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Introduction to New Mexico Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019

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New Mexico slot machine casino gambling consists of 21 American Indian tribal casinos and five commercial pari-mutual racetracks with slot machines. Also, there are over 50 non-profit sites offering slot machines. New Mexico has far more slot machines per state resident than any other state.

Commercial racinos have set minimum and maximum payout return limits and tribal casinos have a minimum payout return. However, neither publicly report their payout return statistics.

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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in New Mexico*

The minimum legal gambling age in New Mexico depends upon the gambling activity:

  • Land-Based Casinos: 21
  • Poker Rooms: 21
  • Bingo: no limit
  • Lottery: 18
  • Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 18

Pari-mutuel wagering has been legal since the 1930s, having a thriving industry until the late 1980s when Texas legalized pari-mutuel wagering. However, recovery and stability occurred when New Mexico legalized offering slot machines in their racinos.

In 1995, the state and 25 federally-recognized American Indian tribes or pueblos negotiated thirteen identical state-tribal gaming compacts eventually approved after various delays. Each tribe is associated with at least one Indian casino in New Mexico.

Several amendments made to the 1995 state-tribal compacts include a requirement that the tribal casino reports a net win amount. These compacts currently expire in 2037.

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Each of New Mexico’s racinos may legally have up to 750 gaming machines, including 600 of their own and 150 leased for another pari-mutuel facility. By state law, 26% of the Net Take in monthly gaming taxes is paid to the State of New Mexico.

Further, 20% of the Net Take from racino gaming machines must go to horsemen’s purses, which has been a significant amount: In the fiscal year 2014, over $50M was added to horsemen’s purses from gaming revenues.

Finally, a thriving charitable gaming industry exists in New Mexico. Dozens of non-profit organizations offer electronic gaming machines legal under state gaming regulations. These slot machines are similar to those found at New Mexico racinos.

*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws apply to various forms of gambling. This information is not intended to provide legal advice.

Slot Machine Private Ownership in New Mexico

Privately owning a slot machine has only recently become available. Legal restrictions on obtaining it are highly limited to the following terms:

  • It must be purchased from a distributor or manufacturer licensed to distribute and manufacture slot machines in New Mexico.
  • Only such New Mexico licensed distributors and manufacturers may transport gaming machines in New Mexico.
  • The homeowner may not make a profit from having the slot machine.
  • Persons who play on the machine can play for winnings only.
  • The homeowner may not offer the slot machine for resale without a license.
  • The homeowner may not transport a slot machine from one location to another without a license.
  • A homeowner charging a fee to play or keeping a portion of monies for any reason would be commercial gambling which, without a gambling license, is a felony.

As an exception, an antique gambling device may be legally owned without restriction, provided it was manufactured before 1970 as well as is not used in gambling.

Gaming Control Board in New Mexico

In 1997, the state legislature established the New Mexico Gaming Control Board. Its website is both highly comprehensive and easy to navigate. It includes maps of commercial racetrack racinos and non-profit casinos in New Mexico.

Casinos in New Mexico

There are five non-tribal racinos and 21 American Indian tribal casinos in New Mexico.

The largest casino in New Mexico is Sandia Resort & Casino, a tribal casino in Albuquerque having 2,900 gaming machines.

The second largest casino is Isleta Resort Casino, a tribal casino in Albuquerque having 1,600 gaming machines and 25 table games.

List of Casinos in New Mexico

The 5 pari-mutuel wagering racinos with slot machines in New Mexico, along with their city, are:

  1. The Downs Racetrack and Casino in Albuquerque.
  2. Ruidoso Downs & Billy The Kid Casino in Ruidoso Downs found 186 miles southeast of Albuquerque.
  3. Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino in Sunland Park found 9 miles northwest of El Paso, Texas, near the border to Texas.
  4. SunRay Park and Casino in Farmington found 182 miles northwest of Albuquerque near the state’s northwest corner near the border to Colorado.
  5. Zia Park Race Track & Black Gold Casino in Hobbs found 317 miles southeast of Albuquerque near the state’s southeast corner near the border to Texas.

List of Tribal Casinos in New Mexico

Casino style gaming permitted by tribal-state compacts includes 25 tribes and pueblos of New Mexico for a total of 21 tribal casinos. The New Mexico tribal casinos are:

  1. Apache Nugget Travel Center and Casino in Dulce found 193 miles north of Albuquerque near the border to Colorado and operated by the Jicarilla Apache Tribe.
  2. Black Mesa Casino (formerly Nambe Falls Casino) in Algodones found 25 miles north of Albuquerque and operated by the San Felipe Pueblo.
  3. Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in Santa Fe and operated by the Pojoaque Pueblo.
  4. Casino Apache Travel Center in Ruidoso found 181 miles southeast of Albuquerque and operated by the Mescalero Apache Tribe.
  5. Cities of Gold Casino Hotel in Santa Fe and operated by the Pojoaque Pueblo.
  6. Dancing Eagle Casino and RV Park in Casa Blanca found 53 miles west of Albuquerque and operated by the Laguna Pueblo.
  7. Fire Rock Casino in Church Rock found 131 miles west of Albuquerque near the border to Arizona and operated by the Navajo Nation.
  8. Flowing Water Casino in Shiprock found 209 miles northwest of Albuquerque near Four Corners and operated by the Navajo Nation.
  9. Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino Apache in Mescalero found 213 miles south-southeast of Albuquerque and operated by the Mescalero Apache Tribe.
  10. Isleta Resort Casino in Albuquerque operated by the Isleta Pueblo.
  11. Northern Edge Casino in Upper Fruitland found 185 miles north of Albuquerque near the border to Colorado and operated by the Navajo Nation.
  12. Ohkay Casino Resort in Ohkay Owingeh found 92 miles north-northeast of Albuquerque and operated by Ohkay Owingeh, formerly the San Juan Pueblo.
  13. Palace West Casino in Albuquerque and operated by the Isleta Pueblo.
  14. Route 66 Casino Express in Albuquerque and operated by the Laguna Pueblo.
  15. Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque and operated by the Laguna Pueblo.
  16. Sandia Resort & Casino in Albuquerque and operated by the Sandia Pueblo.
  17. Santa Ana Star Casino in Santa Ana Pueblo found 21 miles north of Albuquerque and operated by the Santa Ana Pueblo.
  18. Santa Claran Hotel Casino in Espanola found 193 miles north of Albuquerque and operated by the Santa Clara Pueblo.
  19. Sky City Casino Hotel in Acoma Pueblo found 64 miles west of Albuquerque near the border to Colorado and operated by the Acoma Pueblo.
  20. Taos Mountain Casino in Taos found 132 miles northeast of Albuquerque and operated by the Taos Pueblo.
  21. Wild Horse Casino & Hotel in Dulce found 193 miles north of Albuquerque near the border to Colorado and operated by the Jicarilla Apache Tribe.

Other Gambling Establishments

As an alternative to enjoying New Mexico slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. New Mexico is bordered by:

  • North: Colorado Slots
  • East: Oklahoma Slots and Texas Slots
  • South: Texas Slots and Mexico
  • West: Arizona Slots

Each of the links above will take you to my state-specific blog for that bordering state to New Mexico.

New Mexico also offers licenses for slot machines at non-profit organizations. There are currently 60 non-profit gaming licensees throughout the state.

Payout Returns in New Mexico

State gaming regulations require slot machine payout returns at racetrack racinos is 80%. Tribal-state compacts stipulate all electronic gaming machines at tribal casinos also have a minimum theoretical payout return limit of 80%.

The New Mexico entry from the American Casino Guide claims commercial casinos have a maximum payout return of 96% which, unfortunately, is inaccurate according to state gaming regulation 15.1.7 NMAC, Section 27: Theoretical Percentage Payout Requirements available in New Mexico’s Department of Public Records government website.

Payout return statistics are unavailable from commercial and non-profit electronic gaming machine licensees per state gaming regulations. Further, neither do state-tribal compacts require them from tribes/pueblos.

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Summary of New Mexico Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019

New Mexico slot machine casino gambling consists of 5 commercial pari-mutual racinos with slot machines, 21 tribal or pueblo casinos, and 60 non-profit organizations spread across the state.

Tribal casinos have a minimum payout return legal limit of 80% per each tribal-state compact. State gaming regulations require a slot machine payout return of at least 80%. There are no legal requirements that racinos, non-profits, or tribal casinos publicly provide payout return percentages for their electronic gaming machines.

Annual Progress in New Mexico Slot Machine Casino Gambling

The Camel Rock Casino, a tribal casino in Santa Fe, has permanently closed in the last year.

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14 Indian Pueblos, Tribes and Nations

There are 14 New Mexico tribes that have been granted casinos by the U.S. Interior Department. As a federal condition, each tribe has negotiated a gaming compact with the State of New Mexico t0 define the types of casino games, the quantity of each game, operating hours, and other operating rules for their casinos.

Eighteen tribes renewed their gaming compacts with the New Mexico Gaming Control Board in 2017. These compacts will expire in 2037.

These tribes are the Jicarilla Apache Tribe, Mescalero Apache Tribe, Nambe Pueblo, Navajo Nation, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, Pueblo of Acoma, Pueblo of Isleta, Pueblo of Jemez, Pueblo of Laguna, Pueblo of Nambe, Pueblo of Pojoaque, Pueblo of San Felipe, Pueblo of Sandia, Pueblo of Santa Ana, Pueblo of Santa Clara, Pueblo of Taos, Pueblo of Tesuque and Pueblo of Zuni.

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Tribes and Casinos

Jicarilla Apache Nation
P.O. Box 507, Dulce NM 87528
Phone Number: (575) 759-4206 Fax Number: (575) 759-4471

Apache Nugget Travel Center & Casino
US Highway 550
Dulce, NM 87529
(505) 759-3777

Apache Nugget Travel Center & Casino
US Hwy 550
Dulce, NM 87529
(575) 289-2486

Wild Horse Casino & Hotel
13603 US Highway 64
Dulce, NM 87528
(505) 759-3663

Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, NM
P.O. Box 227, Mescalero NM 88340
Phone Number: (575) 464-4494 Fax Number: (575) 464-9191

Casino Apache Travel Center
25845 US Highway 70
Mescalero, NM 88340
(800) 545-9011
(505) 464-6100

Casino Apache Travel Center
P.O. Box 269 Mescalero, NM 88340
Phone Number: (505) 464-6960 Fax Number: (505) 464-5701

Elks Lodge Casino
287 Carrizo Canyon Road
Mescalero, NM 88340
(575) 464-3600

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino
287 Carrizo Canyon Road
Mescalero , NM 88340
(800) 545-9011
(505) 257-5141

Navajo Nation
P.O. Box 9000, Window Rock AZ 86515
Phone Number: (928) 871-6352 Fax Number: (928) 871-4025

Fire Rock Casino
249 Route 118 East
Church Rock, New Mexico 87311
(866) 941-2444

Flowing Waters Navajo Casino
2710 US highway 64
Waterflow, New Mexico 87421
(505) 368-2300

Northern Edge Navajo Casino
N36, 1 mile west of NM-371
Farmington, NM 87401
(505) 960-7000
(877) 241-7777

Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo of San Juan, New Mexico
P.O. Box 1099, San Juan NM 87566
Phone Number: (505) 852-4400 Fax Number: (505) 852-4820

Ohkay Hotel Casino
San Juan Pueblo, NM 87566
On Hwy 68 north of Espanola
(877) 747-1668
(505) 747-1668

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Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico
P.O. Box 309, Acoma NM 87034
Phone Number: (505) 552-6604 Fax Number: (505) 552-7204

Sky City Casino
Interstate 40, Exit 102
Acoma, NM 87034
(505) 552-6017

Sky City Travel Center
P.O. Box 310 Pueblo of Acoma, NM 87034
Phone Number: (505) 552-5699 Fax Number: (505) 552-7912

Pueblo of Isleta
P.O. Box 1270, Isleta NM 87022
Phone Number: (505) 869-3111 Fax Number: (505) 869-4236

Isleta Resort & Casino
11000 Broadway SE
Albuquerque, NM 87105-7469
(505) 724-3800

Palace West
State Road 45
Isleta, NM 87105
At the Y. intersection of Coors & Isleta Road
505-869-4102

Pueblo of Laguna
P.O. Box 194, Laguna NM 87026
Phone Number: (505) 552-6654 Fax Number: (505) 552-6941

Dancing Eagle Casino
Interstate 40 Exit 108
Casa Blanca, New Mexico 87007
505-552-1114

Route 66 Casino
14500 Central Avenue
Albuquerque, NM 87120
505-552-1114

Pueblo of Pojoaque
78 Cities of Gold Road, Santa Fe NM 87506
Phone Number: (505) 455-3102 Fax Number: (505) 455-0174

Cities of Gold Casino
10-B Cities of Gold Road
Santa Fe, NM 87506
(800) 455-3313

Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino
20 Buffalo Thunder Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87506
(505) 455.5555

Jake's Casino
78 Cities of Gold Road
Sante Fe, NM 87506
(505) 455-3102

Pueblo of San Felipe
P.O. Box 4339, San Felipe NM 87001
Phone Number: (505) 867-3381 Fax Number: (505) 867-3383

Black Mesa Casino
25 Hagen Road
San Felipe, NM 87001
877-529-2946
(505) 867-6700

Travel Center - Slot Stop
25 Hagen Road
San Felipe Pueblo, NM 87001
(505) 867-4706

Pueblo of Sandia
481 Sandia Loop, Bernalillo NM 87004
Phone Number: (505) 867-3317 Fax Number: (505) 867-9235

Sandia Resort & Casino
I-25 and Tramway
30 Rainbow Road NE
Albuquerque, NM
800-526-9366
(505) 897-2173

Pueblo of Santa Ana
2 Dove Road, Santa Ana Pueblo NM 87004
Phone Number: (505) 867-3301 Fax Number: (505) 867-3395

Santa Ana Star Casino
54 Jemez Canyon Dam Road
Santa Ana Pueblo
Bernalillo, NM 87004
(505) 867-0000

Pueblo of Santa Clara
P.O. Box 580, Espanola NM 87532
Phone Number: (505) 753-7330 Fax Number: (505) 753-5375

Santa Claran Hotel Casino
460 No. Riverside Drive
Espanola, NM 87532
(505) 367-4500
(866) 244-7625

Pueblo of Taos
P.O. Box 1846, Taos NM 87571
Phone Number: (575) 758-9593 Fax Number: (575) 758-4604

Taos Mountain Casino
Main Pueblo Road
Taos, NM 87571
888-946-8267
505-737-0777

Pueblo of Tesuque
Route 42 Box 360-T, Santa Fe NM 87506
Phone Number: (505) 955-7732 Fax Number: (505) 982-2331

Tesuque Casino
7 Tesuque Hill Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87506
(800) 462-2635


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