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New Hampshire Casinos & Gambling

New Hampshire Regulated Gambling:

Pari-Mutuel Betting 1933

Lottery 1964

Charity Gaming (Bingo & Lucky 7) 1949

Charity Gaming (Games of Chance) 1977

Fantasy Contests 2017

Sports Betting 2019

Gambling Age in New Hampshire:

Charity Gaming (excl. Poker)/Sports Betting/Fantasy Sports/Lottery 18+

Pari-Mutuel Betting/Charitable Poker 21+

New Hampshire Casinos:

Commercial Casinos/Tribal Casinos 0

Game of Chance Facilities 17

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Gambling Overview

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.

Lottery

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 Gaming

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

Pari-Mutuel Racing

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 Contests

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.

Sports Betting

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.

New Hampshire Gambling History

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.

New Hampshire Gambling FAQ

Does New Hampshire have land-based casinos?

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.

Does New Hampshire have a state lottery?

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.

Can I find daily fantasy contests in New Hampshire?

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.

Does New Hampshire permit pari-mutuel wagering?

Yes, pari-mutuel wagering in New Hampshire is lawfully permitted on live and simulcast events on horse racing only.

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