Online sports betting has really picked up in popularity in Denver over the past several years.  The Super Bowl is the most widely bet on sporting event in the USA every year and with the Denver Broncos playing in the big game in both 2014 and 2016 I think sports betting became the norm very quickly among Denver residents.

In addition to the Denver Broncos, the city is home to a team in each of the 5 major sports leagues in North America, so there isn’t any shortage of home teams to cheer for and bet on in Denver.

Even with the popularity of sports betting in the city there are still a lot of questions surrounding it’s legality.  I will attempt to put these issues to bed on this page and also recommend a couple top quality sportsbooks where Denver residents are able to place their bets.

Is Sports Betting Allowed in Denver?

This question is most easily answered in two parts.

#1. It is ILLEGAL to operate a sportsbook or bookmaking service in the state of Colorado.

#2. It is NOT ILLEGAL for Colorado residents to place wagers at offshore betting sites.

Betting sites that are licensed and regulated outside of the United States are able to accept Colorado bettors if they so choose.  Colorado has no laws criminalising the placement of bets at these offshore sites.

That said, I do strongly suggest that you place your bets at well-established, reputable and trustworthy betting sites.  I recommend two sites that fit this criteria below.

Best Sportsbooks for Denver Residents

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These are our two recommended betting sites for Colorado residents.  Both sites are popular across the entire USA and offer safe, secure and well established platforms for placing your sports wagers. is our top rated site for Denver residents because of their commitment to the American market.  When Bovada launched they solely accepted American customers, which allowed them to focus completely on providing the best sports betting option for American residents.  This commitment to their American product can be seen throughout their business in terms of sportsbook customization, quick and easy to use banking options and outstanding customer service.

Offline Sports Betting in Denver

Unfortunately, offline sports betting is not legal in the state of Colorado.  That said, Colorado does allow you to place horse racing and greyhound wagers at racetracks in the state, and luckily enough Denver is home to a very quality racetrack on the east edge of the city.

Arapahoe Park

Arapahoe Park Racetrack is located close to an hour south-east of downtown Denver.  It’s a bit of a hike out to the racetrack, but it’s well worth it for the live racing experience.

The track offers live racing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays over the summer months.  The two featured races are the Mile High Futurity and the Mile High Derby, both of which are thoroughbred races with a purse of $100,000.

On top of the live betting, simulcast betting is also available for horse and greyhound races across the country.

***You can also bet on any Arapahoe Park races through the Bovada Racebook.

Major Sports Teams in Denver

  • Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
  • Colorado Rapids (MLS)
  • Colorado Rockies (MLB)
  • Denver Broncos (NFL)
  • Denver Nuggets (NBA)