Colorado Sports Betting Regulators Approve Licenses As Launch Date Draws Closer

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Gaming regulators approved 32 more licenses related to Colorado sports betting, including six online operators and eight casinos.

There were 64 casino, sportsbook or online sportsbook applications submitted as of April 1. That includes all of the state’s 33 commercial casinos, 12 retail sportsbook operators and 19 online sportsbooks.

The Limited Gaming Control Commission did not touch on potentially pushing back the start date from May 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

That could still be coming, however. Dan Hartman, Director of the Division of Gaming, said discussions about the launch date “certainly will happen” during a previous meeting.

The commission meets again on April 16, which is the last scheduled meeting before the scheduled launch of CO sports betting.

New Colorado sports betting licensees

A handful of recognizable names received temporary internet sports betting operator licenses:

Neither Roar nor Rush Street have announced their casino partners yet. But Roar and its BetMGM app will be ready to go live “with the regulators’ timeline in CO,” a spokesperson said.

Roar also received a temporary land-based license while William Hill received two for the Isle of Capri and Lady Luck casinos.

A total of 25 casinos have now received either a temporary or first master license. That includes the nine licenses awarded Thursday.

Other important licenses awarded

There were also some important vendor licenses handed out Thursday:

Which operators are ready for May 1 launch?

There are at least 10 online sportsbook operator and casino pairs that are licensed and could launch on May 1:

Other partnerships pending an internet sportsbook operator license:

Voters narrowly approved sports betting in Colorado through a referendum in November. The state legislature passed a bill authorizing it in 2019 but state law required a ballot measure because of tax implications.