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New sports book to open in Mescalero

New Mexicans will have yet another casino at which to bet on sports.

The Mescalero Apache Tribe announced it is partnering with William Hill to offer a book at Inn of the Mountain Gods that will “open prior to the start of the football season,” according to a press release distributed on Monday.

Inn of the Mountain Gods becomes the fourth tribal casino to offer sports betting in New Mexico.

Santa Ana Star, on Santa Ana Pueblo, was the first to have its sports book open, in October. The sports book at Pueblo of Pojoaque’s Buffalo Thunder opened in March. Isleta’s sports book is set to open on Aug. 12.

Santa Ana and Isleta partnered with USBookmaking to operate their respective sports books, while Buffalo Thunder’s sports book is operated by the South Point Hotel and Casino and National Sports Book Management.

William Hill’s partnership with the Mescalero Apache Tribe is the first tribal agreement for William Hill outside of Nevada, according to the press release, which also noted that bettors will have access to “William Hill’s innovative wagering technology, kiosks and InPlay wagering menu.”

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

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.

The tribal casinos in New Mexico that offer sports betting do so without explicit state approval.

The sports book at Inn of the Mountain Gods, located between the Big Game Sports Bar and Apache Spirit Club, will feature 12 43-inch TVs and “high-top seating.”


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