Online sports betting and retail sportsbooks are coming soon to New Hampshire.
The NH legislature passed a sports wagering bill in July 2019 and expects to launch its legal industry in early 2020. The New Hampshire Lottery Commission regulates the state’s sports betting operations.
DraftKings Sportsbook is the currently the only operator approved to offer online sports betting in the state. Along with its mobile app, DraftKings plans to open several retail locations and a new office in NH during the coming year. Having secured what amounts to a monopoly via the RFP process, DraftKings will share 50% of its revenue with the state.
Unlike many other jurisdictions with legalized sports gambling, the legal betting age in New Hampshire is 18 years old.
DraftKings Sportsbook will be the lone sports betting option in New Hampshire. Regulators awarded the Boston-based company exclusive rights to operate the state’s only online/mobile sportsbook, exchanging competition for a larger share of revenue.
DraftKings hopes go live in NH in January 2020.
New Hampshire will likely feature several DraftKings retail sportsbooks, too. Six cities have approved the development of a land-based book, and other municipalities have the chance to follow suit at the start of the spring.
The enacted law imposes a cap of 10 retail sportsbooks for the small state.
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The New Hampshire sports betting law permits anyone 18 and older and located within the state to bet on sports. Residency is not a requirement, but bettors will need to share their location to verify that they’re physically present in NH. All regulated online sportsbooks employ geolocation technology.
The law also disallows certain individuals — including casino key employees, athletes, coaches, refs, and trainers — from gambling on sports.
Bettors are not permitted to wager on any in-state college teams, nor on any collegiate event that takes place within the state. Betting on local college teams then, like Dartmouth or the University of New Hampshire, is prohibited.
Likewise, NH sportsbooks may not take action on college games within the state — even involving non-NH teams. So if Concord was named an NCAA March Madness site, for example, those games would be off the board in NH.
The New Hampshire sports betting market is one of the youngest in the US. Although there aren’t many professional teams within the state, NH is directly next to Massachusetts, which means there are plenty of pro sports fans around.
While the population of NH is much smaller than some other states with legal sports gambling — like New Jersey and Pennsylvania — it could still be a thriving market. None of its neighbor states allow sports betting, so it will become the best legal option for traveling bettors from Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts.
Boston alone has more than half the population of NH, so the true market could be larger than it appears.
Creating a betting account on a NH sportsbook will be a quick and straightforward process. In order to sign up, you will likely need to provide the following standard information:
New customers need to create a username and password used to access the online sportsbook each time. Once you’ve answered a few security questions, confirmed your age, and agreed to the terms and conditions, you’re ready to wager.
The New Hampshire version of DraftKings Sportsbook will be available for download to bettors with both Apple and Android devices.
The DraftKings Sportsbook NH app is natively coded for iOS devices and available for download in the App Store.
Since Google Play doesn’t allow real-money gambling apps in its store, Android users can download the mobile app from the DraftKings website.
Live wagering is one of the most popular ways to bet on sports online. Unlike bets placed prior to a game starting, live (or “in-play”) betting allows bettors to get money down
In other states, DraftKings Sportsbook offers a vast range of in-play options for just about every market available.
Standard bets like point spread, moneyline and totals are always available, along with alternate lines in some instances. Live betting typically includes a myriad of game, team, and player props, too.
Boston sports fans have been spoiled with success across all four major sports in the US — football, basketball, baseball, and hockey.
Sports betting could debut in New Hampshire as early as January 2020 with the launch of DraftKings Sportsbook. The former daily fantasy sports (DFS) company now runs one of the most profitable sports betting enterprises in the US.
Online sports betting became possible thanks to Gov. Chris Sununu, who nudged the legislature into action in 2019. He signed bill H 480 in July, allowing the New Hampshire Lottery to start the process of awarding licenses for sportsbooks.
DraftKings earned the nod by beating out several other retail and online sportsbook hopefuls. It received the highest scores out of all operators for both retail and mobile sports betting in the state’s analysis.
DraftKings will be the only sportsbook available in New Hampshire for the foreseeable future. The company signed its contract with the state in late November 2019.
Although there were stipulations in place for how the revenue breakdown would change if other sportsbooks joined the market, it doesn’t appear like that will come into play anytime soon. It would be surprising, however, if NH never expanded from just one operator for every retail and online option.
If the state decides to increase the number of sports betting platforms, it could be with one of the companies that already submitted a proposal.
Yes, sports betting could go live in January 2020.
The New Hampshire Lottery Commission oversees and regulates legal sports betting in the state.
DraftKings Sportsbook will offer its online/mobile platform to bettors statewide, and up to 10 brick-and-mortar sportsbooks will be constructed in multiple locations. Lottery retailers will additionally offer some form of sports lottery under a separate agreement with Greek company Intralot.
Yes, mobile betting will soon be available in New Hampshire, alongside as many as 10 retail sportsbooks.
Yes, DraftKings has an exclusive deal to be the only operator in New Hampshire.