Recent moves are positive to indicate sports betting in Denver will one day become legal. Hopefully in 2020 we will see first online sportsbooks.
Sports betting in and around Denver
Colorado currently has just one live horse racetrack facility, Arapahoe Park in Aurora. This runs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for 13 consecutive weekends between May and August. No live greyhound racing currently runs in Colorado, though (sportsbook BetAmerica and Xpressbet are not accepting customers from Denver, CO).
Several off-track betting facilities run in Colorado, which offer wagering on simulcast horse and greyhound racing year round. Only pari-mutuel (pooled) betting on greyhounds and horses are allowed.
Denver Betting Legal Status Overview
There is a massive 169 year difference between the first casino in Colorado, and the first legal casinos opening their doors. As Colorado enjoyed the boom time from the Gold Rush, Brown’s Saloon was opened in 1822, which spanned the 3 State borders with Wyoming and Utah. In 1991, Colorado legalized casino gambling and residents can now enjoy casino and poker games at more than 40 venues.
In terms of Denver sports betting legislation, here is the core definition of gambling from the Colorado statutes:
” “Gambling” means risking any money, credit, deposit, or other thing of value for gain contingent in whole or in part upon lot, chance, the operation of a gambling device, or the happening or outcome of an event, including a sporting event, over which the person taking a risk has no control, ” (From: 18-10-102)
Colorado are one of a number of US states which give players a fair amount of opportunities to gamble, but are very strict when it comes to gambling outside of the imposed jurisdiction. Players are rarely given more than a small fine, though. However, it’s a different story for those who organize illegal gambling activities, who are dealt with very harshly in the Mountain State.