Cripple Creek Colorado Casinos

Latest on Cripple Creek casino re-opening plans:

During its quarterly earnings call last week, Full House Resorts, owners of Bronco Billy’s Casino in Cripple Creek, said it expects the 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.

Colorado’s stay-at-home order has been changed to a safer-at-home order, with some businesses allowed to begin operating under certain restrictions beginning late last month. Cripple Creek casinos have not yet announced an official timetable to re-open. A representative reached by phone at Midnight Rose/Brass Ass/McGills said the casinos in town would open “probably within the next few weeks,” though no exact date was yet determined. 

Resting peacefully on the southwest slope of Pikes Peak is the historic mining and gambling town of Cripple Creek, Colo. For more than 100 years people have flocked there hoping to make their fortune, and very little has changed.

With its restored historic brick buildings and saloons dotting the main thoroughfare, Bennett Avenue, Cripple Creek evokes that old western feeling. There are 10 casinos in Cripple Creek. These range from small gambling halls to mid-size resorts with amenities. Read on for a list of the places to stay and play for your next trip to Cripple Creek, including where to find slots, video poker, table games, live poker and sportsbooks.

Colorado law mandates a maximum bet of $100. This does not apply to sports bets or poker tournament buy-ins. All gamblers must be 21 years of age or older.

Cripple Creek Sportsbooks & Online Sports Betting

Sports betting officially launched in Colorado on May 1, 2020. This includes both physical sportsbooks on casino premises, as well as online versions

Several casinos in Cripple Creek have applied for or received licenses to offer both in-person and online sportsbooks, among them the Double Eagle, the Colorado Grande, Johnny Nolon’s, Bronco Billy’s, Century Casino, and the Midnight Rose.

A Brief History Of Cripple Creek, Colorado

This small town up on the slopes of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains got its name over 100 years ago when a scared calf tried to jump over a fence, fell into a gully, and broke its leg. Ever since then Cripple Creek has been a town of highs and lows.

Perhaps the biggest high came in 1890 when local cowboy Bob Womack found a vein of gold in Poverty Gulch ending a 16 year search for the precious material. The discovery led to a gold mining and population boom. In its heyday, Cripple Creek had up to 25,000 residents. 

By 1920, things started slowing down as gold values plummeted. There was a brief resurgence of mining in the 1930s as gold value increased, but many mines closed down and never reopened during WW2. 

In the years since, the population of Cripple Creek dwindled along with the other mining towns around Pikes Peak. In 1991, Colorado state voters approved a measure to allow slots gambling in the three historic mining towns, Cripple Creek, Black Hawk, and Century City. This served as the beginning of another high for Cripple Creek that has every indication of continuing on for many years.

Cripple Creek Colorado Casinos

Bronco Billy’s

Address: 233 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813

Opened in 1991, Bronco Billy’s Casino is a great spot for 800+ slots, some table games, and a nice meal at the #1 Steakhouse in Southern Colorado. In fact, Bronco Billy’s is connected to two other casinos with a number of great games and restaurants operated by the Full House Resorts. You’ll find that there is a lot to do inside these three well-appointed casinos. 

Century Casino

Address: 200 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813

It’s hard to miss the neon lights of the Century Casino in Cripple Creek. Operated by Century Casinos, Inc., this hotspot was first opened in 2010. Century Casino has hundreds of video slots and video poker machines. They also have a selection of table games, including blackjack, poker, and roulette. If you get hungry while playing, stop in at their restaurant the Mid City Grill or grab a drink at one of the two bars. Guests can also stay at their 21-room hotel for the night or a weekend.

Christmas Casino

Address: 279 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813

Perhaps the most unique casino in Cripple Creek is the Christmas Casino and Inn. The casino floor is decorated to the nines with holiday red and green trim. The casino floor is also host to a 15 ft. Christmas tree and an authentic German Christmas pyramid. It also boasts 150 of some of the most popular slot machines for guests. You’ll also have the opportunity to rent a room at the inn. There are 12 rooms, each one dedicated to a different Christmas character, like Santa or Rudolph.

Colorado Grande Casino

Address: 300 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813

Located in one of the most historic buildings in town, the Colorado Grande Casino is considered the place to go for an authentic Cripple Creek experience. Over 225 slots and video poker games await players at this casino. If you are in the mood for some live action, check out Jack’s at the Grande for a range of table games, including poker and blackjack. Plus, you can stop in for a meal at the casual dining spot, Maggie’s Restaurant. The Colorado Grande also has a small hotel upstairs with seven rooms.

Johnny Nolon’s Saloon & Gambling Emporium

Address: 301 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813

Visitors to Cripple Creek who are looking for a win should stop in at Johnny Nolon’s Saloon and Gambling Emporium. This historic casino boasts some of the loosest slots in town! They also have some very high progressive slots that get up to $30,000 plus or more. Johnny Nolon’s currently has a deal with the Colorado Grande to offer rooms through their hotel. Guests can also use their comps to pay for the room. Johnny’s Restaurant, a full-service place, offers dine-in most of the day and has food available for take out 24 hours a day.

McGills, Midnight Rose and Brass Ass

McGills, Midnight Rose and Brass Ass are sister casinos under the Triple Crown Casinos brand. Each has its own casino but share amenities. McGills offers only slots and video poker. Midnight Rose adds table games and a nine-table poker room, roulette, craps, blackjack and Three Card Poker.

This casino complex is home to the only poker room in town. It is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. The main game is spread limit Texas Hold’em. There is a daily no-limit Texas Hold’em tournament on weekends. 

The entertainment complex offers several amenities. The hotel has five types of rooms: standard rooms, Roman Suite, Royal Suite, Western Suite and Full-Size Suite. There are four restaurants on the property. This includes the 24-hour Miner’s Pick. 

Midnight Rose Hotel & Casino

Address: 256 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, CO 80813

A Victorian Era-style casino, the Midnight Rose is operated by Triple Crown Casinos. Located in the heart of Cripple Creek, the Midnight Rose is connected to two other casinos operated by Triple Crown.If you like slots, you’ll find over 300 of them inside, along with a lovely themed restaurant called The Down Under, and a casual joint called, Dynamite Dick’s upstairs. The Midnight Rose also offers standard and deluxe rooms in its hotel where you can stay while playing.

The Brass Ass

Address: 264 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, CO. 80813

Established in 1995, The Brass Ass easily carries off the western mining camp theme with a traditional exterior facade and a bold as brass donkey on display inside. Guests will want to spend all day trying out their over 265 slots and video poker games, including a selection of nickel slots. They also have live table games including poker, blackjack, and roulette and craps. Before leaving, be sure to drop in at the Miner’s Pick restaurant for a grab-and-go meal.

McGills Hotel & Casino

Address: 232 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, CO 80813

The only Irish-themed hotel and casino in Cripple Creek, McGills is owned and operated by Triple Crown Casinos. It has a beautiful mezzanine overlooking the casino floor with green decor throughout. You’ll also enjoy hearty grub at their pub called, McGills Pint & Platter pub. With more than 300 slots, there is plenty to entertain you. McGills has an attached hotel allowing you easy access to the casino. It’s also connected to two other casinos owned by Triple Crown.

The Double Eagle Hotel and Casino

Address: 442 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813

Located in historic downtown Cripple Creek, the Double Eagle Hotel and Casino is home to over 450 slot machines on two floors. It also has live table games with GAMES. You can dine in at Lombard’s casual restaurant any day of the week, or reserve a table at Winfield’s on Friday and Saturday nights. There are also multiple bars with snacks and drinks available 24/7. When you get tired, book a room at their hotel with a selection of standard, superior, deluxe, and presidential rooms.

Wildwood Casino

Address: 119 N Fifth St, Cripple Creek, CO 80813

Opened in 2008, Wildwood Casino claims that it is the Highest Casino in the World with an elevation of 9,593 ft. Located a few blocks north of Cripple Creek’s casino district, the Wildwood is worth the walk. They boast a large casino floor with over 500 slots and video poker games, as well as 11 table games for players. They have partnered with the Gold King Inn to offer lodging in their 67 rooms for guests. Wildwood has also started construction on a 100+ room hotel that will be located next to the casino. 

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Cripple Creek Colorado Casinos FAQ

Where is Cripple Creek, Colorado?


Cripple Creek is about 44 miles west of Colorado Springs on Route 67. 

What table games are available in Cripple Creek casinos?

Options include blackjack, craps, roulette, Three Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold’em.

What is the maximum bet allowed?

Colorado allows bets up to $100 at casino games. Most table games have a $2 to $5 minimum bet.

Are there sportsbooks in Cripple Creek?

Yes. Colorado bettors may place wagers on mobile apps anywhere in the state starting May 1.

Is smoking allowed in Cripple Creek casinos?

No. Colorado does not permit smoking in casinos.

Is there a poker room in Cripple Creek?

Yes. There is a nine-table poker room at Midnight Rose.

 

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.