Sports Betting Q&A
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Is sports betting legal in New Mexico?

Yes. 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. That 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.

Kiosks
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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Can you bet on sports with Venmo?
No, not legally. Most legal sportsbooks around the country won't allow you to make bets with Venmo.
Which states in US have legal sports betting?
As of 2020, there are 21 states (and Washington D.C.) that have legalized sports betting.
Can you bet on sports online?
Yes. But while betting on sports is legal in almost half the states in the country, not all of them allow online wagering.
When was sports betting legalized?
Sports betting was allowed to be legalized at a state level in 2018 after PASPA was struck down.
When will sports betting be legal in Indiana?
Sports betting in Indiana was legalized September 2019 and online gambling launched a few months later.
Is sports betting legal in Indiana?
Yes. Indiana passed a bill to allow sports betting in 2019 and wagering started in October with online betting opening a couple months later.
When will sports betting be legal in Michigan?
Michigan passed legislation to allow sports betting in December 2019 and the first physical sportsbooks opened March 2020.
Is sports betting legal in Michigan?
Yes. Michigan passed legislation to allow sports betting in December 2019 and the first physical sportsbooks opened in March 2020.
Is sports betting legal in Virginia?
Yes. Sports betting is legal in Virginia and residents began betting via FanDuel in January 2021.
When will sports betting be legal in Virginia?
Sports betting is legal in Virginia and residents began betting via FanDuel in January 2021.
When will sports betting be legal in South Dakota?
Sports betting is not legal in South Dakota, but residents passed a ballot initiative in the November 2020 election, which means it's on its way.
Is sports betting legal in South Dakota?
No. Sports betting is not legal in South Dakota, but residents passed a bill initiative in the 2020 election.
Is sports betting legal in North Carolina?
Yes. Sports betting is legal in North Carolina, but it's only available at two casinos, which weren't open as of early 2021.
When will sports betting be legal in North Carolina?
Sports betting is legal in North Carolina, but it's only available at two casinos, which weren't open as of early 2021.
When will sports betting be legal in Tennessee?
Yes. Tennessee sports betting was legalized in 2019 and launched in 2020.
Is sports betting legal in Tennessee?
Yes. Tennessee sports betting was legalized in 2019 and launched in 2020.
Is sports betting legal in Maryland?
No. Sports betting is not legal in Maryland, but residents voted Yes to legalize sports gambling in the November 2020 election.
When will sports betting be legal in Maryland?
No. Sports betting is not legal in Maryland, but residents voted Yes to legalize sports gambling in the November 2020 election.
Is sports betting legal in Louisiana?
No. Sports betting is illegal in Louisiana despite numerous attempts throughout the last couple years.
When will sports betting be legal in Louisiana?
Sports betting is illegal in Louisiana despite numerous attempts to legalize it the last couple years.
When will sports betting be legal in Iowa?
Iowa legalized sports betting in May 2019, becoming the 11th state to do so.
Is sports betting legal in Iowa?
Yes. Iowa legalized sports betting in 2019, becoming the 11th state to pass a bill.
When will sports betting be legal in Illinois?
Illinois passed sports betting legislature June 2019 and launched at physical sportsbooks March 2020, becoming the 15th state to offer wagering.
Is sports betting legal in Illinois?
Yes. Illinois passed sports betting legislature in 2019 and launched at physical sportsbooks in March 2020.
When will sports betting be legal in Colorado?
Colorado legalized in-person and mobile sports betting November 2019 after a bill was signed by the governor and then approved by voters.