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THE LAST HAND – Lady luck shining on veterans Nov. 11

THE LAST HAND – Lady luck shining on veterans Nov. 11

Veterans Day is Nov. 11 and we salute our veterans from wars dating back to World War II. Not many of these heroes are left, but they truly were the greatest generation. I’m so glad that the veteran hat styles have become popular so we can spot these veterans moving around our casinos, cities and […]

Rearview mirror: Looking into the future

Rearview mirror: Looking into the future

Great comments pouring in from our recent 25th anniversary collectors’ edition, 1 of 2. Look for additional anniversary stories in the coming months. We have readers who have saved every Colorado Gambler we have published over the past 25 years. Our collection of Colorado history is among the very best ever assembled and published. Thousands […]

THE LAST HAND – A 25-year winning streak

THE LAST HAND – A 25-year winning streak

It was in the fall of 1991 that legalized gambling came to Colorado. There was a lot of political activity leading up to the voter approval of legalized gaming in three Colorado mountain towns—Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek. These were all depressed areas and many vacant once-proud buildings needed decades of repairs and […]

Nothing is stranger than luck

Nothing is stranger than luck

Gambling is more of a science than a vice. Experts have ruled that skill and experience diminish the risk in gambling. If you follow such things, you will notice that folks with mathematical minds make for better poker players. They know the odds and calculate hands-on mathematical mental computations, not just blind luck of the […]

Splitting Eights

Splitting Eights

Spending Some Time in Black Hawk Labor Day has passed and that is beginning of the golden aspen trees and yellowing of our hills and mountains. What a great time to drive into the majestic mountains and I love the drive up Clear Creek Canyon on Highway 119 into Black Hawk. Roll down the car […]

Let the games begin

Let the games begin

Life is a game of inches and even seconds. Watching the Olympics, it is such an inspiration to see young men and women who have trained so hard since childhood to participate in these world games. Success comes by inches and seconds that can be life changing for athletes’ careers. Gold medals mean TV endorsements, […]

THE LAST HAND – Opera season brings song and cheer to mountains

THE LAST HAND – Opera season brings song and cheer to mountains

I see that the garage is almost complete at the Monarch Casino Resort Spa and photos of the new exterior of the casino that greets motorists coming up the canyon road. The new building exterior will have polished granite and rough limestone with new copper-finish windows and matching roof over the gigantic structure. As the […]

Life is the biggest gamble of all

Life is the biggest gamble of all

What better way to spend an evening than to drive up the canyon or over the new Central City Casino Parkway, a cool scenic drive and time to roll down the car windows. Don’t think about passing that slow-driving camper ahead of you. Turn on XM or Pandora radio and just relax. The difference in […]

THE LAST HAND- Enjoy every day, life is good

THE LAST HAND- Enjoy every day, life is good

The fireworks have exploded, the freedoms of America enjoyed—and it’s back to work for most of us fortunate enough to have jobs. Colorado is such a great place to live, work and play. No wonder our population is skyrocketing and new folks arrive in this state every day. New apartment complexes are rising on rapidly […]

Freedom is not free – July 4 is a day to remember

Freedom is not free – July 4 is a day to remember

History records that Benjamin Franklin walked out of Independence Hall in Philadelphia and announced to an anxious crowd something like this, “We have given you a republic today, if you can keep it.” The fireworks exploded, freedom spread across the land, British influence was no more, and the nation proclaimed liberty for all. On July […]