Sports betting has a weird history in New Mexico. They were the sixth state to legalise sports betting, although they do not have any legal betting procedures in place. The entire scenario is murky, which confuses those trying to wager in New Mexico.
Is it legal to bet on sports in New Mexico?
Sports betting is not permitted in New Mexico. However, sports betting is not banned in New Mexico if done in tribal casinos. Santa Ana Star Casino took a sports bet in October 2018 because it technically isn’t unlawful, and the state hasn’t taken any action against accepting them. You can bet at the following casinos:
Hilton Buffalo Thunder Casino (Santa Fe)
Inn of the Mountain Gods (Mescalero)
Isleta Resort & Casino (Albuquerque)
Route 66 Casino (Albuquerque)
Santa Ana Star Casino (Bernalillo)
They offer all of the main sports, as well as college sports. There are currently no mobile choices or apps available, thus betting must be done in person at one of those sites.
Is Sports Betting on DraftKings Legal in New Mexico?
Unfortunately, DraftKings is not one of the sports betting alternatives available in New Mexico. While the DraftKings sportsbook will not accept bets in New Mexico, you can win money by participating in DraftKings daily fantasy sports (DFS). It’s unknown when or if DraftKings will start allowing sports bets in New Mexico, since DFS is their sole presence for the time being.
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Why is sports betting prohibited in New Mexico?
The legality of sports betting in New Mexico is unclear. There is no clear view on its legality, and both the casinos and the government appear satisfied with the existing situation, in which casinos accept bets despite the lack of regulation. Having said that, the casinos may fight any legislation that threatens their sports betting revenue, such as permitted mobile sportsbooks.
When Will Sports Betting in New Mexico Begin?
There is no timetable or certainty that New Mexico will legalize sports betting. The loophole that casinos have exploited, paired with New Mexico’s subsequent apathy towards fixing it or discussing alternative choices, suggests that the state does not have strong sentiments about sports betting expansion. It is impossible to predict when mobile sportsbooks will be available in New Mexico.
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