Poker players in Colorado can now enjoy traditional no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha cash games with 100 big blinds or more.
The state officially got rid of the betting limit rules that had been in place since the state legalized gaming. Players were never allowed to bet more than $100 on a single wager, which affected not only the maximum bet allowed in house-backed games, but the type of poker game that could legally be spread.
Instead of being allowed to play no-limit hold’em cash games, poker rooms only had the ability to run spread-limit games with $100 maximum bets.
Last November, Coloradans voted to pass Amendment 77, which gave lawmakers in the three cities that house the state’s entire gambling market, the ability to repeal those restrictions. Elected officials in Black Hawk, Cripple Creek and Central City all voted in favor of getting rid of the limits.
Those rule changes went into effect Saturday and the poker options have already changed. The two largest poker rooms in the state, Ameristar and Golden Gates, are already offering $1-$3, $2-$5 and $5-$10 no-limit hold’em cash games.
The max buy-in for $1-$3 at both casinos is $300 and both offer a max buy-in of $2,000 at the $5-$10 level. For $2-$5, however, Ameristar caps the buy-in at $700, while Golden Gates is $1,000.
Both rooms are still operating six-handed games to comply with restrictions from state regulators, but a representative of the Golden Gates poker room posted on a poker forum claiming that the property plans to spread nine-handed games on May 16, unless the health department states otherwise.
In 2010, similar changes were made in Florida poker rooms which sparked a regional poker boom as people flocked to poker rooms after the changes were made.