Colorado Sports Betting Launch: What You Need To Know About The Sportsbook Apps

Written By Juan Carlos Blanco on May 1, 2020
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Earlier this week, Colorado residents began to experience trickles of a return to normalcy with the initial easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

On Friday, they’ll gain a new amenity whose launch qualifies as one of the few things adhering to original timelines these days – sports betting.

Plans for a May 1 sports betting launch in the Centennial State have survived the uncertain times the entire world is currently subject to. As such, Colorado sports fans will have something to cheer for locally, even as the return dates of the local Colorado Rockies, Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets are still undecided.

Apps began going live on Friday at 10 am MT and some prominent operators will be open for business on Day 1: DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, BetMGM and BetRivers. There’s still a possibility of some last-minute additions as more than a dozen sportsbook apps are expected to launch in Colorado in the coming months.

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Colorado sports betting apps

Online SportsbookLaunch DateCasino Partner
DraftKings Sportsbook ColoradoMay 2020Twin River
Caesars Sports ColoradoSeptember 2020Colorado Belle Hotel & Casino
BetMGM Sportsbook ColoradoMay 2020Midnight Rose Casino
BetRivers Sportsbook ColoradoMay 2020Triple Crown Casinos
BetFred Sportsbook ColoradoSeptember 2020Saratoga Casino
FanDuel Sportsbook ColoradoMay 2020Twin River
Sports Illustrated COSeptember 2021Colorado Grande Casino
Bet365 SportsbookSeptember 2022Century Casinos
PointsBet Sportsbook ColoradoMay 2020Double Eagle Casino
Barstool Sportsbook COAugust 2021Ameristar Casino
Circa SportsJuly 2020Century Casinos
FOX Bet Sportsbook ColoradoMay 2020Lady Luck Casino
SBK (Smarkets)May 2020Full House Resorts
SuperBookDecember 2020The Lodge Casino
theScore BetSeptember 2020Jacobs Entertainment
TwinSpiresApril 2021Full House Resorts

The DraftKings and FanDuel apps have been available for download in the state for some time and reportedly been extremely popular. That’s not exactly surprising, for several reasons:

  • The two sportsbooks have quickly built up strong reputations in other states.
  • Colorado allows for remote sports betting account creation for all its mobile sportsbooks, a particularly critical convenience under current conditions.
  • Speaking of life in 2020, the restrictions and lack of sports Coloradans have been subjected to leading into Friday’s debut could certainly generate even more interest than would have already existed under normal circumstances.

What can I bet on in Colorado?

As welcome as the rollout is, current limitations do dictate it comes with a catch – there’s just not a lot to bet on just yet. In fact, the one unfortunate aspect of the May 1 date is the state’s sportsbooks narrowly missed out on what would have likely been a highly popular betting event – the just-completed NFL Draft.

On the other hand, Colorado’s nascent industry also dodged a bullet in the form of a particularly lean late-March/early-April sports landscape.

In the immediate wake of the suspension of play of most major sports leagues and outright cancellation of the NCAA Basketball Tournament back in mid-March, sportsbooks around the country scrambled to offer wagers on anything that was familiar to U.S. bettors.

Some of those holdovers will still be in play for Colorado residents, including:

  • Nicaraguan soccer
  • Belarussian soccer
  • Table Tennis (Moscow, Seika Cup and TT Star Pro Series)
  • Darts
  • NASCAR iRacing

However, those more obscure offerings have been joined by Asian leagues that sanction the sorely missed and highly recognizable tandem of baseball and basketball:

  • The five-team Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan has been in action since April 12 (games are currently airing live on Twitter with English commentary).
  • Taiwan’s Super Basketball League (SBL) is currently playing out its finals between the Taiwan Beer and Yulon Dinos.

There will also be a healthy dose of futures wagers available for events that sports fans and leagues both hold out hope will eventually unfold in 2020.

These include:

  • Winners for the four major sports (MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL)
  • 2020 NCAA Football
  • Tennis’ Mens’ and Ladies’ U.S. Open and Mens’ and Women’s French Open
  • Golf’s USPGA Championship, U.S. Open, Ryder Cup  and The Masters

More betting options possible in short order

And there appears to be more good news on the horizon.

Naturally, any plans these days naturally carry a significant asterisk. But there seems to be some tangible momentum from the gradual reopening of certain areas of the country seeping into the sports landscape.

Consequently, Colorado bettors could be looking at much more robust betting lobbies within a matter of weeks:

Additionally, other leagues such as Australia’s National Rugby League, La Liga, Serie A and English Premier League are all reportedly in various stages of planning for jumping into action.

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Plenty of appealing home-state futures bets right from launch

And, although the NBA, MLB and NHL still lack definitive return dates – and the NFL is still months away even if starts on time – Colorado bettors will also be able to place futures bets on their home-state clubs immediately.

The following are just some of the many futures wagering opportunities available on local favorites at each of the aforementioned quartet of sportsbooks that will be accessible as of Friday:

Colorado Rockies World Series 2020 Champions

Denver Nuggets 2019-20 NBA Champions

 Colorado Avalanche 2019-20 Stanley Cup Champions

  • DK Sportsbook: +1000
  • FD Sportsbook: +850
  • BetMGM: +800
  • BetRivers: +1000

Denver Broncos Super Bowl LV Champions

Denver Broncos 2020 AFC Conference Champions

Keep your browsers locked to TheLines.com for more news and information about legal sports betting in Colorado this month.

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Juan Carlos Blanco has served as a freelance writer for a wide variety of online publications and websites, with an intensive focus on fantasy sports. Juan has provided analysis and comprehensive coverage of the MLB, NBA, NFL, CFL, AAF and AFL while also reporting on news and developments in the daily fantasy sports and online gaming industries.

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