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Denver Bookies and BarBets App Now Available at Local Sports Bars

Written by:
Mary Montgomery
Published on:
Aug/04/2014
Denver Bookies and BarBets App Now Available at Local Sports Bars

If you are a bookie in the Denver area, you’ll want to check out Breckenridge Brewery, Sports Column, Jackson's and Stoney's Bar and Grill.  These four fine establishments have joined forces with the BarBets app that allows patrons to place wagers on various sporting events.


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Oh, but there is a catch.

All wagers are “no money”.  All winnings are paid out in the form of discounts on food and drinks as well as monthly prizes like StubHub gift cards.

Ted Gantzer and Nick Peters founded the BarBets app after plenty of fighting with Apple until the mega technologies company finally caved.  In addition to iTunes, BarBets is also available in the Google Play stores. 

"It's all of our hobbies and vices thrown into an app," Gantzer said. "We like bars, gambling and sports."

Denver area bookies are likely to swarm upon these establishments in hopes of converting BarBets app folks to real money sports bettors.

Colorado residents love their sports betting and placing a wager on a sporting event in the state is considered a petty offense.  Arkansas is the only other state in the union that makes sports betting a petty offense as opposed to a misdemeanor. 

Bookmaking, that is a different story.  In recent years, authorities have cracked down on the larger establishments.

Sports Column managers were among those listed as clients of what was believed to be the biggest sports betting ring taken down by authorities back in 2011.  That wagering business catered to well-known Denver-area sports, business and entertainment figures, some of whom had weekly betting limits as high as $50,000, a grand jury indictment alleged.

Bookmaking in Colorado is considered a felony.

I don’t think we have to tell our readers what Colorado-based team will take in the most bets in any given year.  That would of course be the NFL Broncos.

Denver has teams represented in all four of the professional sports leagues including the Avalanche in Hockey (using the state name), Nuggets in the NBA and Rockies in Baseball.  The Avalanche, in particular, has enjoyed recent success, topping the Western Conference last season.

- Mary Montgomery, Gambling911.com

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