Colorado casinos have the best April ever

May 26, 2015

Colorado casinos had their best April ever, bringing in about $71 million in revenue.

The recent growth in the industry is driven by games like poker and black jack. Slot machine revenue is slowly trending down in Colorado, but table games are quickly trending up.

"The younger demographic is definitely interested in table games," said Mark Murphy, who runs the Bronco Billy casino in Cripple Creek. He thinks younger people gravitate to games of skill like poker – because they have slightly better odds of winning.

Cripple Creek casinos have struggled recently. First, the Waldo Canyon fire, then floods along the highway leading to town. Six casinos have shut down there since 2007.

But people are gambling again – helping the state’s casinos pay $11 million in taxes in April.