As of May 1, the state of Colorado saw several changes regarding its gambling industry. Legislation changes have led to the removal of low betting limits as well as the addition of new gaming options. Poker players will now find the state offers traditional no-limit hold ’em as well as pot-limit cash games with 100+ big blinds.
In the past, bettors were limited to $100 or less betting limits. This affected the maximum bet allowed in slots and table games, but also which poker games could be spread. With the rule change, the operators in the state can now offer spread-limit games without the $100 max limit.
The change is due to the passage of Amendment 77 last year. Voters approved the gambling amendments which gave officials in Central City, Cripple Creek, and Black Hawk the opportunity to vote to remove the limits and add games in their area.
On Saturday, the poker changes came into effect. Golden Gates and Ameristar began offering no-limit cash games with buy-ins ranging from $1 to $10 depending on the table. At the $1-$3 tables, the max buy-in is $300. The higher $5-$10 level offers a max buy-in of $2,000.
Right now, restrictions have the poker tables limited to six-handed games. However, that should soon change. Apparently plans are in place to increase the number of players per table to nine by the middle of this month. The only way the larger tables will not be in play is if the local health department says it is unsafe to do so due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Operators in Colorado are hopeful that the gaming changes will lead to more tourism in the gambling towns. In the past, high rollers were not prevalent due to the low betting limits. Now that the cap has been lifted, there is hope that more big spenders will visit as well as more gamblers in general.