restaurants, a casino floor, 119 guest rooms, and an entertainment venue.

Who regulates gambling in Central City?

The Colorado Division of Gaming. All gambling in Colorado is regulated by the Colorado Division of Gaming. 

Who owns the casinos in Central City?

Central City’s casinos are independently owned. The casinos in Central City 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 Central City.

How far is Central City from Denver?

About 38 miles. Depending on traffic and starting destination, it takes about 50 minutes to drive from downtown Denver to Central City. Denver International Airport is about 62 miles from Central City by car and is about an hour- and ten-minute drive. 

Is it easy to park in Central City?

Yes, parking is easy in Central City. Some casinos in Central City offer free parking. There is also free public parking available off-street in the Big T Lot across from City Hall on Nevada Street.