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 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 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 with in a casino.