- New Hampshire sports betting will be available sooner than expected.
- DraftKings is the sole online sports betting partner of the state of New Hampshire at the moment.
- Brick-and-mortar sports betting will likely be coming in 2020.
CONCORD, N.H. – While brick-and-mortar sports betting may have to wait until 2020, online sports betting will be coming to New Hampshire on December 30, 2019, as DraftKings’ mobile betting site will go live.
In other words, citizens of New Hampshire will be able to legally bet on all of the college football bowl games that will be happening in the week after, including the famed New Years Six Bowl games.
Similarly, New Hampshire based sports bettors will be able to place bets on the NFL playoffs, which begin January 4, 2020. The timing, of course, is surely not an accident. The college football bowl games, the NFL playoffs and the College Football Playoff are some of the biggest sports betting events of any calendar year.
In exchange for allowing DraftKings to contract with the state, New Hampshire receives 51% of the gross revenue earned on the DraftKings mobile app, and 50% of brick and mortar revenue. When sports betting was legalized in New Hampshire, DraftKings was the sole sports betting company allowed to do business.
DraftKings is partnered with the New Hampshire State Lottery, and will be running not only a mobile sportsbook, but will be opening several brick and mortar sportsbooks in 2020. They have a six-year contract with New Hampshire, with two optional extensions should both parties feel the desire to extend the term.
There are currently six cities in New Hampshire that have voted for allowing brick and mortar gaming establishments within their city limits. These cities are, alphabetically, Berlin, Claremont, Franklin, Laconia, Manchester, and Somersworth.
DraftKings co-founder Matt Kalish told the New Hampshire Union Leader that the brick and mortar sportsbooks would be coming “in the first half of next year”, noting that not all the cities that have approved brick-and-mortar sports wagering would get it, but that DraftKings was “looking at the ones that have already been approved to make our determination where to enter.”
New Hampshire’s sports betting laws are relatively non-restrictive. The age minimum for sports betting in New Hampshire is 18 years old. The only other restriction is that no in-state NCAA games (or teams, if one is betting futures) can be wagered on.
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– In his career, Hasan has worked both local and state government positions—including the Attorney General’s Office in Florida. On top of being familiar with the legislative process, he has also been researching and writing on the legality of sports betting across the US. Outside of work you’ll most likely find him producing or playing music, playing sports, or working on creative writing projects. You’ll also catch him at Doak Campbell Stadium cheering on the Noles.