Colorado has had legal blackjack since 1991. When first instituted, casinos were only open until 2 am and the largest wager a player could make was $5. Laws were changed in Colorado in 2009 so casinos could stay open for 24 hours a day. The maximum wager was raised from $5 to $100.
Colorado casinos have different blackjack rules. You can see a full outline of Colorado blackjack rules from the Colorado State Enforcement here.
Colorado Blackjack Rules
- Natural blackjack may pay 3-to-2 or 6-to-5
- Dealer may stand on Soft 17
- Player may double down on any two cards
- Player may double after splitting a pair
- Casinos must offer Surrender
Casinos Dealing Blackjack in Colorado
Colorado has 40 casinos spread between Black Hawk, Cripple Creek, and Central City. Each casino has some form of gambling but not all casinos offer blackjack. Below is a list of the casinos that deal blackjack in Colorado.
Black Hawk, Colorado
- Ameristar Casino
- The Isle of Capri Casino
- Golden Gates Casino
- Mardi Gras Casino
- The Lodge Casino
- Lady Luck Casino
- Saratoga Casino
Central City, Colorado
Cripple Creek, Colorado
Table Games Revenue in Colorado
Colorado offers a detailed breakdown of all gaming revenue. Gaming reports include coin-in for every denomination of slot machine as well as drop for individual table games, including blackjack. The reports are filed monthly and annually for each region and the state as a whole.
Here’s a breakdown of blackjack drop for each region and the state of Colorado for the 2016-2017 tax year:
Black Hawk: $170,163,200.07
Cripple Creek: $24,856,949.60
Central City: $10,886,677.95
Visit the Enforcement Division of the Colorado Department of Revenue for more information on casinos around the state.
History of Blackjack in Colorado
Casino gambling in Colorado started in 1991. The games were low limits with the largest wager available only $5. In 2009 the state approved increased the maximum wager to $100. This isn’t a very high limit for whales but it’s a more acceptable to high stakes players.
Today there are 40 casinos in Black Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek Colorado. However, only around half of those casinos have blackjack tables. Some of the smaller casinos may offer blackjack on a slot machine.
Blackjack games in Colorado vary. Casinos may pay the traditional 3:2 when a player is dealt a natural blackjack. They may also choose to pay 6:5 when a player is dealt blackjack. Recreational gamblers might enjoy these lower limits games regardless of the rules.