Colorado: Monarch Casino in Black Hawk is hiring hundreds of people Matt Renoux, 9News Denver · July 22, 2020 at 1:40 am The gold rush may have ended long ago in the city of Black Hawk, but the team at the Monarch Casino hopes it’s coming back. “I would say the gold rush is still alive,” said Erica Ferris, the director marketing at the Monarch Casino. Most towns have seen a bust since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Businesses are laying off thousands of people, and Colorado’s unemployment rate was around 10.5% in June. But, Ferris said things are booming at the Monarch Casino, which has reopened after a weeks-long closure.