Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel is a casino gaming, hotel and entertainment complex in Cripple Creek, Colorado.
Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel actually features three casinos: Bronco Billy’s Casino, Billy’s Casino and the Christmas Casino & Inn at Bronco Billy’s. All told there are approximately 830 slots and video poker machines and 13 table games spread across the three gaming floors.
Bronco Billy’s Casino offers a large selection of video poker and slot machines. Billy’s Casino is the table games brother in the Bronco Billy’s Casino family, with blackjack, three-card poker, roulette, craps, and even more slots. Finally, the Christmas Casino is a year-round Christmas-themed spectacle featuring 150 slot machines in a seasonal setting with holiday music and decor.
The rest of the complex includes five restaurants and a 24-room hotel. Plus, Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel owner Full House Resorts is in the midst of a massive $120 million expansion slated to include a new luxury 150-room hotel tower, spa, parking garage, convention and entertainment center, and high-end restaurant integrated seamlessly with the existing casino complex.
The Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel is as old as casino gaming in Cripple Creek, having opened in the first week of legal gaming in the former mining town back in October 1991.
Even before Colorado voters passed the state’s sports betting legislation in November 2019, Bronco Billy’s owner Full House Resorts had entered into Colorado sports betting agreements with operators including Wynn Resorts, Smarkets and Churchill Downs.
The Wynn Resorts and Smarkets deals are for online and mobile sports betting. The Churchill Downs agreement allows the US horse racing and casino giant to offer retail and online sports wagering under the BetAmerica brand in Colorado, including a retail BetAmerica Sportsbook at Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel.
Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel location and hours
Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel is located at 233 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, Colorado. The casino hours vary.
Games at Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel
Bronco Billy’s boasts 830 slots across three gaming floors, including old school and the latest released slot machines, reel-type and video machines, video poker, 21 and keno.
In 2016 Bronco Billy’s slots paid over $32 million in jackpots.
Bronco Billy’s offers classic table games like blackjack, craps with 10x odds, three-card poker and roulette.
There’s also variations on the classics, including double-deck pitch blackjack, small tall or all, and Cajun stud, which is said to be coming soon.
The casino at Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel
There’s almost 60,000 square feet of gaming floor space across three casinos at Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel.
It features 830 slots and video gaming machines and more than a dozen table games. That means a decent selection of progressive slots, modern video slots, and classic reels alongside classic casino table games and the latest variations of the most popular games.
Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel runs various promotions, including:
- Spin the Wheel: Earn 1,500 base points playing the slots at Bronco Billy’s or the Christmas Casino on Fridays and Saturdays for the chance to win up to $5,000 spinning the wheel.
- Win a Mountain of CASH: A $10,000 draw offering various free play prizes and a $10,000 grand prize.
- Casino Bus slot tournaments: Free slot tournament entry when you present your Casino Bus ticket. Plus, more entries for every 1,000 base points you earn daily.
- Kiosk games: Win up to $1,000 playing games at the marketing kiosk.
- Rise & Shine
- Basketball Shoot & Win
- Pot of Gold
- Super Size Your Slot Play: Earn 500 base points and get a $5 free play bonus.
- Daily slot tournaments: Free daily slot tournament entry for every 1,000 base points you earn.
- Birthday slot tournaments: Play in your birthday slot tournament any day during your birthday month.
- Young at Heart: Various promos for those 50 and up.
Mile High Rewards
Mile High Rewards is Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel’s player loyalty program.
Mile High Rewards cards are free to anyone 21 or older and offer access to one of the most lucrative players clubs in Colorado, where you can earn a point for every $1 in slot play, up to 7x point multipliers on card tiers and more.
The program features five tiers:
- Base Camp
- Summit (10,000 pts)
- Pinnacle (75,000 pts)
- Peak (175,000 pts)
- EIP (175,000 pts quarterly)
Each tier offers increased benefits, including comps, free play, tier point multipliers, tournaments, events, drawings, hotel rate offers and free rooms.
Members earn one point for every $1 coin-in on slots, $5 coin-in on video poker, and various rates based on time played and average bet for table games.
Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel sportsbook
In September 2019, Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel owner Full House Resorts entered into a sports betting services agreement with US horse racing and casino giant Churchill Downs, contingent upon sports betting legislation passing in Colorado.
Colorado voters approved the legislation in November 2019.
The agreement also allows Churchill Downs to offer retail and online sports wagering under the BetAmerica brand in Colorado utilizing Full House Resorts’ license for Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel in Cripple Creek.
A retail BetAmerica Sportsbook was set to open at Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel and a BetAmerica online and mobile sportsbook made available across the state in 2020 after the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment lifts its casino shutdown order.
Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel’s other master licenses for sports betting are being utilized by partnerships with UK betting exchange operator Smarkets and Las Vegas-based casino operator Wynn Resorts for online and mobile sports betting products.
Bronco Billy’s online gambling partnerships
Thanks to agreements with UK sportsbook operator Smarkets, Las Vegas casino company Wynn Resorts and US horse racing and casino giant Churchill Downs, Bronco Billy’s is set to be a leader in Colorado online and mobile sports betting.
This is the only form of online gambling that is currently legal in Colorado. However, Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel will quite likely enter into another agreement with Churchill Downs to offer further BetAmerica-branded online gambling products in the event online casinos or online poker also become legal in Colorado.
Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel amenities
Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel has five restaurants on-site:
- Home Cafe: Famous $5.99 steak and eggs, burgers and sandwiches at budget-friendly prices.
- Baja Billy’s: Tex-Mex including fresh-made fajitas, burritos, fish tacos, beans and more.
- The Steakhouse: Fine dining in a casual environment.
- Rudy’s Diner: Burgers, hot dogs and shakes at the Christmas Casino
- The Crippled Cow: Wood-fired pizza and craft brews on tap.
Bronco Billy’s hotels
Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel features two 12-room hotels: Bronco Billy’s Hotel and The Christmas Casino & Inn at Bronco Billy’s.
Both feature historical-themed rooms based on Cripple Creek’s heyday as a gold mining town with modern conveniences. The Christmas Casino & Inn also features a holiday theme all year long.
All of the rooms come with a complimentary breakfast at the Home Cafe.
Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel history
Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel opened in October 1991 during the first week of legal gaming in Cripple Creek.
It started out as a single building with fewer than 100 slots and has grown into a three-casino complex with 830 slots, 13 table games, five restaurants and two small boutique hotels.
Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel has gone through as many as eight expansions since it first opened and now occupies almost an entire city block.
Plus, in 2020 owner Full House Resorts was in the midst of taking the property through its most ambitious expansion yet, performing a $120 million renovation that will include a new luxury 150-room hotel tower, spa, parking garage, convention and entertainment center, and high-end restaurant integrated with the existing casino complex.
Full House bought the property in 2015 for $30 million, soon after it swallowed up Cripple Creek’s Gold Rush Casino. That added approximately 15% more slot machines, 14 guest rooms to the existing 10, 2.3 acres of additional surface parking, and it extended the Bronco Billy’s footprint to the street corner.
Full House Resorts also acquired ownership rights to portions of the rest of the block, including significant land and structures connected to the property, and is now expanding into this space.
Along with the Brass Ass Casino, Bronco Billy’s is one of just two casinos still operating after launching during the first week of gaming in Cripple Creek.
In 2019, before Colorado voters ratified the state’s sports betting legislation, Bronco Billy’s owner Full House Resorts entered into Colorado sports betting agreements with the following operators: Wynn Resorts, Smarkets and Churchill Downs.
The Wynn Resorts and Smarkets deals will see online and mobile sports betting products launch under Bronco Billy’s licenses. Churchill Downs plans to launch retail and online sports betting under its BetAmerica brand, including a retail BetAmerica Sportsbook at Bronco Billy’s Casino & Hotel.