Ameristar's Blackhawk Casino: The Largest Casino In Colorado Opens (PHOTOS)

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Boasting itself as the tallest building between Denver and Salt Lake, the Blackhawk Ameristar Resort celebrated its grand opening Thursday with Governor Bill Ritter.

The 100,000 square-foot resort, standing tall with 33 stories and 563 rooms cost $235 million and will create hundreds of new jobs for Gilpin County. Its two story casino includes more than 1,600 slot machines, and 18 table games and video-style games.

"Ameristar remains very enthusiastic about Black Hawk," said Ameristar Chief Executive Officer Gordon Kanofsky in a statement release Thursday. "Our $235 million investment in this expansion will generate more local economic development by attracting guests who would be spending their leisure dollars elsewhere."

Below is a slideshow of the massive new resort courtesy of Ameristar:

Blackhawk's New Ameristar Casino Resort

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