Colorado Casinos Reopening

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What Is The Current Status Of Colorado’s Casinos?

Colorado casinos are once again open for business, thanks to a pair of variance approvals exempting Teller and Gilpin Counties from provisions of CO. Gov. Jared Polis ‘safer-at-home’ order.

For now, all guests and employees must wear masks at all times, and you’ll find mandatory temperature screenings at the entrance of every casino. Only slots are open for now, with table games slated to be revisited by health officials in early July.

If you’ve already been back since reopening, or plan to soon, we want to hear from you! Take our two-minute survey to tell us what you saw, where you played, and how you felt about all the changes. We’ve included more open-ended questions this time around, so let those words fly!

Cripple Creek casinos opened June 15 after receiving a variance from Teller County health officials. The casinos will be limited to 50% occupancy and all visitors must wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines. The opening will be restricted to slot machines only, with table games set to reopen later as long as there isn’t a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in the county.

Gilpin County, home of Black Hawk and Central City, reopened casinos on June 17.

Tribal casinos in the southern part of the state are holding off on reopening for now, however. Read our report for more information on the state of casino reopenings in La Plata and Montezuma County here.

Further Reading

We’ve been extensively covering the reopening. Here’s some of our additional coverage in case you missed it:

What About Tribal Casinos In Colorado? Are They Open?

The two tribal casinos in Colorado remain closed. La Plata and Montezuma counties, home of Sky Ute and Ute Mountain casinos, will not be allowed to open until the trajectory of their COVID-19 cases starts trending downwards.

Did Online Sports Betting Launch In Colorado?

Yes, online sports betting is now live! Colorado sports bettors can join the action right now with big-name players like DraftKings Sportsbook, Fanduel Sportsbook, and more.

Colorado’s retail casinos have yet to open in-person sports betting windows or kiosks, with Saratoga Casino in Black Hawk the lone exception for now. DraftKings has announced it will open a temporary sportsbook window at the Mardi Gras Casino, also in Black Hawk, on Friday, July 10. DraftKings will then be the second available retail sportsbook in the state.

Learn everything you need to know about legal sports betting in Colorado.

This page and the tables below are updated on a regular basis.

Black Hawk Casinos

CasinoOpen / ClosedClosure DateReopen DateInfo
Ameristar
OpenMarch 17, 2020June 17Closure Article
Isle Black HawkOpenMarch 17, 2020June 17Closure Article
Lady Luck Black HawkOpenMarch 17, 2020June 17Closure Article
Golden GatesOpenMarch 17, 2020June 17Closure Article
Golden GulchOpenMarch 17, 2020June 17Closure Article
Golden Mardi GrasOpenMarch 17, 2020June 17Closure Article
The GilpinOpenMarch 17, 2020June 17Closure Article
The Lodge CasinoOpenMarch 17, 2020June 17Closure Article
Monarch CasinoOpenMarch 17, 2020June 17 Closure Article
Saratoga CasinoOpenMarch 17, 2020June 17Closure Article
Z CasinoOpenMarch 17, 2020June 17Closure Article
Red Dolly CasinoOpenMarch 17, 2020June 17N/A
Sasquatch CasinoOpenMarch 17, 2020June 17Closure Article
Wild Card SaloonOpenMarch 17, 2020June 17Closure Article
Bull Durham SaloonOpenMarch 17, 2020June 17N/A

Central City Casinos

CasinoOpen / ClosedClosure DateReopen DateInfo
Johnny Z's Casino
OpenMarch 17, 2020July 4Closure Article
Grand Z Casino
OpenMarch 17, 2020June 17Closure Article
Century Casino Central City
OpenMarch 17, 2020June 17Closure Article
Dostal Alley
OpenMarch 17, 2020June 17Closure Article
Easy Street Casino
OpenMarch 17, 2020June 17Closure Article
Famous BonanzaOpenMarch 17, 2020June 17Closure Article

Cripple Creek Casinos

CasinoOpen / ClosedClosure DateReopen DateInfo
Century Casino Cripple CreekOpenMarch 17, 2020June 15Closure Article
Bronco Billy's
OpenMarch 17, 2020June 14Closure Article
McGill'sOpenMarch 17, 2020June 15Closure Article
Brass Ass CasinoOpenMarch 17, 2020June 15Closure Article
Midnight RoseOpenMarch 17, 2020June 15Closure Article
Johnny Nolon's Casino
OpenMarch 17, 2020June 15Closure Article

Tribal Casinos

CasinoOpen / ClosedClosure DateReopen EstimateInfo
Sky Ute Casino ResortClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article
Ute Mountain Casino HotelClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article

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.