Today marks the first time that guests will be able to make sports wagers at the Mardi Gras Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado. DraftKings and Twin River Worldwide Holdings have opened a temporary retail sportsbook at the venue, complete with eight self-service betting kiosks, a cashier window and several large flat-screen TVs throughout the space.

The Mardi Gras outlet becomes the seventh DraftKings-branded retail location, joining sportsbooks in Iowa, Mississippi, New Jersey and New York. Construction of the permanent sportsbook location is underway and once complete will include a large feature bar, an expansive wall of TVs and VIP Lounge area access. 

As a result of the temporary launch, sports fans in Colorado will now be able to legally place bets on all major US sports, including professional and college football, baseball, professional and college basketball, hockey, golf, auto racing, among other sports both online and in person.

Ezra Kucharz, DraftKings’ Chief Business Officer, commented: “As our partners at Mardi Gras Casino work to expand their current operations and location, we are thrilled to come together to provide the most exciting, real time gaming opportunities as sports begin to make their return. 

“DraftKings and Mardi Gras Casino are committed to providing a safe, immersive and entertaining gaming environment to ensure sports fans in Colorado have the most enjoyable experience possible.”

Twin River Worldwide Holdings President and CEO George Papanier said: “This partnership with DraftKings allows us to provide an unmatched sports betting experience to Coloradans, not only with their mobile betting access, but also with this exciting DraftKings retail sportsbook location. 

“We are looking forward to introducing our guests to the fully renovated space in the coming months and until that time, are glad to be able to give our guests the ability to safely start placing bets as many professional sports begin to resume in the coming weeks.”

Mardi Gras Casino has a number of safety precautions in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of all guests, including requiring face coverings for all individuals, the use of handheld thermometers, requiring guests utilize social distancing and increased cleaning and disinfecting of all areas.