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The Last Hand – Holidays are approaching fast

The Last Hand – Holidays are approaching fast

Brrrr! This is good weather to just hole up in your favorite casino, get a room and hunker down at a poker or blackjack table and let the weather do its thing. We had such an extended beautiful Indian summer that extended so late in November that this polar vortex freeze was a shock to […]

The Last Hand – What I’ve learned from election 2014

The Last Hand – What I’ve learned from election 2014

I’m writing this on deadline before the mid-term election on Nov. 4. So I won’t make any predictions that I might have to eat later. However, I will make some observations: If the GOP captures the Senate, it will erase some of the stalemate between the House and the Senate. But, and this is a […]

The Last Hand – ‘Pie in the Sky’

The Last Hand – ‘Pie in the Sky’

Let’s not betray our casino industry I think it is a real betrayal by Colorado voters if we come anywhere near passing Amendment 68 to allow a sole monopoly casino in the Denver area to be voted into our state Constitution. Called “garbage in the Constitution” by the head of the Arapahoe County Citizen Budget Committee, […]

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 […]

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