At 12:01 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2009, Colorado casinos raise gaming stakes a notch: raising wager limits from $5 to $100, adding Roulette and Craps, and extending hours to a full-blown 24/7. Prior to the passing of amendment 50, the casinos closed at 2 a.m. and the only (table) games in town were: poker, blackjack and let it ride.
“24/7 gaming will be available soon”
“Are you ready to gamble?”
“Gamblers and casino operators alike are anxiously anticipating 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, July 2, when Amendment 50 goes into effect and high stakes gaming becomes a reality in Colorado.”
Amendment 50 was approved by Colorado voters on Nov. 4, 2008, giving the electorate in Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek the option to approve raising the maximum wager limit up to $100, add the games of craps and/or roulette, and allow 24-hour gaming effective July 2, 2009. Voters in those towns can approve all or a portion of those options for their communities. The amendment earmarks additional State revenues generated by the changes to community colleges and to the gaming towns and counties. It also requires voter approval for any increase in gaming tax rates.
SOME OPINIONS BEFORE THE VOTE: Bipartisan opposition targets Amend. 50 – Old Denver Post Article from 10/19/2008
“Politicians from both parties are voicing opposition to Amendment 50, which would give casinos in Colorado’s three gambling towns the chance to raise maximum bets, extend hours and add new games.”
“Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said Friday that he opposes the measure because of law enforcement concerns. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and former Colorado Gov. Bill Owens also are opposed” read more from The Denver Post…