Rulemaking Information

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Stakeholder Engagement Protocols

Changes to Colorado Gaming Rules may be proposed by the public, the gaming industry, the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (Commission), or from within the Division of Gaming (Division). Proposed Rule changes are forwarded to a Division subject matter expert to analyze and to draft the proposed language with which to begin the formal rulemaking process.

Once the proposed language has been developed, the proposed Rules are published on the Division web page and a rulemaking workshop is scheduled. Gaming stakeholders are invited to attend the workshop and are encouraged to provide comment and concerns regarding the proposed Rule language. Occasionally comments are solicited via email to stakeholders in lieu of an in person workshop.

The Division then files a Notice of Formal Rulemaking with the Secretary of State's Office and the Dept. of Regulatory Affairs. No sooner than 30 days after the Notice is filed, the proposed Rules are heard at a public hearing during a meeting of the Gaming Commission. Stakeholders are welcome to attend rulemaking hearings at the monthly Commission meetings, where they may give testimony regarding proposed Rule changes. If the Commission votes to adopt the proposed changes they would become effective approximately 45 to 60 days after adoption. Adopted Rules are posted on the Division web page.


2022-2023 Rule Changes 

January 19, 2022 - Limited Gaming Rule 28

The Commission voted unanimously to approve the proposed changes to Rule 28 Rules for Baccarat.  When the effective date is known it will be posted here.

The Division is seeking approval for the rules of play for a new game, Eternal Baccarat, which has successfully completed field trial.

Proposed changes to Rule 28 

December 15, 2022 – Gaming Rules 2, 4, 8, 10, 16, 20, 21, 29 and Sports Betting Rules 7 & 9

Pursuant to the passing of HB 22-1402, and to meet the effective date set therein, the Gaming Commission adopted emergency Rule changes to Rule 2 and created emergency Rule 29, effective October 27, 2022. The Division is now submitting these changes for permanent adoption. Amendments are being made to Rules 4 and 20 as a result of mandatory yearly Rule review and stakeholder comments. Promulgation of rules for a new game of blackjack, Pocket Rockets Blackjack. Amendments to Rule 10 regarding timed rakes, calls, tournament entry fees & player buy-ins, and variations allowed during poker tournaments. Amendments to Rule 12 to update the definition of "par sheet", to update the requirements for control programs, to allow commonly owned casinos to use and process each other's tickets etc. Rules to allow for use of cashless system technology in Colorado casinos were also presented, however the Commission determined that the proposed Rules needed further work and thus these Rules will be presented again at the February 16, 2023 monthly Commission meeting. Amendments to Rule 16 to define" commonly owned casinos", and to update requirements for AGP computations. Amendments to Regulation 30-2115 to add progressive wagers and pay tables to the game TriLux Blackjack.

Amendments to Sports Betting Rule 7 to include procedures for the calculation of taxes regarding free bets tax reduction. Pursuant to the passing of HB 22-1402, and to meet the effective date set therein, the Gaming Commission adopted emergency Rule changes to Sports Betting Rule 9, effective October 27, 2022. The Division is now submitting these changes for permanent adoption.

All of the above mentioned Rule changes were unanimously approved and will become effective as of February 14, 2023.

Proposed changes to Gaming Rules 2, 4, 8, 10, 16, 20, 21, 29    
Proposed changes to Sports Betting Rules 7 & 9     
 

October 20th and 27th, 2022 – Gaming Rules 2 &29, Sports Betting Rules 7 & 9

Proposed emergency changes to Gaming Rules 2 &29 and Sports Betting Rules 7 & 9 were presented at the October 20, 2022 meeting of the Gaming Commission.  The Commission determined that further changes were needed so these changes were not adopted.  After further review these emergency changes were presented and adopted at a special meeting of the Commission on October 27th, with the exception of the proposed changes to Sports Betting Rule 7.  These emergency Rule changes, as well as the proposed changes to Sports Betting Rule 7, were adopted permanently at the December 15, 2022 Commission meeting.

Pursuant to the passing of HB 22-1402, the Division of Gaming is promulgating Rules regarding the establishment and administration of a responsible gaming grant program as well as a program in which certain individuals may be excluded from retail gaming and/or sports betting activities in Colorado.


Emergency changes to Gaming Rules 2 & 29   
Emergency changes to Sports Betting Rule 9      

September 15, 2022 - Limited Gaming Rules 1, 3, 4, 25 & Sports Betting Rules 3, 7

On September 15, 2022, Rule changes will be presented to the Commission on behalf of the Division.  The proposed changes affect Gaming Rule 1 General Rules and Regulations, Rule 3 Applications, Investigations and Licensure, Rule 4 Rights and Duties of Licensees, and Sports Betting Rule 3 Applications, Investigations and Licensure.  These Rule changes were adopted as emergency Rules at the July 17, 2022 Commission meeting.  These changes will be adopted permanently at the September 15, 2022 meeting of the CLGCC.  Rule changes to Gaming Rule 25 Rules for Keno, and Sports Betting Rule 7 Requirements of Sports Betting Operators will also be presented at the September CLGCC meeting.

On May 11, 2022 the Colorado General Assembly passed House Bill 22-1412, resulting in the need to pass Rule changes to comply with the legislation.

The adoption of the amendments to Regulation 30-106 Definitions under Rule 1 is necessary to conform with the removal of the prohibition of any person who is less than twenty-one years of age from lingering in the gaming area of a casino.

The adoption of the amendment to Regulation 30-301 Qualifications for licensure under Rule 3 is necessary to conform with the required age for a “gaming employee” being changed from twenty-one to eighteen years of age.

The adoption of the amendment to Regulation 30-414 Player rules under Rule 4 is necessary to conform with the removal of the prohibitions from individuals under the age of twenty-one from lingering and from being present at a gaming table, slot machine, or other area in which gaming is conducted.

Section 8 of HB 22-1412 changed the requirement for each sports betting applicant to submit a set of fingerprints to the Division of Gaming, by adding the exception that an applicant whose primary residence is located outside of the United States is not required to satisfy that requirement unless the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission determines that the applicant is required to do so. The adoption of the amendments to Regulation 3.5 Investigation and background check costs under Rule 3 are necessary to conform with the added exception to the fingerprint requirement for sports betting applicants.

Section 9 of HB 22-1412 requires that sports betting operators comply with Article 33 of Title 44 C.R.S. regarding gambling payment interceptions on gambling winnings.  The adoption of the amendments to Regulation 7.5 Internal control procedures is necessary to conform with the requirements set forth in the house bill.

The Division determined that Regulation 30-2059 Payment of winning wagers was inappropriately located in Rule 25 and is proposing that this Regulation be moved, amended and renumbered to Gaming Rule 4 as Regulation 30-429. 

Proposed changes to Limited Gaming Rules 1, 3, 4 & 25

Proposed changes to Sports Betting Rules 3 & 7


 

To suggest changes to Gaming Rules and Regulations please submit a Suggested Rule Revision form to Rules Manager Ronni Hunter at DOR_Gaming_RuleMaking@state.co.us.

Department of Revenue rulemaking information, and legal notices


Division of Gaming

2022 Rule Review Plan

Pursuant to 24-3-103.3, C.R.S., and DOR Policy 505

Purpose:  Review 10% of all Rules each year or all Rules every 10 years

 

Limited Gaming Rule 20 Commission Hearings and Practice 

Limited Gaming Rule 4 Rights and Duties of Licensees

Department of Revenue 1 CCR 210-1 Gambling Payment Intercept

Department of Revenue 1 CCR 210-4 Enforcement of the Prohibited Use of Electronic Benefits Transfer Cards at Certain Locations 

 

Note:  Each year the Division also reviews the portion of Rule 3 that deals with licensing and background fees, and the portion of Rule 14 that deals with gaming taxes.