Will more hotels, sports wagering take Cripple Creek to the next level? Wayne Heilman, Colorado Springs Gazette · August 26, 2019 at 5:56 am Cripple Creek casino owners are hoping more hotels and possible sports wagering will help the city’s gaming industry overcome its struggles of the past decade. City casino revenue peaked at nearly $155 million in 2007. And despite four small, consecutive annual increases, it was still down last year by nearly $18 million from that peak. Casino owners have tried several strategies to expand the industry: round-the-clock gaming, adding roulette and craps games in 2009 and expanding casino alcohol sales to 24 hours a day in 2015. All had limited success. The latest strategy would add more than 400 hotel rooms to the 450 or so now available in Cripple Creek. Casino owners hope the additional rooms will draw more customers to gamble, eat and stay longer in Cripple Creek.