A Black Hawk casino is running foul of a new smoking ban on Colorado casinos by allowing gamblers to light up indoors as they wager, a grass roots group charges.
But Ed Smith, owner of the Wild Card Saloon & Casino, says his business, and smokers who patronize his casino, are "in full compliance with the law."
Smith cites a "cigar bar" exception to the Colorado Clean Indoor Act, saying his casino sells more than $50,000 in tobacco products annually, which allows smokers to light up in his place.
Hurray for loopholes! I don’t expect they will get away with this very long before the government threatens them with something or passes another law redefining a cigar bar. However it is always good to read a story about a business that has the guts to push unjust laws to the limit. It would have been nicer if all of the casinos had just ignored the law entirely, really what could the government really have done? The government has become extremely dependant on the tax revenues they get from the casinos. The casinos don’t want to rock the boat only because they know the government has a love/hate relationship with gambling and can easily become extremely hostile and aggressive towards them.