New Hampshire Online Sports Betting Laws
Sports betting has been legal in New Hampshire since 2019 – and people have made the most of the opportunity. Although the population of the Granite State is only approximately 1.4 million, the monthly sports betting handle is already averaging around $50 million.
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Is Sports Betting Legal in New Hampshire?
New Hampshire sports betting is legal. You can bet with an app, or in person at a couple of sites.
Is Online Sports Betting Legal in New Hampshire?
Yes, you can now enjoy New Hampshire online sports betting in the state through the DraftKings sportsbook app.
How Old Do I Have to be to Place a Bet in New Hampshire?
The legal age for placing sports wagers in New Hampshire is 18.
Visit a DraftKings Sportsbook location or go to the DraftKings sportsbook app.
Register by giving your personal details, including a form of ID.
Deposit funds into your account – there are various ways in which you can do this.
Take advantage of any sign-up special offers for new customers.
Make your selection and place your first bet.
New Hampshire was one of many states that legalized sports betting in 2019. This was the year after the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was ruled unconstitutional, which opened the door for widespread sports betting.
The New Hampshire bill, HB480, paved the way for people to place bets in person at retail locations and with online sportsbooks. It also maintained that the New Hampshire Lottery would regulate sports betting in the Granite State.
In November 2019 New Hampshire entered into a contract with DraftKings, under which DraftKings will be the sole operator to provide legal New Hampshire sports betting for a period of six years (with the option for two additional two-year contract extensions). DraftKings sealed those exclusive rights by offering to pay 51% of gross gaming revenue from mobile and 50% from retail during the six-year period.
The state legislation allows for physical sportsbook locations across New Hampshire, dependent upon the approval of residents in each community. Residents in five locations – Berlin, Claremont, Laconia, Manchester and Somersworth – voted in favor of retail sportsbooks facilities being set up there in 2019. Several additional towns, including Derry, Salem, and Hudson, have since also voted to allow physical sportsbooks.
DraftKings has opened two retail sportsbook locations in New Hampshire as of writing.
You can enjoy sports betting in New Hampshire either in person at their physical sportsbook locations or online. To enjoy New Hampshire sports betting online, you must be physically located within the state when placing wagers.
Therefore, please ensure, when you sign up for the DraftKings sportsbook online, that you have any geolocation tools on your desktop or mobile device switched on.
DraftKings is the only sportsbook currently licensed to operate in New Hampshire. The good news for Granite State bettors is that DraftKings is a well-respected brand with a solid reputation for a quality and trustworthy service. You can be sure you are betting with an operator who delivers a legal, safe experience.
The good news is that New Hampshire does not have a state tax on betting winnings. The bad news is that federal taxes still apply.
It’s advisable to keep a record of your winnings, no matter how small. Because when you are betting online, the sportsbook will be making a note – and filing a copy to the IRS. Retail sportsbooks also report wins once you reach a certain threshold.
If you win more than $5,000, you’ll be issued with form WG-2, with a copy also sent to the IRS.
It is possible to offset losses, but for this you’ll need to keep accurate records.
The minimum age for New Hampshire sports betting is 18.
You must be physically located within the state to enjoy New Hampshire online sports betting. Modern geolocation technology means your position will be tracked by the sportsbook – but make sure it's not turned off on your home screen or your mobile device.
You may not bet on collegiate sports events that take place in New Hampshire or on events involving in-state collegiate teams. This includes, for example, teams from Dartmouth College or the University of New Hampshire, no matter where they are played.
Betting on politics in any form is forbidden anywhere in the US. No licensed sportsbook will put up markets on foreign or domestic elections, for instance.
Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) differs from sports betting because you can select players from different teams and follow their performance rather than simply wager on one side.
DFS was legalized in the state by the New Hampshire legislature in 2017 via HB580.
DraftKings and FanDuel are the two biggest names in DFS and they offer a host of options for sports fans. Football, basketball, baseball and ice hockey are all particularly popular with fantasy fans, while the NCAA’s March Madness attracts huge interest.
Baseball is popular with sports betting enthusiasts in New Hampshire, and there are several minor league teams based in the state. Many fans also root for the Boston Red Sox, who are followed by diehards all over New England.
As New Hampshire online sports betting has grown in popularity, so has the importance of maintaining a focus on responsible gambling.
Online gambling organizations have several ways in which they ensure people enjoy sports betting as a pleasant social experience rather than an addiction.
Setting limits for your betting
Short time-outs from betting websites
Self-exclusion from gambling
Links to resources that can help with problem gambling
The main resource for helping people for whom betting has become an issue is the New Hampshire Council on Problem Gambling.
This is a private non-profit agency that provides support in a wide variety of ways in the three categories of information, education and prevention.
People who use New Hampshire betting sites also have access to:
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services: Which is responsible for general health and/or addiction services in this state.
The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG): An organization that provides a links and resources for those combating problem gambling, as well as a national helpline, which can be contacted by phone or email.
Gamblers Anonymous: A place for gamblers to find meetings to share their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.
Gam-Anon: Is a self-help organization for the spouse, family or close friends of compulsive gamblers.
GamTalk: Is a 24/7 moderated online peer support forum.
2019 - July
New Hampshire passes bill HB480 to legalize sports betting
2019 - November
DraftKings is awarded the exclusive rights to New Hampshire sports betting
2019 - December
Governor Chris Sununu places the first legal sports bet struck in the state, on the New England Patriots
DraftKings launches the first two retail sportsbooks open in New Hampshire
|Casino/Retail Sportsbook||Retail Sportsbook Partner||Address||Online Sportsbook Partner|
|The Brook Casino||DraftKings||319 New Zealand Road, Seabrook NH 03874||DraftKings|
|Filotimo Casino and Restaurant||DraftKings||1279 Willow Street, Manchester NH 03103||DraftKings|
There are two ways to enjoy New Hampshire sports betting. The first is to sign up to the DraftKings sportsbook app and wager on sports remotely, as long as you are within the state boundaries. The second is to attend one of the retail sportsbook outlets that have been launched in the Granite State.
New Hampshire online sports betting is extremely straightforward. All you have to do is sign up with DraftKings’ sportsbook app – which you can do wherever you are located in the state. You don’t have to register in person at a licensed retail premises to become a customer and use the app.
Yes, New Hampshire online sports betting has been legal since 2019. The only licensed online sports betting operator is DraftKings, which now operates a sportsbook in addition to acting as a DFS provider.
Yes, you can use FanDuel in New Hampshire for the purpose of engaging in Daily Fantasy Sports. However, the only sportsbook licensed to offer betting lines is DraftKings.