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New Mexico Joins Five Other States In Sports Betting Market

Tribal Casino Outside Of Albuquerque Kicks Of Betting

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Though there was considerably less attention than was seen in other states, New Mexico has made waves by becoming the latest U.S. jurisdiction to have an active sports betting market.

On Tuesday, the Santa Ana Star casino, located about 20 miles north of Albuquerque, launched its sports book. The tribal casino is the only one of its kind in the state with sports betting. Wagering on local college sports teams is currently prohibited.

The Pueblo of Santa Ana tribe teamed up with Nevada-based sports book manager USBookmaking for the new offering.

The Santa Ana Star casino has 109,000 square feet of gaming space and is equipped with slot machines and table games. The casino has 1,475 slot machines and 20 table games including blackjack, roulette, pai gow, four-card poker, Let It Ride and craps. It also has a poker room.

New Mexico is home to 28 tribal casinos and and five commercial racinos, according to the American Gaming Association.

In 2017, statewide commercial casino gaming revenue was $227.5 million, down 2.1 percent compared to 2016. It was the industry’s lowest total in more than a decade.