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The Last Hand – Enjoy if you can a Sunday afternoon drive in Colorado mountains

The Last Hand – Enjoy if you can a Sunday afternoon drive in Colorado mountains

We are all living in a “New Denver,” speaking liberally about the entire metro area where the core city is surrounded by more residents than live in Colorado’s largest city, The Queen City of the Plains, Denver. Starting with school integration back in the ‘50s, abundant lands, and a booming economy, Denver started to spread […]

Kindling – No deal with tax watchdogs

Kindling – No deal with tax watchdogs

Citizen Budget Committee has casino concerns   By Bob Sweeney The Arapahoe County Citizen Budget Committee held its second session on the proposed casino at the Arapahoe Park racetrack. The new casino is proposed in Amendment 68 heading for statewide voters as a Constitutional Amendment on Nov. 4. The first formal discussion occurred Aug.13 when […]

Guest Column – Vote ‘NO’ on Amendment 68

Guest Column – Vote ‘NO’ on Amendment 68

Submitted by Roger Baker The presence on November’s general election ballot of Amendment 68 is as profound a threat to our way of life here in Gilpin County as anything we have witnessed in the past 20 years. Amendment 68 is the latest attempt by a Rhode Island casino company to bypass the existing process […]

The Last Hand – Jobs on the Line

The Last Hand – Jobs on the Line

Employees need to rise up against Amendment 68 I came through Central City a few times before legalized gambling was approved by voters more than two decades ago. There were actual tumbleweeds blowing up and down Main Street and one small cafe was the sole source of a hamburger.  The venerable Elks Club was a […]

The Last Hand – Wake up voters

The Last Hand – Wake up voters

Amendment 68 is a big threat for gaming This edition of the Colorado Gambler spells out some of the issues surrounding Amendment 68, regarding racetrack casino gambling. Putting it mildly, this is a betrayal of the compact to establish legal gambling in our three mountain towns 23 years ago. Millions and millions of dollars have […]

The Last Hand – Class reunions bring back memories

The Last Hand – Class reunions bring back memories

Attending a class reunion is an emotional experience. It is like turning the clock back decades and comparing your life to that of your peers’. There is nothing quite like going back to a high school reunion and seeing how everyone has aged — including yourself. It’s funny how everyone looks older than you. As […]

Publisher’s Column – Saratoga Home Run

Publisher’s Column – Saratoga Home Run

Cards make the players I received a special phone invitation from Danny, the Tables Games Manager at the Saratoga Casino Black Hawk asking if I would like to play in a complimentary $5,000 blackjack tournament on June 29, starting a 4 p.m. The answer was a quick, “Yes, of course.” Thirty-six players showed up at […]

The Last Hand – Racing around the Rockies

The Last Hand – Racing around the Rockies

This past week, I enjoyed participating in the Rocky Mountain Driving Experience that started at the Embassy Suites Hotel at DIA and made a circle through the mountains, including a quick stop at Z Casino, formerly Bullwhackers, in Black Hawk. The RMDE is sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press, a group of communication folks, […]

The Last Hand – The History of the Game

The Last Hand – The History of the Game

Clear Creek is running high with white-capped waves splashing over the granite boulders in the steam bed.  The canyon walls are green from the abundant rains and some Rocky Mountain sheep are grazing along the highway. This was the wild country where gold was discovered and miners climbed over the rocks, rushing waters, snowdrifts and […]

The Last Hand – Beat the odds and go home winning

The Last Hand – Beat the odds and go home winning

It’s so fun to ride the elevator into some of the casinos. The arrival exuberance is great with suitcases and overnight carry-on bags in hand, as the newcomers arrive to spend the evening. No doubt some come to make their fortune, others out of curiosity; some know better, others just are seeking to have an […]

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