Colorado Eagerly Anticipates Implementing New Gambling Laws
DENVER, COLORADO --
Colorado casinos, located in three small towns designated by the legislature as legal gaming zones, are awaiting the stroke of midnight Wednesday with feverish anticipation. The gaming venues, which have seen revenues decline as they operate under some of the most restrictive gambling laws in the country, will then face far more lenient conditions under which to operate.
The casinos have been forced to close at 2 a.m. nightly, operate without some of the lucrative table games expected at a full casino, and, most onerously, take a maximum bet or play of five dollars.
As of Thursday, casinos will be able to open around the clock and add craps and roulette to their gaming selection. Most importantly, the maximum wager will rise to a hundred dollars; not Las Vegas high-roller territory, perhaps, but hopefully enough to recapture a wandering public eye that found the old limits insufficiently exciting.
"When you increase the bet limits and the hours, it opens up a whole new aspect of gaming that we're excited about," said Steve Roark, president of Jacobs Entertainment, operator of several casinos.
In a national and regional economy that sees jobs being lost by the thousands, Colorado casinos have been hosting job fairs and training new hires to help handle the new games and deal with expected crowds. Construction of larger hotels and casinos has rushed forward.
And state experts are saying revenues should jump by twenty-five percent, most of which is earmarked for community colleges starving for funding. In the old days, people went to the hills in search of gold; now, Coloradans are hoping they bring it with them.
Previous USA Casino News Articles
Post A Comment