About the Author

Chris Nesi

Chris Nesi is Managing Editor of Colorado Sharp. He’s been an editor and writer for more than a decade, with experience spanning newspapers, magazines, digital news, and commercial writing. His work can be found in publications including TechCrunch, Mental Floss and Huffington Post. Chris lives just outside of Denver and enjoys regular trips to Black Hawk. He bets the hard ways and always splits 8s.

Colorado Sportsbooks Took Over $38 Million in Wagers in June

July 28, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

Colorado sportsbooks took more than $38 million in wagers in June, a nearly 49% increase over its total for May, the first month of legalized sports betting in the state. Legal Colorado sportsbooks opened for the first time on May 1, 2020, at a time when U.S. professional sports leagues were canceling or postponing their […]

Isle Casino, Lady Luck Casino Open Sports Betting Kiosks

July 24, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

Chalk up two more Colorado casinos that have launched their retail sports betting operations. The Isle Casino and its sister property the Lady Luck Casino will each open six self-service sports betting kiosks at noon on Friday, July 24. Both casinos are in the casino resort town of Black Hawk and are connected by a […]

Ameristar Soft-Launches Retail Sportsbook, the Fifth to Open in Colorado

July 23, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

Ameristar in Black Hawk is the largest casino in all of Colorado, and this week it joined the state’s sports betting fray in a big way, opening a temporary retail sportsbook window and kiosks. Sports bettors can now place over-the-counter wagers with an Ameristar sportsbook employee at one of five windows at the casino, or […]

‘Woody’s at Wildwood’ Opens as Cripple Creek’s First Retail Sportsbook

July 22, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

Wildwood Casino in Cripple Creek has opened a brand new retail sportsbook, dubbed Woody’s at Wildwood, making the fourth in-person sportsbook to officially launch in Colorado and the first in Cripple Creek. The sportsbook is located inside its namesake pub, Woody’s Sports Bar and Grill, where patrons are greeted with a full bar, a wall […]

Colorado Among States to Nix Betting on Ukrainian Table Tennis After Irregularities Reported

July 13, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

Following an ESPN report about possible match-fixing in Ukrainian table tennis, several states including Colorado have suspended betting on matches. Colorado joins New Jersey, Nevada, and Indiana in disallowing wagers on Ukrainian table tennis matches until further notice. The suspension came after the Sports Wagering Integrity Monitoring Association alerted Colorado gaming authorities about potential betting […]

DraftKings Opening Temporary Retail Sportsbook at Mardi Gras Casino July 10

July 9, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

DraftKings Sportsbook will open a temporary retail sportsbook at the Mardi Gras Casino in Black Hawk, the company announced Thursday, July 9. Casino visitors will be able to place their first bets at a DraftKings Sportsbook-branded window in Colorado beginning Friday, July 10. “As our partners at Mardi Gras Casino work to expand their current […]

Betsson Launching Colorado Sportsbook, its First U.S. Market

June 29, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

Betsson has announced a Colorado partnership that will see the Swedish company open its first U.S. sportsbook in the state, the company announced Monday. Dostal Alley Saloon in Central City will be Betsson’s local partner, providing market access to launch its online sportsbook. The company says it plans to launch its sportsbook in early 2021, […]

Colorado Gambler Survey: First Week Back for Colorado Casinos

June 24, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

It has officially been a week since Colorado casinos reopened after being closed for three months. Gamblers in Cripple Creek, Black Hawk, and Central City made their enthusiastic return, even though things looked very different. Colorado even made history by accepting the state’s first-ever legal sports bet at the Betfred sportsbook window at the Saratoga […]