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Last updated: June 1, 2020

Status: Sports betting in New Hampshire became legal in July 2019.

 

New Hampshire Sports Betting Timeline

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to quash the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the New Hampshire House began drafting a bill to allow the state’s lottery commission to regulate sports betting in the region.

The bill, first revealed in January 2019, proposed to accept bids from operators who would then have permission to offer sports betting from retail outlets. A system to allow betting via mobile applications was also suggested. However, betting on New Hampshire college teams and fantasy sports will remain prohibited.

The bill was passed on March 19, 2019, but needed to go back to the chamber after amendments were added. The key amendment referred to the number of mobile operators to be permitted and set a limit of five. Other amendments gave the New Hampshire State Lottery the authority to change the number of retail sportsbooks allowed.

The final bill was signed in July 2019.

 

New Hampshire Betting History

Pari-mutuel betting on horse racing was legalized in the state of New Hampshire in 1933, while legislation to allow greyhound racing was not passed until 1971. However, the decline in popularity of both disciplines led to the withdrawal of funding for the regulatory bodies and live racing virtually disappeared in 2009.

Commercial casinos are not permitted in New Hampshire despite many attempts to pass legislation to allow fully functional casino operations within the state. In 2014, a bill to allow two casinos to be opened failed by just a single vote.

Despite the lack of casinos offering table games, bingo halls and simulcast race betting are permitted. There are no federally recognized American Indian tribes in the state so there are no tribal casinos and slot machines are not permitted under current gaming regulations.

Charitable gaming is permitted and has been popular across the state for more than 40 years. Such games may be offered in venues such as bars and shopping malls, as well as poker rooms and casino clubs. Operators must partner with a charity and donate 35% of all revenue to the cause. There are nearly 500 charities that benefit from this type of gaming in New Hampshire.

 

Is sports betting legal in New Hampshire?

Yes. However there are restrictions preventing wagering on in-stage collegiate teams.

 

Who controls sports betting in New Hampshire?

The New Hampshire State Lottery oversees sports betting in New Hampshire.

 

What is the legal age to bet on sports in New Hampshire?

Sports betting in New Hampshire is available to members of the public aged 18 or over.

 

Where can I bet on sports in New Hampshire?

There are no legal sport betting operators in the state. However, it is expected that the first licences could be issued in 2019.

 

Who are the current operators/licensees in New Hampshire?

DraftKings Sportsbook has been chosen as the sole mobile sports betting operator in New Hampshire.

 

Is mobile and app sports betting available in New Hampshire?

Yes, through the DraftKings app.

 

How much is sports betting worth in New Hampshire?

The Lottery Commission predict around $11.5 million to be raised in, in state revenue for 2021.

 

What is the tax rate for New Hampshire sports betting?

In exchange for its exclusivity in the online sport betting market in New Hampshire, DraftKings returns around 50% of revenue to the state.

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