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New Mexico Sports Betting

Joey Shadeck

In May of 2018, the Supreme Court overruled a law that placed a federal ban on sports betting. This decision has given each state the power to legalize sports betting, both online and in-person. New Mexico became one of the first states to have legal sports betting, although the state doesn't regulate it.

Is Sports Betting Legal in New Mexico?

No, but under the state's tribal gaming compact tribal casinos are allowed to offer sports betting. Under the state's tribal gaming compact, sports betting is considered class three gaming. Class three gaming means that sports betting can be legally offered at tribal casinos only, and is still illegal online and at non-tribal casinos. Two tribal casinos currently offer sports betting, while a third is expected to provide it by the summer.

The only places to legally bet on sports in New Mexico are;

  • Santa Ana Star Casino and Hotel
  • Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino
  • Isleta Resort & Casino (expected Summer of 2019)

These will be the only places to bet on sports unless 1) New Mexico passes new legislation or 2) more tribal casinos offer sportsbooks.

Santa Ana Hotel

Can I Bet on Sports Online in New Mexico?

Online sports betting and gambling is illegal in the state of New Mexico. There are not currently any bills or legislation in Congress that would change this.

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New Mexico Gambling FAQ

Aside from online sports betting, there other forms of gambling available to residents of the Land of Enchantment.

Are daily fantasy sports legal in New Mexico?

Yes, Daily Fantasy Sports, such as FanDuel and DraftKings are legal in New Mexico.

For those unfamiliar, Daily Fantasy Sports, or DFS, is a cross between fantasy football and legalized gambling. On a broad level, DFS contests are a subsection of fantasy sports. Players compete against their friends, or more often strangers to build a team of professional athletes under a given salary cap, and try and to outscore their opponents. Daily fantasy sports differ from traditional fantasy sports by having contests that last for an evening or the weekend, as opposed to having the same team for months.

Are offshore sportsbooks legal in New Mexico?

No, offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada are not legal in New Mexico. Offshore sportsbooks do accept residents of New Mexico as clients. Although BettingBuck always recommends betting with legal sportsbooks, we do review a handful of offshore sites like Bovada, 5Dimes, and MyBookie.

Does New Mexico offer an online lottery system?

No, New Mexico does not currently offer an online lottery system. The New Mexico Lottery is one of the worst-performing in the country (revenue-wise), bringing in only $40 million in revenue in 2018 and $37.8 million in 2017.

Is online poker legal in New Mexico?

No, online poker is not legal in New Mexico. There are poker rooms throughout the state, and poker is offered at tribal casinos.

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Joey Shadeck

About the author: Joey Shadeck is the lead writer for and content strategist for Michigan-based Reink Media Group. He has closely tracked sports betting in the United States for the last two years, compiling hundreds of data points across dozens of sportsbooks. He has 5 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.

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