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buzzpaff
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April 8th, 2011 at 6:01:38 AM permalink
I will be going to Blackhawk but not again for about 2 months due to school. Was thinking of researching my facts and dates
till then and do a casino by casino review and history of Blackhawk and Central city on my next visit. I worked in a small casono 20 years ago and have witnessed the failures and successes up close and personal. Might be interesting if you are planning a trip to Colorado in the near future. Will just be my personal observations. Don't expect any great paco-like charts. Just how gaming in
Colorado went from " open the doors and let the suckers in " to "OMG, are all the casino's bankrupt " and the effect on dog and
horse racing
DJTeddyBear
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April 8th, 2011 at 7:04:12 AM permalink
Until recently, I didn't realize there was a 'gaming district' consisting of more than one casino in a town, anywhere in Colorado.

I was shocked to learn that there are at least 10 casinos in a 3/4 mile stretch of road in Blackhark, plus a couple more just a little ways away.


I doubt that I'll be visiting them any time soon, but I love reading this stuff, so I voted "Sure".
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April 8th, 2011 at 7:46:05 AM permalink
My wife wants to visit northern New Mexico (Albuquerque, Sante Fe, Taos), and we are currently considering flying out from NC for a visit this fall at a time to include the balloon festival. Neither of us has ever been to Colorado (other than once when I changed planes at the Denver airport), so I have suggested that we extend that NM trip to include an excursion to Denver and a drive through the Rocky Mountain National Park.

I am not a serious gambler, but I do enjoy some table games, and I collect a souvenir $1 chip from each casino I visit. If we are able to make the NM-CO trip this fall, I will try to visit briefly as many of the casinos as I can in northern NM, Black Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek. I have tried to compile a list of the casinos using such sites as CasinoCity.com and blackhawkcolorado.com, but I am not sure I have an accurate list -- the web sites don't seem to always agree, and it's not clear which ones are out of date. I'm not interested in slot parlors, just the casinos with games like craps and blackjack that use chips, and I'm not a poker player.

I will be very interested in reading your commentary.
FleaStiff
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April 8th, 2011 at 9:23:31 AM permalink
The Land of Disenchantment has some strange ideas concerning casino administration particularly as to drink service, signage and events. Its all "manana" and if you don't go around talking about having been abducted aboard a UFO they think you are weird.
7outlineaway
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April 8th, 2011 at 9:27:19 AM permalink
I live in Colorado and hit the Black Hawk/Central City casinos a couple times a month. What do you need to know?

There are Ameristar and Isle of Capri properties in Black Hawk. (The Lady Luck casino is an Isle property.) The Gilpin and Lodge casinos are co-owned and use the same player's card; the Lodge is bigger but the Gilpin has better rules/odds. Both places count odds in rating craps (the floor men at both places have told me).

Many of the casinos can get real slow during the week. They pick up around 6 or 7 though, and weekends can get quite busy.
buzzpaff
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April 8th, 2011 at 9:30:09 AM permalink
How did Central City blow the opportunity of a lifetime ??
7outlineaway
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April 8th, 2011 at 9:32:54 AM permalink
Quote: buzzpaff

How did Central City blow the opportunity of a lifetime ??



What do you mean, that all the big casinos are in Black Hawk? Maybe zoning laws or stricter building permits or something.
buzzpaff
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April 8th, 2011 at 9:40:34 AM permalink
Or maybe it was the muddy parklots, only buses allowed to drive down main street, building moritorium to keep out big casino's,
lousy customer service, etc. Even the Teller house could not survive with " the face on the bar room floor" Annie Oakleys is a grocery store again.
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April 8th, 2011 at 9:44:16 AM permalink
Have you guys been to the Indian casinos in the southern party of CO? How are they? Is there anything that makes them worth the drive down from Denver or up from ABQ?
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7outlineaway
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April 8th, 2011 at 9:56:01 AM permalink
Quote: buzzpaff

Or maybe it was the muddy parklots, only buses allowed to drive down main street, building moritorium to keep out big casino's,
lousy customer service, etc. Even the Teller house could not survive with " the face on the bar room floor" Annie Oakleys is a grocery store again.



I've only been going to BH/CC since the state started allowing full table games. The three full-service casinos in CC have their own parking garages (Century and Johnny Z's are served by the same garage). There are some one-way streets but none that I know of that are closed.

CC is certainly quieter during the week than BH is, though, and it wouldn't surprise me to see one of the three close. Fortune Valley seems to be hurting particularly badly; they recently closed their grill/snack bar thingy downstairs. I'd miss it more than the Century. Johnny Z's seems pleasant enough and I get pretty good comps from them. Also to your point, I don't think the shuttle runs between BH and CC anymore.

Black Hawk could probably do without one or two properties too. I'd guess the standalone properties on the north end (Bullwhackers, Fitzgerald, Canyon) are hurting the most. Bullwackers got rid of all its table games a few months ago; that's never a good sign.

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