BLACK HAWK, Colo. (CBS4) – Major League Baseball has announced it is coming back, but without fans in the stands. That’s good news though for sports betting in Colorado which started up while casinos and major sports were shut down due to the coronavirus.
When voters approved sports betting, it was estimated to bring some $30 million in annual tax revenue to the state. But with casinos and sports events not operating the revenue stream hasn’t been able to reach its potential.
Marcus Rohrbaugh is Director of Gaming at the only in-person sports betting parlor in the state, the Saratoga Casino in Black Hawk. The casino has partnered with the British firm Betfred.
“It’s been slow there’s not a lot to bet on,” he said.
But now there is reason for enthusiasm.
“We’re excited about baseball coming back, and we’re hearing basketball and hockey are also on their way back, so we’re excited to actually get some action going,” Rohrbaugh said.