If you’ve just watched one of James Bond’s most iconic films and are looking for somewhere to live out your Casino Royale dreams, unfortunately you won’t get quite the same experience in Boulder. However, there are some rather intriguing options for you to explore.

Luckily for anyone living or visiting Boulder, the rise of online gaming has meant land-based establishments have had to raise their game in recent years. The demand to introduce new forms of innovative gaming is a direct result of the competition digital gaming now provides brick and mortar casinos. With online casinos introducing players to new features and perks, it has become another way to entice new members. Gala Spins shows that online casinos give out bonuses to increase engagement – a common approach to keep players playing online. So to try and compete with their digital counterparts, many casinos have had to turn into full-blown casino resort destinations offering a variety of experiences, and the following casinos in Colorado are no exception:

  1. Golden Gates Casino

The founder and home of the Colorado Poker Championship, Golden Cates Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado offers a prize pool of approximately $500,000. It features 17 poker tables and hosts daily tournaments at 10 am, 12 pm & 7 pm. Along with the usual table games like craps, roulette, and blackjack, it also offers popular slot and video poker machines for the casual gamer. For dining options, you can check out the Full House Cafe for their famous Double-Up Burger or Loaded Nachos. Fun fact: Experts say you should actually eat a burger upside down for the best experience. Later on, you can unwind with a drink at the Gold Bar and catch a show or two.

  1. Lady Luck CasinoBlack Hawk

If you’re looking for a longer getaway, the Lady Luck Casino Black Hawk is adjoined to their hotel. It is easily accessible, due to its prominent location on Black Hawk’s main street. Their most popular table games include blackjack, craps, and roulette. If slot machines are what you’re looking for, their newest additions include Tarzan, Fireworks Festival, Dragon Sky, and Wheel of Fortune Exotic Far East. For couples, the Roxy Restaurant & Bar offers an unforgettable fine dining experience. If you’re looking for something more substantial, the Farmer’s Pick Buffet is a farm-to-table buffet featuring freshly prepared food from the local neighborhood. Finally, a laid back experience can be had at Otis & Henry’s Restaurant, for all your classic all-American favorites.

  1. The Lodge Casino

One of the largest casinos in Colorado, The Lodge was one of the first in the area to offer lodging and dining options in the casino’s vicinity. For some variety, it has almost 1,000 slot machines on offer to cater to a range of audiences. In addition, it also offers 17 table games for the competitive player. A great perk of their Winner’s Club membership is that if a member signs up and earns 50 points on the day, they’ll also receive a free meal from the Seasons Buffet. Other dining options include Jake’s Deli for tasty sandwiches, the White Buffalo Grille to sate your seafood and steak cravings, and the ever-reliable Cinnabon bakery.

  1. Grand Z Casino

Finally, the Grand Z Casino Hotel in Black Hawk is one of Colorado’s newest offerings. It is locally owned and operated. For music fans, it has an entertainment lounge called the Mile High Room that offers live acts. You’ll be serenaded by the musical stylings of Ameripolitan and allegedly the best salsa in town. There’s also a dance floor where you can show off your best moves. At their tables, they have the typical blackjack as well as more unique games including three-card poker. To add to this, people enjoying the casino’s slots receive complimentary drinks and snacks, delivered directly to your machine. If you get hungry, the Grand Bistro is a fantastic fine dining option with a great wine list, along with The Grill and Z Cafe for a more laid-back experience.

No matter which casino (or two) that you end up visiting, you’re sure to find a variety of dining and entertainment options to keep you occupied both day and night.