Until 1990, gambling in New Mexico had a long history of horse racing, but little else. The 1990’s brought sweeping change when Governor Gary Johnson took office. Johnson initiated legalized Tribal and Commercial Casinos, Racinos, and created a state lottery.
New Mexico gambling laws now offers a suite of gaming options, including horse racing online, lottery, poker, and charitable gambling. The state has even explored legalizing online gambling options.
In November 2018, one of New Mexico’s tribes began offering legal sports betting and the state is now looking to follow up with full legal sports betting for all tribal and commercial casinos across the state.