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Santa Ana Star Tribal Casino Gives Green Light to Sports Wagering in New Mexico

Sports betting has officially set foot in yet another state bringing a wide array of gaming offering to local players. New Mexico became the sixth state to provide its casino patrons with the riveting sports wagering option at Santa Ana Star Casino overseen by the Native American Tamaya Nation tribe.

States have been bracing for potential sports wagering and many of them have already devised a framework for the field. Lawmakers have the last saying and several states to the liking of Kentucky and New York eagerly anticipate the beginning of next year so they can finalize their work and give sports wagering a launch. There have even been states such as Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, currently on the brim of commencing sports wagering operation.

New Mexico was the dark horse nobody expected to see on the sports betting scene, but as it turns out tribal operation has the potential to make anything possible. The casino venue located near Albuquerque is the latest example of how even though there is no official law established, previously arranged tribal agreements could boost the field.

Details Regadring Future Operation

Santa Ana Star Indian integrated resort saw the official launch of sports wagering on 16th October, marking the start of a long-anticipated operation and hyping both local and neighboring states players to give it a try. As a result, the Bernalillo area transformed into the hottest spot for gaming enthusiasts willing to wager in a legal manner and boost the tribal operation.

The sixth state to join the game welcomed the proficient technology provided by USBookmaking which is well-known across Nevada for its sports wagering operation, but now the company is willing to explore new markets and increase its overall player pool. With the help of its operation in New Mexico, the operator made the region the first one to launch sports betting west of the Mississippi after the PASPA overruling.

Santa Ana Star casino commenced operation back in 1993 and ever since then it has been in operation, welcoming its patrons to the 100,000-square feet gaming venue. Up to this point the venue has had on offer a fairly limited number of activities, to the liking of beloved card games, as well as dice games. Thanks to the expansion work over the span of the past several months, the facility now has many flat-screen TVs which would make the sports wagering operation even easier.

Sports Betting Launches Operation

In their proximity, there are also several bookies already accepting bets on the wide array of sports via the four betting stations. As it has been confirmed this Tuesday, players now have the chance to wager on NFL, MLB, as well as NBA events which are already in full swing. In addition to these sports, latest news confirm that patrons are not going to have the chance to wager on games of the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University. Other collegiate sports would be available for betting on.

Furthermore, the limit on bets would be relatively low limits on bets. The sports wagering kiosk would welcome their customers Monday through Friday, from noon all the way to 8 p.m. Weekend operation would feature extended working hours spread across the 7a.m.-10p.m. window. For players willing to wager at any other time, there are two kiosks which offer self-service betting.

For the time being, wagering would be available on-site only. Alcohol serving across the venue remains prohibited, as this is part of the well-established policy of the Indian tribe. Even though the state has not officially provided a complete set of rules aiming to regulate the sports wagering field and provide proper protection to all players participating in such, Indian casino venues would still be able to have betting on site.

The state has not been able to devise the appropriate legislation up to this point, essentially crippling the field. However, Native American tribes overseeing casino venues operate under Class III gaming licenses which provide them with the apparatus to offer sports betting.

 Author: Harrison Young

Harrison Young is an experienced writer, who started his career almost 8 years ago. Prior to joining our team at CasinoGamesPro, he worked as an editor for a small magazine.