Online Betting in
New Mexico

Green light! Sports betting is now allowed in New Mexico. It might be a small sample as wagering is for now only permitted on-site at the Santa Ana Star Casino and Hotel in Albuquerque but online gambling and sports betting could be up and running everywhere in the state pretty soon.

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Limited Sports Betting is legal in New Mexico

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Sports betting is good to go in New Mexico. Wagering is permitted on-site at one single tribe casino for now, but others are expected to follow. A total of 17 other tribes can launch sports betting should they decide to make a move.

Frequently asked questions about New Mexico gambling

If you want to read more specific details about gambling in New Mexico, we suggest you dig deeper into this text, or check our the more specific sports betting or casino-pages about the state. Otherwise, here is a quick run-down of the most important nuggets of knowledge.

Is it legal to bet in New Mexico?

Yes, sports betting is legal and live in the state of New Mexico.

When did it become legal?

May 2018 after the federal ban on sports betting was declared null.

Where can I place bets in the state of NM?

For now, wagering is only permitted at the Santa Ana Star Casino and Hotel.

Who operates sports betting in New Mexico?

The industry is operated by the Tamaya Nation at the Pueblo of Santa Ana tribe.

Is online sports betting available in New Mexico?

Not yet. Wagering is limited to one location only, at least for now, with gambling illegal elsewhere in the state.

What sports can I place bets on?

Wagers are accepted on professional and collegiate sports.

Can I place bets on local teams?

Not in New Mexico. Betting on local teams including University of NM and NM State is prohibited.

How do gambling promos work?

Gambling promos are incentives used to attract new players to sign up with a casino, sportsbook place. Promos tend to be a monetary amount given by the company or a number of free spins or bets.

Online betting in New Mexico

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New Mexico became the sixth state to legalize sports betting.

Talk about catching us off-guard!

New Mexico is the sixth official state to launch sports betting following the federal ban on the industry being declared null and void in May of 2018.

But how did this come about? NM hadn’t put forward any legislation and wasn’t such an idea against what state law said anyway?

This may be the case but that didn’t stop the Pueblo of Santa Ana tribe. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, as they say.

Let’s take a closer look at one of the more unique frameworks for sports betting.

Key points of New Mexico sports betting

- Sports betting live at the Santa Ana Star Casino and Hotel in Bernalillo only.

- Industry operated by the Tamaya Nation at the Pueblo of Santa Ana

- Wagers accepted on professional and collegiate sports

- Betting on local teams including University of NM and NM State prohibited

- Wagering only permitted on-site: online gambling and sports betting illegal elsewhere

New mexico santa ana star casino sports betting

At the moment the only place to bet in NM is in the sportsbook at Santa Ana Star Casino.

How has New Mexico sports betting come about?

Answering the question posed requires some explanation but it’s important to note the tribe managed to satisfy two key criteria to get sports betting in on its own.

Firstly, state law in NM doesn’t explicitly forbid sports betting.

Secondly, for sports betting to be approved it needs to be absent from a list of prohibited Class III games in the tribal-state compact* (an agreement which aims to keep an equilibrium between two political entities) which it is. Confusingly though it’s not on the list of authorized Class III games either.

The ambiguous nature of sports betting in NM and where it sits within the laws, has culminated in the gray area being taken full advantage of.

It’s a loophole which has helped create the most unlikely of sports betting stories. This said, New Mexico aren’t alone in the emergence of tribal sports betting - similar instances exist in both Nevada and Mississippi.

New Mexico is unique in having a single tribe having a standalone industry though with sports betting active across the whole of the aforementioned states.

How can I bet in New Mexico?

The sportsbook at The Santa Ana Star Casino and Hotel in Bernalillo is the only place within NM you can go to bet. Operated by USBookmaking, the sportsbook is open seven days a week and caters for all types of bet except those on local teams University of NM and NM State.

Wagering is limited to this location only - at least for now - with gambling illegal elsewhere in the state.

What’s the future of sports betting in NM?

Nobody anticipated the sports betting landscape even reaching this stage so who knows what’s next in New Mexico!?

The lack of clarity in the tribal compact certainly leaves the door open for the state’s 17 other tribes to launch sports betting, should they decide to make a move.

It’s believed the majority will assign themselves a watching brief for the time being though in order to see what comes of the launch at Saint Ana.

Steps to refine the language used in state law and remove any gray area would be the next logical move but with this asier said than done, it’s more likely we’ll see fellow tribes in NM introducing their own frameworks.

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