New Mexico is unique in that it has legal sports betting despite there being no sports betting legislation passed in the history of the state. That’s because the state’s tribal gaming compacts allow “all forms of Class III Gaming” and according to federal regulations this means that the state’s tribal casinos can offer sports betting and pari-mutuel wagering.
As a result, on October 16th 2018, the Santa Ana Casino became the first gaming venue in New Mexico to accept sports bets following the Supreme Court ruling that the the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was unconstitutional.
This made New Mexico the sixth state to introduce some form of legal sports betting. Following this, the state lottery announced that it would allow players to make parlay bets on at least three sporting event results.
At the moment, there are no mobile sports betting options in the state as an online market would require specific sports wagering legislation. There are currently no plans to introduce such legislation in the near future.
Who regulates the New Mexico sports betting industry?
New Mexico has yet to officially legalize sports betting so all current sports betting activity that takes place on tribal casino properties falls under the supervision of the New Mexico Gaming Control Board.
Which legal sportsbooks are available in New Mexico?
There are currently four sportsbooks in operation in at tribal casinos in New Mexico. Two of these sportsbooks are located in Albuquerque, one in Mescalero, and another in Santa Fe.
The Navajo Nation has recently revealed that it is in the process of interviewing potential sports betting partners to help launch sportsbooks in three of its New Mexico locations — Northern Ridge Casino, Fire Rock Navajo Casino, and Flowing Water Casino. However a launch date has yet to be announced.
The sportsbooks currently in operation are:
The Sportsbook at Santa Ana Star Casino
This sportsbook at the Santa Ana Star Casino was the first to launch following the Supreme Court’s ruling. It began taking bets on October 16th 2018 and offers odds on both professional and collegiate sports. The sportsbook features self-service kiosks and is well-known for having stellar customer service.
The Sportsbook At The Inn Of The Mountain Gods
The self-branded Sportsbook at the Inn of the Mountain Gods is the only sportsbook in New Mexico to run on William Hill’s betting platform. The sportsbook features wide-screen TVs showing live sporting events, comfortable seating, and betting kiosks.
Hilton Buffalo Thunder Sportsbook
Located in by the poker room in the casino, The Thunder Race and Sportsbook is one of the smaller sportsbooks in New Mexico. That said, it still features a full bar, seating area, and a large-screen TV for live events.
The Sportsbook at Isleta Resort & Casino
The sportsbook at the Isleta Resort & Casino is the newest sportsbook in New Mexico launching in August of 2019. The sportsbook is located in the casino’s lounge bar and features large-screen TVs and betting kiosks.
Sports betting apps in New Mexico
The loophole in New Mexico’s tribal gaming compacts that allows for retail sportsbooks doesn’t cover mobile betting. However, there is hope that should the state succeed with legislation such as HB101 that will allow racinos to launch sportsbooks, mobile sports betting would be the next logical step.
New Mexico sports betting frequently asked questions
How old must you be to place wagers at a New Mexico sportsbook?
You must be 21 years of age or older to place a bet at a New Mexico sportsbook.
Is there mobile sports betting in New Mexico?
No. The loophole that allows tribal casinos to operate retail sportsbooks does not allow for mobile sports betting.
What sports can you bet on in New Mexico?
You can place bets on all major professional sports along with collegiate sports and Olympic events at any New Mexico sportsbook.
Is sports betting legal in New Mexico?
While the state has yet to legalize sports betting in New Mexico, the existing tribal compacts allow tribal casinos to operate sportsbook as a form of 'Class III Gaming'.