More than 50 applicants in line for Colorado’s first sports betting licenses

Colorado’s gaming commission solidified the rules for sports betting licensure Thursday, setting the stage for the first group of applicants to be approved next month as the state moves toward legalized sports gambling this spring.

The Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission plans to grant up to 33 total licenses for physical and online sportsbooks.

The state has received more than 50 license applications since November, according to Dan Hartman, director of the Department of Revenue’s Gaming Enforcement Division. That includes 28 from existing casinos, 10 from operators looking to run retail sportsbooks and 13 from internet apps. The names of the applicants have not been disclosed.

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The first licensees are expected to be approved in February, though they won’t be able to take bets until Colorado’s new sports gambling law goes into effect on May 1.

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