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New Hampshire Sports Betting

New Hampshire lawmakers began the process of drafting sports betting legislation in 2019, almost a year after the Supreme Court ruled that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was unconstitutional. Governor Chris Sununu included revenue from sports betting in his budget for the year but the actual passing of legislation was a close thing. This was because some lawmakers wanted to tie sports betting legislation to their attempts to have casinos legalized within the state.

However, once the House agreed that the topics should be kept separate, HB 480 was signed into law in July 2019 with the state lottery operating as the industry regulator. A bidding process then began for the rights to become the state’s lone mobile sports betting operator. This was won by DraftKings who agreed to give the state 51% of its revenue from sports betting within the state.

As part of the agreement, DraftKings must open a minimum of 4 retail sportsbooks in the state.

The mobile sports betting industry launched on December 30th 2019 with two retail sportsbooks following in 2020.

Who regulates sports betting in New Hampshire?

The New Hampshire Lottery Commission governs and regulates all gaming activity in the state. This includes traditional lottery games, iLottery, Keno, sports betting, daily fantasy sports, charitable gaming, historic horse racing, and live horse and simulcast horse and dog racing.

Which legal sportsbooks are available in New Hampshire?

This is any easy one to answer as DraftKings is the sole sportsbook operator in the state.

The company has already opened two locations and has plans to open at least another two with a potential for a further six locations bringin the total to 10 retails sportsbook.

The two current locations are:

The Brook

Seabrook

The DraftKings Sportsbook at The Brook charitable gaming hall is unique in that it features theater-style seating and three huge cinema screens for live events. It also feature private areas with individual screens and a VIP loyalty program.

The Sportsbook at Filotimo Casino and Restaurant

Manchester

Located in a charitable gaming venue, the DraftKings Sportsbook at Filotimo is a 40,000-square-foot property with wall-to-wall TVs, comfortable seating, betting kiosk, tellers, and an extensive bar and restaurant menu.

There is currently no exact timeframe for the opening of any further sportsbooks.

Sports betting apps in New Hampshire

There is only one mobile sports betting provider in the state of New Hampshire — DraftKings.

The DraftKings mobile betting app launched on December 30th 2019 and is the only state-licensed option available to New Hampshire residents.

The lack of options has had very little effect on the market though as New Hampshire gamblers regularly place as much as $40-$50M in bets through DraftKings’ mobile app each and every month.

Daily Fantasy Sports in New Hampshire

On July 18th 2017, Governor Sununu signed bill H 580 into law legalizing Daily Fantasy Sports in New Hampshire. The bill set the legal age for DFS at 18 or older and place no limit on the number of operators that could enter the market. Interestingly, the state opted against introducing licensing fees and taxation for DFS operators.

As a result, there are 20+ operators currently registered in the state.

These are:

  • Bid Ventures, Inc.
  • Boom Shakalaka, Inc
  • Boxxle Sports, LLC
  • Dataforce, LLC
  • DraftKings, Inc
  • DraftWars LLC
  • Fantasy Draft, LLC
  • FanDuel, Inc
  • Fantasy Sports Sharks, LLC
  • FFPC, LLC
  • Hashletes, Inc
  • Masters Fantasy Leagues COM LLC
  • OwnersBox 3.0, Corp.
  • Rush Technologies, Inc.
  • RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc
  • Rival Group, Inc
  • Sports Hub Technologies, LLC
  • Starstreet, LLC (dba DRAFT)
  • Super Draft, Inc
  • Three Curve ESports, Inc (dba Clout Fantasy)
  • Underdog Sports, Inc.
  • Yahoo Fantasy Sports, LLC

What about online poker in New Hampshire?

New Hampshire may have been the first state to establish a lottery, but there’s not much evidence to suggest that lawmakers would be as welcoming towards an online poker industry.

The fact that several attempts to legalize commercial casinos have been shut down suggests that should any online casino or poker legislation be introduced, it would face some stiff opposition.

However, with DFS and now mobile sports betting on the cards, the time could be ripe for another attempt. That said, there’s no clear indication that legislation is in the works nor are any of the major providers pushing for a regulated market.

New Hampshire sports betting frequently asked questions

  • What is the legal age for sports betting in New Hampshire?

    Anyone who is 18 years or age or older can place a bet at a New Hampshire sportsbook.

  • Is mobile sports betting legal in New Hampshire?

    Yes, mobile sports betting launched in December 2019 with DraftKings as the sole mobile operator for the state.

  • What sports can I bet on in New Hampshire?

    You can bet on all major sports at New Hampshire sportsbooks. This includes college sport with the exception of in-state college teams.

  • Can I use DraftKings New Hampshire out of state?

    No, you must be physically located in New Hampshire to place a bet using the DraftKings app.

  • How can I deposit money into my New Hampshire DraftKings account?

    You can deposit using the following methods — credit/debit card, online banking, PayPal, Skrill, PayNearMe, and Echeck/ACH Transfer.

  • How many retail sportsbooks are there in New Hampshire?

    DraftKings currently operates 2 retail locations with permission to open a further 8 in the future.