Colorado Casino Re-Open Dates

What Is The Current Status Of Colorado’s Casinos?

The Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission on Thursday, May 21, heard presentations from a number of local officials from Colorado casino counties and towns on the effect the closures have had on their businesses, as well as their communities. Read our summary of the news here. A common thread throughout the meeting was that the state’s casino destinations are struggling to figure out the path forward after reopening, with detailed updates few and far between to date.

Colorado casinos are still waiting for further guidance from Gov. Jared Polis’ office on when they can open their doors, with the state’s “safer-at-home” order still in effect until May 26. That date could of course still change depending on the data state health officials will be looking at leading up to Memorial Day. If COVID-19 cases continue to see an uptick in Colorado, it’s likely that date will be extended.

Despite the uncertainty around reopening, one definitive highlight has come to light. During its quarterly earnings call last week, Full House Resorts, owners of Bronco Billy’s Casino in Cripple Creek, said it expects its Colorado property to reopen by June 14. It is to date the most definitive announcement made publicly by a Colorado casino regarding its plan to open its doors.

For now, all of Colorado’s commercial casinos remain closed following a statewide order from the Colorado Department of Public Health. The state’s “stay-at-home” order has been revised to a “safer-at-home” order, which relaxes some guidelines and establishes a framework under which businesses in the state can gradually start re-opening. However, casinos are among the businesses that must remain closed while the order is in place.

The state is slowly starting to reopen its other attractions, with state parks once again allowing camping as of May 11. Restaurants and other businesses will likely have several more weeks to go until receiving further guidance, however.

Earlier this month, Gov. Polis said during a remote press conference that state health officials would be looking at data for the week leading up to Memorial Day, at which point the state will have been under the revised safer-at-home order for three weeks.

Polis said he “certainly hope[s]” restaurants in the state will be given new guidance on openings before June 15, but said that timeline would depend on what the data revealed. For now, Coloradans are still restricted from traveling more than 10 miles from home for recreation, according to 9News Denver.

When Is The Earliest That Colorado Casinos Can Open?

Ameristar Black Hawk, the largest casino in Colorado, notes in its outgoing voicemail recording that it’s canceled all hotel reservations through May 31 but provided no additional information about re-opening plans.

Monarch Casino Black Hawk may still be closed for walk-in patrons, but its mobile sportsbook app, BetMonarch has launched. National brands like FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook are also taking Coloradans’ bets, in spite of most sports leagues being on indefinite hiatus.

A representative of Midnight Rose/Brass Ass/McGills in Cripple Creek was unsure of an exact opening date when reached by phone April 27, but said he didn’t expect casinos in the city to re-open “for a few more weeks.” Century Casino in Central City, was one of several in the city whose recorded message only offers a non-specific “closed until further notice” alert. 

Denver Post had previously reported that restaurants and bars are closed until Mid-May which is likely the soonest casinos will reopen. Polis’ new order is set to expire 30 days from April 27, but additional changes are possible as the situation develops.

CO Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order establishing the safer-at-home order late last month, the date the state’s initial stay-at-home order was set to expire in many Colorado counties.

Prior to that order, casinos in Colorado had taken their own approaches to closure due to coronavirus. Learn more about each casino’s approach in the tables below, which contain information about which casinos are closed, when they closed, and when each Colorado casino currently closed due to coronavirus is expected to reopen.

What About Tribal Casinos In Colorado? Are They Open?

The two tribal casinos in Colorado have also shut down in response to coronavirus.

Is Online Sports Betting Still Launching In Colorado?

Yes, online sports betting is now live!

Online sports betting is available even though Colorado’s retail casinos remain shuttered. Learn everything you need to know about legal sports betting in Colorado here.

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

Black Hawk Casinos

CasinoOpen / ClosedClosure DateReopen EstimateInfo
Ameristar
ClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article
Isle Black HawkClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article
Lady Luck Black HawkClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article
Golden GatesClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article
Golden GulchClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article
Golden Mardi GrasClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article
The GilpinClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article
The Lodge CasinoClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article
Monarch CasinoClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article
Saratoga CasinoClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article
Z CasinoClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article
Red Dolly CasinoClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AN/A
Sasquatch CasinoClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article
Wild Card SaloonClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article
Bull Durham SaloonClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AN/A

Central City Casinos

CasinoOpen / ClosedClosure DateReopen EstimateInfo
Johnny Z's Casino
ClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article
Grand Z Casino
ClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article
Century Casino Central City
ClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article
Dostal Alley
ClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article
Easy Street Casino
ClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article
Famous BonanzaClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article

Cripple Creek Casinos

CasinoOpen / ClosedClosure DateReopen EstimateInfo
Century Casino Cripple CreekClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article
Bronco Billy's
ClosedMarch 17, 2020June 14, 2020Closure Article
Christmas CasinoClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article
McGill'sClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article
Brass Ass CasinoClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article
Midnight RoseClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure Article
Johnny Nolon's Casino
ClosedMarch 17, 2020N/AClosure 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.