New Mexico is the 6th US state to legalize sports betting. Unfortunately, that isn’t yet the case for online sports betting but that is soon to change. The first casino that opened for sports betting is the Santa Ana Star Casino & Hotel located in Bernalillo. Then nothing happened for a long time. But now also the Pueblo and Isleta’s Resort & Casino will open their sportsbooks. Additionally, there are some other gambling spots that have started partnerships with sportsbooks like William Hill.
Sports betting legislation
The New Mexico sports betting legalization has been an unconventional one in the sense that no formal legislation has been passed. However, the Santa Ana star casino made the bold move to just open a sportsbook. They did do so in a gaming compact in agreement with the state. This casino is located on Indian land and therefore concerns the Department of the Interior’s Office of Indian Affairs.
What is legal?
Sports betting is still a cloudy topic in the United States and also in New Mexico. Although you can now bet in person in New Mexico at several casinos, online betting is not yet available. It’s unclear what the next step will be. Perhaps states will regulate this matter or further decisions will be made federally. Fantasy sports sites FanDuel and DraftKings will open sportsbooks in the states that allow it. In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, this is already the case. However, it’s still a pretty complicated process to sign up to play in those online sportsbooks. That’s because they want to ensure that only people from designated states can play.
Fantasy sports has been fully legal in the entire United States. Therefore it’s a more accessible option for sports fans. It’s a game considered a game of skill by the supreme court, therefore, it’s been possible to play this for a long time. The biggest fantasy sports providers, FanDuel and DraftKings both offer a variety of contests in the NHL, NBA, and other popular leagues. FanDuel has already opened their sportsbook, but as of now only available to residents of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.