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Ameristar is betting on Black Hawk. Today, the company will cut the ribbon on its 33-story, 500-plus room hotel that towers over the old mining/new gaming town -- a hotel that boasts not just a renovated casino, but luxury suites, a spa and the "only rooftop pool" in Black Hawk. (I'd wager it's also the only pool in Black Hawk -- unless one of those residents who's been collecting checks since gaming began back in 1992 somehow stashed a pool in an old mining shaft.)

This comes the day after Ron Kammerzell, director of the Colorado Division of Gaming, told the Legislative Audit Committee that while the state had anticipated that the higher limits and 24/7 hours introduced on July 1 would result in a 25 percent increase in casino-tax revenue this year, 10 percent is looking optimistic.

Will Ameristar's bold gamble pay off? Everyone in the pool!

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