New Hampshire Online Gambling

Legal online casino, poker and sports betting in NH

New Hampshire Legal Gambling LawsNew Hampshire has long been a state regarded for its rugged independence. Its “live free or die” motto continues to permeate the Granite State’s approach to life and lawmaking to this day.

So, it’s no surprise that New Hampshire has launched legal online sports betting and will soon be home to as many as 10 retail sportsbooks.

In time for the NFL playoffs, the New Hampshire Lottery’s chosen partner, DraftKings Sportsbook, rolled out the first New Hampshire sports betting app Dec. 30, 2019.

New Hampshire is adding sports betting to a unique set of gaming operations in the state. Few other states have expanded charitable gaming like NH – most have simply legalized casinos outright.

When will online gambling start in New Hampshire?

Five cities in New Hampshire voted to approve sports betting. The following locations will allow retail sportsbooks inside their borders:

  • Berlin
  • Claremont
  • Laconia
  • Manchester
  • Somersworth

In addition, two towns, Dover and Rochester, have approved the addition of Keno to their lists of games. Keno is already widely available in many cities and towns throughout the state.

Four cities rejected the measure to allow sports betting. There will be no sportsbooks in Concord, Dover, Nashua, and Rochester for the time being.

New Hampshire Gambling FAQ

Can I play slot games online in New Hampshire?

As a general rule, no. There are some sweepstakes sites that offer slot play to New Hampshire residents. However, as far as bona fide online casinos are concerned, it is less likely that slots will show up. The language in New Hampshire’s approach to gambling is far more favorable for table games and poker than any games that use a machine to operate.

Will New Hampshire get online casinos?

There’s a decent chance. New Hampshire tends to adhere to a libertarian ethos, and it has shown no hesitation to adopt online sports betting as part of its most recent gambling expansion. If all goes well, it may start the conversation about further expansion into the online realm.

There seem to be online casinos in New Hampshire already. Are these safe?

No. Any offers beyond the sweepstakes sites mentioned come from offshore online casinos. These sites operate outside the confines of New Hampshire or US law.

As such, a US player could find themselves without any recourse or protection if a dispute arose with one of these sites. It’s best to stay away.

Didn’t the Supreme Court make sports betting legal?

When the US Supreme Court voted to dismiss the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018, it seemed as though sports betting was immediately made legal across the country. However, what the decision actually accomplished was relegating the choice to offer sports betting back to each state’s legislature.

Several states have already allowed sportsbooks to open inside their borders. New Hampshire is joining a second wave of states to legalize sports betting, and its residents began with DraftKings in late 2019.

Will I be able to bet on sports online in New Hampshire?

Yes. New Hampshire’s sports betting law allows for both online and retail sportsbooks. In fact, online sports betting went live with DraftKings before any retail sportsbook opened.

Can I play fantasy sports online in New Hampshire?

Yes. All major daily fantasy sports operators are active in New Hampshire.

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