Online Gambling in New Mexico

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Not legal

Poker

Not legal

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Daily Fantasy Sports in New Mexico
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New Mexico daily fantasy sports games are legal. New Mexico DFS players can enjoy games legally.

State officials permit these games to operate. As with sports betting, authorities have taken a hands-off approach to daily fantasy games. That means top DFS sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel are available to residents and visitors. DFS players can set lineups for their favorite NFL, NBA, MLB and other professional sports leagues and win real money prizes.

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Online Sports Betting in New Mexico
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Online sports betting is illegal in New Mexico. There are multiple brick-and-mortar sportsbooks, but there are no legal mobile sports betting options.

In October 2018, New Mexico became one of the first states to accept a legal sports bet and the first to take wagers without an act of the legislature. Several Native American tribes determined an existing gaming compact with the state permitted casinos on sovereign tribal lands to take wagers after the Supreme Court struck down the federal ban in May 2018. State officials haven’t taken legal action to try to stop the tribes from taking bets, so these Native American casinos remain free to take in-person wagers within their facilities.

Betting on most major professional sports leagues is legal, as are wagers on college teams, though bets aren’t permitted on in-state programs New Mexico or New Mexico State.

Only a handful of the two dozen or so Native American casinos are taking bets, but more will likely do so in the coming months. Follow Gambling.com for all the latest sports betting developments in New Mexico, including new sportsbook openings.

For now, it appears sportsbook openings may be the only sports gambling news coming out of New Mexico. Lawmakers haven’t seriously considered passing further regulations on existing sportsbooks, and seem disinclined to even consider online and mobile approval.

Going forward, it appears New Mexico sports bettors will have to settle for land-based options. Elected officials and the tribes appear more than content with the unusual existing relationship that allows sports betting without any further action from the legislature.

Online Casino Gambling in New Mexico
Not Legal

New Mexico online casino games are illegal. There are no legal options for mobile or internet-based, real-money casino games in New Mexico.

With lawmakers largely ambivalent toward legal sports betting, real money online casino games seem highly unlikely to be legalized anytime soon. Online sports betting has been an easier sell in most other states with legal gaming,so it makes casino games like slots, blackjack or roulette even less likely to gain traction from lawmakers.

Though online casino games won’t be legal, New Mexico residents and visitors have plenty of brick-and-mortar locations to choose from. There are more than 20 Native American casinos spread across the state, including near major population centers like Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Rio Rancho. There are also several hybrid casino-racetrack “racinos” in the state that feature pari-mutuel betting options.

Online Poker in New Mexico
Not Legal

Online poker is not legal in New Mexico. There remains no legal real money online poker games in New Mexico.

Like with online casinos, New Mexico lawmakers have taken little interest in legalizing mobile and online real money poker. Though five states have legalized these games, New Mexico doesn’t seem like it will anytime in the near future.

In the meantime, there are multiple brick-and-mortar options for poker players. Poker is permitted at the racinos and tribal casinos, so there are plenty of options to play statewide.

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Gambling in New Mexico

New Mexico gambling is largely dominated by the state’s federally recognized Native American tribes. Since the federal government opened gaming on sovereign tribal lands in the late 1980s, New Mexico has slowly grown into one of the larger per capita gambling markets in the nation. The state more recently endorsed casino-style gambling at pari-mutuel horse tracks, creating “racinos” that provide additional gaming options.

The proliferation of these casinos has also made gaming options more accessible for players than has occurred within the majority of other states with Native American gaming. While most casinos in other states are located in rural areas removed from major population centers, multiple New Mexico casinos are near the state’s largest population centers. That includes several that are a short drive from Albuquerque, far and away the state’s most-populated city.

Aside from tribal gaming, there isn’t much of a gaming infrastructure in New Mexico. Unlike neighboring Nevada, there have been few pushes for widespread commercial gaming offerings. This in part explains the delayed implementation of gaming options that are now in nearly every state: New Mexico was one of the last states to formally legalize bingo as well as a government-sanctioned lottery.

That has carried over to online options, which helps explain the lukewarm interest in new mobile options for sports betting, poker and casino games.

New Mexico seems set to continue its tepid support for gaming going forward, especially online. Bettors looking for slots, poker, blackjack and now sports betting still have plenty of brick-and-mortar options, primarily through the proactive growth of the state’s Native American casinos.

Timeline of Gambling Legislation in New Mexico

2018
1 of 6

New Mexico unexpectedly takes its first sports bet, becoming the sixth state to do so and the first state to take a legal wager without a formal act from the legislature.

2009
2 of 6

State officials formally regulate bingo for prizes, becoming one of the most recent states to oversee the games that are now commonplace across the country.

1998
3 of 6

Motivated by the growth of Native American casinos, state officials approve five racinos, a major development in a state without many significant gaming options.

1996
4 of 6

Nearly a decade after federal rules opened up casino gambling options on tribal lands, New Mexico’s first tribal gaming centers begin opening their doors. More than 20 such casinos open in the next 20 years.

1995
5 of 6

New Mexico approves a state-sanctioned lottery, becoming one of the more recent lottery adopters in the nation and breaking nearly half a century without any significant gaming authorizations.

1946
6 of 6

Pari-mutuel horse track wagering is legalized.

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