Legal New Mexico Online Gambling, Poker & Casinos

Much of New Mexico's gambling legislation has appeared in the last two decades. In the pre-1990 era, horse racing betting was the only form of gambling allowed in the state. However, since 1995, New Mexico has permitted the operation of tribal casinos and a state-operated lottery.

Traditional casino table games and poker are both permitted in New Mexico, but greyhound racing remains strictly forbidden.

At the time of writing, some 21 tribal casinos and five racinos are in operation in New Mexico, helping to generate annual revenues of $840 million for the state.

New Mexico Gambling Laws - Summary and Look to the Future

The state has failed to address the topics of social gambling and online gambling as yet. At the time of writing, online gambling is not banned by federal law in New Mexico; nor the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).

Although there are no instances of New Mexico residents being prosecuted for placing online wagers, a safer option would be to play online with offshore casino and poker operators.

New Mexico Gambling Laws - A Brief History

  • 1946 - La Mesa Park opens its doors to become New Mexico's inaugural pari-mutuel venue.
  • 1987 - Legalization of horse racing in nearby Texas affects New Mexico's pari-mutuel revenues.
  • 1988 - Indiana Gaming Regulatory Act approved by Congress.
  • 1995 - State agrees deal with Native American tribes to open 13 new casinos throughout New Mexico.
  • 2000 - Casino tribes sued for failing to pay shared revenue, result in a new Gaming Pact.
  • 2001 - Tribal State Class III Gaming pact into effect.
  • 2007 - State votes to make amendments to Tribal State Class III Gaming pact.

What Types of Gambling are Legal in New Mexico?

  • Casino Gambling – While highly regulated casino gambling is legal in New Mexico. There are tribal casinos which have all of the major casino games, racinos at the racetracks that offer electronic versions of casino games, and some smaller casinos that offer slots and video poker.
  • Sports Betting – Sports betting is legal in New Mexico for horse racing and there aren’t currently any bills in action to expand this to other sports. You can follow the latest New Mexico sports betting news here.
  • Online Betting – Online betting in New Mexico is limited to horse racing and most of the major horse racing betting sites take players from New Mexico
  • Daily Fantasy – The Daily Fantasy Sites (DFS) like Fanduel and Draft Kings consider themselves to be a game of skill and operate and take players from New Mexico.
  • Poker – Poker is legal in New Mexico at the casinos.
  • Bingo – Bingo is legal in New Mexico for Charites.
  • Lottery – New Mexico has a lottery that has drawings as well as scratch off tickets as well ticket sales for larger interstate lotteries.