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 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 […]

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 Colorado sportsbook will open on June 17, the same day casinos in Black Hawk including its partner the Saratoga Casino will be reopening. Casinos […]

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 […]