Nestled in the shadow of Pikes Peak is the small and remarkable town of Cripple Creek. During the gold rush of the late 1800s, Cripple Creek became one of the biggest economic hubs in the West, as gold seekers and miners flooded the area. Many of these historic turn of the century buildings, the majority of which were constructed following the fires of 1896, still remain.
Local leaders and residents opted for a second gold rush of sorts by trying to revitalize the town and its deteriorating buildings through limited stakes gaming, which began on Oct. 1, 1991. This followed a state-wide campaign and favorable vote by Colorado voters. Another pro-gaming vote occurred in late 2008 that paved the way for 24-hour gambling, $100 single-bet wagers and new games such as Roulette and Craps.
Even with these changes, Cripple Creek strives to preserve the mining heritage of the area and the old Victorian-era flavor of the town. So, even though modern technology, especially in the form of electronic gaming devices, dominates the interior of many of these buildings in the downtown core, the ambiance of this quaint turn-of-the-century town prevails. The casinos in Cripple Creek offer daily, weekly and seasonal promotions. These change often, so check with regular updates in The Mountain Jackpot (TMJ) or check the websites of the local casinos.
In addition, Cripple Creek features a culinary and lodging treasure, one of the best kept secrets in town. For example, Cripple Creek abounds with close to 30 restaurants, eateries and coffee shops, all located inside Cripple Creek casinos and within a short walk of the gaming district. Here is a short glimpse of the gaming action, as the town celebrates 22 years of gaming. Due to the frequent changes on the Creek gaming front, we will provide continual updates throughout the year. Check our website and facebook and twitter pages for updates.
Bronco Billy’s Casino
Bronco Billy’s, one of the original gaming properties, opened for business in October 1991. Bronco’s prides itself on outstanding customer service and boasts a loyal following of both local and out-of-town players. It is regarded as one of the premiere examples of the Colorado gaming experience. Bronco’s abounds with 729 slot machines and 11 table games, making it one of the largest establishments in town. Despite undergoing seven major expansions, it has retained the same friendly atmosphere. In fact, Bronco’s snagged several top Oscar awards in the most recent “Best of Cripple Creek” contest, sponsored by the Mountain Jackpot newspaper and a number of the company’s managers/employees snagged top honors. Plus, Bronco’s recently was named as the best casino, according to the annual “Best of the Springs” contest, sponsored by the Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper. As the town celebrates 22 years of gaming, Bronco’s general manager and co-owner Marc Murphy is the only operator who has manned the same casino in Cripple Creek since the beginning of limited stakes gaming. Moreover, Bronco’s remains a strong reputation of participating in several key city events, such as Donkey Derby Days, the Salute to American Veterans and the IceFest. In addition Bronco’s is known for cash drawings every day of the week and has recently expanded, adding additional table games and slot machines…this is sure to increase its niche as a great place for card, slot and dice buffs. It also sports three restaurants, including the popular Steakhouse, Baja Billy’s and the well loved Home Café.
As for upcoming promotions, in October Bronco Billy’s is giving back to their players (over $50,000 in cash) and to Susan G Komen. All promotions in the month of October will be themed towards Breast Cancer Awareness. Every Saturday during “Win like a Girl” you can win your share of cash from 2:30-10pm. Pick an envelope from the Breast Cancer Awareness tree to win. If you pick an envelope with a “Boobie Prize” your cash prize doubles. The 10pm drawing will be the remainder of the $5,000 but no less than $1,000. Cash for the Cure hot seats will run Sundays through Fridays adding to the cash giveaways. During the month of October Bronco’s will donate $1 to Susan G Komen Southeastern Affiliate for every hot seat, new MVP card sign up, text club member, Facebook like, and new email address. Also, in The Lounge they’ve doubled the fun by offering music and football! On Saturdays 7-10pm they’ve turned down the amps and turned up the talent with live music. Then on game days they’ve upped the action on their 70” TV. Enjoy 50% off appetizer specials during both events. Kick off October on Saturday the 5th with the “Moustache Party” to celebrate the Grand Opening of the newest addition to Bronco Billys Casino. Stay tuned for more exciting promotions coming this fall.
Triple Crown Casinos
Brass Ass 689-2104
Midnight Rose Hotel & Casino 689-2446
JP McGill’s Hotel & Casino 719-689-0303
The Triple Crown Casinos, all located right next door to each other on Bennett Avenue, include the Brass Ass, the Midnight Rose and McGill’s Hotel and Casino. The Triple Crown Casinos combine state-of-the-art gaming technology with friendly service and unique décor; not to mention four distinct restaurants, great lodging and a covered parking garage. Altogether, these three casinos feature more than 950 betting devices and table games and the largest collection of high limit slot machines in town. With a Triple Play Club card, guests can earn cash back points, comps toward hotel rooms and dinner, match play on table games, prizes, cash giveaways, and much more.
Each casino maintains its own distinctive style.
The Brass Ass features old town street scene décor and hand painted murals showcasing the beautiful scenery in this part of Colorado. It is named for the life size brass ass displayed in the table games area which is one of the original brass donkeys that launched boats with a well placed kick at the 1893 World Exposition in Chicago. In addition to video poker and slot machines, the Brass Ass offers live action Blackjack, High Five Poker, Craps and Roulette seven days a week. The Brass Ass, Cripple Creek’s oldest casino, is home to 240 slot machines which include in house progressives and video poker.
The Midnight Rose, meanwhile, has two floors of gaming with over 400 slot machines and an unprecedented poker room. When visiting the Midnight Rose, don’t forget to stop by the Down Under Restaurant for the amazing Prime Rib and Seafood Buffet. Or if you prefer a more casual dining experience, head upstairs to Dynamite Dick’s where breakfast is served all day.
McGill’s boasts exceptional variety and excitement, with a combination of video poker, slot and progressive machines. It is one of the most spacious casinos in historic Cripple Creek, designed for comfort, excitement and convenience. The mezzanine overlooks the main level of the casino and has some of the hottest games in town. McGill’s offers gaming on over 300 slot machines, progressives and video poker. Stop by McGill’s old world Pint and Platter Restaurant for a cold pint of beer and delicious pub fare.
The Triple Crown Casinos are not lacking in great promotions and enticements for regular players. Throughout each month, everyone who wins a hand paid jackpot of $500.00 or more, is automatically entered into a cash drawing that grows with each jackpot. Jackpot Party drawings are held the first Saturday of the following month between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Participants must be present to win, and if the Grand Prize winner is not present, the Grand Prize cash amount will be rolled over to the following month’s Jackpot Party. Some of its other recent promotions have included Table Games Match Play, Surf and Turf Poker Special and Get a Room, Stay While You Play. Triple Crown Casinos was also the sponsor of the Triple Crown Cup (Men’s Golf Competition, similar in format to the FedEx Cup) at the Shining Mountain Golf Club.
Big Jim’s Gambling Hall & Saloon
Big Jim’s Gambling Hall & Saloon is located in the heart of Cripple Creek on Bennett Avenue in the Imperial Building at 279 Bennett Ave. Big Jim’s offers fast action gaming entertainment from the newest video slots to classic reel games. The casino is led by Jim Druck, the personable Co-Owner and General Manager. Since it opened for business in 2011, Big Jim’s has gained a niche for its fun atmosphere and touts itself as The REAL Thing in Cripple Creek. Big Jim’s has Coin Slots as well as Ticket Slots and their Coupons and Points are paid in CASH not Free Play.
Great deals await players through Big Jim’s REAL Rewards Club with awesome promotions, Great Player’s Parties every Saturday and incredible accommodations at the beautifully restored Imperial Hotel. Gaming patrons and visitors have reveled over the casino’s Rockin’ J’s Café, featuring all day breakfast, fresh REAL turkey and awesome burgers. The restaurant, donned with some classic guitars signed by some great acts, gives Big Jim’s an authentic flavor and has received stellar reviews. The action at Big Jim’s got even bigger with their expansion, the Vault at Big Jim’s in 2012. This has provided Big Jim’s with additional room for more great slots.
Come experience the REAL THING at Big Jim’s!
Johnny Nolon’s Casino
Johnny Nolon’s Casino is one of the original casinos that opened for business on the historic opening day of limited stakes gaming. Since October 1, 1991, Johnny Nolon’s has always offered first class service and entertainment with a variety of over 250 slot machines and video poker games including Ultimate X Poker, Rome & Egypt, Wheel of Fortune, Tigers Eye just to name a few. The casino offers a 24 hour full service American Cuisine Restaurant, where you can dine, take out, or call in your orders. When you join Nolon’s free Players Club, your rewards are combined into a single account making it easy to stay, play and win wherever you like, whenever you like. When you join the Players Club you’ll receive Double Point Coupons and a chance to win $25 through your e-mail or earn your chance to be their daily $50 website winner. You can redeem comp money for meals in the restaurant, hotel rooms, and other merchandise. Check with the Players Club for some of their upcoming promotions, aimed at celebrating the 22nd anniversary of gaming. Johnny Nolon’s is where the slots are looser!
Colorado Grande Casino
Since opening its doors in 1991, the Colorado Grande Casino has gained a reputation as one of the best casinos in town. The Colorado Grande features a quality gaming experience with over 200 of the best games in the industry, as well as some of the finest, consistent dining in Teller County at Maggie’s Restaurant. The winner of numerous “Best Of” awards by the Mountain Jackpot’s readers, the Grande also has some of the most luxurious hotel rooms in Cripple Creek. Maggie’s restaurant, located downstairs from the gaming action with a separate street entrance, prides itself on being family friendly. To make the most of your visit to the Grande, stop by the Maggie’s Club booth and get enrolled in their rewards program. Take advantage of free giveaways, cash coupons, bonus points, monthly drawings, and more…just by becoming a member! Stop by and experience the magic that is the Colorado Grande!
Century Casino Cripple Creek
www.cnty.com or cripple-creek.cnty.com 689-0333
Century Casino, located on the corner of Bennett and Second, in the heart of Cripple Creek, features a diverse gaming experience, including slot machines, roulette and live action card games. Many players enjoy the spacious atmosphere at Century. Plus, Century features an ideal culinary selection, highlighted by the Mid City Grill. The Grill is renowned for offering great meal deals for regular players and for seniors.
Century, which abounds with about 450 betting devices and table games, has established a reputation as the “Winner’s Zone.” This winning trend is bound to continue. And to up the ante on the lodging front, Century has done an ambitious remodel of the vintage side of their hotel property and now features approximately 14 great rooms and four suites. Century also offers a number of great promotions, such as Bingo Wednesdays, Free Early Bird Breakfast, 2 Fer Tuesdays, Jackpot Parties and 3X Points on Fridays. And don’t miss Century’s forthcoming Jack-O-Lantern Loot and the Race of the Century.
Double Eagle Hotel and Casino
The Double Eagle Hotel and Casino is the “Premier Property of Cripple Creek.” Known for the moniker, “Vegas with and Altitude,” this property has received the Colorado Springs “Best Casino” award, a record nine years in a row!
The Double Eagle boasts three restaurants, coffee shop, a retail gift store and a separate event and meeting center. Lombard’s features a daily special, menu items for a very reasonable budget and the Special Seafood Buffet offered every Friday and Saturday night. The Paradise grill offers lighter fare and pizza! The signature restaurant of the casino is Winfield’s. Fine dining at a reasonable price. A very elegant experience awaits you; but the dress is come as you are! You won’t find a better dining experience anywhere in the region. The casino offers the latest in slot play with over six hundred machines spread out in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Three bars offer the best odds at video poker found anywhere in Colorado! The casino floor is also stocked with complimentary food on the weekends and always with the friendliest staff providing world-class customer service. Table games are offered as well, with Roulette, Three Card Poker Progressive and a variety of Blackjack games.
Stay at the casino in luxury as this property has 158 rooms, which include two Presidential suites, over 20 other unique suite rooms and a $49.95 room rate special offered Sunday through Thursday. Why would you stay anywhere else? Come experience the best that Cripple Creek has to offer. Join us for the fun and cash giveaways offered nowhere else in Cripple Creek. Join us the Double Eagle and Gold Creek Casinos.
Opening in the summer of 2008, the Wildwood is the only gaming establishment in Cripple Creek located away from the cluster of casinos on Bennett Avenue. The Wildwood greets visitors to the area at the “Gateway to Cripple Creek” when arriving in town via Hwy 67.
The Wildwood Casino presents the most modern gaming experience in Cripple Creek with all of the favorite slot machines and table games, including exciting progressives! The Wildwood also features three on-site restaurants for the patrons’ enjoyment, Saddle Bar, Maverick’s Buffet and Fireside Kitchen. The Saddle Bar serves an affordable assortment of appetizers, and 19 gourmet burgers that will make your mouth water, all in a lively sports bar atmosphere, while Maverick’s Buffet will offer the only seven days a week buffet serving breakfast in Cripple Creek. Fireside Kitchen is proud to serve Boar’s Head premium deli meats and cheeses as well as savory pizzas. The tastes and fragrances created by the heat of the wood stone oven produces a pizza clearly superior to those cooked in a standard oven. It is open 24/7. During the month of October at the Wildwood, the casino is hosting a Beer and Bacon Fest Giveaway. It’s all about bacon.If you love bacon you will love being at Wildwood Casino in the month of October! Come play shuffleboard for your chance to win cash and prizes!
In addition, the Wildwood boasts ample convenient parking. Choose either an outdoor parking lot just steps away from the main entrance or a covered parking garage with a nearby elevator to whisk you up to the gaming floor.
Besides playing games of chance, Cripple Creek offers a unique experience for anyone who visits this quaint little mountain town. The entire area is rich with history, and the flavor of the old west will permeate your visit to this friendly little city. Enjoy the fun and excitement of gaming, and take time to explore some of the history of the area. There are shops, museums and the Cripple Creek Heritage Center in addition to the colorful casinos.