Rocky Mountain Gaming acquires Johnny Nolon’s Casino & Colorado Grande Casino in Cripple Creek

Rocky Mountain Gaming

Rocky Mountain Gaming

Marking a revolutionary advancement in the realm of gaming and entertainment, Rocky Mountain Gaming CC LLC has inked a deal for the acquisition of the iconic Johnny Nolon’s Casino and the renowned Colorado Grande Casino. Led by industry stalwarts David D. Ross, Joseph J. Canfora, and Michael J. Gaughan III, Rocky Mountain Gaming made this strategic move in partnership with Minter Holdings LLC, and it is poised to reshape the landscape of Cripple Creek’s historic gaming district.

David J. Minter, the visionary at the helm of both Colorado-based properties, brings a treasure of experience and expertise to the table. The acquisition of the aforementioned property, pending final regulatory approvals and the issuance of a license by the Colorado Division of Gaming, highlights an important step forward in the evolution of these beloved establishments.

Rocky Mountain Gaming is a venture founded by three industry veterans, viz. Ross, Gaughan, and Canfora, who have a shared legacy of more than three decades as they have worked together at esteemed establishments like Affinity Gaming, Coast Casinos, and JW Marriott & Rampart Casino.

Joseph J. Canfora, an industry expert with more than four decades of experience in gaming and hospitality, initially expressed his surprise at the prospect of returning to the Cripple Creek market. However, upon reflection, he recognized the exclusive opportunity made accessible by Johnny Nolon’s and Colorado Grande to preserve the authentic Cripple Creek casino experience that locals cherish.

When asked for a comment on the development, Canfora said, “I was surprised when David and Michael first approached me with the opportunity to get back into the Cripple Creek market. After thinking about it, I realized that Johnny Nolon’s and Colorado Grande presented the opportunity to maintain the old Cripple Creek casino feel that the locals had grown accustomed to.”

Ross envisions Rocky Mountain Gaming’s gambling-friendly properties providing a matchless locals’ experience. He emphasizes a commitment to slots and personalized gaming service, anticipating an unprecedented surge in visitors attracted by the town’s invigorated gaming landscape.

Cripple Creek, steeped in a rich history of gambling, is obviously witnessing a transformative moment. Rocky Mountain Gaming’s acquisition is a nod to tradition and an eye on the future, as the new addition to the company’s portfolio promises a fusion of heritage and innovation, ensuring these properties remain cherished landmarks in the heart of Cripple Creek.

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