Do you think the proposed Hayden casino project would increase tourism in Moffat County?

Correct: Yes. Once visitors arrive in the Valley, they'll want see more of it, including Craig and Moffat County. 137 votes


Correct: No. The casino would be in Routt County, which would reap any benefits the casino might provide. 115 votes


Correct: Undecided 7 votes


259 total votes


linzie 4 years, 7 months ago

I grew up in Central City during the years that gambling was legalized there. The folks who gamble are typically risking money they don't have, consuming alcohol in excess and bring a seedy element. They went nowhere but the casino, blew their cash and drove home or walked to the closest hotel. Craig is much too far away to reap any economic benefit as we can't even offer lodging that is safe for these gamblers to get to. Central City has shuttle service to Denver so that would be the only thing that brought folks this way. Further more this casino proposal basically preys on MoCo citizens who will be some of the primary customers of the casino. We don't have a large metropolitan area to bring folks from like Central City does. Junction is twice the distance from here as Denver is to Black Hawk. I already watched my home town be destroyed by gambling I sure hate to see it happen again.


John Kinkaid 4 years, 7 months ago

I pretty much knew that casinos in Cripple Creek hadn't improved the lives of community members and the local economy. Linzie answers my question about Central City benefiting from gambling. Even Atlantic City hasn't been helped by the mega-casinos. Away from the casinos, Atlantic City is still run down. The State of New Jersey just granted the Golden Nugget Casino permission run tables outdoors. Business is down and it is hoped that this will entice more customers to come. If Atlantic City is struggling..... I just don't think that a casino in Hayden would be economically viable. It doesn't make sense. I do have to say, that I have not seen the developers' presentation.


irishbrat 4 years, 7 months ago

"The folks who gamble are typically risking money they don't have, consuming alcohol in excess and bring a seedy element"...whatever Linzie.. My 89 year old grandfather rides the senior bus up from Denver to Blackhawk because he gets socialization and gets out of the house since my grandmother passed away. He HAS the money and he hasn't taken a drink of alcohol in 40 years so don't stereo type people that you DON'T know. Going up there once a week is the highlight of his life. Saying what you did is saying my grandfather brings a seedy element. I'm betting he has far more class and knowledge than you'll ever know.


linzie 4 years, 7 months ago

Irishbrat... I never said every person that frequents Black Hawk was an alcoholic loser. There are lots of folks who gamble that aren't. What I said is "typically" not "all". Your Grandfather is one man. And you sound like a reactionary angry person who likes twist peoples words. I watched my hometown become a seedy pit, it is a fact! Why doesn't this community value a rec center more than a casino? Pretty sad if you ask me. If you think a Casino will make this a nicer place to live you are sadly mistaken and the question posed was will it bring economic benefit to MoCo. That answer is a resounding no. It will only hurt the residents here that are not upstanding financially well off sober people like your Grandfather. And talk about the incidence of DUI, you just wait...


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