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New Mexico Gambling Laws
Definitions relating to gambling –
As used in Chapter 30, Article 19 NMSA 1978:
A. “antique gambling device” means a gambling device manufactured before 1970 and substantially in original condition that is not used for gambling or commercial gambling or located in a gambling place;
B. “bet” means 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. A bet does not include:
(1) bona fide business transactions that are valid under the law of contracts, including:
(a) contracts for the purchase or sale, at a future date, of securities or other commodities; and
(b) agreements to compensate for loss caused by the happening of the chance, including contracts for indemnity or guaranty and life or health and accident insurance;
(2) offers of purses, prizes or premiums to the actual contestants in any bona fide contest for the determination of skill, speed, strength or endurance or to the bona fide owners of animals or vehicles entered in such contest;
(3) a lottery as defined in this section; or
(4) betting otherwise permitted by law;
C. “gambling device” means a contrivance other than an antique gambling device that is not licensed for use pursuant to the Gaming Control Act [60-2E-1 NMSA 1978] and 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;
D. “gambling place” means a building or tent, a vehicle, whether self-propelled or not, or a room within any of them that is not within the premises of a person licensed as a lottery retailer or that is not licensed pursuant to the Gaming Control Act, one of whose principal uses is:
(1) making and settling of bets;
(2) receiving, holding, recording or forwarding bets or offers to bet;
(3) conducting lotteries; or
(4) playing gambling devices; and
E. “lottery” means an enterprise wherein, for a consideration, the participants are given an opportunity to win a prize, the award of which is determined by chance, even though accompanied by some skill. “Lottery” does not include the New Mexico state lottery established and operated pursuant to the New Mexico Lottery Act [6-24-1 NMSA 1978] or gaming that is licensed and operated pursuant to the Gaming Control Act. As used in this subsection, “consideration” means anything of pecuniary value required to be paid to the promoter in order to participate in a gambling or gaming enterprise.
Gambling consists of:
A. making a bet;
B. entering or remaining in a gambling place with intent to make a bet, to participate in a lottery or to play a gambling device;
C. conducting a lottery; or
D. possessing facilities with intent to conduct a lottery.
Whoever commits gambling is guilty of a petty misdemeanor.
Commercial gambling –
Commercial gambling consists of either:
A. participating in the earnings of or operating a gambling place;
B. receiving, recording or forwarding bets or offers to bet;
C. possessing facilities with the intent to receive, record or forward bets or offers to bet;
D. for gain, becoming a custodian of anything of value, bet or offered to be bet;
E. conducting a lottery where both the consideration and the prize are money, or whoever with intent to conduct a lottery, possesses facilities to do so; or
F. setting up for use, for the purpose of gambling, or collecting the proceeds of, any gambling device.
Whoever commits commercial gambling is guilty of a fourth degree felony.
Permitting premises to be used for gambling –
Permitting premises to be used for gambling consists of:
A. knowingly permitting any property owned or occupied by such person or under his control to be used as a gambling place; or
B. knowingly permitting a gambling device to be set up for use for the purpose of gambling in a place under his control.
Whoever commits permitting premises to be used for gambling is guilty of a petty misdemeanor.
Dealing in gambling devices –
A. Dealing in gambling devices consists of manufacturing, transferring commercially or possessing, with intent to transfer commercially, any of the following:
(1) anything which he knows evidences, purports to evidence or is designed to evidence participation in gambling; or
(2) any device which he knows is designed exclusively for gambling purposes or anything which he knows is designed exclusively as a subassembly or essential part of such device. This includes, without limitation, gambling devices, numbers jars, punchboards and roulette wheels.
Proof of possession of any device designed exclusively for gambling purposes which is not in a gambling place and is not set up for use is prima facie evidence of possession with intent to transfer.
B. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any manufacturer of gambling devices who exports his product exclusively in foreign commerce, and who is under ten thousand dollar ($10,000) bond payable to the state of New Mexico to assure export.
Provided, however, the provisions of this section shall apply to manufacturers of gambling devices used, adapted, devised or designed to be used in bookmaking, in wagering pools with respect to a sporting event, or in a numbers, policy, bolita or similar game.
C. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the ownership, possession, display, sale, purchase, exchange or transfer of antique gambling devices.
D. Whoever deals in gambling devices, other than those herein specified and excluded, is guilty of a misdemeanor. 30-19-8. Gambling and gambling houses as public nuisance.
Except as otherwise permitted or excepted under this article [30-19-1 to 30-19-15 NMSA 1978], any gambling device or gambling place is a public nuisance per se.
The attorney general, any district attorney or any citizen of this state may institute an injunction proceeding to have such public nuisance abated. In the event such injunction is issued on behalf of any citizen of this state it shall not be necessary in such proceeding to show that he is personally injured by the act complained of.
Evidence of unlawful use of premises –
Evidence that a place has a general reputation as a gambling site or that at or about the time in question it was frequently visited by persons known to be professional gamblers or known as frequenters of gambling places is admissible on the issue of whether such site is a gambling place. 30-19-13. Bribery of participant in a contest.
Bribery of participant in a contest consists of:
A. the transferring or promise to transfer anything of value to any person with intent to influence thereby any participant in a contest to refrain from exerting his full skill, speed, strength or endurance in such contest; or
B. the agreeing or offering by a participant in a contest, to refrain from exerting his full skill, speed, strength or endurance, in return for anything of value transferred or promised to himself or another.
The term “participant” as used in this section includes any person who is selected to or expects to take part in any such contest.
Whoever commits bribery of participant in a contest is guilty of a fourth degree felony.
Unlawful to accept for profit anything of value to be transmitted or delivered for gambling; penalty.
A. It is unlawful for any person to, directly or indirectly, knowingly accept for a fee, property, salary or reward anything of value from another to be transmitted or delivered for gambling or pari-mutuel wagering on the results of a race, sporting event, contest or other game of skill or chance or any other unknown or contingent future event or occurrence whatsoever.
B. None of the provisions of this act shall be construed to prohibit the operation or continued operation of bingo programs presently conducted for charitable purposes.
C. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section is guilty of a fourth degree felony.