Analysis: Who benefits from Colorado sports betting starting without sports? Brad Allen, Legal Sports Report · April 28, 2020 at 2:05 am Colorado sports betting is pushing ahead with a May 1 launch date despite the absence of actual sports. It’s at odds with the choice made over in Washington, D.C., where the Lottery will wait until sports return to launch its platform. Doing the opposite of D.C. is probably the smart move when it comes to sports betting, though clearly that wasn’t Colorado’s rationale. Dan Hartman, director of the Colorado Division of Gaming (CDOG) said he surveyed operators about launching on May 1 and found, “We have some operators that are excited about getting started even though it’s a slow time for sports.” In fact, there are four CO sports betting apps expected to be live on May 1. That’s out of 17 currently scheduled to launch at some point, according to the Denver Post.