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Explore the national and state-by-state impact of the casino gaming industry, as well as key regulatory and statutory requirements in each state.

  • Number of Casinos 35

  • Economic Impact $1.81 Billion

  • Jobs Supported 10,842

  • Tax Impact & Tribal Revenue Share $403.5 Million

  • Gross Gaming Revenue $636.1 Million (2020 commercial)

Size of circle indicates number of casinos in the area.

All location data is as of Dec. 31, 2020.

  • Number of Casinos 34

  • Economic Impact $1.66 Billion

  • Jobs Supported 9,638

  • Tax Impact $385.5 Million

  • Gross Gaming Revenue $636.1 Million (2020)

Size of circle indicates number of casinos in the area.

All location data is as of Dec. 31, 2020.

  • Number of Casinos 2

  • Economic Impact $148.9 Million

  • Jobs Supported 1,204

  • Tax Impact & Tribal Revenue Share $17.9 Million

  • Gross Gaming Revenue N/A

Size of circle indicates number of casinos in the area.

All location data is as of Dec. 31, 2020.

Colorado Department of Revenue, Division of Gaming

17301 W. Colfax Ave., Suite 135
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-205-1300

Website

Colorado Revised Statutes creates the Division of Gaming within the Department of Revenue. The division is responsible for the regulation and enforcement of limited gaming in Colorado. Among the duties of the Division of Gaming is the investigation of gaming license applicants.

Division investigators also patrol casinos during all hours of operation to ensure proper compliance with gaming laws, rules, and regulations.

AVAILABLE GAMING LICENSES
Operator License
Retail Gaming License
Slot Machine Manufacturer or Distributor License

For more information on available gaming licenses, see Regulatory Fact Sheet.

 

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe are the only two tribes in the state of Colorado authorized to conduct Class III gaming.

The Ute Mountain Ute Gaming Commission and the Southern Ute Tribal Gaming Agency is responsible for the on-site regulation, control and security of all Class III gaming for their respective tribes.

At the state level, the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission and the Colorado Division of Gaming monitors the tribal gaming of both tribes in order to ensure tribal gaming operations are being conducted in accordance with the compact.

The compacts grant both tribes the authority to enter into a management contract for the operation and management of a casino.
The size of the gaming facilities and the number of gaming devices in each facility shall be determined by the tribe.

AVAILABLE GAMING LICENSES
Facility License
Operator License
Manufacturer/Distributor License

For more information on available gaming licenses, see Regulatory Fact Sheet.

GAMING TAX RATE
The tax rates for FY2014, the highest allowed under Amendment 50, are as follows:
Adjusted Gross ProceedsGraduated Tax Rate
$0 – $2m0.25%
$2m – $5m2%
$5m – $8m9%
$8m – $10m11%
$10m – $13m16%
Over $13m20%

TAX PROMOTIONAL CREDITS
Downloadable credits taxed as normal revenue

WITHHOLDINGS ON WINNINGS
Casino winnings must be included on personal tax forms as taxable income.

TAX ALLOCATION
Taxes in the state are distributed in the following manner:
• 28 percent to the State Historical Society;
• 12 percent to Gilpin and Taller counties;
• 10 percent to Blackhawk, Central City and Cripple Creek; and
• 50 percent to the State General Fund.

TAX RATE
There is no revenue-sharing provision in exchange for limited or total exclusivity in either of the compacts.

TAX PROMOTIONAL CREDITS
None

WITHHOLDINGS ON WINNINGS
Yes

TRIBAL USE OF REVENUE
Requirements as described in IGRA.

STATUTORY FUNDING REQUIREMENT
Two percent of total revenues

SELF-EXCLUSION
None

COMPLIMENTARY ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
Yes

ADVERTISING RESTRICTIONS
None

ON-PREMISE DISPLAY REQUIREMENT
None

AGE RESTRICTIONS
21+ years of age to gamble
21+ of age on floor

STATUTORY FUNDING REQUIREMENT
None

SELF-EXCLUSION
None

COMPLIMENTARY ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
None

ADVERTISING RESTRICTIONS
None

ON-PREMISE DISPLAY REQUIREMENT
None

AGE RESTRICTIONS
Must be 21 years of age.

OPERATION ON HOLIDAYS
Yes

TESTING REQUIREMENTS
Conducted by the Field Operations Unit and Technical Systems Group of the Division of Gaming

ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING REQUIREMENTS
Federal compliance requirements

SHIPPING REQUIREMENTS
The Division of Gaming must be notified of all shipments of gaming equipment.

RESTRICTIONS ON POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS
None

CREDIT OFFERED TO PATRONS
None

TESTING REQUIREMENTS
Prior to the installation and use of a slot machine, progressive slot machine or keno equipment, the tribal gaming commission must inspect and test the device for approval.

ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING REQUIREMENTS
Federal compliance requirements under the Bank Secrecy Act apply.

SHIPPING REQUIREMENTS
Federal shipping requirements under the Johnson Act.

RESTRICTIONS ON POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Yes

CREDIT OFFERED TO PATRONS
All payment for wagers must be made by cash, check or traveler’s check. The tribal casinos may not extend credit.

AUTHORIZED OPERATORS
Legislation enacted in 2019 authorizes the state’s 33 licensed casinos to obtain a master license to offer sports betting at their casinos and via an online website or mobile application.

Additionally, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe launched sports betting operations in June 2020 under the terms of their tribal-state gaming compact.

MOBILE/ONLINE
Mobile allowed statewide.

TAX RATE
Sports-betting revenue is taxed at a rate of 10 percent. However, operators are permitted to deduct free bets, payments to players, as well as the 0.25 percent federal excise tax on sports bets, effectively lowering the taxation rate.

INITIAL LICENSING FEE
$2,000

LICENSE RENEWAL FEE
$2,000 every two years.

AMATEUR RESTRICTIONS
High-school sporting events or, only with respect to proposition bets, collegiate sporting events.

OFFICIAL DATA MANDATE
None.

INTEGRITY FEE
None.