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State of the state: By the numbers

46,000 – Number of attendees at last year’s Great American Beer Festival, the second straight year all four of the festival’s sessions were sold out. For this year’s 28th annual GABF, Sept. 24-27, the Colorado Convention Center hall has been expanded and more tickets made available.

750 – Number of jobs Colorado Gaming Association members said they’ve added to the existing 9,000 jobs as a result of gaming-law changes allowing higher bet limits, 24-hour gaming and new games that went into effect June 2. The CGA represents casinos in Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek.

$238.95 million  Wages, tips and benefits of employees at Colorado’s 40 mountain casinos in 2008.

$88.43 million  Gaming taxes paid in Colorado by the gaming industry in 2008.

Sources: The Brewers Association; Colorado Gaming Association; American Gaming Association.

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