New Hampshire Sports Betting 2021

New Hampshire legalized sports betting after passing a law that approves of placing bets in-person at multiple retail locations as well as wagering with online sportsbooks. The first bet was placed on Dec. 30, 2019.

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New Hampshire Sportsbook Locations

New Hampshire is one of the latest states in the country to legalize sports betting. The law now allows anyone in the state that is 18 or older to legally bet on professional sports with regulated sportsbooks at licensed physical locations as well as sportsbooks online.

Although betting on sports has been legalized in New Hampshire, it will take some time for regulators and operators to catch up to speed. According to the law passed by the state, it’s the New Hampshire Lottery that will regulate sports betting in the state.

Sports betting licenses have yet to be distributed, but New Hampshire’s proposed sports betting market will feature multiple retail locations as well as even more sportsbooks online that you can bet from a desktop browser or its app with your smartphone.

The state will have a total of 10 physical sportsbook licenses and a total of 5 skins that can be used for third-party online sportsbook platforms. This is why we expect there to be as many several sportsbook options to choose from in New Hampshire.

The state is the first to make retail sportsbooks, a popular UK sports betting option, this means there will be licensed locations opening in New Hampshire soon where legal bets can be placed.

The best online betting sites in New Hampshire will be the ones licensed by the state. Amongst the numerous licensed sportsbooks in the state the majority is likely to be online. Relying on expert reviews will help you gain better insights before you bet.

Although there hasn’t been a launch date announced yet, all signs point towards sports betting going live in New Hampshire sometime before 2020. We’ve done the research to find where and what brands are looking to offer sports betting in New Hampshire.

Gambling in New Hampshire Timeline

2019

New Hampshire legalizes sports betting after Gov. Sununu signs a bill that legalizes betting on sports in the state, allowing bets on mobile as well as bets placed in-person at physical locations. First bet is placed by Sununu on Dec. 30.

2017

New Hampshire lifts its ban of online casinos and poker but temporarily. The state reintroduces the ban in just about 10 months.

2016

Multiple casinos open their doors which donate a large percentage of their revenue to charity.

2014

Various bills for licensed casinos and a proposal to change the definition of poker as a game of skill rather than chance, both fail to pass.

2012

Horse racing is all but a thing of the past in the state with no live races scheduled in the future.

2011

The controversial tax was repealed, although many felt the damage had been done to the racing industry.

1963

New Hampshire passes legislation to begin the state’s lottery. This makes New Hampshire the first state in the nation to legalize a lottery draw.

1933

Gov. Winant allows a bill to become law without his signature that legalizes parimutuel betting and charitable betting on horse and greyhound races, which becomes prevalent in the state.

1906

The Rockingham Park opens in June, where it becomes the place for illegal betting for three days before the authorities shut wagering there down.

New Hampshire Sportsbook Locations

New Hampshire's sports wagering bill was signed into law by Gov. Chris Sununu in July 2019. On Dec. 30 of that year, Sununu placed the first bet in the state. The law allows anyone in the state 18 or older to legally bet on professional sports at licensed physical locations as well as online.

According to the law, the New Hampshire Lottery regulates sports betting in the state.

New Hampshire officials in November 2019 gave DraftKings exclusive access to legal online sports betting in the state, even though the law allowed up to five separate sites to enter the market. But DraftKings, which is based in Boston, holds exclusive rights in the state after it offered to pay 51% of gross gaming revenue from mobile and 50% from future retail in a six-year deal. Those percentages decrease if other operators enter the market.

The move to secure DraftKings as the sole operator came weeks after the state received 13 bids for the five skins. It also came after residents in Berlin, Claremont, Laconia, Manchester and Somersworth voted for physical sports book retail locations in their communities.

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DraftKings could have up to 10 retail locations in the state as well as the online sportsbook that you can bet from a desktop browser or its app with your smartphone. DraftKings and the state were prepared to announce locations for the retail sites in March, but put plans on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.

On Aug. 12, 2020, DraftKings opened its first retail sportsbook in New Hampshire at The Brook casino in Seabrook. The Brook, formerly known as Seabrook Park, was rebranded and renovated by Eureka Casino Resorts after it purchased the facility in 2019. The sportsbook has betting kiosks and video walls, and is in The Brook’s “Stadium” sports entertainment space.

When The Brook sportsbook opened, the New Hampshire Lottery said the state has had more than 42,000 registered players since launching.

On Sept. 3, 2020, DraftKings and South Side Tavern in Manchester announced the opening of DraftKings Sportsbook at Manchester, the second retail sportsbook in the state.

The best online betting sites in New Hampshire are licensed by the state. Relying on expert reviews will help you gain better insights before you bet.

Latest New Hampshire Sports Betting Numbers

NEW HAMPSHIRE SPORTS BETTING, AUGUST vs. JULY

Total handle Mobile handle Revenue (GGR)
August $36.320M $29.560M $1.594M
July $36.724M $30.374M $3.063M
Change Down 1.1% Down 2.7% Down 47.9%

Updated Oct. 1

LATEST NEWS: New Hampshire Has Ups and Downs For Sports Betting in August


What Events And Markets Are Offered By New Hampshire?

With DraftKings as the sole provider in New Hampshire, you can bet on the same sports and games they offer in other states. You can bet on any sport, and have options to be on point spreads, player props, over-under, etc.

Although you can bet on NCAA events, none can involve schools from New Hampshire. With DraftKings, you’ll be able to wager on the NFL, NHL , NBA and other leagues and sports. Other popular sports include tennis, golf and soccer.

Gambling in New Hampshire Timeline

2019

New Hampshire legalizes sports betting after Gov. Sununu signs a bill that legalizes betting on sports in the state, allowing bets on mobile as well as bets placed in-person at physical locations. Sununu places the first bet on Dec. 30.

2017

New Hampshire lifts its ban of online casinos and poker but temporarily. The state reintroduces the ban in just about 10 months.

2016

Multiple casinos open their doors which donate a large percentage of their revenue to charity.

2014

Various bills for licensed casinos and a proposal to change the definition of poker as a game of skill rather than chance, both fail to pass.

2012

Horse racing is all but a thing of the past in the state with no live races scheduled in the future.

2011

The controversial tax was repealed, although many felt the damage had been done to the racing industry.

1963

New Hampshire passes legislation to begin the state’s lottery. This makes New Hampshire the first state in the nation to legalize a lottery draw.

1933

Gov. Winant allows a bill to become law without his signature that legalizes parimutuel betting and charitable betting on horse and greyhound races, which becomes prevalent in the state.

1906

The Rockingham Park opens in June, where it becomes the place for illegal betting for three days before the authorities shut wagering there down.