The Supreme Court gave each state the power to legalize sports betting in May of 2018 when they overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992.
New Hampshire Sports Betting
Sports betting will be legal in New Hampshire when Governor Chris Sununu signs House Bill 480. The bill has already cleared the House and Senate and is awaiting a signature from the governor. Sununu has previously endorsed the bill, already including sports betting revenue in his budget. It is expected he will sign the bill into law in June or July of 2019. This would make New Hampshire the sixth state to legalize sports betting in 2019, along with Montana, Indiana, Iowa, Tennessee, and Illinois.
Legal New Hampshire Sports Betting
New Hampshire residents can expect to be able to bet on sports as early as the start of 2020. Anyone who is 18 years of age or older will be able to bet in the state. As far as prohibited bets go, residents will not be able to wager on any high school or collegiate teams that are based in New Hampshire.
If passed, the bill will allow mobile betting as well as retail locations. Residents will be able to bet at up to 10 different physical locations, meaning casinos. They will also be able to bet at up to five different mobile sportsbooks. This means New Hampshire citizens will be able to bet on their mobile phone, desktop/laptop, as well as the casino. Residents will be able to register for mobile sports betting from their mobile phone and will NOT be required to first register at a casino. The New Hampshire Lottery Commission will be in charge of regulating sports betting and sports betting operators.
Tax revenue from sports betting will go towards education, roads, and general state expenditures.
Will the bill legalize online poker?
No, HB 480 makes no mention of online poker.
New Hampshire Online Gambling FAQ
Aside from online sports betting, there other forms of gambling available to New Hampshire residents.
Are daily fantasy sports legal in New Hampshire?
Daily Fantasy Sports, or DFS, is a cross between fantasy football and legalized gambling. On a broad level, DFS contests are a subsection of fantasy sports. Players compete against their friends, or more often strangers to build a team of professional athletes under a given salary cap, and try and to outscore their opponents. Daily fantasy sports differ from traditional fantasy sports by having contests that last for an evening or the weekend, as opposed to having the same team for months.
Are offshore sportsbooks legal in New Hampshire?
No, offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada are not legal in New Hampshire. Offshore sportsbooks do accept residents of New Hampshire as clients. Although BettingBuck always recommends betting with legal sportsbooks, we do review a handful of offshore sites like Bovada, 5Dimes, and MyBookie.
Does New Hampshire have an online lottery?
Yes, New Hampshire is one of six states that currently offer online lottery games. The New Hampshire Lottery offers 17 different iLottery games, in addition to PowerPlay and Mega Millions tickets.