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Santa Fe-Based Casino Opens Sportsbook, Second In New Mexico by Matt Rybaltowski

Less than six months after launching sportsbook operations at a resort near Albuquerque, the Santa Ana Star Casino & Hotel has its first competitor in New Mexico.

Patrons began placing sports wagers Monday at the Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the largest casino in Northern New Mexico. Although the New Mexico legislature has yet to expressively legalize sports betting, state officials have interpreted existing tribal-state compacts to effectively include sports wagering as permissible class III gaming.

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While the casino becomes the second in the state to roll out a sportsbook since the Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on sports gambling last May, Buffalo Thunder is the first to offer wagers on sports in conjunction with race wagering.


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