Colorado officially threw its hat in the sports betting ring in May 2020. The passing of Proposition DD in November 2019 opened the door for Colorado online gambling on sports. The Centennial State now offers online sports betting via four live operators, with many more in the works.
Currently, sports betting and daily fantasy sports are the only legal online gambling activities available to Colorado bettors. The state prohibits online poker and online casinos. However, if sports betting proves successful, the state could loosen its stance and allow players to participate in other forms of online gaming.
You must be at least 21 years old to place a sports bet in Colorado, and this includes online betting. Additionally, you must be located within state lines. Modern geolocation software ensures that you adhere to this rule. If you travel outside of state lines, your operator of choice will not accept any more bets.
Getting started with online sports betting is relatively simple. First, you choose an operator. Keep an eye out for sign-up bonuses. Many sportsbooks will match your first deposit or give you a risk-free first bet. Download the app or visit the sports betting site on your desktop or mobile browser. Then create an account and start betting.
If you choose to use a mobile app, there are a few things to know before you start playing.
Apple restricts regulated gambling apps unless they are built on Apple’s native programming language. This can be a costly process for sportsbook providers. As a result, not every operator will have an Apple iOS app. However, many of them do, and you will be able to easily download the app and start betting.
If your operator of choice doesn’t have an iOS app, you can still play on your device’s mobile browser. The experience will be nearly identical. The sports betting sites are designed to work on a number of devices so you have an easy, seamless betting experience.
For Android users, note that Google completely restricts regulated gambling apps from its Google Play store. Instead of downloading the app from Google Play, you download it by visiting your chosen sportsbook’s website. Each operator has an Android download link. Just click it on your device, follow the prompts, and you can install the app on your device. Of course, with an Android device, you can bet via your mobile browser as well.
Currently, 17 operators have licenses to provide online sports betting in Colorado. Of those, four already launched in the state. Here’s a rundown of the sports betting apps available to Colorado Players:
BetMGM offers sports betting to Colorado players under the Midnight Rose Hotel and Casino license.
BetMGM has an iOS app available in the App Store and an Android application available for download on the BetMGM website.
Bettors can also get started on desktop or mobile via the BetMGM webpage.
BetRivers is available as an Android download on the operator’s website. Apple users can play at BetRivers by visiting the site on their mobile browsers. BetRivers currently doesn’t offer an iOS app, but the company’s website says it’s coming soon.
Navigating to the BetRivers website is the easiest way to place bets for desktop users.
DraftKings launched May 1 in Colorado. The nationwide provider offers an iOS app in the App Store and an Android app available on its website.
For desktop or browser users, visiting the DraftKings website is the easiest way to start betting.
FanDuel has an iOS app available in the app store. The Android app is accessible on the FanDuel website. Desktop or mobile browser users can visit the FanDuel website to sign up and place a wager.
Colorado’s gambling legislation doesn’t allow much beyond newly regulated sports betting. While more options could become available to players in the future as online gambling grows, options remain limited for now.
The Centennial State prohibits online casino gaming. Instead, slot and table game enthusiasts must stick to the land-based offering in one of the state’s many casinos. Play-for-fun apps, which let players purchase in-game currency with no monetary value, are available in the state. However, they do not allow real money gaming.
Despite the current restrictions, Colorado has explored the idea of legal online casino gaming in the past. As digital gaming expands and the state starts to see sports betting revenue, it’s possible we could see Colorado push for online casinos in the near future.
Like online casinos, online poker sites remain outlawed in Colorado.
In 2013, state legislators drafted a law that would allow online poker. However, the law stalled and did not pass. Seven years later, Colorado still prohibits online poker.
Online poker and digital real-money casinos pair quite well together. If online casino legislation makes its way to Colorado, poker will likely be included or will follow close behind.
Colorado permits online horse race betting thanks to a portion of betting law that allows for pari-mutuel bets. Anyone 18 or above and within state lines can participate through one of the state’s horse race betting providers.
While Colorado only has one race track, players in the state can bet on races around the world. The three primary betting operators accepting horse race wagers in the state are TVG, BetAmerica, and TwinSpires.
Colorado law strictly prohibits online lottery sales.
The Colorado Lottery offers a mobile app for iOS and Android. The app does not allow players to purchase tickets. Still, the app is helpful for players. It offers a ticket scanner, retail locator, and free-to-play games.
To play the lottery, Colorado residents must buy tickets at a licensed lottery retailer. The state also offers an Advance Play program, which allows players to purchase tickets for certain lottery drawings in advance. Advance Play still requires a visit to a lottery retailer and cannot be used online.
Colorado regulated Daily Fantasy Sports in 2016. Players 18 and above can participate in Daily Fantasy Sports.
Fanduel, DraftKings, Fantasy Draft, and Yahoo, the four biggest operators, are all licensed to provide DFS in the state.
Colorado has measures in place to ensure the ongoing safety and security of DFS. For example, operator employees cannot participate. Amateur sports leagues, including college sports, are also prohibited.
Daily Fantasy Sports apps are available in Google Play and the App Store.
While online casinos are prohibited in Colorado, players will likely encounter sweepstakes casinos, presented as an alternative option.
Chumba Casino and Luckyland Casino are two of the most common sweepstakes casino providers.
Sweepstakes casinos find ways around the prohibited real-money aspect of online casinos. They let players purchase “coins,” an in-game currency that costs real money but has no actual value. Players use those coins to play games for fun in the app or on the provider’s website. Purchasing coins, though, has added perks. Players receive “Sweepstakes” money, usually branded “Sweeps Coins” or something similar, which can be turned in for real money prizes.
These online casinos operate as legal sweepstakes and provide a variety of casino-style games.
Players can also mail in requests for free sweepstakes currency. Because this free option exists, sweepstakes casino operators are allowed to operate in states with strict online gaming prohibitions.
Exercise caution when playing at a sweepstakes casino. Their practices are built to circumvent gaming laws, which makes them a risky choice.
Global Poker is owned and operated by VGW Malta Limited, the same company that owns Chumba Casino. As a result, the practices of Global Poker (and other sweepstakes poker sites) are nearly identical to sweepstakes casino sites.
Sweepstakes poker players can purchase in-game currency and receive a bonus in the form of Sweeps Coins. These can be redeemed for real money just like they can on Sweepstakes Casino sites. The mail-in option is available as well, allowing the sites to operate in states that prohibit online gaming for real money.
Colorado remains opposed to online poker from a legislative standpoint. While sweepstakes poker may seem a great alternative, play with caution. These sites are allowed to operate because of loopholes and could be considered illegal.
When a state launches sports betting, operators are eager to build an audience and engage players. Special promotions and sign-up offers are almost a guarantee. And they’re especially beneficial to new players. Sportsbooks also reward loyal players with different types of bonuses over time.
New sports bettors in Colorado will likely see a number of offers available on many of the state’s online sportsbooks. Two types of offers commonly appear for new players.
If you see a risk-free bet offer, it usually lists a dollar amount as well. For example, FanDuel may offer new players a “risk-free bet up to $500.” This means that you can make your first bet on the platform, and if it loses, you’ll receive some or all of that money back.
Deposit matches are fairly simple and also come with a dollar limit. You might see “First deposit match up to $250,” for example. Deposit match simply means that the sportsbook will match the amount of your first deposit on their platform. So, if your first deposit is for $200, the operator would match that amount and your account would have $400 in it. This is a great option if you’re willing to make a larger deposit when you sign up for a new account.
Almost every online sportsbook in Colorado will feature a loyalty program and player bonuses. Signing up and betting regularly will earn players extra rewards to keep their experience fresh. It’s another way operators make it worthwhile to play on their sportsbook instead of venturing to competitors.
Take a look at operator loyalty programs, their terms, and their rewards. They can vary, but it’s easy to find one that works for your specific tastes and betting style.
Government agencies regulate online sports betting sites with the safety and protection of bettors in mind. Policies are put in place to protect bettors and ensure operators adhere strictly to state and federal laws.
Two regulating bodies that oversee sports betting in the Centennial State include the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission and the Colorado Division of Gaming. The Colorado State Web Portal offers great resources and documents for those who want to know more about the regulations and organizations that govern sports betting.
These agencies grant licenses to operators who adhere to all state laws and regulations. A licensed operator, like those we’ve listed on this page, offers levels of security and benefits that an offshore betting site, for example, cannot.
Regulated sportsbooks will typically have a high level of customer service. To operate in their jurisdictions, they depend on satisfied and happy bettors. You’ll often find numerous options for support on regulated sites. Support includes email, live chat, and phone lines. Offshore or grey market sites won’t offer many customer service options, so if something goes wrong it can be difficult to fix the issue.
Regulated and legal sports betting sites will keep your information safe. Most sites use the same encryption used by online shopping retailers and banking institutions to protect your information. Operator websites often have pages or FAQ segments that detail their information security practices as well. Unregulated sites may be more closed-off about their approach to security, or they may offer no information at all.
Legal online operators and casinos partner up to give you a top-notch user experience. In fact, many operators make this a priority so you have a seamless betting experience within their app or website. Land-based partners back this up with their technical expertise and learnings from years of offering betting to players.
Offshore sites won’t prioritize your entertainment and user experience. Instead, they focus on making a profit. Your experience with unregulated sites will likely be buggy and frustrating whereas a regulated site has already overcome all those issues to give you a great betting option.
Colorado allows betting on a number of sports. All the major professional leagues are available. This includes the MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL.
Other popular sports available include golf, tennis, and soccer. For the bettor who likes the occasional curveball, more obscure sports like table tennis, darts, and many others are available.
Colorado also allows betting on esports. You can find a number of available esports bets on operator websites.
Yes. FanDuel and DraftKings are two of the biggest online sportsbooks in the US. Both are available to Colorado bettors.
Both launched in Colorado on May 1, the very first day the state allowed sports betting. FanDuel and DraftKings each offer a mobile app for Android and Apple iOS along with desktop betting via their respective websites.
BetMGM and BetRivers entered the market on May 1 as well. Thirteen other operators have licenses to provide sports betting in Colorado but have yet to launch.
21 or older. When you sign up for an online sportsbook, you’ll be prompted to provide your social security number to prove your age and identity.
A few options are available to younger bettors in the state as well. Horse race (parimutuel) betting and daily fantasy sports allow anyone 18 years old or above to participate in Colorado.
Yes. This is especially true if you’re a frequent bettor.
Loyalty programs offer perks and rewards to loyal players. This makes them an excellent option to maximize your sports betting value.
Also, if your sportsbook is partnered with a land-based casino (most of them are), you can earn rewards for use on-property too.
Yes. In-play or in-game betting is allowed in Colorado. In-play betting involves placing a wager on a specific outcome during an in-progress match or competition.
In-play betting relies on live statistics that change throughout a given sporting event. Regulated operators have access to this data, usually through a third-party partner. As a result, in-play betting is typically not available to offshore betting providers. It’s an added benefit for those who play on legal, sanctioned sites.
In-play betting goes by many names. Live betting and in-running are two alternatives.
Maybe. If you’re a new bettor just looking to try sports betting out for a bit, we recommend finding a good sign-up offer and sticking with one provider for your first few bets.
If you’re a seasoned bettor, absolutely. Signing up with multiple sites can maximize your value via risk-free bets and initial deposit matches. Plus, operators will typically offer slightly different odds and, therefore, different payouts on a winning bet. Using multiple providers is a great way to amp up your winnings if you’re well-versed in how odds work.