Isleta Resort Will Be 3rd N.M. Casino to Take Bets on Sports

By Jake Perper

May 1st, 2019 - 8:45am

There is going to be some more action in New Mexico when it comes to legalized sports gambling.

On April 23, the Isleta Resort & Casino in Albuquerque announced that it will be the latest casino in New Mexico to allow and offer legal sports betting. The casino also revealed that it will use USBookmaking, a Las Vegas, Nevada, based company to handle the sports betting flow.

The others spots in the state which take sports bets are the Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo (launched in October) and the Buffalo Thunder in Santa Fe (launched in March). New Mexico was the fifth state to allow legalized sports betting after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act and the sports betting industry has grown a great deal, including casino parternships like this one.

“We’re very excited to be answering the requests of our guests to bring sports gambling to New Mexico,” Isleta Resort & Casino CEO Harold Baugus said in a statement. “We look forward to unveiling all of the exciting possibilities to our patrons."

The statement also said that the Isleta Resort & Casino will bring “Las Vegas-style sports gambling” to the table.

Fit, Location of Isleta Resort & Casino

The Isleta Resort & Casino is roughly seven minutes from downtown Albuquerque. Hotel rooms cost $100-200 a night depending on the time of the year.

The six-floor building was built in 2009 and has bowling, laser tag and billiards. It is advertised as the casino resort in the desert. Weddings, concerts, events, meetings, conventions and other events take place at the resort.

At the beginning of this month, the resort announced it will put fast growing burger chain Fatburger as a feature piece of the food court this summer, per Business First. The resort did a $40 million renovation that started in 2017 which included the food court.

USBookMaking Wins Isleta Bid

“We are proud to be selected by Isleta Resort & Casino to provide sports betting services for their casino. We offer outstanding service for our clients and our selection by Isleta validates the tremendous value that USBookmaking contributes,” USBookmaking president Vic Salerno said in a statement.

The resort offered no further details on the exact sports betting it will have. The new sports betting venue will open up in the summer. USBookMaking also provides the bookmaking for the Santa Ana Star Casino & Hotel, roughly 10 miles north of Albuquerque.

Future Growth In New Mexico

This third launch of sports betting in casinos is really big for New Mexico’s gambling landscape. This could be an added incentive to draw many tourists already coming to Albuquerque and its surrounding region.

With more growth down the road and more revenue to be had, don’t be shocked to see more casinos look to add sports betting options and more casinos popping up all across New Mexico.
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Jake Perper

Jake Perper covers gambling news for He has been a sports writer for a decade, covering every level of sports.

He’s currently the lead scout for Prep Hoops Florida based out of Tampa, Florida and has covered the Chicago Bears for the... Read More

Jake Perper covers gambling news for He has been a sports writer for a decade, covering every level of sports.

He’s currently the lead scout for Prep Hoops Florida...

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