NFL betting, return of table games offers glimmer of hope in Colorado’s COVID-impacted casino towns Joe Rubino, TimesCall.com · September 14, 2020 at 8:50 pm Like many corners of Colorado that had high hopes for 2020, the state’s gambling capital of Gilpin County has absorbed some serious body blows in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The novel coronavirus shut down casinos in Black Hawk, Central City and across the state from March 17 through mid-June. Now Gilpin leaders are trying to reckon with a more than $4.5 million hole in the county’s projected tax income, Commissioner Ron Engels said. “There will be absolutely no capital projects in next year’s budget,” said Engels. The county’s unemployment rate, which spiked over 20% in April, still paced the state in July at 12%, according to labor department data.