New Hampshire: Online Sports Betting in 2021

Governor Chris Sununu signed bill HB 480 into law on July 16, 2019, which ushered in the legal age of sports betting in New Hampshire.  

For a state with only one sportsbook partner, New Hampshire punches above its weight. Among states with legal wagering, NH ranks eighth in per capita sports betting handle with $37.32 wagered per resident. 

Watch this space for the latest New Hampshire sports betting news.

New Hampshire, United States
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New Hampshire, United States
Online betting in the Granite State
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    Population: 1.3 million

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    Legal age for sports betting: 18

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    Online sports betting: Yes

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    Retail sportsbooks: Yes

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    Sports betting revenue: $293 million

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Is sports betting legal in New Hampshire?

Yes. The New Hampshire Lottery Commission controls the state's betting enterprise. NH launched mobile sports betting via the DraftKings Sportsbook app in early 2020.

Who can bet on sports in New Hampshire?

Persons 18 years of age and older are of legal sports betting age in New Hampshire. As a registered player, you can wager from anywhere within NH's borders.

Review these handy tips before placing your first Granite State sports wager.

21plus Legal age

18 is the minimum legal age for sports betting in New Hampshire.

21plus Mobile betting

Legal online sports wagering with your mobile device is authorized. NH gaming laws include allotments for five mobile skins extended to third-party online sportsbook operators. Currently, DraftKings is the state's lone operator.

21plus Remote registration

Remote registrations and online live betting are permitted under state law. Players can open and fund their online legal sports betting account, avoiding the hassle of registering in person.

globe Within state borders

NH online sports betting activity must be conducted inside of New Hampshire state lines. The NH Lottery Commission, in concert with the mobile operator, uses geolocation software to block anyone outside of the state from accessing its platform.

bank Retail sportsbooks

New Hampshire can offer licenses for up to 10 retail or brick-and-mortar locations. However, DraftKings is the first and only operator active in NH.

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Since sports bet winnings are considered income, they are subject to income tax. Like reporting your income, you need to declare how much money you earned through legalized sports betting.

New Hampshire does not have a state income tax, but you are required to pay federal taxes. The federal gambling tax is 25%, but you can deduct losses. For winnings over $5,000, you must complete and submit a WG-2 form to the IRS.

NH sports betting sites

Our team of sports betting experts tests and rates each betting site to assure you're playing at a safe and secure online sportsbook.

DraftKings

While New Hampshire gaming laws permit up to five online sportsbook operators, DraftKings has secured its market position as NH's only mobile and retail sports betting platform. Newly registered players receive a risk-free bet of up to $500 and also qualify for a 20% bonus on future deposits. The DraftKings mobile app is available for free download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

The pros and cons of NH sports betting

NH gaming laws allow for up to five mobile operators and 10 retail outlets. However, the exclusive sports betting partnership between New Hampshire and DraftKings leaves consumers with little choice.

New Hampshire sports betting
Pros
  • Mobile betting and remote registration
  • No state income tax
Cons
  • Only one authorized sportsbook partner
  • Neighboring states could lure NH players

How to start betting in New Hampshire

Setting up your online legal sports betting account is simple. For in-person wagering, you can visit one of the state's affiliated land-based sportsbooks.

1

Select a sportsbook

Currently, you are limited to one legal sports betting partner. That limitation does not diminish the importance of reading reviews and conducting your research.

2

Register online

Registration requires you to submit personal information like your legal name, date of birth, and address. Tap the site's sign-up button to begin.

3

Claim a bonus

Competition between sportsbooks in other states is intense. Most operators tease lucrative sign-up offers to attract new users. Always read the terms and conditions before laying claim to these common types:

  • Deposit bonus: Most sportsbooks will match your first deposit, usually up to a specified percentage or even as a dollar-for-dollar match.
  • Risk-free bet: Sometimes, the stake tied to your first wager will be returned if you lose the bet. When that happens, it becomes site credits or cash.
  • Free bets: Players can qualify for a free bet via their cash deposit or by placing a bet on a particular betting market or game.

4

Choose your bet

The most common or frequently leveraged bet types in New Hampshire include moneylines, Over/Unders (totals), point spreads, parlays, teasers, futures, and live bets.

5

Deposit

Funding an account is a required step, typically accomplished by accessing the sportsbook’s banking section or cashier tab. It is common for operators to redirect you here following the sign-up process.

6

Start betting

Registering with several different online sportsbooks can help you to secure better lines and odds. The rub for New Hampshire bettors is that that you are limited to one legal operator.

7

Withdraw

Securing your winnings, should you win a bet, should be straightforward. The withdrawal policy for sportsbooks operating in New Hampshire will disclose the particulars.

odds icon Odds explained

New Hampshire's sports betting sites and its retail locations use American format to display the betting odds.

The minus sign (-) identifies favorites and the number that follows tells you the outlay you’ll have to make to score $100 in winnings. In this example, odds set at -170 indicates that you must gamble $170 to win $100.

You'll notice a plus sign (+) for the underdogs, which represents the amount you’ll win for betting $100. In this example, +110 odds indicate a bet of $100 would net you $110 if the underdog is triumphant.

Our in-house odds converter allows you to toggle between American, fraction, and decimal odds.

NH sports betting handle

Cracks have emerged in the Granite State, where DraftKings enjoys market exclusivity: Its monthly sports betting handle fell by seven percent in June. 

This table illustrates how much money New Hampshire rakes in yearly from sports betting:

Yearly breakdown

Year

Total handle

Revenue

Hold percentage

Tax revenue

2019

$360K

$44K

12.4%

$19K

2020

$292M

$23M

8.0%

$11M

Monthly handle

Month

2021

2020

2019

January

$59.8M

$16M

N/A

February

$51M

$22M

N/A

March

$55M

$8.7M

N/A

April

$46.7M

$3.7M

N/A

May

$42.3M

$7M

N/A

June

$39.2M

$8M

N/A

July

-

$11.6M

N/A

August

-

$27.5M

N/A

September

-

$41M

N/A

October

-

$47M

N/A

November

-

$46.5M

N/A

December

-

$51.6M

$360K

Total

$294M

$292M

$360K

What you can't bet on in New Hampshire

New Hampshire sportsbooks can post odds on conventional sports and even off-field sports-related events like the NFL Draft.

Here's a closer look at what is off the table for NH bettors:

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New Hampshire bettors do not have the ability to legally wager on U.S. elections.

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New Hampshire's gaming law doesn’t spell out provisions either for or against betting on esports. NH Representative Timothy Lang (R). has aims to file an iGaming bill in 2022.

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NH law doesn’t provide any stipulations for or against wagering on non-sports events. Legal NH sportsbooks will not post odds for events like the Academy Awards.

What about college sports?

There's no betting on in-state collegiate games. However, you can bet freely on out-of-state college teams.

Legal sportsbooks in New Hampshire

NH sports betting may take place legally offline (retail) or online through a mobile app or desktop.  In NH, wagers can be placed in person at sportsbooks located within designated casinos.

New Hampshire's online and mobile sportsbooks

Online sportsbook operator

Mobile app

Odds provider

Online casino

Retail partner

DraftKings

Yes

SBTech

No

Two locations: The Brook and Filotimo Casino

Land-based NH sportsbooks

Sportsbook

Venue

Address

Phone number

Odds provider

DraftKings Sportsbook

The Brook

319 New Zealand Road, Seabrook, NH 03874

(603) 474-3065

SBTech

DraftKings Sportsbook

Filotimo Casino and Restaurant

1279 South Willow Street, Manchester, NH 03103

(603) 668-6591

SBTtech

Home team advantage: NH sports

Backing your favorite or hometown team is tempting but can be potentially damaging to your betting bankroll. Investing or betting with emotion leaves you vulnerable to statistical analysis and trends.

Keep up-to-date on the basics of sports betting through our how to guides.

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Boston Bruins
NBA
Boston Celtics
NFL
New England Patriots
MLB
Boston Red Sox

Timeline of sports betting in New Hampshire

In 2019, New Hampshire requested proposals asking sportsbook operator applicants to classify what percentage of gross gaming revenue they would relinquish to the state.

The rate earmarked is contingent upon the number of rivals in the market. DraftKings proposed a 51-49 split in exchange for being the state's sole operator. New Hampshire accepted the deal, giving DraftKings market exclusivity.

Check out this timeline for a snapshot of the state's sports betting history:

 

Other types of gambling

New Hampshire gaming laws are somewhat convoluted. Gambling establishments called casinos are glorified sports bars with dedicated areas for poker and other table games.

The state's rather large charitable gaming scene is where the grey area comes into play. In those instances, players can partake in poker and several table games at the various charitable casinos across NH. However, gaming slot machines are prohibited from operating in these locations. Its residents are forbidden from playing any online casino games or poker online.

casino Casino

Online casinos are prohibited in New Hampshire. It is unclear whether DraftKings would also gain exclusivity in this domain or if each casino operator could partner with other venues.

poker Poker

The state's charitable gaming law comes into play for poker. NH legalized poker in 1977 but requires a portion of all proceeds goes to charity. There are 12 poker rooms found in New Hampshire.

Horse and jockey Horse racing

Betting on horse racing is legal in New Hampshire, but the closure of multiple tracks has sunk its live racing industry. Players can wager on out-of-state and international races with TVG, TwinSpires, TrackInfo, and other online betting apps.

Horse and jockey Daily Fantasy Sports

New Hampshire is one of only a few states to explicitly legalize DFS games. Bill HB 580 was passed in 2017 and permits NH residents to partake in fantasy competitions and the state to tax the operators. DraftKings and FanDuel easily have the most active players and offer significantly larger DFS prize pools.

Responsible gaming in New Hampshire

New Hampshire is a member of the National Council Of Problem Gambling. Anyone with a problem can call 1-800-522-4700 toll-free.

Legal U.S. sports betting markets

In addition to New Hampshire, these states have implemented legal sports betting: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Sportsbooks to avoid in New Hampshire

Based on our own testing in addition to feedback from our Covers community, we advise you to avoid any and all offshore betting sites. There is no recourse for New Hampshire bettors in the event of a dispute with one of these websites. Stick with a legal, regulated New Hampshire sportsbook.

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  • Allegations of withdrawal issues
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  • Multiple reports of slow payments
  • Allegations of non-payments
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  • Reports of confiscated winnings
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