As soon as towns started sprouting up in Colorado, people wanted to try their luck at gambling. Not only was it a recreational sport, but it was also one of the three “W’s” the cowboys lived by – whiskey, whoring, and wagering. Here are some of the Colorado Casinos that you need to visit next!
Leadville became the town gamblers traveled to the most. This included everyone from Bat Masterson to Doc Holiday. Often an evening ended in horror as a gambler lost his temper after losing his money and took it out on another gambler. One situation involved Ben Thompson, who dropped $3,000 in Leadville. He became irate, toppled over the table, pulled out his six-shooter, and shot out all the lights in the casino. Another story involved Doc Holliday. Following a string of bad luck, he shot fellow gambler, Billy Allen, after an argument over $5.
As time passed, the “wild west” became tamer. Laws changed. Gambling became illegal. However, the idea of reinstating gambling became more popular, and significant support brought back regulated casinos in some states. It took a few years, but, in 1991, a law was passed to make gambling legal in Colorado but only in three towns – Black Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek. Laws again changed in 2009, and laws changed betting limits to $100, new games were added, and the casinos were allowed to remain open 24-hours a day. Today there are nearly 40 casinos in Colorado. There are also additional casino-resorts operated by American Indian tribes.
Century Casino & Hotel
The Century Casino was voted as Denver’s Best Casino 2012-2018 based on its outstanding service and staff. Located in Central City, you take I-70 to exit 243 across the Parkway to the free covered parking. The casino offers nearly 500 machines and many table games. You can enjoy the casino 24-hours a day. The boutique-style hotel offers 26 top-rated hotel rooms. There are also two restaurants offering a wide variety of meals.
Monarch Casino Resort Spa
If you are hit with gambling fever, you can take a drive to Black Hawk. As you travel down Highway 119, the Monarch will be the first casino you see. When you leave your car, you will enjoy the delicious scents of evergreens that surround the casino. Once inside, you can enjoy the free live entertainment, the food and beverage service, and two spectacular restaurants that also offer vegetarian options. The extensive selection of 700 slot machines will surely make you a big jackpot winner. Aside from the slots, you can try your luck at a variety of table games.
Tucked away on North Fifth Street, above the main drag, you will find this Vegas-style casino in the historic mining town of Cripple Creek. The newer, modern facility stretches across a single level. It is the only Las Vegas-style casino in town. It offers more than 500 new and classic slot machines. The classics take you back in time. You also have many video poker machines from which to choose and a large floor area where the table games are located. You can enjoy its on-site restaurant. If you have won a lot of money and decide you want to stay over, you will find their wonderful accommodations available at their nearby hotel, the Gold King Inn.
Golden Gates Casino
Golden Gates Casino is located on Main Street in Black Hawk. It is open 24 hours a day. You will not need to worry about parking your car as they offer a 700-spot parking garage. You will enjoy their poker room, offering a variety of table games. Walk around and check out all of the different slot machines. Beverages are readily available, and the casino provides the Full House cafe designed to serve fast-casual food so you can quickly return to your gambling ventures.
Bronco Billys is a full house resort and casino. They take pride that they are multiple winners of “Best Casino” and “Best Casino Employees.” You can enjoy a mixture of slots which include the old-school and the latest in new machines. Guests can also experience video poker, a variety of table games that range from blackjack or blackjack with a twist. You can also try your luck at craps. Of course, for poker players, you have a variety of tables from which to choose. Bronco Billys also offers sports betting. You can bet on football, baseball, soccer, auto racing, and more. When you are ready to eat, the only decision you will need to make is which restaurant to visit. You might want to try the Home Cafe. Or, if you are hungry for Mexican food, Baja Billy’s Cantina will meet your needs. If you want a steak, you can try The Steakhouse. A delicious pizza is available at The Crippled Cow. If you are ready for a good night’s sleep, you can enjoy their hotel offering historic charm. You will find all the modern conveniences in the hotel, which remains historically authentic.
Colorado has a little bit of everything to offer everyone. If you want to visit a ghost town, an active brewery, fly down the slopes, camp in the wilderness, gamble, Las Vegas-style, or just enjoy the beauty – it is all here.