Colorado Online Sports Betting

Colorado sports betting is now available anywhere in the state through numerous Colorado sportsbook apps. Some of these sportsbooks have mobile apps as well as retail sportsbook locations. Many of these sports betting apps provide bonus offers and promo codes for new Colorado bettors.

There are currently about 15 online sportsbooks in Colorado partnered with the state’s casinos, and there are several other partnerships waiting for regulatory approval. Colorado allows online sports betting for anyone over 21 years old through a desktop, laptop, or mobile device, as long as they are physically in Colorado at the time they place the bet. 

Colorado Online Sportsbooks

Barstool Sportsbook

Barstool Sportsbook partnered with with Ameristar Casino in Black Hawk for an upcoming sports betting app that’s expected to arrive sometime in 2021. In the meantime, bettors who are at least 21 years old can visit the retail Barstool Sportsbook at Ameristar, and they can build their bets online and receive a QR code when done. They can show their code to a Sportsbook teller at the retail location for a live ticket. 

BetMGM

BetMGM partnered with Midnight Rose Hotel and Casino in Cripple Creek for online sports betting. Bettors can place wagers from anywhere within the state of Colorado on a wide array of sports including college and professional baseball, basketball and football, hockey, eSports, NASCAR, cycling, bowling, Fantasy sports, table tennis, and many other games. Bets can be placed through BetMGM’s mobile app or through its online website by anyone who is over 21 years old.

New bettors can claim up to $600 in a risk free bet at BetMGM.

BetRivers 

BetRivers has partnered with McGills Hotel and Casino in Cripple Creek for online sports betting. Bettors can place wagers from anywhere within the state of Colorado on a wide array of sports including college and professional baseball, basketball and football, hockey, MMA, pool, rodeo, chess and many other games. Bets can be placed through BetRivers mobile app or through its online website by anyone is over 21 years old.

BetRivers online sportsbook offers up $250 bonus match on new customers’ first deposits. 

Bettson

Bettson partnered with Dostal Alley Casino in Central City for online sports betting in the first part of 2021, pending regulatory approval. It will be Bettson’s first US online sports market. Once live, bettors will be able to place bets before a game starts or make live bets as the game is playing.

Bettson frequently offers promotions, too, such as raffles for cash prizes for betting on certain games. Bettors who are 21 or older will be able to place wagers from anywhere within the state of Colorado on a wide array of sports including college and professional baseball, basketball and football through the Bettson mobile app or online website.

DraftKings

DraftKings partnered with Golden Mardi Gras in Black Hawk for its online sportsbook. Bettors who are 21 or older will be able to place wagers from anywhere within the state of Colorado on a wide array of sports including college and professional baseball, basketball, football, volleyball, lacrosse, and many other games through DraftKings mobile app.

First-time bettors at DraftKings mobile app can get up to a $1,000 deposit bonus. 

BetMonarch

Monarch Casino in Black Hawk hosts its own online sportsbook named BetMonarch. Bettors who are 21 or older can place wagers on the BetMonarch app from anywhere within the state of Colorado on a wide array of sports including college and professional baseball, basketball, football, motorsports, rugby, snooker, and many other games. They can place straight bets, parlays, round robins and teasers unique for Monarch Black Hawk guests. They can also earn comps and tier points, plus place 1/2 bets.

BetWildwood (ISI)

BetWildwood is the online sportsbook for Wildwood Casino in Cripple Creek. Through the BetWildwood mobile app or its online website, bettors who are  21 or older can place bets from anywhere within the state of Colorado on a wide array of sports including college and professional baseball, basketball, football, handball, darts, cricket and many other games. BetWildwood’s website also allows bettors to watch the games they’ve bet on live online. 

Circa Sports

Circa Sports has partnered with Century Casino in Cripple Creek for its online sportsbook. Circa Sports provides a Vegas-style sports betting menu that includes creative prop bets, higher and fairer betting limits, and lower holds on futures markets than competitors. Bettors can browse the betting menu and live odds anywhere, anytime. Those who are  21 or older can place bets from anywhere within the state of Colorado on a wide array of sports including college and professional baseball, basketball, football, hockey, eSports, NASCAR, cycling, bowling, Fantasy sports, table tennis, and many other games.

ELITE Sportsbook

ELITE Sportsbook has partnered with Red Dolly Casino in Black Hawk for its online sportsbook. ELITE offers unique features such as Progressive Parlay that has an element of forgiveness that is only offered by ELITE. It also offers live betting and early cashout. Bettors who are 21 or over can use ELITE’s mobile app or its online website to place wagers from within Colorado on a wide array of sports including college and professional baseball, basketball and football, hockey, MMA, pool, rodeo, chess, and many other games.

Betfred

Betfred has partnered with Saratoga Casino in Black Hawk for its online sportsbook. Bettors who are 21 or older will be able to place wagers from anywhere within the state of Colorado on a wide array of sports including college and professional baseball, basketball, football, volleyball, lacrosse, and many other games through Betfred’s mobile app or its online website.

New bettirs can receive up to a $500 risk-free bet and take advantage of promotions and bonuses exclusive to online users.

Sportsbetting.com

Sportsbetting.com has partnered with Johnny Nolon’s in Cripple Creek for its sportsbook. Sports bettors can download the Sportsbetting.com mobile app or make bets on its online website. Bettors who are 21 or older will be able to place wagers from anywhere within the state of Colorado on a wide array of sports including college and professional baseball, basketball, football, motorsports, rugby, snooker, and many other games.

New bettors can receive a 200% match up to $500 in free bet credits plus an additional $25 in free bet credits.

William Hill

William Hill partnered with Lady Luck Casino and Isle of Capri in Black Hawk for its sportsbook. Sports bettors can download the William Hill app to make bets. Bettors who are 21 or older will be able to place wagers from anywhere within the state of Colorado on a wide array of sports including college and professional baseball, basketball, football, golf, pool, tennis, beach volleyball, and many other games.

New mobile bettors will receive a $25 free bet upon registering and place their first deposit in a William Hill account. They’ll also receive a coupon for a free appetizer at the Farmer’s Pick Cafe at Isle of Capri.

PointsBet

PointsBet has partnered with Double Eagle Casino in Cripple Creek for its online sportsbook. Bettors who are 21 or older will be able to place bets from anywhere within the state of Colorado on a wide array of sports including college and professional baseball, basketball, football, volleyball, lacrosse, and many other games through PointsBet’s mobile app or its online website.

Use bonus code BIGBONUS to claim up to $2,000 in risk free bets at PointsBet Colorado.

PlaySports (IGT)

PlaySports partners with The Wild Card Saloon and Sasquatch Casino in Black Hawk for an upcoming sports betting app that’s expected to arrive sometime in 2021 with details to come when the app is released.

Play Maverick Gaming (IGT)

Play Maverick Gaming is the branded app for Z Casino in Black Hawk as well as Grand Z Casino and Johnny Z’s Casino in Central City that’s expected to arrive sometime in 2021 with details to come with the app is released. 

Online Sports Betting Partnerships

Sports Betting Operator Colorado Casino Partner
Barstool Sportsbook Ameristar Casino, Black Hawk
BETMGM Midnight Rose Hotel and Casino, Cripple Creek
BETRIVERS McGills Hotel and Casino, Cripple Creek
Bettson Dostal Alley Casino, Central City
DraftKings Golden Mardi Gras, Black Hawk
BetMonarch Monarch Casino, Black Hawk
BetWildwood Wildwood Casino, Cripple Creek
Circa Sports Century Casino, Cripple Creek
ELITE Sportsbook Red Dolly Casino, Black Hawk
Betfred Saratoga Casino, Black Hawk
Sportsbetting.com Johnny Nolon’s, Cripple Creek
William Hill Lady Luck Casino and Isle of Capri, Black Hawk
PointsBet Double Eagle Casino, Cripple Creek
Play Sports The Wild Card Saloon and Sasquatch Casino, Black Hawk
Play Maverick Gaming Z Casino, Black Hawk; Grand Z Casino and Johnny Z’s Casino, Central City

Guide To Betting Online In Colorado

Basic Types Of Colorado Online Sports Betting Bonuses

The most common sports betting bonus for Colorado online sportsbooks is the new customer sign-up bonus – sometimes referred to as a welcome bonus – that usually includes free bets and deposit bonuses. These bonuses are used to entice players to sign up with one sportsbook instead of a competitor’s sportsbook. Each legal Colorado online sportsbook has its own terms and conditions for bonuses. 

Here are some examples of sign-up bonuses at Colorado online sportsbooks:

  • William Hill, who partners with Lady Luck Casino and Isle of Capri in Black Hawk, offers up to a $500 free bet with first deposit, using the code COSHARP500.
  • BetRivers, who partners with Midnight Rose Hotel and Casino in Cripple Creek offers up to a $250 bonus match with first deposit.
  • Sportsbetting.com, who partners with Johnny Nolon’s in Cripple Creek, offers a welcome bonus that triples your first deposit up to $750 plus a $25 NBA free bet. 

Other basic Colorado online sports betting bonuses include:

  • No deposit bonuses: These are very small bonuses, in the form of site credits, that a bettor receives upon signing up. Usually under $50, bettors do not have to deposit money first in an account to receive them.
  • Ongoing event bonus offers: Another type of small bonus, these are tied to specific events. For example, if a bettor places a wager on a college basketball game, they may receive a small free bet for another sport, such as college football.

Local Teams And Sports That Colorado Sports Bettors Can Bet On

Sports bettors using legal Colorado sportsbook apps or online sportsbooks websites are likely to want to bet on their home teams. The major professional teams in the state are the NFL’s Denver Broncos, the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, the MLB’s Colorado Rockies, and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche. There are no limits on betting on these professional sports teams.

The state’s two major college teams – University of Colorado Boulder’s football team the Colorado Buffaloes and Colorado State University’s Colorado State Rams – are also popular teams to bet on. However, live betting and prop bets are not legal for these sports teams, nor are they legal for any college sports teams. Bettors can only bet a college game’s outcome. 

Colorado does not allow legal sports betting on any Colorado or other state’s high school sports. 

eSports Betting In Colorado

Colorado’s sports betting laws allows for wagers to be placed on eSports. There are some stipulations to wagering on this type of sport, though. The eSport event must be sanctioned by a governing body that organizes and sets rules and regulations for the game. And, all participants competing in the game must be at least 18 years old. Both retail and online Colorado sportsbooks offer betting on eSports.

Future Sportsbooks In Colorado

Since sports betting became legal in Colorado, many sportsbooks have moved into the state, allowing bettors to place wagers on sports both at retail sportsbooks and on online Colorado sportsbooks. Others are still in the process of receiving regulatory approval and finalizing partnerships with the casinos in Black Hawk, Cripple Creek, and Central City

Currently, there are four known future sportsbook apps in Colorado expected to arrive sometime in 2021: 

  • Barstool Sportsbook has partnered with with Ameristar Casino in Black Hawk for for an upcoming sports betting app 
  • Bettson has partnered with Dostal Alley Casino in Central City for online upcoming online sports betting 
  • PlaySports (IGT) has partnered with The Wild Card Saloon and Sasquatch Casino in Black Hawk for an upcoming sports betting app
  • Play Maverick Gaming (IGT) is the branded app for Z Casino in Black Hawk as well as Grand Z Casino and Johnny Z’s Casino in Central City that is yet to be released

Legal Betting Versus Illegal Betting In Colorado

Until May of 2020, sports betting in Colorado was illegal. All wagers made on sports through illegal sportsbooks or bookies were both against the law and risky. Bettors had no protection under the law to ensure that if they won a bet, they would get all their winnings. Bettors could also place bets without having the money to back their bets up if they lost, and they could end up in deep financial trouble and also face retribution from the illegal sportsbook or bookie. 

When retail and online sportsbooks became legal in Colorado, those who place wagers on sports had a safe, regulated way to bet on their favorite sports for the first time. Legal sports betting are licensed by the Colorado Department of Revenue and highly regulated by the Colorado Division of Gaming. The division of gaming uses a formula to let sportsbooks know how much money they are legally required to have in reserve so they can pay all sports betting winnings in a timely manner. And, because bettors are required to have the money to cover their bets in their individual online sportsbooks accounts, the sportsbooks are protected, too.

Sports betters who are unsure if an online sports betting site is legal or illegal can check with Colorado.gov for a list of licensed online sportsbooks. They can also follow a link from the online sportsbooks casino partner to a licensed, legal Colorado online sportsbook.

How Do I Know That Online Sportsbooks In Colorado Are Fair? 

When you make a wager at a casino, you’re confident you will receive your money if you win, and of course, the casino takes your money immediately if you lose. Online betting is different, and there can be a concern that you won’t get your winnings because you aren’t physically at a casino to collect them. When you make wagers through legal sportsbooks in Colorado, however, there are several safety measures in place to ensure that online sportsbooks are both safe and fair.

Bettors can be assured online sports betting is safe when they place wagers through a licensed sportsbook in Colorado. Both the major brand name sportsbooks such as DraftKings or FanDuel and the Colorado casino-owned sportsbooks such as BetMonarch or BetWildwood are secure because of the state’s regulatory rules. A bettor’s private information from their account password to their bank account information must be secure per state law. Although no digital security system is foolproof, legal sportsbooks make every effort to secure their customer’s information. If a security breach occurs, sportsbooks can quickly send an email out to customers advising them to change passwords and take other preventative measures.

Bettors can be assured online sports betting is fair when they place wagers through a licensed sportsbook in Colorado. The mobile sportsbook apps and online sportsbook websites are licensed by the Colorado Department of Revenue. Legal, licensed sportsbooks are regulated by the Colorado Division of Gaming. The sportsbook companies that partner with Colorado casinos to offer online sports betting are held accountable to these state regulatory organizations. If an online sportsbook does not follow the laws and rules, these regulatory organizations can discipline the sportsbooks. Sportsbooks have good incentives to make sure they treat their customers fairly.

Licensed Colorado sportsbooks are required to have a cash reserve so they can pay those who bet and win. The Colorado Division of Gaming has set a formula that online sportsbooks must use to determine how much cash to have reserved. This helps to ensure that when it’s time for a winning bettor to receive a payout, the money is delivered in a timely manner.

When a bettor wins, their winnings are automatically moved into their sportsbook account. They can then withdraw that money in various ways including:

  • Online transfers to the winner’s bank account
  • Online transfers to the winner’s credit card or debit card
  • Paypal
  • PayNearMe – a service that’s provided at 7-Eleven stores and other retail stores
  • Cash at the online sportsbooks partnering casino

Colorado Online Sports Betting FAQs

What Kinds Of Sports Bets Are Legal In Colorado?

Colorado offers betting on national and international professional leagues, major college sports, motor racing, eSports, Olympic competitions, and much more.

Can I Bet On College Sports In Colorado?
Yes, you can bet on college sports in Colorado. However, live betting and proposition bets are not allowed on any college sports in Colorado sports betting.

Can I Bet On eSports In Colorado?

Yes, you can bet on eSports in Colorado as long as the sport has a regulatory body and all competitors are over the age of 18.

What Is The Tax Rate For Online Sports Betting In Colorado?
Bettors have to pay Colorado state tax on their sports bet winnings. They also have to pay federal income tax on winnings from sports bets. The IRS considers all winning from sports betting income, and that income is taxed at 25%.

Who Can Get A License To Run An Online Sportsbook In Colorado?

Sportsbook operators who apply to The Colorado Department of Revenue and pass their thorough examination can get a license to run an online sportsbook in the state. 

Is DraftKings Offering Sports Betting In Colorado?
Yes, DraftKings offers both retail and online sports betting in Colorado at the Mardi Gras Casino, Black Hawk. 

Is FanDuel Offering Sports Betting In Colorado?

Yes, FanDuel offers sports betting in Colorado through its FanDuel app. It does not currently have a retail sportsbook in the state.