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Is sports betting legal in New Hampshire?

Yes, sports betting became legal in New Hampshire due to the passage of HB 480 in 2019. The state later adopted HB 330 and HB 354 in 2021 to refine its sports betting law.

Where can I bet on sports in New Hampshire?

There are three retail sportsbooks open for business in New Hampshire. All three are DraftKings locations, with video screens and sports betting kiosks. There are no live teller windows at these locations, but you can still place a wager in person at these venues:

Check the website of your chosen destination for its hours of operation.

Under New Hampshire law, there could be as many as ten retail sports betting locations in the state. However, the placement of those locations is subject to voter approval from inside the various cities and communities in the state. So far, voters in 16 towns or cities have authorized DraftKings to place a sportsbook there.

Is online sports betting legal in New Hampshire?

Yes. Online sports betting became legal in New Hampshire under the same law that legalized retail sports betting. Although New Hampshire has adopted a distinct model for managing its sports betting industry, online betting is undeniably available in the state.

What sportsbook apps are available in New Hampshire?

For the most part, online sports betting in New Hampshire begins and ends with DraftKings. DraftKings Sportsbook secured a near-monopoly with the New Hampshire Lottery in November 2019 and has been the only option offering top sports betting promos ever since. 

The lone exception is with the New Hampshire Lottery’s limited sports betting-related products. Greek technology supplier Intralot secured the contract to power the lottery’s offerings through 2025. 

The decision to accept DraftKings’ proposal from among the 13 the lottery commission received caused some confusion. However, it soon became clear that the revenue-sharing proposal that DraftKings floated — promising 51% of its revenue to the state — proved to be the decisive factor.

DraftKings offered the state such a large revenue share in exchange for a lockout on competition, something that the original law did not require. However, under the contract’s conditions, adding one or two additional sportsbooks chops DraftKings’ 51% tax obligation down to 21%. The percentage declines even more if New Hampshire allows three or more sportsbooks to compete with DraftKings in the state. Thus, New Hampshire and DraftKings have vested interests in each other, and there does not appear to be any push to allow other companies to have a bite at the apple.

As such, DraftKings Sportsbook NH is the only game in town. Here’s a closer look at the sportsbook app:

DraftKings Sportsbook

DraftKings has established itself as one of the premier sports betting companies in the US over the past few years. Part of its appeal stems from its various innovations. It was one of the first books to offer an option to cash out early to US bettors. It also offers a betting carousel of customized suggested wagers to each bettor who logs into the app. 

DraftKings also offers a user-friendly app with clear navigation and a smooth display to aid customers. This ease of use is especially important for beginning and new sports bettors. Many sports and types of bets are available in New Hampshire, including what is likely DraftKings’ best feature — betting pools. Pools allow people to enter the sports betting equivalent of tournaments, where a small bet could lead to a large payout.

On the flip side, DraftKings does not offer the most competitive odds in the world, regardless of the number of competitors that it has. DraftKings could also make its customer support more responsive and available to bettors.

New Hampshire sports betting law

New Hampshire’s sports betting law initially came from the passage and signing of HB 480-FN. The first line of the bill (now law) expresses the authorization this way:

The commission is authorized to operate a sports book for the purposes of accepting and paying sports wagers by authorized bettors within the state in conformance with the requirements of this chapter.

The “commission” that the law references is the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, which serves as the state’s oversight agency for sports betting. Every bit of sports betting in New Hampshire flows, one way or another, through the state lottery.

The law provides for three betting tiers:

The law further clarifies Tier III bets as wagers that the lottery commission itself offers. In other words, the New Hampshire Lottery can offer its wagers to bettors through lottery retailers. Although this provision would seem to open New Hampshire to many retail options, the reality (so far) is that the commission has chosen to focus on its lottery and iLottery games.

Sports betting in the state is legal both in person and online. Here are some of the other key facets of the law:

The initial version of the law did not contain an explicit provision to allow for Tier II wagering. Thus, in the early days of New Hampshire sports betting, you could only place pregame bets. However, the passage of HB 330 authorized the placement of in-game wagers. 

First drafts of HB 330 also sought to dissolve the cap on retail sportsbooks that limited the number of legal locations to 10. However, the bill’s final version stripped out that amendment, with lawmakers and the lottery director agreeing that there’s no immediate danger of reaching the threshold. 

At this point, there is no definite push to expand sports betting in New Hampshire beyond its current form, and it’s not clear if any such push is likely anytime soon.

Popular sports to bet on in New Hampshire

New Hampshire is a small state in terms of population and land area. As such, it is not home to any major professional sports teams. There is only one significant minor league team that calls the Granite State home. 

However, the 1.4 million residents of New Hampshire still have some definite favorites regarding teams. The state also prohibits betting on in-state college teams. Here are some of the most popular teams and sports to bet on in New Hampshire:

Other types of gambling in New Hampshire

Charitable gaming

There are more than a dozen gaming locations in New Hampshire. Most are either small cardroom-style venues or areas inside sports bars or restaurants. All locations are operated by or on behalf of licensed charitable organizations in the state. 

The games available under charitable gaming law in New Hampshire include blackjack, roulette, poker, and other table games. Until recently, the law did not allow slot machines or their ilk at these locations. However, the passage and signing of HB 626 in 2021 now allows the 16 charitable gaming venues to offer betting on historical horse racing machines.

The result is that there is little difference in New Hampshire between charitable gaming locations and outright casinos. On average, they’re probably just a bit smaller in terms of space.  

In addition to the casino games from charitable organizations in New Hampshire, there are also several places to play bingo and Lucky 7 in the state.

Horse betting

New Hampshire is no longer home to any live horse racing tracks.

The lone facility where you can make a wager in person on any type of racing is The Brook, home of the only racebook in the state, where you can place wagers on horse races around the country and world.

If you don’t want to make the drive, however, you can also place wagers on horse racing through various horse betting sites in the state. Online racebooks like TVG and FanDuel offer all the wagers you would expect.

Lottery

New Hampshire has been offering lottery games longer than any other state in the union. The first game from the New Hampshire Lottery began in 1964, and the commission continues to sell its games today. 

The lineup of New Hampshire Lottery games includes the typical retail options such as scratchers, aka instant win games, and keno. Instant win games are also available online via the iLottery.

Bigger prizes are available through the draw games that the New Hampshire Lottery offers. The major multi-state drawings like Mega Millions and Powerball are active in the state, along with several other smaller drawings that are either specific to New Hampshire or only involve a few adjoining states.

How New Hampshire sports betting compares to Rhode Island and Connecticut

Although no two states are the same, it’s helpful to compare how other similar-sized states in the region — Rhode Island and Connecticut — have implemented sports betting.

FeaturesNHRICT
Retail sports bettingYesYesYes
Number of locations permitted10217
Online sports bettingYesYesYes
Number of online books permitted513
Active online sportsbooksDraftKingsSportsbook Rhode IslandDraftKings
FanDuel
PlaySugarHouse
Tax rate51%51%13.75%
College sports bettingNo in-state schools or eventsNo in-state schools or eventsBetting on in-state schools only during tournaments
Other detailsDraftKings has negotiated a monopoly with the NH LotteryRetail casinos must also pay 32% of revenues to IGTApps are reserved for two tribes and the lottery commission

As it happens, New Hampshire falls somewhere between these two states in terms of tax rates and what it permits. New Hampshire clearly favors the model in Rhode Island more than that of Connecticut, but DraftKings is not bound to pay the same tax rate as the Bally’s casinos in Rhode Island. 

New Hampshire sports betting timeline

2024: The Concord Casino had its gaming license suspended for six months after the owner reportedly misused more than $840,000 obtained from an economic injury disaster loan.

New Hampshire sports betting revenue for 2023 totaled $80.24 million.

2023: New Hampshire starts off 2023 with the state’s third-largest sports betting handle since legalizing. The $97.1 million bet in January is behind just January 2022 and October 2021.

New Hampshire sports betting handle starts to take a hit once legal Massachusetts sports betting launches online in March. Total sports betting handle in New Hampshire declines by $24 million (32%) year-over-year in May.

New Hampshire posts new records for handle, gross revenue, and the state’s share of that revenue for the 2022 fiscal year.

2022: New Hampshire totals $891.7 million in sports betting handle in 2022. That includes a run of three months with more than $90 million in handle to end the year. October, November, and December were the fourth, fifth, and sixth biggest months for the state in terms of sports betting handle since legal sports betting launched at the end of 2019. For the year, sports betting nets the state about $66.4 million in revenue

2021: The state passes HB 330 and HB 354 to refine its sports betting law.

2019: The state legislature begins consideration of legal sports betting in New Hampshire during its 2019 legislative session. While Gov. Chris Sununu includes revenue from sports betting in his budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the passage of enabling legislation proves to be less than a sure thing.

Some legislators want to attach sports betting in the state to long-sought legislation allowing casinos in New Hampshire. That attempt puts the immediate future of New Hampshire sports betting in question.

However, the casino legislation was then separated from the sports betting bill, allowing it to move through the state legislature in the summer. Both chambers passed the bill, and Sununu signed it into law in July 2019.

A competitive bidding process administered through the state ultimately saw DraftKings Sportsbook become the lone online sportsbook in New Hampshire. The DFS and sports betting giant will pay nearly half of its sports betting revenue in New Hampshire to the state as part of the arrangement.

While some speculation suggested that sports betting could begin in New Hampshire by the end of 2019, the first month of 2020 became the actual launch date for mobile sports wagering in the state.

New Hampshire sports betting FAQ

Who oversees sports betting in New Hampshire?

The New Hampshire Lottery. The virtual monopoly that DraftKings enjoys in New Hampshire comes from an agreement with the lottery commission. Any other possible licensing (unlikely) would flow through the New Hampshire Lottery.

How old do you have to be to bet in New Hampshire?

New Hampshire is one of the few states where you can legally bet on sports starting at age 18.

Do I have to be in New Hampshire to bet on sports?

Yes. Both federal and state law require that you be inside New Hampshire to bet on sports via the legal online sportsbook in the state. DraftKings’ geolocation software will have to be able to verify that you are inside state lines before you’ll be able to bet.

Why can I find online sportsbooks other than DraftKings in New Hampshire?

A web search might show you other online sportsbooks than DraftKings, which claim legal in New Hampshire. However, those books are based outside the United States and operate outside the laws of the country and the state of New Hampshire. Their legality is dubious, and they also carry additional security and privacy risks. Stick with DraftKings if you plan to bet on sports in New Hampshire.

Resources

Here are some resources that you can consult for additional information about wagering on sports in New Hampshire: