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Legal Sports Betting Now Available in New Mexico

Publish: 14.11.2018
Last week was an important one for the state of New Mexico, which became the sixth US state to legally regulate sports betting since the US Constitutional Court lifted the federal ban back in May.

The Santa Ana Star Casino and Hotel in Bernalillo was the first one to launch wagering on sports. The 100,000 square-foot venue is located just outside of Albuquerque and is operated by the Tamaya Nation, while its offering includes traditional dice and card games.

Legal Sports Betting Now Available in New Mexico
Commenting on this historic move, the Santa Ana Star Casino and Hotel Chief Executive Officer John Cirrincione said they were extremely proud the casino-hotel was the first tribal casino in the state and one of the first in the nation to launch a sports book.

An Important Day for New Mexico

The new sports book, operated by USBookmaking, will also offer live betting on professional and college sport, with one small exception: bettors won’t be able to wager on local teams, including the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State.

Cirrincione said he believed it was best not to accept wagers on these teams.

The sportsbook will be opened on weekdays from noon to 8 pm, and on weekends from 7 am to 10 pm. For those who want to wager off hours, there are four betting stations and two self-service kiosks available.

Vic Salerno, president of USBookmaking said his company had found that there was tremendous demand for Nevada-style retail sports book operation in a multitude of casinos throughout the US.

He added USBookmaking specialised in the ability to get to market quickly and operate efficiently and pointed out that the bookmaker had carved out a unique position of a very attractive service provider to the many independent casino operations that existed in the market.

It should be noted that sports betting at Santa Ana Star, and the entire New Mexico, will be limited only to on-site betting, which means online gambling and wagering won’t be allowed.

Tribal Sports Betting on the Rise

Apart from the Tamaya Nation, two other Native American tribes are offering sports betting at this moment.

In Nevada, that’s the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe in Laughlin, while the Mississippi Band of Choctaw has been offering sports betting since September.

According to David Carl, press secretary for the Office of the Attorney General, the sports betting at the Santa Ana Star will be monitored by the Tamaya Nation gaming regulatory commission.

Carl pointed out that the Office of the Attorney General would closely monitor New Mexico tribal gaming compacts and work with the legislature for proper statutory and regulatory oversight to require responsible gaming and enhanced integrity, in order to create an even playing field for all.

The current compact enables the tribal casino to operate all forms of Class III gaming, which includes sports betting.

At this moment, apart from New Mexico sports betting is legal in Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, and Mississippi. Sports betting has also been made legal in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, but it’s still pending launch.