The Pueblo of Isleta-owned casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has joined a cohort of Tribal gaming attractions across the nation that now offer sportsbooks.
In New Mexico, Isleta Resort & Casino becomes the fifth Tribal gaming establishment to introduce betting on professional sports matches. The other destinations include: Route 66 Casino Hotel, owned by the Pueblo of Laguna and Laguna Development Corporation; the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino, owned by the Mescalero Apache Tribe; Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel, owned by the Pueblo of Santa Ana (frontrunner in sports betting); and Buffalo Thunder, owned by Pueblo of Pojoaque.
While Isleta Resort & Casino soft-opened its sportsbook in August through a temporary location on the casino floor, it was November 4th when the resort debuted its full-time sports betting facility — complete with 50 televisions, a lounge area, four betting kiosks, a full-service bar, and a new food court next door.
The sportsbook, entertainment and food court build-out collectively cost $4.5 million.
Monday’s unveiling included attention-grabbing grand opening giveaways, including a trip to the 2020 Super Bowl, airfare and hotel included. Isleta Resort also gave away tickets to see the Denver Broncos or the Dallas Cowboys.
Now bets can be placed at Isleta on MBA, NFL totals, English Premiere League, UFC, NBA, WNBA, PGA Golf, NASCAR and more.
“There’s no other location in the Albuquerque area to wager on your favorite teams, while enjoying such an outstanding and engaging great gaming environment,” said Isleta Resort & Casino CEO Harold Baugus.
Isleta Resort & Casino’s sports betting technology is powered by Las Vegas-based USBookmaking. Glendale, Arizona-based Nez FCI served as the project’s general contractor, and Albuquerque-based Buffalo Design as architect.