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Monarch Casino’s keno launch makes Colorado history!

Monarch Casino’s keno launch makes Colorado history!

Colorado’s first live keno game has ancient roots and ties to the Great Wall of China

What does Monarch Casino Resort Spa have in common with the Chinese Han Dynasty? Keno! 

3,000 years ago members of the Chinese Han found themselves engaged in a long and expensive conflict. Raising taxes was not an option so in a stroke of genius, they invented what we today call keno to fund efforts to settle their conflict and save their city. Legend has it keno was used again years later to fund the construction of the Great Wall of China!

Monarch Casino Resort Spa is excited to offer the same game that once saved the Han and funded one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World for the first time in Colorado! Today, tax revenue collected by the state helps rebuild Colorado’s budget following a difficult 2020. 

Guests can indulge in an adrenaline-pumping keno experience 24 hours a day by cashing out on unique pay tables they can follow in-person on the main gaming floor or online!

The red-hot gaming action of new games doesn’t stop there! Guests are enjoying the recent additions of baccarat and pai gow poker tables on the main gaming floor as well as a brand-new poker lounge featuring no-limit poker! All of these games are generating tax revenue for the state’s tourism budget, general fund and more!

There’s something for everyone at Monarch Casino Resort Spa. Come enjoy the newly-opened luxury spa featuring world-class amenities atop a mountain modern 23-story hotel. Or, guests can indulge in Monarch Casino’s award-winning Monarch Chophouse or Buffet! 

Monarch Casino Resort Spa is a short and easy 45-minute drive west of Denver through Colorado’s breathtaking high country. Guests will get the VIP treatment from the moment they self-park in Monarch’s state-of-the-art parking garage featuring the shortest walk in Black Hawk to the red-hot action of the gaming floor. Or, they can conveniently valet to check into the hotel. Take a trip for a day, a night, an entire weekend at Colorado’s premier gaming resort destination. 


About Monarch Casino Resort Spa

Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. acquired the Monarch Casino Black Hawk, the first casino encountered by visitors arriving from Denver on Highway 119, in April 2012. The first phase of the property’s expansion occurred in November 2020, including the opening of the first 8 floors of a brand new 23-story hotel tower, featuring 200 hotel rooms. The expansion now pushes Monarch’s casino space over 60,000 square feet, featuring over 900 slot machines, table games (temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions), a 350 seat buffet-style restaurant, a 24-hour restaurant, grab and go coffee stand, 5,000 square feet of conference space and a parking structure with approximately 1,350 parking spaces. Once completed, the Monarch Casino Resort Spa expansion will include a 23-story hotel tower with 516 guest rooms and suites, an upscale spa and pool facility, five total restaurants, additional bars and associated support facilities.

About Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc.

Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCRI), was incorporated in 1993 and through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, owns and operates the four diamond Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada, and the Monarch Casino Black Hawk (formerly the Riviera Black Hawk Casino) in Black Hawk, Colorado, approximately 40 miles west of Denver. For additional information, visit

Monarch Casino Resort Spa
488 Main Street
Black Hawk, CO 80422