New Mexico Gambling Laws & Online Poker in New Mexico

New Mexico still doesn’t have any online poker legislation in place.  However, changes have been discussed and there could be something definitive within a couple of years.

Type/Code Summary
State Code Section(s) 30.19; 60.1-1A; 60.2B, 60.2E-F
Definition of Game An activity in which, upon payment of consideration, a player receives a prize or other thing of value, the award of which is determined by chance even though accompanied by some skill; “game” does not include an activity played in a private residence in which no person makes money for operating the activity except through winnings as a player.
Definition of Gambling Device A contrivance other than an antique gambling device that is not licensed for use pursuant to the Gaming Control Act that, for a consideration, affords the player an opportunity to obtain anything of value, the award of which is determined by chance, even though accompanied by some skill, whether or not the prize is automatically paid by the device.
Definition of Bet  A bargain in which the parties agree that, dependent upon chance, even though accompanied by some skill, one stands to win or lose anything of value specified in the agreement.
Definition of Gambling Making a bet or entering or remaining in a gambling place with intent to make a bet, to participate in a lottery or to play a gambling device.
Online Poker/Gambling Former Governor Gary Johnson spoke in favor of online poker beginning in 2008 but never proposed a law. No legislator has put forth a bill to legalize online poker or casino games.
Live Poker There are poker rooms in some of the Native American casinos and racinos in the state, mostly offering cash game tables.
Casinos There are several race tracks with casino games (racinos) and numerous Indian-led casinos on reservations throughout the state.
Sports Betting New Mexico has not considered legislation to legalize sports betting.
DFS The last time daily fantasy contests were considered was in 2016, and the bill did not pass.
Other Forms of Gambling Horse racing and on-track pari-mutuel wagering, lottery, bingo.