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The Secretary of State's office publishes the Code of Colorado Regulations, the official record of all administrative rules adopted by State agencies.
On July 2, 2009, Colorado casinos began to allow $100 maximum bets, offer the games of craps and roulette, and remain open 24 hours a day as the result of Amendment 50, approved by Colorado voters on Nov. 4, 2008. The amendment earmarks additional State revenues generated by the increased limits, games and hours to community colleges and the gaming towns and counties. The amendment also requires voter approval for any increase in gaming tax rates.
Prior to the implementation of Amendment 50, casinos were limited to a $5 maximum wager on slot machines, live blackjack and live poker, while being open from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
The Amendment 50 text is now incorporated into the Colorado Limited Gaming Act with Constitutional Amendment which is linked at the top of this web page.
As of July 1, 2008, casinos are required to check an online database of persons who are delinquent in child support payments prior to awarding cash jackpot prizes that require an IRS form. If the winner of the cash prize is listed on the database, the casino is required to withhold the amount of the child support delinquency and submit it to the State. The withheld funds are directed to the Colorado Department of Human Services to be applied toward the delinquency. If the delinquency is less than the cash prize, the remainder is paid to the winner.
On July 1, 2011, the intercept program was expanded to include debts for outstanding criminal restitution. Casinos still perform only one search, but the search checks for outstanding debt in both areas and forwards any intercepted amounts to the State. The withheld funds are first applied by the Colorado Department of Human Services to any delinquent child support, and next by the State Judicial Department to any outstanding criminal restitution. Any remainder is paid to the winner.
Another expansion to the intercept program became effective on January 1, 2012, and includes certain unpaid debts to the State. As before, casinos perform a single search which subsequently checks for arrears in child support, criminal restitution, and state debt. In the event a patron has debt in all three areas, his/her winnings are intercepted, and the debts are applied in the following priority: Colorado Department of Human Services, State Judicial Department, and finally Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration. Any remaining winnings after satisfying any outstanding debt in these areas are paid to the patron. In early 2014, the Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration (DPA) database was added to the registry in conjunction with the development of a single intercept architecture called the Master Intercept Repository (MIR). Intercepts on behalf of DPA can include debt which has accrued through contract, subrogation, tort or operation of law.
The MIR centralizes the intercept process for outstanding child support costs, criminal restitution and other court fees, and state debt certified to DPA. The MIR serves as a single point of record for DOR divisions (Gaming, Racing, Lottery and Taxation) to affect intercepts for these outstanding debts and will reasonably protect citizens from multiple accidental intercepts while placing DOR in a position for optimal data integrity.
After comparing a winner's profile to the MIR and intercepting any amount due, casino staff will assist winners of large jackpots with the necessary federal United States Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.) forms, notify the IR.S. of the jackpot amount and provide a W-2G form to the winner to be filed with the winner's federal income taxes.
For smaller jackpots, it is the responsibility of the taxpayer to include casino winnings on personal tax forms as taxable income.
An IRS W-2G form is required for all slot machine jackpots above $1,200, certain poker jackpots above $600 and poker tournament prizes above $5,000.
For questions or issues related to the online registry, casinos should contact the Customer Service desk at Colorado Interactive at (303) 534-3468 x0 or 1-800-970-3468 x0.
What is the Sunset Bill?
A sunset review, conducted by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, is a periodic assessment of state boards, programs, and functions to determine whether or not they should be continued by the legislature. Sunset reviews focus on creating the least restrictive form of regulation consistent with protecting the public. In formulating recommendations, sunset reviews consider the public's right to consistent, high quality professional or occupational services and the ability of businesses to exist and thrive in a competitive market, free from unnecessary regulation. The Division of Gaming's last sunset review was conducted in 2011-2012.
These copies of the rules are provided as a convenience to the public by the Colorado Department of Revenue and do not constitute an official publication. The official version of these rules is published by the Office of the Secretary of State in the Colorado Code of Regulations and may be obtained from the Colorado Secretary of State's website.
updated January 29, 2020
Rule 1: General Rules and RegulationsRule 2: Powers and Duties of Commission and DirectorRule 3: Applications, Investigations, and LicensureRule 4: Rights and Duties of LicenseesRule 4.5: Publicly Traded Corporations and Public Offerings of SecuritiesRule 5: Grounds and Procedures for Disciplinary ActionsRule 6: Declaratory OrdersRule 7: Conflicts of InterestRule 8: Rules for BlackjackRule 9: Minimum Procedures for Drop, Count, and Distribution of Chips and Coins for Blackjack, Craps and RouletteRule 10: Rules for PokerRule 11: Minimum Procedures for Drop, Count, and Distribution of Chips and Coins for PokerRule 12: Gaming Devices and EquipmentRule 13: Purchase and Redemption of Coins, Chips, and TokensRule 14: Gaming TaxRule 15: ProcurementRule 16: Accounting RegulationsRule 17: Minimum Procedures for Drop and Count for Slot MachinesRule 18: Contracts and Formal Agreements between the Commission and Other State AgenciesRule 19: Gaming District BoundariesRule 20: Commission Hearings and PracticeRule 21: Rules for Blackjack-Poker Combination GamesRule 22: Rules for RouletteRule 23: Rules of CrapsRule 24: Limited Gaming Fund
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