An estimated 1,000 voters living in Central City, Black Hawk and Cripple Creek
will soon decide whether to expand gambling in their towns. Since the passage of
Amendment 50 earlier this month, local officials are moving quickly to schedule
The three former mining towns will now decide whether to raise the betting limit
from $5 to $100, allow round-the-clock operating hours, and add craps and
Cripple Creek residents will vote on the issues December 16th. City
administrator Bill McPherson predicts the 760 registered voters will pass the
Black Hawk will vote January 13th, and Central City is preparing an election for
late February or early March. If the measures are passed, the new regulations
would likely go into effect July 1st.
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