Colorado Divison of Gaming

1707 Cole Blvd Lakewood Colorado CO 80401 US
  • We are focused on ensuring honesty and integrity in Colorado’s gaming industry.
  • We regulate the limited-stakes gaming industry in the Colorado cities of Black Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek. Limited gaming in Colorado is allowed only in the three gaming towns and was approved in 1990 to revitalize and maintain the integrity of these communities.
  • In Colorado, 21 means 21. You must be 21 years of age with valid proof of identification to gamble or linger in a casino. Minors will be arrested.
  • Underage persons may not watch others gamble, participate, play, place wagers, or collect winnings, whether personally or through an agent, in or from any limited gaming game or slot machine.
  • Regulation serves to protect the public, casinos and the state of Colorado. We work to preserve the public’s confidence that gaming is conducted in a fair manner. Additionally, casinos’ adjusted gross proceeds (AGP) are subject to a gaming tax, which is paid into the Limited Gaming Fund. On an annual basis, distributions are made to fund state historical restoration projects, community colleges, mitigate the impacts to state and local governments caused by gaming, and finance on-going regulation of the gaming industry.
  • We work closely with the Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI) on illegal gambling that takes place outside of the gaming jurisdictions.
  • We support law enforcement agencies with issues related to gambling, and we work closely with our law enforcement partners in the gaming communities, providing officer assistance when requested.
  • Colorado regulates virtually every aspect of gaming, from the companies that manufacture slot machines, to the people working on the casino floor.
  • Colorado has a total of 35 casinos in the three gaming communities of Cripple Creek, Blackhawk, and Central City.
  • The Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission is a five-member regulatory body appointed by the Governor responsible for promulgating all rules and regulations governing limited gaming in Colorado, including the establishment of the gaming tax rate. The Commission has final authority over all gaming licenses issued in the state.
  • Division of Gaming investigators are on-call 24-hours every day and patrol casinos during all hours of operation to handle patron complaints and observe for violations of gaming laws, rules, and regulations.
  • We are involved in the day-to-day activities of limited gaming. In 26 years, the Division of Gaming licensing section has processed just over 48,000 new licenses for casinos and casino employees.
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