Saratoga Casino is a commercial casino located on Main Street in the historic town of Black Hawk, Colorado.
The property is owned and operated by Saratoga Casino Holdings LLC, which is headquartered in Saratoga Springs, New York, where it also owns and operates the Saratoga Casino Hotel, formerly known as the Saratoga Casino & Raceway, and the Saratoga Race Course thoroughbred and harness racing facility, formerly known as Saratoga Raceway.
The 17,000-square-foot casino on the Black Hawk property has 425 slot machines and 10 table games. The property also features a full-service restaurant, bar and a variety of guest services.
Saratoga had been known as Fitzgeralds Black Hawk since its opening in 1995. Saratoga Harness Racing bought the property and changed the name in 2012. The company has since become Saratoga Casino Holdings LLC.
In January 2020, UK based bookmaker Betfred Group and its subsidiary Betfred USA signed a deal with Saratoga Casino Black Hawk to offer retail sports betting services on the property and online and mobile sports betting throughout Colorado.
Saratoga Casino Black Hawk location and hours
Saratoga Casino is located at 101 Main St. in Black Hawk, Colorado. The casino is open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.
Games at Saratoga Casino Black Hawk
Saratoga Casino is home to nearly 500 slot machines, including the industry’s hottest slot titles, progressive jackpot slots, keno and video poker. There are individual and multi-denomination slots ranging from 1¢ to $25.
Slot highlights include the Discovery Shark Week slot with 55-inch screens, bonus-triggering wheel spins, and Shark Alert mode giving you a chance to catch sharks for big prizes.
In addition, there’s Attack from the Planet Moolah, a five-reel and 30-line game showcasing the TwinStar Ultra cabinet with a 55-inch UHD top screen, cascading reels, a spaceship bonus and a two-tiered wheel offering you a shot at a progressive jackpot.
You can also contact Saratoga through its website and request to see a certain slot added to the floor.
The 10-game table games pit at Saratoga is considered both intimate and exciting. Games include:
- Craps with Sharpshooter and Bonus Craps
- Three-Card Poker
- Blackjack Burnout
- Poker Burnout
- Buffalo Blackjack Extreme with Top 3
- STREAK Blackjack
All games feature a $5 minimum bet.
The casino runs regular table games tournaments at the tables.
The casino at Saratoga Black Hawk
The 17,000-square-foot casino at Saratoga Black Hawk is open 24 hours on the weekends and 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.
It features more than 400 slots and video poker games, and a handful of table games.
That means a decent selection of slots with progressive jackpots and the most popular table games on the market.
The casino at Saratoga Casino Black Hawk also runs a variety of promotions, including:
- Weekday Warriors: Offering a free $20 cash or $25 Promo Play voucher on weekdays.
- Friday Night Tournaments: Buffalo 3 Blackjack Tournaments offering Promo Chips prizes for the top three finishers.
Players Extras Club
Players Extras Club is the Saratoga Casino Black Hawk player loyalty program. Players Extras Club cards are free to anyone 21 and up and allow members to earn rewards and enjoy certain benefits.
Player Extras Club members also receive special perks, discounts, exclusive offers and invitations to member-only events and promotions.
Plus, as a member you earn points for cash and comps redeemable for dining, merchandise and more.
The club has four tiers, Gold, Platinum (7,500 pts), Diamond (25,000 pts) and Diamond Elite (100,000 pts), each offering a variety of benefits.
The more points you earn, the more membership perks you get:
- Point for play: You can redeem points for Promo Play right at Saratoga slot machines. Each $2 coin-in ($4 coin-in for video poker) is worth one point. Every 1,000 points can be redeemed for $5 in free bonus play.
- Comps for dining: Comps can be used at all food outlets on the property with the Players Extras Club card.
- Comps for gift shop purchases: Comps can be used at the gift shop with the Players Extras Club card.
- Special offers: Members receive special discounts, offers and perks throughout the year.
- Invitations to members-only events: Members are invited to occasional members-only events, including dinners and poker tournaments.
In January 2020, Saratoga Casino Black Hawk inked an agreement with Betfred, the world’s largest privately owned retail bookmaker, to offer retail sports betting at the casino and online and mobile sports betting throughout the state of Colorado.
The retail sports betting operation launched with a counter where people can place bets in person and self-service betting kiosks on the property in early May. It coincided with the launch of online and mobile sports betting available statewide.
Betfred Group Chief Operating Officer Mark Stebbings said the bookmaker was “delighted to partner with Saratoga Casino Black Hawk,” calling it an exciting opportunity for both companies to share expertise in providing excellent service and value for sports bettors in Black Hawk and online within the state of Colorado.
President of Saratoga Casino Black Hawk Daniel Gerrity said the casino is excited to have a company with over 50 years of international experience in the industry as a partner and looks forward to the Saratoga brand becoming the market leader in Colorado sports betting.
Saratoga’s online gambling partnerships
Thanks to an agreement both sides signed in January 2020, Betfred, the world’s largest privately owned retail bookmaker, is Saratoga Casino Black Hawk’s online and mobile sports betting partner.
Sports betting is currently the only form of online gambling that is legal in the state of Colorado.
Saratoga Casino Black Hawk has not publicly released any details regarding other online gambling partners it might have or agreements it may enter into in the event online casinos or online poker become legal in Colorado.
Saratoga Casino Black Hawk amenities
Main Street Café
The Main Street Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual setting. The menu features burgers, deli sandwiches, salads, soups and more. You can even order while you play in the casino, and there are specials available exclusively to Players Extras Club members.
Main Floor Bar
The Main Floor Bar offers complimentary beer while you play. Plus, craft beer, drafts, wine and cocktails at the bar.
Mill City Bar
The Mill City Bar is a casual yet trendy bar with an extensive cocktail, wine and beer list open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Saratoga Casino Black Hawk history
In May 1995, Fitzgeralds Black Hawk launched in place of what was the 101 Main Street Casino in Black Hawk, one of Colorado’s first casinos. Reno, Nevada-based Fitzgeralds Gaming assumed management of the casino, changed the name, and bought a 22% interest in the casino. It bought the other 78% in 1997 for $27 million.
Fitzgeralds was renovated and expanded in 2008. After the renovation the property featured almost 600 slot machines, 11 table games, a valet parking garage, a high-end steakhouse and a casual dining restaurant.
Facing bankruptcy in 1999, Fitzgeralds Gaming reached a deal to sell Fitzgeralds Black Hawk alongside its casinos in Las Vegas and Tunica, Mississippi, to Indiana-based Majestic Star Casino for $149 million and $205 million in debt forgiveness.
The plan was filed in December 2000 as a part of Fitzgeralds’ bankruptcy case, and the sale was completed in December 2001.
A decade later, Fitzgeralds Black Hawk had grown into one of the top historic casino properties in Black Hawk. In 2012, Saratoga Harness Racing Inc., owners of the Saratoga Casino and Raceway in Saratoga Springs, New York, bought it from Majestic Star for $28 million.
The old Fitzgeralds Casino was closed for five months as Saratoga conducted a $7.5 million renovation.
It officially reopened its doors as Saratoga Casino Black Hawk in June 2013 with a new table games area, a remodeled third floor and the addition of a new bar and 120-seat restaurant.
Wood paneling, equestrian-themed artwork and custom light features were added throughout the gaming floor.
The restaurants and bars on the property have gone through some changes since that time. A casual restaurant and two bars now operate at Saratoga Casino Black Hawk, alongside the 17,000-square-foot casino.
Thanks to its deal with bookmaker Betfred, Saratoga Casino Black Hawk launched retail, online and mobile sports betting operations in May 2020.