Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour

Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour is a part of a trio of Colorado casino and entertainment establishments all within close proximity of one another on Main Street in Black Hawk, Colorado. The other two casinos are Golden Mardi Gras Casino and Golden Gulch Casino.

Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour is unique in that it is home to Black Hawk’s largest poker room. It also houses 175 slots, video poker and keno machines, and eight table games across almost 14,000 square feet of gaming space. There is also a full-service bar, a restaurant and a 700-space parking garage on the property.

The trio of casinos are owned and operated by Rhode Island-based Twin River Management Group.

It acquired the properties from Nevada-based Affinity Gaming in a transaction that closed at the end of January 2020.

Twin River now owns and manages seven casinos across the US and the Arapahoe Park racetrack and 13 authorized OTB licenses in Colorado.

In addition to its Colorado racetrack and casino holdings, Twin River’s US casino holdings are:

  • Twin River Casino (Lincoln, RI)
  • Tiverton Casino (Tiverton, RI)
  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Biloxi, MS)
  • Dover Downs Hotel & Casino (Dover, DE)

Golden Gates opened its doors in 1991 as one of the first legal casinos in Black Hawk.

Just days after Twin River’s acquisition of the properties closed in 2020, the company announced separate sports betting market access partnerships with US market leaders DraftKings and FanDuel.

Twin River has the rights to three sports gaming licenses in Colorado and will retain the third for its own future use.

DraftKings and FanDuel have both obtained online and mobile betting access through the company.

However, DraftKings will also launch a retail betting operation at Golden Mardi Gras Casino.

Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour location and hours

Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour is located at 261 Main St. in Black Hawk, Colorado. The casino is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Games at Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour

Slots

Golden Gates Casino boasts 175 slots, video poker and keno machines. There is a wide selection of games, with denominations ranging from penny slots to $25 machines.

Table games

Golden Gates features a selection of eight table games, including craps, roulette and blackjack.

Poker

The Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour is home to Black Hawk’s largest poker room. The cutting-edge poker room features 17 live-action tables in a high class poker setting spreading live cash games and tournaments every day. There’s even a five-table overflow room for use during tournaments.

Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour is host of the Colorado Poker Championship. It has a total prize pool of approximately $500,000. Heartland Poker Tour and Mid-States Poker Tour events are also held at the venue.

The casino at Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour

The 13,747-square-foot casino at Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour is open 24 hours.

It features 175 slots, video poker and keno games, eight table games, and a 17-table poker room.

That means a small selection of slots, the most popular table games on the market, and the largest poker room in Black Hawk.

The casino at Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour runs a variety of promotions, including:

  • Poker Rakeback: A program offering a maximum of $200 for 40 hours of poker play.
  • The Golden Gates Monte Carlo Jackpot: Offering 20 different progressive jackpots for high poker hands.
  • Just For You! Gift Giveaways
  • New Member Scavenger Hunts

Player loyalty program

Golden Gates has changed ownership a number of times over the past decade. Twin River’s acquisition of the property just closed in January 2020, and Golden Gates’ player loyalty program is transitioning as a result.

That said, Twin River is committed to offering a player loyalty program anyone 21 and older can enter for free by visiting the Guest Services Center at the property with a valid government-issued photo identification.

The program will offer FreePlay promotional credits that can be downloaded and used on your favorite slot machines. FreePlay may also be offered as part of a mail rewards program or awarded as a prize in promotions.

Other offers through the player loyalty program may include free bets, cash, food coupons, gift coupons, drawing entries or bonus offers.

Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour Sportsbook

In January 2020, Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour’s new owner, Twin River, inked sports betting market access deals with DraftKings and FanDuel.

Twin River has the rights to three sports gaming licenses in Colorado and is planning to use the third for its own sports betting operation. This may very well include a retail sportsbook at Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour.

In the meantime, DraftKings and FanDuel planned to launch online and mobile sportsbooks under Twin River licenses in May 2020.

DraftKings was also planning to launch a retail betting operation at Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour’s sister property Golden Mardi Gras Casino.

Golden Gates online gambling partnerships

Thanks to agreements signed by owner Twin River, Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour appears to have two online and mobile sports betting partners in DraftKings and FanDuel.

Sports betting is currently the only form of legal online gambling in the state of Colorado.

In the event online casinos become legal in Colorado, these agreements could be extended to allow DraftKings and FanDuel to offer online casino games, like these two operators do in other states.

Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour has not released information regarding other online gambling partners it might have or agreements it may enter should online casinos or online poker become legal in Colorado.

However, owner Twin River’s Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Delaware has an online casino and online poker site run by the Delaware State Lottery and powered by 888 Holdings software.

Plus, Twin River owns and operates the Twin River Casino Hotel and Tiverton Casino Hotel in Rhode Island. IGT operates the Rhode Island Lottery’s sports betting services out of these properties in partnership with William Hill.

That gives Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour several other possible online gambling partners.

Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour amenities

Full House Café

The Full House Café is located on the first floor of the Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour.

Specialties include the famous Double-Up Burger and Loaded Nachos. The menu also includes a variety of salads, burgers, wings and more.

Gold Bar

The famous Gold Bar is a popular spot that is also on the first floor of the casino. It features a large selection of draft beers, wine and cocktails.

Drinks are served from the bar while you play slots or at the bar any time, where there’s usually a game on one of several TVs.

Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour history

Golden Gates opened its doors in 1991 as one of the first legal casinos in Black Hawk.

In 2005, Golden Gates and its two sister properties on Main Street, Golden Mardi Gras Casino and Golden Gulch Casino, were purchased by Golden Mardi Gras Inc.

Golden Mardi Gras is a Las Vegas company that is an affiliate of Golden Gaming Inc., owners and operators of a group of casinos, taverns and slot routes mostly based in Nevada.

In 2012, Golden Gaming sold the three Black Hawk casinos to another Las Vegas-based casino operator, Affinity Gaming.

Finally, in 2019, Affinity Gaming agreed to sell the casinos to Twin River Management Group for $51 million. The sale closed in January 2020.

Twin River now owns and operates seven casinos across the US. Plus, the Arapahoe Park racetrack and 13 authorized OTB licenses in Colorado.

The three Black Hawk casinos boast a combined 36,000 square feet of gaming space, with more than 30 table games, over 800 slots and a 17-table poker room at Golden Gates. There are also three restaurants, 24/7 bars and a 700-space parking garage, also at Golden Gates.

The deal gave Twin River three sports-betting licenses. Just days after the deal closed, Twin River announced separate sports betting market access partnerships with market leaders DraftKings and FanDuel.

Twin River will retain its third license for its own future use. In the meantime, DraftKings and FanDuel were planning to launch online and mobile sports betting products in May 2020. Plus, DraftKings will launch a retail betting operation at Twin River’s Golden Mardi Gras Casino.