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New Mexico becomes sixth US state to legalize sports betting

New Mexico this week became the fifth US state to legalize sports betting since the Supreme Court decision in May – and the sixth in total – despite the absence of a regulatory framework.

Santa Ana Star Casino, a tribal gaming facility located just outside of Albuquerque, opened its sportsbook on Tuesday after being given permission by New Mexico’s attorney general office and the Pueblo of Santa Ana Gaming Commission.

New Mexico has not introduced sports betting legislation but the casino’s owners – the Pueblo of Santa Ana, a small New Mexico tribe of about 500 people – were able to leverage the building’s presence on sovereign Native American land and the Tribal-State Compact that permits Class III gaming, in which sports betting is included.

Sports betting at the casino is currently limited to on-site wagering while bets on local teams, such as New Mexico State and University of New Mexico, are not yet allowed.