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Casinos & Games


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  • 38 casinos operate in the mountain towns of Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek.
  • Two casinos operate on tribal reservation land in Southwest Colorado.
  • Voters approved "limited" gaming in November 1990.
  • Voters approved expansions to the limits in November 2008. 
  • The first Colorado casinos opened on October 1, 1991.
  • The maximum bet is limited to $100 as of July 2, 2009. The limit was $5 from 1991-2009.
  • Slot machines (including video machines), blackjack, poker, craps and roulette are allowed. Prior to July 2, 2009, only slot machines, blackjack and poker were allowed.
  • Casinos can operate 24 hours a day. Prior to July 2, 2009, they could only be open from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Raising the bet limit again, adding new games or adding new locations would require statewide and local voter approval.
  • 28% of "limited" gaming revenues go to historic preservation, making Colorado the leading state in historical preservation spending.
  • 78% of revenues attributable to Amendment 50 go to community colleges.