SPREAD THE NEWS: Santa Ana is slated to open sports book on Oct. 16

By Mark Smith

Enchantment Sports Editor in Chief

Everyone knew it was coming, but now one of the hottest sports controversies on two feet — not one knee — is about to heat up smack-dab in New Mexico.

Sports betting is nearly here.

Legal, that is.

On Tuesday, USBookingmaking had the following release.

Please click here.

On Tuesday afternoon, two officials at Santa Ana Star Casino & Hotel confirmed the news to Enchantment Sports.

It’s good news for New Mexicans who are tired of dealing with illegal bookies, websites or flying to Vegas.

clip artIt, of course, is even better news for New Mexico tribal casinos.

Sandia Bingo (yep, those roots from a tiny bingo hall of the early 1990s – before it was even a tent, much less a hotel, golf course, casino etc. won’t ever escape my mind) can’t be far behind with its sports book.

For months, Sandia has been running help wanted-ads for applicants at a sports book. But on Tuesday, a search of the web turned up the following for the casino:


Expired job

The position summary included, “Responsible for assisting the Race & Sportsbook Manager in the day to day operations of the Sportsbook, provide excellent guest service, coach Team Members, and ensure compliance with all departmental policies and procedures.”

Stay tuned, and keep Enchantment Sports posted with your tales of woe for my “Spread the News” columns.

Oh my, are there stories to tell about the gaming activity and sports.

Mark Smith has worked in New Mexico sports journalism for four decades and has won more sports journalism awards than anyone in state history. He is the editor in chief of Enchantment Sports. Contact him at mark.enchantmentsportsNM@gmail.com.

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