Back in May of this year, the US Supreme Court cleared the way for legal sports betting in the United States on a state-by-state basis. This was a landmark court case between New Jersey and the federal government along with several of the major sports leagues in the country. The Garden State was quick to open a few sportsbooks in its Atlantic City casinos and horse racing tracks such as Monmouth Park. Mississippi is another state with sportsbooks in casinos and a few more states should be up and running in the coming months.
New Mexico is the latest state to offer sports betting through a local tribal casino in Bernalillo. This area is better known the town of Santa Ana Pueblo. The interesting part of this story is the fact that the state legislature has yet to pass an actual bill that makes this form of real money gambling legal. As reported on www.krqe.com by KRQE Media, Santa Ana Star Casino and Hotel will begin offering sports betting later this month.
When Do New Mexico Casinos Start to Offer Legal Online Sports Betting?
Santa Ana Star has apparently found a loophole in the current gaming regulations through the state’s Indian Gaming Compact that does not specifically ban sports betting. In fact, sport betting is not even addressed in the Indian Gaming Compact. University of New Mexico Dean and Professor of Law Alfred Mathewson was quoted in the report as stating, “You’re getting into a political question in terms of what the legislature would do, where the public is on this.”
Current plans call for a ‘sports book betting’ area inside the casino. It would be rather small in scale when you think of the various sportsbooks located in the Las Vegas casino resorts. It remains to be seen if this will be challenged by the regulatory authorities in the state of New Mexico.
Moreover, there is similar report on the Silver City Sun website www.scsun-news.com. Furthermore, it adds that a Las Vegas company USBookmaking has a partner. Most specifically, their new partner is with the New Mexico Casino. As a result, they are installing a full-service sportsbook. Additionally, this Sportsbook offers sports betting on everything from the NFL to NASCAR when it comes to professional leagues. Also, it will also offer to bet on the collegiate level for all the major sports.
Most importantly John Salemo is the director of operations for USBookmaking. Recently, he goes on record in a press release. First of all, he says “There will be action taken on the colleges. Ultimately, The University of New Mexico and New Mexico State are available to wager.” However, we need to confirm this.
Taking Wagers On Winning Bets
Additionally, he adds to his statement. He says, “You can get the same thing there as you would at any Las Vegas sports book. After that,” His company will work with Santa Ana Star personnel when it comes how to write tickets. Also, they take wagers and pay off winning bets.
First of all, the Santa Ana Star is one of the more popular New Mexico casinos. Furthermore, they are Open 24 hours a day. Moreover, this comprehensive casino offers luxury accommodations. Additionally, they have fine dining and an extended casino floor with slot machines. Also, their other video gaming devices are fantastic. If you like gambling, check out their selection of table games. Additionally, they even offer on-site bowling that features the Starlight Bar & Grille.