Four of Cripple Creek's largest casino operators are planning to build hotels in the next few years that could double the number of rooms available in the gambling town west of Colorado Springs as it prepares to celebrate the 25th anniversary of legalized gambling.
American Gaming Group LLC, Century Casinos Inc., Full House Resorts Inc. and Triple Crown Casinos Inc. all are planning to add rooms to help solve a lodging shortage in Cripple Creek, which has just 450 rooms for customers of its 12 casinos and other visitors to the historic mining and gambling mecca. Those rooms boast an occupancy rate of more than 90 percent - by comparison, Colorado Springs-area hotels averaged 64.
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