RULEMAKING INFORMATION - Gaming


On November 2, 2020, the Director of the Division of Gaming adopted Rules for the regulation of Fantasy Contest Operator Licensing and Registration.  These Rules will be effective as of December 15, 2020.

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On October 15, 2020 the Gaming Commission voted unanimously to approve changes to Sports Betting Rule 1 General Rules and Regulations, Sports Betting Rule 6 Rights and Duties of Licensees, Gaming Rule 4 Rights and Duties of Licensees, Gaming Rule 10 Rules for Poker, Gaming Rule 12 Gaming Equipment, and Gaming Rule 21 Rules for Blackjack-Poker Combination Games .  These Rule changes will be effective as of December 15, 2020.
 
Specifically, Sports Betting Regulation 1.4 Definitions, is being updated with the addition of several additional sports betting terms, and Sports Betting Regulation 6.20 Contests and Weekly Picks, is being completely reworded for the sake of clarification. Gaming Regulation 30-417 Patron Disputes is being updated by raising the monetary threshold at which the licensee must contact the Division in the event of a dispute from $250, to $1250. Gaming Regulations 30-1001 and 30-1211 are being updated to correct an incorrect citation, and Gaming Regulations 30-1099.33 and 30-2109 are being updated to change the game owner's name from Bally Technologies Inc. to SG Gaming, Inc.
 
The proposed Rule changes are linked below and stakeholders are invited to participate in the rulemaking process by sending any comments on these changes to the Division via email at dor_gaming_rulemaking@state.co.us.  Please provide such commentary by Friday, October 2, 2020.
 

Proposed change to Gaming Rules 4, 10, 12, and 21


On September 17, 2020 the Gaming Commission voted unanimously to approve changes to Regulation 30-1099.15 and Regulation 30-2403.  These changes became effective as of November 14, 2020.

At the request of the game owner, Old West Gaming Inc., the Division is removing the "river" wager and pay table from the game Western Stud, and adding language and a pay table referring to the Double Pay Ante wager.

The Commission promulgated Rule 24, Regulation 30-2403 – Determination of Tax Revenues Attributable to Extended and Limited Gaming in 2009. The formula adopted therein is not currently workable due to the unanticipated drastic decline in gaming revenues caused by the closing of Colorado Casinos with the advent of Covid-19, which rendered the extended limited gaming fund to decline into negative numbers.  At the July 16, 2020 meeting the Gaming Commission adopted emergency changes to Regulation 30-2403 in order to facilitate the 2020 distribution of funds to the recipients.  Emergency Rules expire after 120 day.  The Division is proposing additional changes to Regulation 30-2403 in order to make the emergency changes permanent and to update the Regulation so that the formula adopted therein is workable in the event of future drastic declines in gaming revenues.

Proposed changes to Regulation 1099.15

Proposed changes to Regulation 30-2403


House Bill 20-1286 removed the regulation of fantasy contest operators from the Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Professions and Occupations, and moved that regulatory responsibility to the Department of Revenue, Division of Gaming, effective September 1, 2020.  The Division of Gaming will be adopting emergency Rules for fantasy contest operator licensing and registration at a special meeting of the Gaming Comission on August 31, 2020. 

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On August 27, 2020 the Gaming Commission voted unanimously to approve emergency Regulation 30-313.5.  This Regulation became effective as of August 27, 2020.

On August 24, 2020, Governor Polis issued Executive Order D 2020-173 temporarily suspending the portion of C.R.S. § 44-30-508(3) that prevents a casino operator from dividing its lawful gaming space into more than two noncontiguous spaces. Executive Order D 2020-173 authorizes the Commission to adopt emergency rules allowing the Division Director to approve additional noncontiguous gaming areas, while maintaining constitutional, statutory, and regulatory requirements.  The purpose of the adoption of Emergency Regulation 30-313.5 is to create a safer environment for gaming patrons by allowing the 35% of the total square footage of gaming space to be spread over more noncontiguous spaces, thus allowing for greater ability to socially distance gaming patrons and machines to ensure licensed gaming operations are conducted to maintain the public health, safety, and welfare of gaming licensees, the gaming public and Division employees. Emergency Regulation 30-313.5 will immediately allow the implementation of Executive Order D 2020-173.  

Emergency Resolution for Non Contiguous areas 2020

Regulation 313.5 Emergency redline


On August 27, 2020 the Gaming Commission voted unanimously to approve the permanent changes to Gaming Rules 1, 8, 12, 12, 16, 22 and 23.  These changes will be effective as of October 15, 2020.

In 2019 the Colorado Division of Gaming conducted a formal review of Gaming Rule 12 Gaming Devices and Equipment. Feedback received from the gaming industry at the time indicated that there was an interest in changes to Rule 12 that would allow for the use of purchase tickets, tickets at tables, multi-state wide area progressives, and alternative ways to handle betting options on table game themed slot machines. 

Propsed changes to Rules 1, 8, 10, 12, 16, 22 and 23


On August 27, 2020 the Gaming Commission voted unanimously to approve the permanent changes to Gaming Regulation 30-303.  These changes will be effective as of October 30, 2020.

At the June 18, 2020, meeting of the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission, the Commission voted to adopt emergency changes to Gaming Regulation 30-303 License Fees.  The purpose of these changes was to separate the cost of fingerprinting from the license application fee, allowing Gaming license applicants to choose whether to be fingerprinted by the Division of Gaming or by an outside vendor.  Emergency Rules expire after 120 days. 

Propsed changes to Regulation 30-303


All current Rules and Regulations


To suggest changes to Gaming Rules and Regulations please submit a Suggested Rule Revision form to Rules Manager Ronni Hunter at DOR_Gaming_RuleMaking@state.co.us.

Department of Revenue rulemaking information, and legal notices 


 

Division of Gaming
2020 Rule Review Plan
pursuant to 24-4-103.3, C.R.S., and DOR Policy DOR-505
Purpose: Review 10% of all Rules each year or all Rules every 10 years
 
The Division of Gaming will be promulgating new Rules for the Sports Betting industry in 2020.
 
NOTE:  Each Year the Division also reviews the portion of Rule 3 that deals with licensing and background fees, and the portion of Rule 14 that deals with gaming taxes.