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Legal status of sports betting in Colorado

Colorado voters passed a proposition in November 2019 to legalize sports betting. State regulators have set May 1, 2020 as the first date sports betting can operate in the state.

The main gaming area of the Black Hawk Casino by Hyatt was designed as a ski lodge in hopes of attracting a new segment of the front range population to the casino. Photo By Brian Brainerd/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Voters in the state of Colorado passed Proposition DD on November 6, 2019, which allowed for sports betting to be implemented in the state. Once the proposition passed, state regulators decided on May 1, 2020 as the official launch date for sports betting.

The Covid-19 pandemic has put plans on hold for a lot of operators, but several are still set to launch on May 1st. Brick and mortar sportsbooks will not be opening due to the state’s “safer-at-home” order, but online apps will start launching. DraftKings Sportsbook will be among those launching on the 1st. When businesses open back up, they will have a retail location inside Black Hawk’s Golden Mardi Gras Casino.

Is sports betting legal in Colorado?

Yes, following the passage of proposition DD in November 2019. Consumers can start betting on sports on May 1, 2020.

Where can I bet in Colorado?

The state’s stay-at-home order (and soon to follow “safer-at-home” order) mean casinos remain closed for the time being. Sports betting apps are arriving, with DraftKings Sportsbook among the legal options available on May 1, 2020.