New Mexico’s Santa Ana Star launches sports betting

New Mexico’s Santa Ana Star launches sports betting

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Posted by News Team
New Mexico
Casino claims it has the right to offer sports betting under tribal law

New Mexico-based tribal gaming venue Santa Ana Star Casino has launched sports betting, despite the state not yet having legalised the vertical. 

As the casino is operated by the Tamaya Nation at the Pueblo of Santa Ana under the jurisdiction of tribal laws, it claims to have been able to go live without the New Mexico legislature regulating sports betting. 

“We are extremely proud of the fact that Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel is the first tribal casino in the state of New Mexico, and one of the first in the nation, to launch a sportsbook,” Santa Ana Star chief executive John Cirrincione said. “The Tribal-State Compact allows tribal casinos in New Mexico to operate all forms of Class III gaming. Sports betting is Class III gaming. 

“The Pueblo of Santa Ana is a sovereign nation with its own laws allowing all forms of Class III gaming in its casino.”

The venue has partnered sportsbook management solutions provider USBookmaking for the launch. 

“We have found that there is tremendous demand for a Nevada-style retail sports book operation in a multitude of casinos throughout the US,” USBookmaking president Vic Salerno said. “We specialize in the ability to get to market quickly and operate efficiently. 

“We have carved out a unique position where we are a very attractive service provider to the many independent casino operations that exist today.”

The sportsbook will offer in-play wagering on professional and collegiate sports from four betting stations, though it will not offer odds on New Mexico college teams. 

“We are planning to take bets on all major professional and collegiate sports with the exception of UNM and New Mexico State,” Cirrincione explained. “Although we believe there would be interest on betting on local teams, we believe it best not to take bets on these teams.”

The sportsbooks will be operated from Monday to Friday between noon and 8PM, and on weekends form 7AM to 10PM, with two self-service kiosks during off-hours. No alcohol will be served in the sportsbook area.

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