Mark Murphy, who runs Bronco Billy’s in Cripple Creek, credits an improved economy and a lack of natural disasters for part of the revenue growth.
"In Cripple Creek the weather was reasonable, as opposed to some of the issue we’ve had in previous years with fires and floods, so that was very important," he said. "Lower gas prices and the economy being reasonably stable, that’s definitely helped the industry as a whole."
Cripple Creek is about an hour west of Colorado Springs. Roads leading to the casino were difficult to pass after the Waldo Canyon fire several years ago.