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Up on Cripple Creek Time was when Cripple Creek was a dinky little mining town, rich in history, sinking slowly in the West. Now it's a glitzy gambling spot, rife with tour buses and real-estate millionaires.
click to enlarge Ted Smith - Old Colorado City - Acupuncturist - What does Cripple Creek make you think of?An - old mining town that's now a gambling town. -  - What was your best gambling experience? - Winning five bucks on the nickel slots at Treasure - Island. -  - Do you consider yourself lucky? Pretty lucky. - But not when I gamble. -  - What's the difference between gambling and playing - the stock market?Slots are purely random luck. - Poker involves a little more skill and psychology. But with - the stock market, you can make more of an informed - decision. -  - If you were given $500 to gamble, how would you - do it?I'd learn how to play blackjack or poker. - There's skill involved there, not just pure chance.
  • Ted Smith
    Old Colorado City
    Acupuncturist
    What does Cripple Creek make you think of?An old mining town that's now a gambling town.

    What was your best gambling experience? Winning five bucks on the nickel slots at Treasure Island.

    Do you consider yourself lucky? Pretty lucky. But not when I gamble.

    What's the difference between gambling and playing the stock market?Slots are purely random luck. Poker involves a little more skill and psychology. But with the stock market, you can make more of an informed decision.

    If you were given $500 to gamble, how would you do it?I'd learn how to play blackjack or poker. There's skill involved there, not just pure chance.

click to enlarge Claudia Eley - Green Mountain Falls - Retired teacher  - What's your view of Cripple Creek? I like the - way it was before the gambling came in, when it was just - the [Imperial Players] melodrama and antique shops. -  - Have you gambled there? Once. All the noise - and smoke was pretty gross. I didn't like the - atmosphere. -  - Would a new mining and history museum make you - visit? If someone whose opinion I trusted told me it - was wonderful, I might. I liked the old one they had - there. -  - What's your best gambling experience? A - fund-raiser for an historical society. I lost $25 and quit, - and considered it a donation. What the heck. -  - Do you consider yourself lucky? Yeah. Where I - live and what I have is pretty lucky.
  • Claudia Eley
    Green Mountain Falls
    Retired teacher
    What's your view of Cripple Creek? I like the way it was before the gambling came in, when it was just the [Imperial Players] melodrama and antique shops.

    Have you gambled there? Once. All the noise and smoke was pretty gross. I didn't like the atmosphere.

    Would a new mining and history museum make you visit? If someone whose opinion I trusted told me it was wonderful, I might. I liked the old one they had there.

    What's your best gambling experience? A fund-raiser for an historical society. I lost $25 and quit, and considered it a donation. What the heck.

    Do you consider yourself lucky? Yeah. Where I live and what I have is pretty lucky.

click to enlarge Steve Jelinek - West side  - Land surveyor - Have you gambled in Cripple Creek? Oh yeah. - I'm not much of a gambler  when I run out of money, I - quit. But it was fun. -  - Would you go there for any other reason? - Sightseeing, maybe. -  - Would a new museum draw you there? It - would. I liked the mining museum we have here up the - road near Gleneagle. It's kind of fascinating. -  - What's your best gambling experience? An - afternoon and evening in [Deadwood, S.D.]. I made a day - of it, got pretty drunk and broke even. Didn't cost me a - dime. -  - If you had $500 to gamble with, how would you do - it? I'd go to Cripple Creek, try a little blackjack, - maybe a little roulette, and definitely the slots. -  -  Bob Campbell
  • Steve Jelinek
    West side
    Land surveyor
    Have you gambled in Cripple Creek? Oh yeah. I'm not much of a gambler when I run out of money, I quit. But it was fun.

    Would you go there for any other reason? Sightseeing, maybe.

    Would a new museum draw you there? It would. I liked the mining museum we have here up the road near Gleneagle. It's kind of fascinating.

    What's your best gambling experience? An afternoon and evening in [Deadwood, S.D.]. I made a day of it, got pretty drunk and broke even. Didn't cost me a dime.

    If you had $500 to gamble with, how would you do it? I'd go to Cripple Creek, try a little blackjack, maybe a little roulette, and definitely the slots.

    Bob Campbell

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