New Mexico offers mostly low limit poker. Casinos may be found at racetracks and on Indian reservations. Some poker rooms that do not serve alcohol accept players 18 years of age or older. Most poker rooms offer about 10 tables, although some are as small as one table.
Is Online Poker Legal in New Mexico?
There are no laws in New Mexico that pertain to online poker. It is the status quo until legislation is enacted that regulates it. This means that New Mexico poker players can choose between all online poker rooms that accept Americans.
Where Can You Play Online Poker in New Mexico?
Bovada is the largest online poker room that accepts New Mexico players. It peaks at about 2,700 players each and every day. There are hundreds of thousands of dollars in guaranteed tournaments each week. Players may also exchange points for tournament tickets. New players will receive a 100% up to $1,000 first deposit bonus.
There are some unusual features at Bovada. Players cannot pick a screen name. Each seated player is assigned a number that pertains to their seat at the table. This annoys some players that are looking for a tell from a regular or wish to socialize. There is also no way to join a waitlist for a table. That is because full tables cannot be seen.
**UPDATE** Bovada.LV has temporarily halted new signups in the USA; existing accounts will continue to function as usual, with cash out times still being within 1 to 2 weeks.
Players that do not appreciate these recreational model features should consider Americas Cardroom. It is aimed at serious players, while still providing a player pool full of fish. That is because it is tied to one of the most respectable sports books in the world. TheBeast is one promotion that appeals to serious players. It is a monthly points race that awards cash and tournament tickets to hundreds of players each month.
The overall prize pool is well over six figures each month. There is also a Bad Beat Jackpot where a player wins if quad 8’s or better is lost. Not all tables feature this promotion. An additional rake is needed and a player not seated at promotional tables will not qualify. New Americas Cardroom players receive a 100% up to $1,000 first deposit bonus.
Live Poker Scene in New Mexico
There are several live poker rooms in New Mexico. Most can be found around Albuquerque. All are found either at racinos or on reservation land.
Buffalo Thunder (Santa Fe) – This 18 and up poker room spreads 10 tables. Cash games include No Limit and Fixed Limit Texas Hold’em, as well as Omaha High/Low. There are at least 10 tournaments held each week. There is a Bad Beat Jackpot where aces full of kings losing wins big. There are also high hand jackpots and bonuses for playing Omaha High/Low.
Inn of the Mountain Gods (Mescalero) – The 9-table poker room at the Inn offers mostly No Limit Texas Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha. There are also five daily tournaments.
Sandia (Albuquerque) – Sandia offers 15 poker tables to its guests. There are four weekly tournaments. The main games are 1/2 and 2/5 No Limit Texas Hold’em, 2/4 and 4/8 Limit Texas Hold’em and 4/8 Omaha High/Low. There is a Bad Beat Jackpot for both Texas Hold’em and Omaha High/Low.