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.

A Quick Trip to Socially Distant Black Hawk and Central City Casinos

June 19, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

Casinos in Gilpin County are open for business, but if you think you’ll be able to get around county-mandated safety protocols by sheer force of will, think again. I visited casinos in both cities today and I can tell you they are not messing around. All non-tribal Colorado casinos reopened this week after being closed […]

Colorado Accepts First-Ever Retail Sportsbook Wager

June 18, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

Call it one small bet for man, one giant leap for Colorado sports betting history. On Wednesday morning, June 17, as casinos in Black Hawk opened their doors to guests for the first time since March 17, the Betfred Sports sportsbook at Saratoga Casino accepted the historic first retail sports bet in the state at […]

Betfred Coming to Colorado With New Sportsbook, Broncos Partnership

June 16, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

Betfred USA Sports is set to make its mark in Colorado through a partnership with the Denver Broncos and Saratoga Casino in Black Hawk, the company announced Tuesday, June 16. Betfred’s sportsbook will open on June 17, the same day casinos in Black Hawk including its partner the Saratoga Casino will be reopening. Casinos in […]

Broncos, FanDuel Joining Forces In Major Colorado Sports Betting Partnership

June 15, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

As the NFL marches full-speed ahead towards the start of its season, the Denver Broncos and FanDuel Group have announced a multi-year partnership. It’s the first sports betting partnership announced for any NFL team since the league opened the category in May, as well as the first official sports betting partnership FanDuel has made with […]

Sky Ute SportsBook Marks First Tribal-Launched Colorado Sports Betting App

June 9, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

Sky Ute Casino Resort in Ignacio, Colorado, which is owned and operated by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, has announced the launch of a brand new Colorado sports betting app, Sky Ute SportsBook. The announcement is significant because it’s the first of Colorado’s tribal-owned casinos to launch its own sportsbook. Sky Ute Casino’s partner for […]

Here’s What You Can Expect At Colorado Casinos When They Reopen Next Week

June 9, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

This week saw the announcement that Colorado casinos in Black Hawk, Cripple Creek, and Central City would finally be open for business after nearly 3 months out of commission under Gov. Jared Polis’ safer-at-home order. The order remains in place for now, but some Colorado businesses are being allowed to reopen in phases and with […]

Colorado Sports Betting Gross Revenue Tops $25 Million In First Month

June 4, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

The State of Colorado legalized sports betting on May 1, and has raked in a respectable $25.5 million in gross, unaudited revenue for the market’s first month in business, according to Colorado gaming officials. A full report will be released in the days to come, but the numbers at a glance are promising for the […]

Even After Colorado Casinos Reopen, Officials Worry Recovery Could Take Years

May 21, 2020 | By: Chris Nesi

Colorado casino town officials speaking at Thursday’s public meeting of the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission shed some light on the impact state-mandated casino closures have had on their communities, with some expressing worry about the long-term economic impacts even after they’re allowed to reopen. Cripple Creek ‘Turned Into A Ghost Town’ “The closing of […]