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Isleta Resort and Casino announces plans for sportsbook

Isleta Resort & Casino announced Tuesday it is bringing another sports gambling operation to New Mexico.

The resort said in a statement it is bringing “Las Vegas-style sports gambling” with USBookmaking as its provider. It listed a startup of sometime this summer without offering specifics.

“We look forward to unveiling all of the exciting possibilities to our patrons,” said Harold Baugus, the resort’s CEO.

Santa Ana Star Casino on Santa Ana Pueblo opened a sports book in October, and Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort on Pojoaque Pueblo opened in March. The U.S. Supreme Court decision last year struck down the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which for the most part had prevented states from allowing sports betting.

Legal sportsbooks are running in eight states. Governors in Montana and Iowa are considering measures that would allow residents to wager on sports, while Indiana lawmakers are scheduled to approve their own version as early as Wednesday.

Barring a veto, they would be the first states to approve sports betting this year. In New Mexico, the tribal casinos that offer sports betting do so without explicit state approval.

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