New Hampshire Online Gambling

New Hampshire’s gambling laws are typical of a New England state. While the Granite State has most forms of gambling, it is limited in such a way to avoid too much social damage. New Hampshire has casino gambling, but its poker and gaming machines are restricted mainly to poker clubs and racinos. Dog racing is allowed, though most pari-mutuel betting activity is limited to simulcasting these days.

New Hampshire has less punitive gambling laws than most other US states. In fact, New Hampshire has helped expand the gambling industry in the United States — at least in the case of lottery betting. It was New Hampshire which introduced the first state lottery way back in 1963, which opened the door to the vast expansion of lotto gaming in the United States today.

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Laws That Pertain to New Hampshire Gambling

Section 647.2(II)(d)

“Gambling ” means to risk something of value upon a future contingent event not under one’s control or influence, upon an agreement or understanding that something of value will be received in the event of a certain outcome.

New Hampshire’s law enforcement prosecutes illegal gambling operators as misdemeanors as long as they are minor infractions of less than $2,000. If a threshold is crossed, though, New Hampshire prosecutes operators as felons. If $2,000 or more is collected in a single day, it is a felony. If more than $5,000 in revenues is collected in a month’s time for “future considerations” (sports bets), it is a felony.

Also, if an operator stays in business for 10 days or more in a row, that operator is committing a felony. Those unfamiliar with gambling laws might think that is a strange stipulation, but most charitable gambling venues across the United States are only allowed to operate a certain number of days in a year, a month, and a week. Those sites which only operate a day or two a week therefore are seen as less dangerous, while those which operate continuously are serious gaming operators committing serious crimes.

New Hampshire Gambling Laws

Type of Gambling – Offered/Licensed? – Notes & Restrictions

 

  • Online Gambling – No – Lou D’Allesandro seeks to legalize it.
  • Land-Based Casinos – Yes – Poker rooms, racetrack-casinos.
  • Charitable Gaming – Yes – Bingo. No other charitable games allowed.
  • Lottery Betting – Yes – State Lottery (1963), Powerball (1995), Mega Millions (2010).
  • Minimum Gambling Age – 18 for lotteries and bingo. 21 for pari-mutuel and casino betting.

Is Online Poker Legal in New Hampshire?

No. Online poker and online casinos are not legalized in New Hampshire. Mobile casinos and cardrooms also are unregulated. New Hampshire iGaming exists in a gray area. The activity is illegal, but law enforcement does not arrest online poker players who sign up at unregulated offshore online poker rooms. Online gambling might not operate in a gray area always, though.

Sen. Lou D’Allesandro is an indefatigable proponent of online gambling. The longtime Democrat state senator has championed several online gambling bills in the past 5 years. Each time, the measures have narrowly failed in the State Senate. The 2017 version of House Bill 562 lost by a single vote, so online gambling is closer to legalization than most outside New Hampshire know.

New Hampshire Online Poker Laws

Name of Bill – Year Submitted – Lawmaker – Supported – Opposed
  • HB 562 – 2017 – Senator Lou D’Allesandro – Lost by 10-11 vote in the Senate.

Is Sports Betting / Daily Fantasy Sports Legal in New Hampshire?

New Hampshire does not have legal sports betting. The US Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in May 2018, so the state legislature has had less than a year to pass pro-sportsbook legislation. Nothing appears to be on the table at present, as New Hampshire seems more interested in building more land-based casinos, passing online poker, or legalizing online lottery sales.

Does New Hampshire have land-based casinos?

New Hampshire has 13 card rooms and casinos. Most are small gaming venues with a half-dozen to a dozen poker tables. A couple of the casinos have a smattering of gaming machines. Visitors should not expect large casino operations, but instead find local card games with dedicated residents.

CASINOS/CARD ROOMS

City Name Of Casino Address Phone Number Details
Berlin Northwoods Casino 155 Emery Street, Berlin, New Hampshire 03570 (603) 723-9550 3 Poker Tables
Claremont Pleasant Street Gaming 84 Pleasant Street, Suite B, Claremont, New Hampshire, 03743 (603) 504-6065 7 Poker Tables
Hampton Aces and Eights Casino 169 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, New Hampshire 03842 (603) 926-2905 4 Poker Tables
Hampton Ocean Gaming at Hampton Beach 81 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, New Hampshire 03842-3601 (603) 601-6690 5 Poker Tables, 15 Gaming Machines
Hampton Falls The Poker Room 1 Lafayette Road, Hampton Falls, New Hampshire 03844-2327 (603) 601-2486 27 Poker Tables, 4 Gaming Tables
Keene Keene Casino 222 West Street, Building D2, The Colony Mill, Keene, New Hampshire 03431-2455 (603) 903-0181 13 Poker Tables, 3 Gaming Tables
Lebanon Lebanon Poker Room & Casino 45 Hannover Street, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03766 (603) 678-5906 8 Poker and Gaming Tables
Manchester Manchester Poker Room and Casino 1279 South Willow Street, Manchester, New Hampshire 03103-4015 (603) 668-6591 30 Poker Tables, 7 Gaming Tables
Nashua Boston Billiard Club 55 Northeastern Boulevard, Nashua, New Hampshire 03062-3131 (603) 943-5630 16 Poker Tables, 16 Gaming Machines
Nashua River Casino and Sports Bar – Nashua 53 High Street, Nashua, New Hampshire 03060-3312 (603) 881-9060 12 Poker Tables, 6 Gaming Machines
Rochester Speakeasy Casino at the Governor’s Inn 78 Wakefield Street, Rochester, New Hampshire 03867 (603) 978-3787 5 Poker and Gaming Tables
Salem Chasers Poker Room 7 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Salem, New Hampshire (603) 912-4604 16 Poker and Gaming Machines
Salem Cheers Casino and Poker Room 286 North Broadway, Salem, New Hampshire 03079-2132 (603) 921-2413 25 Poker Rooms, 10 Gaming Tables

Does New Hampshire have any legal betting tracks / shops?

Yes. New Hampshire has two dog track racinos. New Hampshire is one of only 5 US states which still allows dog racing. Florida became the latest to ban dog racing in the 2018 elections, though its law won’t go into effect until 2021. Seabrook Park and Lakes Region Casino have pari-mutuel betting on greyhound races from around country. Both venues have simulcasts of dog races taking place elsewhere. Both also have gaming machines on site.

Does New Hampshire allow off-track betting?

No. New Hampshire does not have off-track betting facilities. In a small state with a small population, the need for off-track betting is minimal. New Hampshire residents can drive to either of the dog tracks for pari-mutuel wagering.

DOG TRACK RACINOS

City Name Of Casino Address Phone Number Details
Belmont Lakes Region Casino 1265 Laconia Road, Route 106, Belmont, New Hampshire 03220-4248 (603) 267-7778 10 Poker Tables, 7 Gaming Tables
Seabrook Seabrook Poker Room 319 New Zealand Road, Seabrook, New Hampshire 03874-4119 (603) 474-3065 50 Poker Tables, 10 Gaming Tables

Does New Hampshire allow charitable gambling?

Yes. New Hampshire has bingo gambling, casino nights, and Lucky 7 (L7) regulations. The New Hampshire Racing and Charitable Gaming Division oversees charitable gambling in the state. Casino nights allow poker, roulette, and blackjack. Players pay a “donation” or “admission fee”, then receive chips or “funny money” to make their wagers for the evening.

BINGO HALLS

City Name Of Casino Address Phone Number Details
Dover Dover Bingo 887 Central Avenue, Suite B, Dover, New Hampshire 03820-2506 (603) 742-9632 125 Bingo Seats
Laconia Funspot Bingo 579 Endicott Street North, Laconia, New Hampshire 03247 (603) 366-4377 400 Bingo Seats
Manchester Community Bingo Center 1050 Holt Avenue, Suite 9, Manchester, New Hampshire 03109-5615 (603) 625-2345 300 Bingo Seats
Nashua Eagle’s Wing Function Center 10 Spruce Street, Nashua, New Hampshire 03060-3518 (603) 883-8833 570 Bingo Seats
Somersworth Seacoast Bingo 451 High Street, Somerssworth, New Hampshire 03878-1010 (603) 749-1849 250 Bingo Seats

Is Social gaming allowed in New Hampshire?

Because no money is involved, social gaming is allowed in New Hampshire. Sites like Zynga, Supercell, Activision Blizzard, and Korean Nexon are playable for New Hampshire residents. Double Down Casino and Big Fish Games can be played in the Granite State. Social gaming apps are available for downloads on Google Play (Android) and the Apple iTunes Apps store (iOS).