Gold Rush Hotel & Casino / Gold Digger`s Casino
209 East Bennett Avenue, Cripple Creek, Colorado
|Casino sq/ft:||6,500 sq/ft|
|Poker Room:|| –|
|Hotels:|| Cripple Creek Hotels|
Gold Rush Casino had a 6,500 square foot casino floor with 400 slots and a poker room, and a 13 room hotel on the second floor. There was also one restaurant. The casino closed in October of 2010 and opened again briefly under new ownership in 2012. It closed again in January of 2013.
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One of my many stops in Cripple Creek recently was the Gold Rush Casino (and Gold Diggers Casino next door) hotel and casino. Down at the lower end of Bennett Avenue, this is pretty much the first casino you run into if youre driving in from Florissant. Theres plenty of free parking one block away on Carr street, where theres a large (gravel) lot. Immediately behind the Gold Rush is the Palladium Amphitheater, a cool outdoor concert and entertainment venue.This casino is relatively small and cozy, with classic old-west Victorian dcor. There are rooms available upstairs that maintain the Victorian theme. The slot and video poker variety is a little limited due to the lack of floor space. Theres two bars with inlaid video poker, the larger bar having 5-cent machines only. They have cool individual TV monitors at each seat which would be great for watching your favorite sporting event. There are gaming tables near the front door which they can configure as needed. When I was there they had one Blackjack and one Poker table going.Gold Rush Casino establishment has one nice restaurant, the Grapevine, on the main floor. I did not eat there this time (but have in the past), and the food was pretty basic with reasonable prices. They did offer free hotdogs over by the players club booth, but they were looking a little old and I wasnt hungry anyway.The staff at the Gold Rush Casino were quietly efficient and focused. I received fast service at both the bar and cashier. I wouldnt call them friendly, however. When Im in a casino I want to have fun, you know? Happy employees, who will make small talk and laugh and joke around (even if its amongst themselves) contribute mightily to a fun atmosphere. These folks were all business. Maybe I was there on a bad night, but nobody seemed very happy. I found myself wanting to move on.As you cruise up and down the strip in Cripple Creek, the Gold Rush Casino should be one of your stops, especially to see the Victorian dcor. Enjoy!