Sports Betting Q&A
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When will sports betting be legal in New Mexico?

While there is no technical legislation for legalized sports betting, there are four operational retail sportsbooks located at casinos throughout New Mexico. Because of a 2015 gaming compact, tribes are allowed to include sports betting at their casinos without authorization from the state, which meant they were able to open sportsbooks once PASPA was overturned in 2018.

The four sportsbooks in the state are managed by a variety of local and world-wide companies.

However, since no legislation has been passed dealing with the specifics of sports betting, New Mexico does not appear close to allowing online wagering. 

Daily Fantasy Sports and horse racing betting are also allowed in New Mexico. That said, Daily Fantasy Sports aren't technically legal as online operators are only allowed in the state because New Mexico's definition of gambling does not include fantasy sports. That'll likely continue to be the case as there has been little action in proposing bills to legalize DFS.

Retail Sportsbooks

Hilton Buffalo Thunder, Sante Fe

The Thunder Race & Sportsbook has a full-service bar, betting windows and kiosks. It's managed by National Sports Book Management of South Point in Las Vegas.

Inn of the Mountain Gods, Mescalero

Sportsbook at the Inn is the first in the state to partner with London-based bookmaker William Hill. The newly renovated space is located between Big Game Sports Bar and Apache Spirit Club, featuring high-top seating, 12 wide-screen TVs and betting kiosks.

Isleta Casino, Albuquerque

The Isleta Sports Book holds 50 TVs, a bar, lounge area, four betting kiosks and quick access to the food court. It is run by USBookmaking.

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday - Sunday: 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Santa Ana Star, Santa Ana Pueblo

Sportsbook at The Star was the first to open in the state, located inside Cantina Rio, featuring betting windows and self-service terminals with extended hours. It is also run by USBookmaking.

Sunday - Monday: 2:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday: closed
Friday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Sunday: 7 a.m. - 12 a.m.

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What are some current trends in sports betting?
Betting trends usually refer to what the public is doing. You have two choices, to follow the public or fade the public.
Who benefits from sports betting?
Sports betting not only benefits each state, but it also gives fans another way to enjoy games.
What is a sports betting model?
A sports betting model is a system that can identify unbiased picks to determine the probability for all outcomes in a certain game.
What is a sports betting exchange?
A sports betting exchange allows bettors to bet against each other instead of through a bookmaker.
What are some tips for managing your bankroll when betting on sports?
The most important tip when betting on sports is to limit each bet to be between one and five percent of your bankroll.
Can sports betting be a career?
Yes. Sports betting can be a career if you make it your full-time job and put in the hours.
Can sports betting make you rich?
Sports betting is unlikely to make you rich unless you turn it into a full-time job and become one of the best bettors in the world.
Is sports betting a waste of money?
Sports betting is not a waste of money if you define your goals before making your first wager.
Can sports betting be profitable?
Sports betting can be profitable, but the majority of bettors lose money, which is why sportsbooks exist.
What some simple tips for betting on sports?
A simple tip for betting on sports is to remember that only a small percentage of bettors are profitable in the long run.
What are some good sports betting tips for beginners?
A tip for beginners may be that turning a profit in sports betting is difficult and because you "know sports" doesn't mean you'll be successful.
How do you win at sports betting?
To win at sports betting, one has to put time into studying and researching various aspects of a matchup.
Why should sports betting be legal?
Sports betting should be legal because not only is it another way for fans to enjoy action, but it's also a boost to the economy.
Is sports betting rigged?
Sports betting is not rigged, but it is against your favor because of the vig.
What is the tax rate on sports betting winnings?
When PASPA was overturned in 2018, states began legalizing sports betting and introducing different taxes on revenue.
How do sports betting payouts work?
Sports betting payouts depend on which type of odds are being used.
What is a bookie in sports betting?
A bookie is someone who facilitates gambling by setting odds, accepting and placing bets, and then paying out the winnings.
What are some popular sports betting books?
BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet are some of the more popular sportsbooks where sports betting is legal.
Which sports betting site is best?
BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet are some of the more popular online sportsbooks where betting is legal.
What is a hedge in sports betting?
A hedge is a method to reduce risk and secure winnings for a specified bet.
What is the spread in sports betting?
The spread, also referred to as the line, is used to even the odds between two unevenly matched teams.
How do sports betting spreads work?
Sports betting spreads, also referred to as lines, are used to even the odds between two unevenly matched teams.
What does hook mean in sports betting?
The hook means a half-point in sports betting.
What is arbitrage in sports betting?
Arbitrage in sports betting is when someone places bets on all possible outcomes of an event at odds that guarantee profit.
Can you arbitrage sports betting?
Arbitrage sports betting is legal, though it's frowned upon by bookmakers.