Ameristar Black Hawk Casino

The Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk is a casino and hotel located in Black Hawk, Colorado. It opened in 2001 and underwent an $80 million renovation in 2006. The casino boasts more than 1,200 slot and video machines and 40 table games, as well as a hotel and spa with 536 rooms and suites.

The casino is owned by real estate giant Gaming and Leisure Properties, and operated by Penn National Gaming.

Ameristar Black Hawk Fact Table

Year opened2001
Phone number720-946-4000
Address111 Richman Street Black Hawk, CO 80422
Number of slots/video machines1,250
Number of table games40 table games, 22 live poker tables
Hotel?Yes – 536 rooms
Minimum age to gamble21

Online Betting at Ameristar

Ameristar Black Hawk offers free slot games online, via VivaSlots. 

They have also planned a roll-out of sports wagering on May 1 as legal sports betting in Colorado goes live. The process will begin with a sportsbook on-property and is anticipated to be extended to smartphone apps. We anticipate Barstool Sports will be the name of the Ameristar black hawk sportsbook after the acquisition of Barstool Sports by Penn National Gaming.

Apps will be geo-fenced, meaning that they will only be accessible to users who are within the borders of Colorado at the time of wagering.

Colorado voters approved legalized sports betting in November 2019.

Casino History

Ameristar Black Hawk opened in December 2001 as the largest casino in Colorado. Plans for the casino by real estate development company Windsor Woodmont had first surfaced four years prior in 1997.

At the time, the casino was called the Black Hawk Casino by Hyatt. It was the first piece of what would eventually become a destination resort, complete with a large hotel, convention center, nightclubs, a spa, and more.

The Black Hawk Casino had a rough start, producing sub-par revenues in its first year of operation. This ultimately led to Windsor Woodmont defaulting on bond payments and filing for bankruptcy protection in late 2002, leading to a change in ownership and the renaming of the business.

Ameristar Casinos bought out the property two years later in a deal worth almost $120 million. The casino rebranded to the Ameristar Black Hawk in 2006, following vast improvements to the facilities.

A hotel tower was added in 2009, featuring 536 guest rooms and suites. The tower is the tallest building in Colorado outside of Denver.

The hotel’s Ara Spa provides six treatment rooms and a fitness center, complete with massages, facials, scrubs, and manicure/pedicure options.

The swimming pool facilities feature a rooftop pool and hot tub spas with panoramic views of the mountains. A retractable glass wall can be closed in the winter to keep the area warm.

Four different restaurant options are available, catering to different price ranges and atmospheres. These include:

  • Centennial Buffet 
  • Timberline Grill, an upmarket steakhouse 
  • Fireside Kitchen, a casual restaurant 
  • Waypost Deli, for quick bites.

Ameristar Black Hawk has two bar and lounge options:

  • Bar 8042, located in the heart of the casino
  • Club 38, a VIP bar and lounge with complimentary food and drink.

Loyalty Program

Ameristar Black Hawk is a part of the mychoice loyalty program, which guarantees new members $30 Free Play if they visit a mychoice casino three times.

The mychoice program rewards members with both tier points and “mycash”. Tier points assist users in reaching the next tier of membership, while mycash can be redeemed for Free Play, dining, entertainment, and hotel services.

Ameristar Black Hawk FAQ

What hours is Ameristar Black Hawk open?

Ameristar Black Hawk is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Does Ameristar Black Hawk have a steakhouse?

Ameristar Black Hawk has two steakhouses: The Timberline Grill – an upmarket steakhouse with a dress code, and Fireside Kitchen – a more affordable, casual steakhouse restaurant.

Does Ameristar Black Hawk offer sports betting?

Ameristar Black Hawk is currently in the process of creating a sports betting service, which will go live May 1.

Does Ameristar Black Hawk have a buffet?

Yes, The Ameristar Black Hawk has a buffet. The Centennial Buffet features American, Mexican, Asian and Italian stations, as well as seafood, salad, and dessert options.

How far is Ameristar Black Hawk from Denver?

The Ameristar Black Hawk is 44 miles from Denver. It takes about 47 minutes to drive from downtown to the casino.