Colorado Casino Revenue On Record-Setting Pace

With nearly $200 million in revenue over the first three months of 2016, Colorado's casinos are off to a record-setting start.

Revenues for the first quarter of this year are up 5 percent, compared to the same time last year. That puts early 2016 slightly ahead of its best year - early 2007.

Casinos have only been around in Colorado since the 1990s, when they were approved for three historic mining towns.

Card tables have seen the biggest growth, bringing in an average of $8 million a month for the last year. That’s more than offsetting the slow decline of slots.

More gaming means more taxes. The state collected about $34 million to start the year.