The Mescalero Apache Tribe owns and operates the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, New Mexico. Photo: Greg Chow

Mescalero Apache Tribe enters into partnership for sports betting

The Mescalero Apache Tribe will be opening a sportsbook at its casino in New Mexico this fall, becoming the third tribe in the state to enter the sports betting industry.

The tribe has partnered with William Hill to use the firm's technology at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino. The sportsbook is expected to open in September, in time for the NFL season, EGR North America reported.

“Over the years, our customers have come to expect a high level of service and the best casino offerings possible," Frizzell Frizzell Jr., the chief operating officer at the casino, said in a press release. "Our sports book will be no exception. Together with William Hill, we will offer state-of-the-art betting technology, and innovative wagering opportunities including in-play options. We know this is something our customers have been looking forward to and we’re thrilled to be able to partner with the best in the business to bring it to them.”

“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," said David Grolman, the president of retail for William Hill US. He said the tribe worked with the National Indian Gaming Commission on the partnership agreement.

The Pueblo of Santa Ana was the first to offer sports betting in New Mexico following a landmark decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018. The Pueblo of Pojoaque followed up with a sporstbook last year.

The Supreme Court decision opened the door for tribes and states to offer wagers on sports events. But differences in state law and in tribal-state gaming compacts have not led to widespread adoption of sports betting at this point.

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