• Sports betting in New Mexico originally launched when the Pueblo of Santa Ana opened their sportsbook at the Santa Ana Star in October of 2018.
  • Tribal casinos have opened sportsbooks in New Mexico without the need to sign new bills into law because of their respective tribal compacts with the state.

MESCALERO, N.M. – A new player plans to enter the New Mexico sports betting market.

In a press release issued by William Hill US, the sports betting provider announced a partnership with the Apache Tribe of N.M. The new affiliation will allow William Hill US to power the upcoming sportsbook at Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M.

“Working with the Mescalero Apache Tribe and the National Indian Gaming Commission on this partnership agreement was important to us,” said David Grolman, President of Retail for William Hill US.

“Inn of the Mountain Gods is one of the premier resorts and casinos in the southwest and together we plan to bring a first-class experience to sports fans in the region.”

Specifics of the new sportsbook include a dozen 43-inch TVs and new high-top seating to be located between the Big Game Sports Bar and the Apache Spirit Club. William Hill US will bring its sports betting technology as well including self-service sports wagering kiosks and InPlay wagering menu.

Inn of the Mountain Gods is located approximately three hours away from Albuquerque, the state’s highest populated city. It is also only two hours away from El Paso, Texas. Given Texas’s staunch approach to sports betting, the casino resort can likely expect to see folks coming in from out of state.

The opening of the William Hill US sportsbook at Inn of the Mountain Gods is set to become the third retail legal sports betting location in New Mexico.

The first was the Santa Ana Star, which launched sports wagering operations without the need of government approval. They argued that sports gambling qualifies under the other terms of casino games that are awarded to them through their tribal compact with the state.

The Mescalero Apache Tribe is also part of that tribal compact, which is why they are able to host the casino resort outside of their reservation.

Renovations for the sportsbook are expected to be completed before the 2019 football season begins.

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