LGCC Renews Licenses For Four Colorado Casinos

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At its regular monthly meeting Thursday, the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (LGCC) approved retail and master license renewals for four casinos: Grand Z Casino and Johnny’s Z Casino in Central City, along with Monarch Casino and Z Casino in Black Hawk. Grand Z, Johnny’s Z, and Z Casino are all owned by Maverick Gaming.

The licenses were approved for two years, but do not include “entities or individuals with whom these licensees have entered into, or considered entering into, contracts for sports betting operations or internet sports betting operations,” according to LGCC Chairman Richard Nathan.

The regulatory body also approved 11 sports betting “first vendor minor licenses,” which cover entities that provide services or act on behalf of sports betting operators, including one for TransUnion Gaming Services. TransUnion, most commonly recognized as a credit-reporting agency, announced in April that it would enter the U.S. gambling space to provide “identity, fraud, and marketing solutions to operators across several states.”

All licenses and renewals were approved unanimously and without public discussion by the five LGCC commissioners.

Update on fixed-odds horse racing

Dan Hartman, director of the Colorado Division of Gaming, gave the commissioners an update on the status of fixed-odds wagering on horse racing, which has been discussed in public meetings among stakeholders in recent weeks.

“We put on a series of three sports betting and fixed-odds wagering stakeholder meetings,” Hartman said. “They were held the last three weeks, and brought together … all the folks on the racing side and on the gaming side and sports-betting side. The meetings went well and were well-attended. There were comments solicited … and we really progressed through a lot of ideas, seeing maybe how the department could move forward with sports betting on racing. We will be looking at races on the sports-betting catalog and seeing if we can move forward by regulation and/or statute.”

The LGCC also approved amendments to “limited gaming rules,” including those that cover table games, after a presentation from Joseph Nguyen, who was recently promoted to table games chairman. New rules for the games “TriLux Blackjack” and “Craps Dice-Ology” were approved after successful field trials.

Jeremy Balan has been a journalist, editor, and sports writer since 2007. After years covering prep, college, and pro sports for online and print media, he focused on turf writing at BloodHorse from 2015-2019 and won an Eclipse Award for his coverage of the devastating fire at San Luis Rey Training Center. Contact Jeremy on Twitter (@jeremybalan) or through email at jbalan@bettercollective.com.

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