- Fifteen cities in New Hampshire will vote on Tuesday on the issue of opening sports betting locations in their communities.
- Currently, New Hampshire only offers online and mobile sportsbooks to its residents.
- DraftKings will run the retail sports betting lounges under a six-year contract they have with the Granite State.
CONCORD, N.H. – Fifteen towns in the Granite State will have residents place their votes on Tuesday for where they’d like to see retail sportsbooks in New Hampshire. Votes will be taken at annual meetings held by the individual towns to see whether citizens would like to have local sports betting venues available to them.
The fifteen communities that could potentially see sportsbooks opening in their areas should they vote in favor of them are Belmont, Derry, Hampton, Hinsdale, Hudson, Lincoln, Littleton, Milford, Newmarket, Pelham, Pembroke, Salem, Seabrook, Swanzey, and Woodstock.
Governor Chris Sununu legalized sports betting in New Hampshire in July 2019 for both land-based and internet/mobile platforms. Retail sports betting lounges have not yet opened but mobile sports betting launched in December with DraftKings and the New Hampshire Lottery.
In less than three months, New Hampshire sports bettors have gambled over $42.5 million on sporting events with only 40,300 registered online users.
Ten sports betting facilities have been approved within the law but no locations have been chosen statewide.
After the fifteen towns’ vote, the state will then choose the ten locations where sportsbooks will open in the future. DraftKings will be the official sports betting operator for the Granite State’s sportsbook facilities. The company has a six-year agreement with the state to run its sports betting lounges.
The New Hampshire Lottery regulates the sports gambling market in the state and works very closely with DraftKings.
Sports betting enthusiasts must be 18 years old to engage in the activity of wagering on sporting events in NH. Both professional and collegiate games are available for bets. Any college affiliated with New Hampshire or college that is playing an event within state lines is prohibited from wagers.
Once the Granite State decides on the locations to set up their retail sportsbooks, construction can begin. Typically, it can take states anywhere from a few months to over a year to get everything in order to debut land-based sports betting venues.
For now, the residents of New Hampshire will have to continue placing their bets on sports matchups through the online outlets available to them until the retail locations have been decided. However, Tuesday’s vote should get the ball rolling for the opening of local sportsbooks in New Hampshire.
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Christina has been writing for as long as she can remember and does dedicated research on the newly regulated sports betting market. She comes from a family of sports lovers that engage in friendly bets from time to time. During the winter months, you can find Christina baking cookies and beating the entire staff at Mario Kart…the N64 version of course.