It was just in 2018 when the US Supreme Court made its ruling that removed the barriers to individual states setting their own sports gambling laws. But when you consider just how fast things have expanded since then, it feels like a decade or more.
In November of 2019, Colorado became the 19th state in the country to make sports betting legal. Land-based sportsbooks are legal at existing Colorado casinos, and internet and mobile sports betting is also now legal and present in the state.
With anything new and smartphone-based, there are questions. What do the laws say? How easy is it to register for an account, add funds to that account, and place bets using nothing more than an iPhone or iPad? Are the bonuses that you’ve heard about for new registrations also available to mobile customers?
All of this is new, and all of it can be confusing to even the seasoned sports bettor. So for those who are new to sports betting, it can be particularly so.
This page will answer those questions, clear up much of the confusion, and make sure that when you decide to place sports bets using your iPhone or iPad, you’ll be ready to go.
Best Colorado iPhone betting apps
The state of Colorado is brand new to the sports betting game, but that doesn’t mean that iPhone users should expect access to anything less than the best operators in the business. If it is a big national name in sports bookmaking (and in many cases international bookmaking), its iPhone app is already in Colorado or coming to the state very soon.
- Twin River
- Wynn Resorts
- William Hill
How to get started with iPhone betting in Colorado
If you’re a regular iPhone user, then you understand the nature of navigating the App Store and finding your way to the mobile sportsbook of your choice. There are, however, a few more steps that you need to know to get started.
Because we are talking about sports betting apps, there are some legal requirements that you must meet before you’re able to use them. First, all sports bettors must be at least 21 years old.
It is illegal for anyone under 21 to place sports bets. Secondly, you must be physically within the borders of Colorado to use any of the legal sports betting apps.
Laws vary from state to state, and not all mobile users across the country are allowed to place sports bets. Geolocation technology must be enabled on your iPhone to use any sports betting app. That verifies your location and the legality of the bets you are placing.
Assuming you meet the legal requirements, the next step is to go to the App Store and find the sportsbook you want to download. Because Apple requires all gaming apps to be coded in native iOS language, not all bookmakers have an available app.
For these books, mobile access will have to be done over a web browser on your phone. But the major sportsbooks, like DraftKings and FanDuel, do indeed have iPhone apps that are free to download.
The first time you open your new app, the sportsbook will prompt you to create a new account. You can bypass this step initially if you just want to look around the app and make sure it’s the right one for you.
Comparing an app’s features to those of other apps is quite useful. But before placing any bets or making any financial transactions, you will need to complete a new user registration.
To complete registration, just click on the “join now” or “create account” button in the upper right corner of the homepage. From there, you will need to supply your name, date of birth, email address, street address, phone number and the last four digits of your Social Security number. The sportsbook uses this to help verify your identity and ensure that you are in fact of legal age.
At that point, the sportsbook will ask you to create a unique username and password and answer a couple of security questions to help further secure your account. Some sportsbooks will also give you the option of turning on two-factor authentication, which provides you with even more log-in security for your new account.
4. Bonus code
After signing up, but before you make your first deposit, make sure to read about the available bonus offers and codes. Almost all Colorado sports betting apps will offer welcome bonuses or deposit bonuses, and you don’t want to miss out on those.
Some of these bonuses will activate automatically when you make a deposit or place your first bet. But other bonuses might require that you select them specifically before making a deposit.
Others still will require you to input a code for activation. Make sure to read about all possible bonuses, so you don’t miss out on any potential free money.
How to bet on an iPhone in Colorado
Along with the convenience of using your iPhone to manage your sports betting, iPhone apps are known for their user-friendly interfaces. So getting around the app is largely intuitive, and especially so for users who are experienced with an iPhone.
But just in case you can’t find your way, almost all sportsbook apps include easy-to-follow tutorials and other help sections that will direct you to the proper pages within the app. And those individual pages will include deposits and withdrawals, betting markets, wager types and pages dedicated to each of the available sports.
When placing a wager on your iPhone, make sure you confirm all of the details of the wager before finalizing it, just as you would standing at a counter in a retail sportsbook. Also, make sure to double-check the amount of money in your account before placing any bets. The last thing you want is to have a bet rejected because of insufficient funds.
Deposit and withdrawal options
When using your iPhone to place sports bets, it’s important to remember that all of the options for funding your account that you might find on a website are also available when using your mobile device. And encryption technology ensures that it’s just as safe.
The options for adding funds to your account include the following:
E-check or online bill pay: This is the preferred method of most sportsbooks because it is both secure and immediate. Many customers also like to use this method because you never have to give out account numbers or credit card numbers.
Credit and debit cards: Of course, you can use your debit or credit card without any worries. This is a common method of deposit and easy to do when using your iPhone.
Just check with your issuing bank before making your deposit. Some of them will attach an extra charge when transferring funds to a sports gambling operator.
E-wallets: This includes services like PayPal, Neteller and Skrill. You can send money directly to your sportsbook account from your bank account or credit card using an e-wallet service.
Prepaid cards: Some sportsbooks will offer their own prepaid cards that you can purchase and then use to add funds to your sports betting account.
Cash: If none of the above is available, you can also still use cash. Colorado 7-Elevens have PayNearMe terminals that accept cash for vouchers, which can then be used to fund your sports betting account.
Cashing out in Colorado
When using your iPhone for sports betting, you will have access to all of the standard withdrawal options available for your sports betting account, though be sure to note which type of deposit method you used. Using certain types of deposits will make specific withdrawal options unavailable.
Here are the options for cashing out over your iPhone in Colorado:
E-check: This is the preferred method for most sportsbooks. They will send your withdrawal directly to your bank account. This method is simple, fast and easy for all parties.
E-wallets: If you used a service like PayPal, Neteller or Skrill to make your deposit, sportsbooks would be able to reverse the process when you make a withdrawal.
Check: If you used cash to make your deposit, then your only option for withdrawal is by personal check. This will, of course, come with some delays as the check requires processing, printing and mailing.
Is betting on a phone legal in Colorado?
Legislators in Colorado were forward-thinking when they put Proposition DD on the ballot in November of 2019. Unlike some other states that are working on adding mobile sports betting after the fact, Colorado legalized all sports betting platforms at the same time. So when land-based sportsbooks became legal, online and mobile betting did as well.
Existing casinos can apply for a master license, which allows them to put retail sportsbooks into their casinos. The master license also allows them to team with a partner company that has applied for and been granted an internet sports betting operator license.
One very important note about the sports betting laws in Colorado: Unlike with casino gaming in the state, which imposes a $100 top limit on all wagers, there is no maximum bet on sports betting. Sportsbooks may impose their own limits, but the state law does not require it.
Bonus offers for iPhone bettors
It is important to note that bonus offers that are available online are also available on your sports betting app. Going to a retail sportsbook and placing your bets in person might make some offers unavailable to you. But when using your iPhone to place bets, you will have access to all possible bonuses and incentives.
These potential bonuses include:
Deposit bonuses: This is the most common type of bonus you will encounter and usually is gifted to you on your very first account deposit. The sportsbook will match that deposit up to a certain percent and dollar amount. It is not uncommon for that bonus to go as high as a 100% dollar-for-dollar match of up to $500.
Free bets: You will also, at some point, encounter a bonus offer for a free bet, or sometimes referred to as a risk-free bet. This means that if you have a free $50 bet, and your $50 bet loses, you will be credited for the amount of that losing bet, allowing you to bet again.
Fine print for bonus offers
It is important to understand that the funds of the above bonus offers are not immediately counted as cash in your account. Most bonus offers will have detailed “release” requirements before you can then withdraw those funds.
Both deposit bonuses and free bets will require you to wager the amount of the bonus up to 10 times (a common amount) before those funds go from bonuses to actual cash in your account.
There are also likely to be time restrictions on meeting those release requirements. Many sportsbooks will give you 60 days to finish what they refer to as playthrough. Otherwise, the bonus funds may be forfeited.
Available sports bets on an iPhone
Sports betting is hitting the ground running in Colorado. If it’s available at a retail sportsbook, it’s available on your iPhone, iPad and other mobile devices. From deposit and withdrawal options to many types of bets that a customer can place, everything can be done from the convenience of your smartphone.
Point spreads/lines: The favorite in a game gives up points, while the underdog in the games gets points. Pick your side, place your bet and take your points.
Betting the moneyline: Instead of a point spread, this is a straight-up bet that has the favorite and underdog handicapped with odds. Bet on the favorite and get a smaller payout. Take the underdog and get a larger one.
Over/under: Also known as a totals bet, it is placing a bet on the total combined points scored in the game, with you picking either over or under the total.
Parlays: This is a bet on two or more individual events combined into one larger single bet. It wins if each individual leg of the bet wins.
It’s a popular wager type for sports bettors because of the higher payouts. It’s also popular with sportsbooks because usually, it’s a loser.
Prop bets: Individual bets that are usually unrelated to the outcome of a sporting event, like which quarterback throws for the most yards or which team wins the coin toss. These are particularly popular on Super Bowl Sunday. It is worth noting that proposition betting on college sports is prohibited by Colorado law.
Futures bets: Who will win next year’s Super Bowl? What about the World Series? You can place bets on these future events, and much more.
In-play wagering: Betting on live sporting events as they unfold is the newest sensation among sports bettors. In-play or in-game wagers are bets placed after a game has started.
The odds and lines constantly shift; there are multiple bet buyout options, and props and spreads to wager throughout the game. An iPhone, with its fast and nimble operating system, is perfect for in-play wagering.
Can you trust a mobile Colorado sportsbook?
Yes. The state is closely regulating the sports betting industry and has integrity officers whose entire job is to make sure that the legal sportsbooks in Colorado are complying with the law and engaging in fair practices. They all applied for their licenses and were fully vetted by the state before receiving those licenses.
The fact is that there is simply too much money at stake for any of the sportsbooks to jeopardize their standing by participating in any shady practices. To be allowed to offer sports betting is a golden goose, and they would never risk losing that privilege.
It’s also worth noting that the names moving to the front of the Colorado mobile sports betting industry — DraftKings, FanDuel, William Hill, BetAmerica, Wynn Resorts — are all well known and reputable brands.
You can choose any of the sportsbooks available on your iPhone and bet with confidence.
Is it legal to bet with FanDuel from your phone in Colorado?
FanDuel has been operating legally in Colorado as a daily fantasy sports provider since 2016, and now it is completely legal for it to offer its sportsbook in the state.
When voters approved Proposition DD, they not only made land-based and web-based sportsbooks legal but also mobile phone gaming as well. And FanDuel specifically has been approved for a license in Colorado.
How old do you have to be to bet on a mobile phone?
To place sports bets with a mobile sportsbook, the person placing the bet and funding the account must be at least 21 years old.
This holds true for any device, online sportsbook or land-based sportsbook in operation at a casino. The minimum age for all sports betting in Colorado is 21.
Do I have to be in the state of Colorado to bet from an iPhone?
Yes. You do not need to have residency in Colorado, but you must physically be inside the state’s borders to place sports bets over your iPhone. Your location will be verified with geolocation technology, and the betting features on your app will become disabled when you leave the state.