Gaming towns ask for local control to decide the future of gambling in Colorado with Amendment 77 – The Denver Channel

DENVER — Of the 11 statewide initiatives on the November ballot, four of them ask voters to consider changes to the Colorado Constitution.

Amendment 77 asks voters whether they would like to give local control to Colorado’s three gaming towns to decide for themselves what the future of gambling in the state should look like.

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If approved, the towns of Black Hawk, Cripple Creek and Central City would be able to hold their own elections to determine whether they would like to raise betting limits in casinos.

When gambling was first legalized in Colorado, there was a $5 limit on bets. In 2008, the limits were raised to $100, and voters agreed to allow the casinos to expand their hours of operation.

Supporters of the amendment say it would give these towns a chance to earn additional revenue and be more competitive with other states.

“Colorado has the lowest bet limits in the country,” said Karen Crummy, the communications director for Local Choice Colorado. “It hasn’t kept up with inflation, it doesn’t allow Colorado to compete on a level playing field with other states and cities.”

Along with allowing the towns to vote on betting limits, they would also have the opportunity to decide on adding new games.

“Right now, we have the most traditional games you can think of; blackjack, poker, craps,