The Golden Gates Casino is located in the heart of downtown Black Hawk. It is in close proximity to two sister gaming establishments: Golden Gulch Casino and Mardi Gras Casino. The trio of casinos is owned and operated by Twin River Management Group, which acquired the properties from Affinity Gaming in 2019.
In addition to its poker room, Golden Gates Casino offers a variety of table games and slots and boasts a 700-spot parking garage complete with free valet parking. In addition to its centrally located Gold Bar handling patrons’ beverage needs, the Full House Cafe offers fast-casual food service within full view of the poker room.
Golden Gates Casino Fact Table
|Address||261 Main Street, Black Hawk, CO, 80422|
|Number of Slots||273|
|Number of Table Games||8|
|Number of Poker Tables||18|
|Minimum Age to Gamble||21|
Online Sports Betting at the Golden Gates Casino
As part of the $51 million acquisition of Golden Gates Casino and its sister properties in Black Hawk, Twin River also acquired the rights to three Colorado sports betting licenses. Their inclusion in the deal follows Proposition DD, which narrowly passed a public vote in November, 2019 to legalize sports betting in the state.
Early partnerships indicate the Golden Gates Casino and its sister properties could be well positioned to become sports betting hubs in Black Hawk. Both DraftKings and FanDuel have signed market access partnerships with Twin River Management Group. The partnerships will allow the fantasy sports behemoths to bring their sportsbooks to Colorado casinos, including their mobile apps. Currently, DraftKings’ sportsbook app is available in Indiana, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. FanDuel Sportsbook is available in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Indiana.
Twin River has said it plans to retain the third sports betting license for its own future use.
History of the Golden Gates Casino
The Golden Gates Casino was one of the first gaming establishments to open its doors in Black Hawk when Colorado legalized casino gambling in 1991. Golden Gates and its sister properties Golden Gulch and Mardi Gras have changed hands several times since then. Golden Gaming acquired the casinos in 2005, which operated them until 2011, when they were sold to Affinity Gaming. In early 2019, Affinity Gaming sold the Golden Gates, Golden Gulch and Mardi Gras casinos to Twin River Management Group for $51 million.
Golden Gates is perhaps best known for its active poker scene, operating one of the largest poker rooms in Black Hawk with nearly 20 tables offering Hold’em, Omaha and more. The Golden Gates Casino hosts frequent poker tournaments, and is home to the Colorado Poker Championship and the Heartland Poker Tour, two events with an approximate combined prize pool of nearly $1.25 million.
Twin River Management Group’s other properties include the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Biloxi, Miss., Dover Downs in Dover, Del. and the Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln, R.I.
Golden Gates Casino Loyalty Program (in flux)
With the ownership change of Golden Gates Casino still underway, it was not immediately known if they had already switched over to the new owner’s loyalty program.
Under Affinity Gaming’s ownership, Golden Gates Casino used the A-Play Club Rewards program. Gamers could accumulate points for play at all Affinity-owned properties. This includes not only Black Hawk properties like Golden Gates, Golden Gulch and Mardi Gras, but also Affinity properties in Nevada, Missouri, and Iowa.
The loyalty program uses a four-tier system, including Red, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels. Depending on your tier, which is determined by your amount of play, perks could include everything from comped hotel rooms, dining and show tickets to free slot play and invite-only special events.
Twin River has its own loyalty program, the Twin River Players Club, which can be used at any of its properties in Rhode Island, Mississippi, Delaware or Colorado. It’s a three-tier program, starting with Premier at the bottom level, followed by Elite and Club 100. Each tier offers different perks, but include VIP lounge access, retail store discounts, and even a butler suite with food and beverage included on some properties for the highest tier.
Golden Gates Casino FAQ
Yes. The Golden Gates Casino is open to players 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Yes. The Golden Gates Casino has one of the largest free parking garages in Black Hawk, with around 700 spots. The casino also offers free valet parking.
Soon. Legal sports betting in Colorado kicks off on May 1, 2020. Twin River Management Group, the new owner of Golden Gates Casino, has struck deals with FanDuel and DraftKings to bring their sportsbooks to the Colorado market, both online and in land casinos.
Golden Gates Casino is 35 miles from downtown, about a 50-minute drive.
No. But there are several options for lodging a short walk from Golden Gates Casino.