Pari-Mutuel Betting 1933
Charity Gaming (Bingo & Lucky 7) 1949
Charity Gaming (Games of Chance) 1977
Fantasy Contests 2017
Sports Betting 2019
Charity Gaming (excl. Poker)/Sports Betting/Fantasy Sports/Lottery 18+
Pari-Mutuel Betting/Charitable Poker 21+
Commercial Casinos/Tribal Casinos 0
Game of Chance Facilities 17
The New Hampshire Oversight Authority regulates and oversees all gambling in the state. There are no commercial or tribal casinos in New Hampshire. Nor is most online gambling, such as online casinos or online poker, permitted. The exceptions are fantasy sports contests and sports betting.
Charitable organizations, branding themselves as casinos, may run raffles, bingos, and games of chance (i.e., poker rooms, roulette, et cetera). Horse racing pari-mutuels and the New Hampshire State Lottery are also permitted by law.
The New Hampshire Lottery Corporation (NHLC) administers several lottery-style and scratch games. Some of these include interstate lotteries such as Powerball and Mega Millions. It is responsible for the iLottery, an online lottery gaming system. Here, players from New Hampshire can register online player accounts and make bets on different online games, including sports betting. Visitors can use credit cards to play, setting New Hampshire apart from many other states.
Aside from the website, the NHLC operates 1,400 retail brick-and-mortar locations.
Charitable organizations must submit an application to the NHLC to deal in Bingo and Lucky 7 (pull tabs) events. The organization must be for fraternal, veterans, religious, civic, or charitable purposes only. A paid license is required when no more than one charitable event is held per month and no more than 10 events per month. Also, events must be held in no more than one town or city.
There are 17 licensed ‘games of chance’ facilities. Here, players might find roulette, Texas Hold ’em, Spanish 21, 3 Card Poker, poker tournaments, and DraftKings Sportsbook, etc. Where chips have no dollar value, a player may spend up to $150 per game. This includes buy-ins and re-buys. In all other scenarios, players may spend $250 or less per game where chips are involved. On other chance games, where no chips are concerned, the maximum bet per game is $10.
|Licensed Games of Chance Facilities||Address||Website|
|Lakes Region Casino||1265 Laconia Road – Belmont, NH 03220||lakesregioncasino.com|
|Lebanon Poker Room & Casino||45 Hanover Street – Lebanon, NH 03766||lebpoker.com|
|Northwoods Casino||155 Emery Street – Berlin, NH 03570||northwoodscasinollc.com|
|Filotimo||1279 South Willow Street -Manchester, NH 03103||filotimocasino.com|
|Concord Casino||67 S Main Street – Concord, NH 03301||concordnhcasino.com|
|Boston Billiard Club & Casino||55 Northeastern Boulevard – Nashua, NH 03062||bostonbilliardclubcasino.com|
|Conway Poker Room||234 White Mountain Highway – Conway, NH 03818||n/a|
|The American Social Club||166 Daniel Webster Highway – Nashua, NH 03061||scoreboardsnh.com|
|Dover Poker Room||887 B Central Avenue – Dover, NH 03820||doverbowl.com/bingo|
|The River Casino & Sports Bar||53 High Street – Nashua, NH 03060||therivercasino.com|
|Hampton Beach Casino||169 Ocean Blvd. – Hampton, NH 03842||hamptonbeachcasinonh.com|
|Speakeasy Casino||78 Wakefield Street – Rochester, NH 03866||rochesterpokerroom|
|Ocean Gaming at Hampton Beach||81 Ocean Boulevard, 2nd Floor – Hampton, NH 03842||oceangamingcasino.com|
|Chasers Poker Room||7 Veterans Memorial Parkway – Salem, NH 03079||chaserspoker.com|
|Keene Poker Room & Casino||222 West Street – Keene, NH 03431||keenecasino.com|
|The Brook||319 New Zealand Road – Seabrook, NH 03874||livefreeandplay.com|
|Wonder Casino||172 Emerald Street, Suite 101- Keene, NH 03431||wondercasino|
Up until 2008, New Hampshire had four race tracks. Sadly, all four have since closed. Pari-mutuel wagering based on horse racing (live or simulcast) is permitted in New Hampshire. It, along with charitable gaming, falls under the authority of the Lottery Commission. Pari-mutuel wagering is possible over mobile or online.
Fantasy sports went live in August 2017 and are regulated by the state. This means that operators must be registered with the Commission. There are currently over 20 registered fantasy sports operators in the state, including FanDuel, DraftKings, and Yahoo Fantasy Sports.
It is prohibited to offer fantasy sports contests based on youth athletic events, high school, or collegiate activities.
The New Hampshire lottery offers sports betting exclusively through its partner DraftKings. Players from New Hampshire can use their mobile devices or visit one of two DraftKings brick-and-mortar locations to place bets.
In 1933, pari-mutuel wagering on thoroughbred and harness horse races was legalized. This effectively made it the first legal form of gambling in New Hampshire. It wasn’t until 1971 that it would be accompanied by greyhound racing. However, greyhound racing was not meant to last, and in 2010 New Hampshire joined other states in banning the sport. In 2016, the last commercial horse racing track (Rockingham Park Horse Racing Track) closed its doors.
New Hampshire was the first state to legalize a state lottery in 1964 after 198 of 211 communities voted in favor.
Bingo and Lucky 7 (pull tabs) were both legalized in 1949, followed by games of chance in 1977. Games of chance have become the most popular form of charity gaming in New Hampshire.
Bill 1633 was introduced in December 2013 to authorize and regulate a 5,000 slot casino. However, the Bill died in March 2014, along with all other proposals to expand state gambling. Of note, SB 113, sponsored by Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, would have legalized two casinos but was also killed by the House.
It was not until 2017 that New Hampshire legalized keno with funds going towards kindergarten programs.
The first legal sports wagering bet in New Hampshire was placed on a mobile phone on December 30, 2019, by Gov. Chris Sununu, following legalization in July 2019.
On April 7, 2021, the New Hampshire House approved historical horse racing machines in 16 charitable gaming establishments. Bill 625 will now be heading to the Senate for approval.
No, neither tribal casinos nor commercial casinos are available in New Hampshire. The closest thing is games of chance facilities where players can find casino-style games.
Yes, New Hampshire has one of the oldest state lotteries in the United States. Players from New Hampshire can purchase draw tickets (including interstate tickets), scratch tickets, and keno. The New Hampshire Lottery also offers a sports betting platform in partnership with DraftKings.
Yes, daily fantasy contests are legal in New Hampshire. High school, college, or youth athletic events wagering are prohibited. There are presently 21 operators including DraftKings, FanDuel, and Yahoo Fantasy Sports.
Yes, pari-mutuel wagering in New Hampshire is lawfully permitted on live and simulcast events on horse racing only.