New Hampshire has joined the ranks of states with live and legal sports betting.
On Dec. 30, 2019, Gov. Chris Sununu placed the first online wager via DraftKings Sportsbook, betting on the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl LIV.
Sununu paved the way for sports betting to enter the Granite State in July. His signature on bill H 480-FN opened the door for the New Hampshire Lottery to begin offering licenses for both retail and online sports betting in New Hampshire.
Just in time to celebrate the new year, actually. On the eve of New Year’s Eve, DraftKings rolled out an online sportsbook for New Hampshire residents.
Leading up to launch, the New Hampshire Lottery scored a selection of vendors to determine which would be most appropriate for New Hampshire’s purposes.
DraftKings was the definitive frontrunner from that survey and lo and behold, was selected to be the first sports betting operator to make an appearance. The company, sporting black and green, scored highest for both its mobile and retail channels, and was second only to Intralot in the lottery channel.
Other companies to score highly with the NH Lottery included sportsbook developer Kambi (which designed the DraftKings app, ironically) and the MGM/GVC joint venture Roar Digital.
The most important thing to know about the launch is bettors can register for an account with their smartphones.
Other states, notably Nevada, have mandated that customers cannot register for online sportsbook accounts through their phones or computers. Instead, they must visit one of the sportsbook’s locations to set up an account.
Thankfully, the law in New Hampshire provides for the ability to sign up through one’s mobile device.
Sports betting sites usually come with multiple versions. Almost all of them have fully functioning browser versions as their base program.
These versions will work no matter the device you use to access them. They are usually optimized and programmed to detect whether the point of access is a computer, an iPhone / iPad or an Android phone.
Typically, to proceed on an NH online sportsbook, you must register for an account. This registration process is usually through a link entitled “Sign Up,” “Join Now” or the like.
A press of this button will lead to an informational form. You will have to provide several pieces of identifying information to the site to proceed.
So, before starting the registration process, make sure that you’re ready to provide the following:
In addition, the site may ask you for a personal identification number, or PIN, for an added layer of protection. The site may also ask you to verify or confirm a few statements through the use of radio buttons.
Make sure to check PlayUSA and the online sportsbook before you sign up.
Sportsbooks often have welcome bonuses and promotions available for new players.
However, some of these may require an exclusive promo code to activate it. We will always keep you primed on the best offers available in the NH gambling market.
Obviously, you will have to fund your sports betting account in order to wager.
After registering, the second step for most sportsbook players is depositing money for betting purposes. Most online sportsbooks make it easy to see where to click to deposit. It’s often in bright colors and a larger font than any other element on the site.
Online sportsbooks tend to offer a variety of methods for depositing money, from major credit cards to e-wallets (PayPal) to online bank transfers.
Make sure to check the fee structure associated with any prospective methods. Some sites will charge a nominal fee for each type of transaction and that extra lost cash can be a surprise.
Some deposit methods on NH sportsbooks may require you to enter banking or credit card numbers. Rest assured that at any licensed sports betting site, these betting transactions are safe and your account is secure.
However, as was the case during registration, make sure to check for any bonus codes or promotions before you submit a deposit request. There could be hundreds of free extra dollars available that could go into your pocket.
Here are some possible deposit options that New Hampshire sportsbooks may offer:
There are many types of bonuses that online sportsbooks may offer. As bettors in New Hampshire get acquainted with their preferred books, they must keep an eye out for these types of offers should they pop up.
As the name implies, a no deposit bonus doesn’t require any investment on the part of the player. Usually, the bonus only requires activating it by entering a promo code into a specified box.
These bonuses are standard for new players. It is fairly unusual to receive a no-deposit bonus offer after playing for a while.
Needless to say, there isn’t any reason ever to ignore this type of bonus. Even if the bonus comes with a wagering requirement before a withdrawal is possible, it is still free money for betting.
A deposit or match bonus requires a deposit to become active. With this type of bonus, the sportsbook pledges to contribute a certain percentage of your deposit to your account.
However, this percentage can vary greatly. Some of these matches, particularly for first deposits, can promise to contribute 100% of the deposit amount.
There are a couple of common catches to these bonuses, however. For one thing, many deposit matches come with a playthrough requirement.
Playthrough requirements mean that you must wager a multiple of the bonus amount before the money becomes eligible for withdrawal. This multiple can range from a single turnover to many times the amount.
The other catch is that many deposit bonuses have a time limit to redeem. The site will drip the bonus amount in regular disbursements to you, but any portion remaining after the given limit will revert to the sportsbook.
These two catches often work together, as it can be quite challenging to complete the wagering requirements in the allotted time frame. Make sure to assess the likelihood of redeeming a bonus amount before opting into it. Some of these bonuses may not be worth the effort.
Another common type of bonus at online sportsbooks are free bets. These bonuses give you at least one chance to win big without paying another entry fee.
A sportsbook will award a free bet for a variety of reasons. Free bets can be a registration bonus, a deposit bonus or even a bonus for making a specified wager.
A free bet always comes with its value attached. So, you will be able to make wagers of a certain amount.
If the bet loses, then there isn’t a charge. If the bet wins, then you will receive the winnings of that wager.
Please note that any winnings will not include the value of the free bet. So, a $110 wager that would typically yield $210 to winners will only pay out $100 if the initial bet was a free bonus.
Odds boosts are such a standard promotion that they may have their own section on the sportsbook’s site. Several operators will offer odds boosts on multiple games each day.
An odds boost is a manual adjustment of the terms of a bet in the player’s favor. In other words, an odds boost will always result in an oversized payout if your boosted wager happens to win.
Since the underlying chance of winning the bet doesn’t change, boosted odds are a profitable opportunity for most players. Make sure to check for odds boosts related to your preferred sport to bet.
Nobody likes losing a sports bet, but few things are more crushing than last-second or unexpected defeats. To find oneself out of the money mere moments after a seemingly winning bet is a maddening prospect.
So, online sportsbooks may offer insurance promotions to cushion the blow. If certain game conditions are met, those who opted into the bonus will receive some type of refund for the trouble.
Of course, this refund won’t recoup the lost winnings; however, it can go a long way toward erasing the sting of a last-second loss.
Finally, some online sportsbooks will offer their players membership into a VIP or loyalty program. The program will rewards players for their volume and level of play.
Rewards in these programs usually take the shape of cash, site credits and other perks. Loyalty programs are generally tier-based, so members receive varying levels of service.
Obviously, the bigger spenders get nicer rewards. However, since membership is usually free, there isn’t any reason for bettors to turn down an opportunity to join. Even casual players can find themselves receiving a perk every so often.
Though they compete with each other, most online sportsbooks have layouts that are roughly the same. The battle to retain customers demands that players feel comfortable moving from site to site.
So, most sites will display the sports they offer on the left side of the home page. Each one of these sports will likely be a live link that will take you to a game list specific to that sport.
In the middle, the sportsbook may display its most popular or featured games for that day. These offerings may center around a particular sport or event, or they may feature a variety of markets.
Finally, on the right, the sportsbook may show the player’s bet slip. Initially, this feature should be empty.
Betting is typically an intuitive process. Simply click on the desired betting option, and it will automatically populate your bet slip.
Multiple selections may create options on the bet slip regarding parlays. Usually, sportsbooks will be more than happy to book these kinds of wagers. Additionally, there may be options for teasers, a type of parlay.
The bet slip may also feature a cash-out option at the bottom of the slip. This button will illuminate if an open bet meets certain criteria.
At the top right of the display, there should be various drop-down menus or options related to the player’s account. From these functions, it should be easy to access your account details, preferences, the bonus page and the cashier section.
Sportsbook players are probably familiar with the depositing aspect of the banking section by this point. However, this feature is also where a player can take money out of the sportsbook.
Fortunately, there are typically many ways to retrieve your cash from an online sportsbook.
One of the most common ways to receive money from a site is one of the simplest. Many sportsbooks will mail a check to your mailing address.
This method does take some time, however. If you want a quicker transaction, you could opt for an electronic check.
Alternatively, the sportsbook may be able to process a withdrawal to one of the aforementioned e-wallets. It is a possibility to receive cash at selected retail locations, too.
There are a couple of issues to know about withdrawing funds from a sportsbook. The first is that there may be limitations on the methods you can use. Those limits can stem from how you initially deposited.
So, for instance, a sportsbook may not be able to process a withdrawal to a PayPal or Skrill account unless you used that account for depositing. Even some electronic checking procedures can carry this restriction from time to time.
The second issue is similar to one with deposits. Namely, there may be fees associated with various methods of withdrawals.
So, be sure to do the homework before choosing a method for withdrawal. Honestly, it is wise to be sure that a sportsbook’s methods for depositing and withdrawing are acceptable before you even sign up.
New Hampshire’s proximity to neighboring Massachusetts provides the majority of its residents’ pro sports allegiances. As a result, the overwhelming favorite teams for residents of the Granite State are franchises centered in Boston.
Even Gov. Sununu cited a desire to wager on New England Patriots games as a primary motivating factor to move sports betting to launch as soon as possible. A comparison on Google Trends reveals that the Boston Red Sox holds a commanding position for New Hampshire residents’ attention over other nearby MLB teams.
So, NH sports bettors seem likely to make the following teams a point of focus in their wagering:
In addition, New Hampshire is home to a few minor league professional sports teams that may draw some attention from Granite State bettors. Notably, the Double-A affiliate of the MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, calls Manchester home.
Unfortunately, New Hampshire residents are going to find themselves limited for betting on many more hometown favorites. New Hampshire’s sports betting law prohibits wagering on in-state collegiate teams and events.
So, wagering on Dartmouth College or the University of New Hampshire isn’t allowed, regardless of the venue. In the event of a New Hampshire site hosting a collegiate tournament, wagering on those games will also be disallowed, regardless of the teams involved.
However, there won’t be any shortage of opportunities for online sports betting in NH. Look for markets to open for most sports, including:
The New Hampshire law doesn’t make any provisions for or against wagering on esports or other non-sports events. So, there may be options for wagering on political races and other contests.
In addition to the numerous sports options, New Hampshire residents will have a wide variety of betting types at their disposal. The modern sportsbook offers incredible flexibility for betting, so Granite State inhabitants will soon be able to employ the following types of bets.
Point spreads are one of the most common types of wager. In a spread bet, the sportsbook establishes what it believes will be the margin of victory in a particular contest.
Then you place your money on whether you believe the favored team will exceed this margin, or the expected loser will not lose by as many points.
The favorite is aiming to “beat the spread,” while the underdog seeks to “cover the spread.” An underdog also covers if it happens to win the game outright.
Moneylines are another common type of wager that is ubiquitous to both retail and online sportsbooks. At their core, they are a more straightforward bet than point spreads. Though denoted by an intimidating three-digit number, moneylines are nothing more than bets on which team will win.
The margin of victory and game length are utterly irrelevant to the decision of the wager. The three-digit numbers are essential, however, because they give the payout ratio associated with a wager on the team. The first thing to note about these numbers is their sign.
A plus sign (+) next to a team’s name indicates that the team is the underdog. Thus, the given number is the payout associated with a winning $100 bet on that team.
Conversely, a minus sign (-) marks the favorite in the contest. The number is the amount that a player must bet to win $100.
It is also possible to use the moneyline numbers to derive straight odds associated with each choice. Dividing the underdog payout by 100 will reveal the odds against a win while dividing 100 by the favorite’s payout will yield the odds for a victory.
Point spreads, moneylines and a third bet type, totals, comprise the three most common types of wagers found at sportsbooks.
It is unlikely that any professional and legal USA sportsbook would ever fail to offer these three options to bettors, irrespective of any other type.
The totals bet is better known by the measure a sportsbook uses to generate the bet. The over/under serves as lingo to describe the combined output of both teams in a given contest.
The term “over/under” reveals the exact bet that players are making with this type of wager. The sportsbook estimates how many points two teams will combine to score, and bettors put money on whether they believe the actual total will be over or under that mark.
Totals bets are one of several types of bets unconcerned with the actual outcome of a game. Considerations about favorites and underdogs are irrelevant to the totals bettor.
While all bets are on events that have not yet occurred, futures bets are for events well beyond that. A futures wager would be on the likelihood of an event occurring at the end of a season, etc.
So, a wager on a team to be the eventual champion would be a futures bet. A futures bettor might also bet on which player will win a particular award, such as the most valuable player.
In terms of sheer volume, proposition betting is likely the most popular type of sports bet in the US. However, that statement is a bit misleading, because the most popular wager is merely a type of proposition, rather than the entire category.
A prop bet is a wager on smaller events throughout a contest. The term serves as a sort of catch-all for wagers on events ancillary to the outcome of a game.
So, bets about the pregame coin-toss, the winner of a jump ball or whether Lionel Messi will score a goal are all considered prop bets. Though related to the game at hand, a prop bet is a poor determinant of a game’s outcome.
Live betting is a type of proposition bet that, in some cases, represents the majority of wagers that sportsbooks are taking on various sporting events. Also called in-game or in-play wagering, it involves betting options that are only available while a game is in progress.
Usually, live bets take one of three forms, and the first is relatively self-explanatory. The sportsbook will continue to offer point spreads, moneylines and totals, but will adjust the lines as the game proceeds.
A sportsbook may also offer options on partial game results. So, you can wager on which team will “win” a particular period (quarter, half) of play. In fact, these bets can get rather granular, and extend to the outcome of single plays or points.
Finally, live betting options may pop up related to individual or team milestones that could occur during gameplay. A sportsbook could offer odds that an athlete would score a certain number of points or that a team would have a certain amount of penalties, for instance.
Per law, live betting will only be permitted on online sportsbooks in New Hampshire. Since live betting is a better experience in mobile settings, there shouldn’t be too much complaining about the restriction.
The last major type of sports bet is the parlay. The parlay is a combination wager in which bettors select choices for multiple events to occur.
Each of these selections is known as a “leg.” The trick about parlays is that in order for your wager to pay out, you must be correct on every leg.
Though parlays have a much lower chance of success than straight sports bets, they come with larger payouts. So, they can be high-risk, high-reward endeavors for sports bettors to undertake.
A sportsbook may offer variations on parlays that adjust the odds in favor of the bettor or the sportsbook. These are known as teasers and pleasers, respectively.
Sportsbooks may also have a type of parlay combination called the round robin. This type of bet is a collection of parlays loaded into a single bet of incredible size.
Yes, the law mandates the creation of a Division of Sports Wagering as a part of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission. This agency oversees and regulates all sports betting in the Granite State.
None are open right now. New Hampshire sports betting operators are working on launching some time in early 2020.
Yes, online sports betting is permitted under the law. In fact, the law provides for remote registration, meaning that online sports bettors will not have to visit a physical location to create a new account and get started.
DraftKings Sportsbook hit the market Dec. 30, 2019, becoming the first online operator to do so in New Hampshire. Following DraftKings, Intralot is expected to launch, as it will unveil a New Hampshire Lottery-branded betting app.
Any resident or visitor to the state who is 18 years or older can wager on sports.
Not on a New Hampshire betting site. Sports betting remains an intrastate proposition across the country. The Division of Sports Wagering is certain to require all operators to verify customer locations at all times. If you are in another state where sports betting is legal, you can bet on licensed sports betting sites within that state.
Every major sport should be available for wagering in New Hampshire. Even some more esoteric selections, like cricket and rugby union, should be open for betting.
New Hampshire law prohibits wagering on college sports inside the state and college teams from New Hampshire. The primary targets of these restrictions are Dartmouth College, the University of New Hampshire and any collegiate tournaments located inside the state lines.