Gilpin County officials ordered table games to temporarily close in Black Hawk and Central City to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the area. This will occur by 8am on Friday, November 13. The closure includes all live table games like blackjack, craps, roulette and Three Card Poker. It also covers the three poker rooms in Black Hawk.
The Colorado Department of Health and Environment sent a letter to Gilpin County leaders on November 10 noting that COVID-19 infections had tripled in the county over the last few weeks. This caused the state agency to move Gilpin County to Dial Level Yellow.
This elevated level requires the closure of live table games at casinos. The county also announced a last call for alcohol at 11pm nightly. These requirements will be in place for at least two weeks to protect public health.
Casinos are permitted to remain open. Games available include slots, video poker, video keno, electronic table games and sports betting. Restaurants may operate with restrictions.
Most casinos have not commented on the situation. However, Lodge Casino made a statement on its Facebook page wishing its guests and employees well:
We are sad to say that starting this Friday at 8am we must close table games in order to comply with the Gilpin County guidance in connection with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on increased operational restrictions. Our table games employees and guests who enjoy those games are tremendously important to us, and we look forward to bringing them back as soon as we are able. Please, for everyone’s safety, wear your masks, follow social distancing rules, and wash your hands often as we are all in this together.
One Colorado casinos is still dealing table games
The Black Hawk and Cripple Creek table closures leave Ute Mountain as the only Colorado casino dealing live table games. It offers blackjack, roulette, Three Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold’em. The pit at Ute Mountain Casino is open from noon to midnight daily. Colorado Advantage confirmed this status with a representative.