A third New Mexico tribe is set to launch sports betting operations

A third Indian casino in the state of New Mexico is set to launch sports betting operations this summer.

On Tuesday, The Isleta Resort and Casino near Albuquerque announced that it has entered a partnership with Nevada-based supplier USBookmaking, to operate a sportsbook in the venue’s casino.

The Isleta Resort and Casino is owned and operated by the Pueblo of Isleta. Once the sportsbook in the venue is up and running, it will become the third sportsbook to launch in one of New Mexico’s tribal gambling venues.

Patrons at the Isleta Resort will be able to place in-person wagers across a range of professional and collegiate sporting events.

In a press statement, Harold Baugus CEO of Isleta Resort & Casino, said: “We’re very excited to be answering the requests of our guests to bring sports gambling to New Mexico. We look forward to unveiling all of the exciting possibilities to our patrons.”

In March, the Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in Santa Fe, which is owned by the Pueblo of Pojoaque, became the second tribal-owned casino to launch sports betting operations.

In October 2018, the Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel near Albuquerque, which is owned and operated by the Tamaya Nation in the Pueblo of Santa Ana, became the first sportsbook to launch in New Mexico. The Santa Ana sportsbook is also supplied by USBookmaking.

Vic Salerno, President of USBookmaking said: “We are proud to be selected by Isleta Resort & Casino to provide sports betting services for their casino. We offer outstanding service for our clients and our selection by Isleta validates the tremendous value that USBookmaking contributes.”

Although New Mexico’s legislature has not legalized sports betting, tribes that are engaged in a tribe-state compact for gambling are legally allowed to offer sports betting.

Tribe-state compacts in New Mexico allow tribal casinos to offer all forms of Class III gambling which includes sports betting. Class III gambling includes any form of gambling that is not a traditional tribal gambling activity or a game of chance.

The announcement of the sportsbook at Isleta Resort did not include a timeline for launch, but Isleta is set to release details on development in the near future.

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