Current Sports Betting Status: Legal
New Mexico marks the 6th state to offer legalized sports betting but where can you place legal sports wagers in New Mexico?
The regulators have yet to pass new sports betting legalization bills with in the state since the PASPA passed in May of 2018, yet on October 16, 2018, the Santa Ana Star Casino & Hotel booked its first sports bet, making the state the 6th to offer legalized sports betting. Santa Ana Star, operated by the Pueblo of Santa Ana, now offers visitors a sportsbook. The tribal casino is located near Albuquerque, N.M. All bets must be placed on-site.
How is legalized sports betting possible in New Mexico?
The move by the Santa Ana Star Casino & Hotel was made thru a gaming compact with the state. The New Mexico compacts permit “any or all forms of Class III Gaming,” a classification in the federal regulations that includes sports betting and pari-mutuel wagering.
Despite the tribal gaming compact between the state and tribes not mentioning sports betting directly, tribal gaming within New Mexico can reap the benefits because the compact indeed covers Class III gaming under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which encompasses sports wagering. The compact is valid through 2037.
Will sports betting outside of tribal gaming be permitted?
Currently the state prohibits gambling legislation has yet to be introduced specific to sports betting legalization.
Can I bet online?
The short answer is no.
Sports betting is currently limited to on-site wagering only at Santa Ana Star, being that online gambling and sports betting itself remain illegal elsewhere under New Mexico law.