Colorado: The plan for sports wagering to be a salvation is thrown a curve Joey Bunch, Wayne Heilman and Jerd Smith, Colorado Politics · May 6, 2020 at 11:40 pm The proposition was supposed to be simple: legalize and tax sports betting, fund the state water plan and solve a critical growth problem for Colorado. In the dealer’s choice of taxing and spending, everybody wins. There are, however, no sure bets in politics and policy. “The playbook has kind of gone out the window,” said Dan Hartman, director of Colorado’s Division of Gaming. He said there are too many unknowns right now to predict what, if any, revenue the sports tax might generate this year.