Colorado: Southern Teller and Cripple Creek receiving an early glimpse of renewed life Rick Langenberg, The Mountain Jackpot News · June 11, 2020 at 3:25 pm Southern Teller, including the gaming community of Cripple Creek, is slowly awakening from a several- month hibernation, resulting from the COVID-19 epidemic. But the big lingering question: When will the casinos reopen? Early next week, according to local and state officials, after COVID-19 cautionary staff training is completed and other details are worked out. This follows the approval of the latest variance request submitted by county officials, with added conditions and restrictions. In fact, to sweeten the deal even further, the Teller County commissioners submitted another amended proposal last week to the state’s director of Public Health and Environment, Jill Hansaker Ryan.