The casinos in Black Hawk, nearby Central City, and Cripple Creek are all state-sanctioned casinos (having received their charter by voter initiative in 1991). This means you will find a greater assortment of well-recognized slot games than you would at some Native American casinos.
The Vegas and Atlantic City game-makers are well represented, with WMS and IGT games in good supply. Games like Yahtzee, Monopoly, and Press Your Luck as well as Lord of the Rings, Cleopatra, Wolf Run, Star Trek, and others make Colorado a premiere destination for slots aficionados everywhere.
With IGT DynamiX™ games, the landscape of a casino floor is not the same as in the old days. Previously you would see banks of penny slots, dollar slots, reel slots, and video poker all segregated. Now one machine can switch between games with the touch of a button. Adult families and friends who like to play together but enjoy different games can sit next to each other and enjoy their favorite game at the denomination they prefer.
Though both were approved by the same law, Black Hawk was not the first locale near Denver to offer state-sanctioned gaming. They were preceded by nearby Central City. Gamblers had to pass through Black Hawk to get to Central City, so the venue eventually outpaced their neighbor.
Between the recent legalization of sports betting in the state and the increase of bet limits from $5 to $100, Colorado seems well on its way to being an essential part of the American casino landscape.
Black Hawk Casino Slots
Ameristar is the largest casino hotel in Black Hawk, offering more than 1,250 slots and video poker machines and a high-roller slot lounge.
The Isle has over 900 slot and video poker machines, both on the newly renovated gaming floor and surrounding its bar. The Isle is connected by a skywalk to its sister property, Lady Luck Casino Black Hawk.
Lady Luck offers more than 400 slot and video poker machines in a wide variety of denominations. Lady Luck Black Hawk is connected by skywalk to its sister property, Isle Black Hawk.
Located just a short walk from its sister properties Golden Gulch and Mardi Gras, the Golden Gates has 273 slot games ready for action in the heart of the action.
Its 700-spot parking garage is free, and the drinks and food are plentiful.
Golden Gulch Casino is the kid sibling to Golden Gates, a small but active casino offering an assortment of 140 slot and video poker machines and absolutely steeped in rustic mountain charm. The Golden Gulch even has games in the old historic jailhouse, located in its basement.
The Mardi Gras Casino works hard to embody the spirit of its namesake, boasting 650 slot and video poker machines. You can’t miss the Mardi Gras, with its steepled copper roof and colorful, neon-adorned glass walkway.
The Gilpin Hotel Casino is a bit of a misnomer, as it no longer offers hotel rooms, but it still offers plenty of casino action, with 469 slot and video poker machines open to guests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Lodge Casino is one of the largest casinos in the state, offering an impressive array of gaming options including just under 1,000 slot machines. Just up the road is the Lodge Casino’s sister property, the Gilpin Hotel Casino.
The Monarch Casino offers 740 slot and video poker machines in variety of denominations and types. From old classics to brand new behemoths, Monarch Casino has slots for all players’ needs.
Saratoga Casino is one of the newest properties in Black Hawk, opening in 2013 in place of Fitzgeralds Casino. It has more than 500 slot and video poker machines, offers a selection of bars, lounges and cafes for your eating and drinking needs, and has free covered self-parking.
The Z Casino is part of the Z Family of properties, with recent expansion into Central City by way of the Grand Z Casino Hotel and Johnny Z’s. The Z Casino features 36,000 square feet of gaming space, with 389 slot machines.
The oldest casino in Black Hawk, the Red Rolly opened for business in May, 1992 and has the same management today. The small but bustling gaming floor offers 130 slot machines, from old classics to brand new games. The Red Dolly offers casino excitement in a cozy setting. Look for its distinctive red awning out front.
Opened in 2011, the Sasquatch welcomes guests into their historic two-story building, offering 130 slot and video poker machines. The Sasquatch Casino also has a kid-friendly arcade on the premises in full view of the gaming floor.
The Wild Card Saloon uses its small size to its advantage, creating an environment that offers all the comforts of home, including home-cooked dishes that change every day. The Wild Card Saloon takes its gaming as seriously as its vittles, offering more than 200 slot and video poker machines.
Housed in a former wagon workshop, blacksmith shop, and stable, the Bull Durham Saloon has 188 slot and video poker machines ready to play. The historic building was renovated a few years ago to make room for a longer bar and additional slot machines, which you can’t go wrong within a casino.
Central City Casino Slots
Johnny Z’s Casino is one of two casinos in Central City owned by Maverick Gaming LLC, the other being The Grand Z Casino Hotel.
It specializes in slot and video machines with a collection of over 350 games including slots and video poker.
The Grand Z Casino Hotel (formerly The Reserve Hotel & Casino) is the larger of the two Maverick Gaming properties in Central City. The casino is open 24/7, with more than 700 slot machines to choose from.
The Century Casino & Hotel is the largest casino in Central City aside from the Grand Z Casino Hotel. The casino features 500 slot and video machines, as well as a restaurant and a deli.
Locally owned Dostal Alley Casino is the both the smallest and the oldest casino in Central City, containing just 60 slot and video machines. Its most unique feature is the fact that it is also a brewery – the only one in Gilpin County! The casino features its own restaurant, serving pizza, sandwiches and more, along with its very own beer.
The Easy Street Casino has been owned by a local family since 2000, who also owns The Famous Bonanza Casino across the road. The property has 180 slot and video machines, as well as a designated arcade-area to accommodate those under 21.
The Famous bonanza Casino was one of the very first casinos in Central City, opening back in 1992. Sharing the same family owners as The Easy Street Casino, it is slightly larger than its sister property, featuring 238 slot and video machines.
Cripple Creek Casino Slots
Opened in 1991, Bronco Billy’s Casino is a great spot to grab a steak, or try your luck with more than 800 slots and video poker machines.
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 offer an on-site 21-room hotel for gamblers who want to try their luck for a night or a whole weekend.
Located in one of the most historic buildings in town, the Colorado Grande Casino has over 225 slots and video poker games just waiting to be taken for a spin.
Johnny Nolon’s Saloon and Gambling Emporium 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.
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 stays on the Western theme with its 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.
The only Irish-themed hotel and casino in Cripple Creek, McGills is owned and operated by Triple Crown Casinos. With more than 300 slots, there is sure to be no shortage of your favorite machines available to play. McGills has an attached hotel allowing you easy access to the casino. It’s also connected to two other casinos owned by Triple Crown.
Located in historic downtown Cripple Creek, the Double Eagle Hotel and Casino is home to over 450 slot machines on two floors. 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 claims the distinction of “Highest Casino in the World” with an elevation of 9,593 ft. Wildwood boasts a large casino floor with over 500 slots and video poker games. They have partnered with the Gold King Inn to offer lodging in their 67 rooms for guests.
Online Slots In Colorado
Online casino gambling isn’t legal in Colorado, but sweepstakes casinos, also known as social casinos, allow players a chance to play online casino-style games for a chance at cash prizes.
Colorado players can find online slot action using social and sweepstakes casinos like Pulsz Casino, Chumba Casino, LuckyLand Slots, Funzpoints Casino, or Global Poker, where players can find a selection of casino games and dozens of slot machines.
Social casinos operate a bit differently than regular casinos. They use tokens typically referred to as Sweeps or Sweepstakes Coins that can be either played with and redeemed for cash prizes.
Play money games are played with “Gold Coins” — which players can purchase if they decide to do so. A certain amount of Sweeps Coins, also known as sweepstakes credits, are included with purchases of Gold Coins as a gift, which can be used to play promotional games at sites like Pulsz Casino, Chumba Casino, or LuckyLand Slots.
For example, a player can buy 5 million Gold Coins for $20, the purchase of which includes FREE SC 20.50 as a gift. Those GC can be used for playing free casino-style games, and the sweeps coins are used to play promotional games.
Pulsz Casino and LuckyLand Slots both offer an Android app as well as access through a web browser, so you can play on your phone or computer. Chumba Casino, Funzpoints Casino, and Global Poker do not offer an app, but they can all be accessed through a browser.
You can search the Google Play Store for Pulsz Casino to find their app. The LuckyLand Slots Android app must be downloaded directly from their website.
How Do Slot Machines Work?
The old days of mechanical reel slot machines have all but been replaced with digital, computer-controlled versions, even though the basic principles of the games remain the same. Old-school slot machines typically had just 3 reels and were operated by a lever on the side of the machine, with only a handful of winning combinations. These machines had very few bells and whistles. Line up the same symbols in a row to win. Today’s digital slot machines have more reels, and bonus sub-games where there are many more ways to win.
Going back even further and slots were played with physical coins, huge piles of which were also dispensed when a player hit a win. That’s why casinos in the old days had plastic buckets everywhere: to hold hundreds of quarters. Nowadays you’ll be hard-pressed to find a slot machine that accepts/dispenses coins, unless one is set up for nostalgia somewhere. Today’s slots are driven by slips of paper encoded with your balance. The machine spits out the ticket and it’s as good as cash, insert it into another machine to keep playing or into a cash-out kiosk at the casino to collect.
Even though today’s digital slot machines have many more reels and line combinations, they operate much the same way. Players decide how much they want to wager per spin and hit the button. The reels spin and stop after a second or two. If the symbols line up on the pay line, the player wins according to the paytable, which is typically on display above the reels.
Common Slot Machine Myths And Misconceptions
Gamblers are generally superstitious by nature, and that’s especially true of die-hard slot players, who are often convinced a machine is “due” to pay out, or that pushing buttons in a certain way on the machine will somehow change the odds.
The truth about slot machines is they run on what are called random number generators. These are programs capable of generating thousands of number combinations per second. As soon as you press the button or pull the lever on a slot machine, your fate is sealed. The reels displaying symbols is essentially just to heighten the suspense at that point, as the random number generator has already determined if you’ve won or lost.
As for a machine being “due” to hit the jackpot, this is also not grounded in reality. Random number generators work in such a way that each spin of the reels is an independent mathematical event, unconnected in any way to past or future spins. On any given spin of the reels, you have an equal chance of winning a jackpot as on any other spin. This applies whether it’s your thousandth spin in a row or your very first.
Slot Machine Denominations
Slot machines in Colorado allow play in a variety of denominations, from penny machines all the way up to $100 per spin. Don’t take the denominations too literally, however, a spin on a penny slot machine can actually cost several dollars a spin depending on your wager amount. Always check what the max wager is on any machine, especially before hitting that “max bet” button.
Generally speaking, the higher the denomination, the better your odds of winning. Most slot machines have payout percentages between 92% and 99%. That means for every $100 you put into a slot machine, you should get back $92-$99. This percentage is calculated over tens of thousands of spins if not more, however, so take it with a grain of salt.
Some machines have bonus games that only will trigger if you bet above a certain threshold for each spin, so be sure that amount is within your budget if you want to play for bonus games. Slots with progressive jackpots (usually highlighted on a separate screen on top of the machine) also generally have worse odds than non-progressive machines.
FAQs About Colorado Slots
Colorado’s 33 casinos together have thousands of machines to choose from. Not every casino in the state offers table games, but they all have slots. Casinos in Cripple Creek, Black Hawk, and Central City, as well as the tribal casinos in Montezuma and La Plata counties all have plenty of slot machines.
The minimum age for gambling in Colorado is 21 years old, which also applies to slot machines.
Colorado casinos have slot machines that let players wager as little as $.01 per wager or as much as $100.
Slot machines these days come in a wide variety of game types, many based on a familiar show or movie. In Colorado you’ll find slot machines based on Wheel of Fortune, Game of Thrones, Monopoly, The X-Files, Ghostbusters, Star Trek, and many more.
All slots have the pay tables on prominent display, so be sure to consult them to find the best payouts in your preferred betting threshold. As far as your chances of winning a jackpot go, slot machines run using random number generators, so each spin is an independent mathematical event. There is no such thing as a “hot” or “cold” machine, and a machine is never “due” to pay out. They are strictly games of chance.