Due to some legal technicalities, legal sports gambling in New Mexico is a bit out of the ordinary when compared to other states. So, the question is: Is sports betting legal in New Mexico after the PASPA was overturned?
Well, it depends on who you ask. Many in the statehouse are saying, “No.” However, the Santa Ana Star Casino and Hotel in Bernalillo disagrees and has been offering sports wagers since October 16, 2018.
Everywhere else in the state, sports gambling remains illegal.
Statewide Brick and Mortar Sportsbooks
As mentioned, the Santa Ana Star Casino and Hotel in Bernalillo is the only brick and mortar sportsbook operating in New Mexico. They are able to do so because of the language in state law.
In New Mexico, sports gambling is considered a Class III form of gambling like blackjack or craps. State law says Class III gambling is only allowed at Tribal Casinos.
When the PASPA was overturned, The Santa Ana Star saw their opportunity and took it. There are 17 other Tribal Casinos operating in the state, but no others have begun to offer sports gambling.
Available Betting Apps in New Mexico
No betting apps are legally available in the state of New Mexico. In fact, New Mexico is so strict with its anti-gambling laws, it is challenging to access off-shore online sportsbooks as well.
It is difficult to see any legal sports gambling outside of The Santa Ana Star anytime soon, online, or on land.
Best Bonuses and Promotions
Since the Santa Ana Star Casino is the only game in the state, they have not offered many bonuses or promotions to its players outside of a few drawings and raffles.
Sports Available for Betting
The Santa Ana Star Casino has made the industry standard sports available in their sportsbook. However, the focus of their offerings is on the four major North American sports, college and professional. These include:
- Football (NFL and NCAAF)
- Basketball (NBA, WNBA, NCAAM)
- Baseball (MLB and NCAA)
- Hockey (NHL)
- Soccer (MLS, Premier League, World Cup)
- Combat Sports (UFC and Boxing)
- Golf (PGA, LPGA)
- Auto Sports (F-1, NASCAR)
The Santa Ana Star Casino has many payment options available to its guests, including cash, debit card, credit card, and bank transfer.
Legal Betting Age
You must be 21 years of age or over to enter the Santa Ana Star Casino.