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New Hampshire (NH)

On July 12, 2019, sports betting became officially legal in New Hampshire when the state passed a new bill into law. However, it would take until the end of the year for the DraftKings sportsbook app to finally go live within the state. A player placed the first legal bet on the app on December 30 of that same year.

Indeed, the state's legislators gave total exclusivity to DraftKings; thus, there is still just one betting app available for all NH bettors.

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Online Sports Betting in New Hampshire

DraftKings won the opportunity to strike an exclusive deal to be the sole purveyors of online sports betting in New Hampshire. The process was decided through a competitive bidding process throughout the last half of 2019 and eventually, DraftKings won the hearts and minds of NH state officials. They offered to give a full 50% of all adjusted revenues coming back to the state in return for the exclusivity they now enjoy.

Aside from this restriction, the law this state has passed is very much open-ended. No other significant limits are in place. Players must be 18 years of age or older to place bets and have a valid US government-issued Social Security number. Interestingly, this means that players don't have to legally reside in the state to place a bet under the current law. Likewise, offshore betting is entirely legal in the state of New Hampshire.

Indeed, it's also worth mentioning that DraftKings does have a website. This is the perfect solution for players who prefer to use computers to place their bets or for people who don't want another app on their mobile devices. There are, additionally, two in-person retail sportsbooks active, which are both owned by Draftkings.

Sports Betting Legislation in NH

Horse betting was first legalized back in 1933. Bingo, raffles, and Lucky 7, then followed in 1949. A 1963 bill passed, which founded the New Hampshire state lottery. Then, in 1971, The state regulated pari-mutuel betting within a legal framework for the sport of greyhound racing.

However, there wouldn't be another law passed on gambling of any sort until 2014. At this time, the law enacted an increase in betting limits in several areas, but there was also an increase at the same time in state oversight of the whole industry.

Fast forward to the year 2017. At this time, legislation was finally introduced to establish a legal framework for fantasy sports, specifically DFS, commonly played online. In 2019, the state finally passed the law many NH sports betting fans had been waiting for. And in 2020, the first sportsbooks opened up.


The state only allows bettors 18 and above to place wagers legally online or in person. Players also must be present within the state in order to place any bet. Additionally, bettors cannot place wagers on collegiate events taking place within the state or on colleges that are located in the state.

To take it one step further, the state does not allow wagers to be placed on high school events or competitions where most of the competitors are below 18 years of age.

Licensing and Taxes

Since there is only one sportsbook currently legal and operating in the state of New Hampshire, there is no option for other sportsbooks to apply for a license or pay a licensing fee.

Sportsbooks in the state are paying 46% in taxes, as the state also has a retail and online tax percentage of 51%.

In-Person Sports Betting In New Hampshire

As well to the lottery-based option described in the previous paragraph, many cities and towns within the state's borders are starting to open up retail sportsbooks. Approval for these sportsbooks takes place, as per current legislation, at the local level.

Indeed, there is no need for further intervention by New Hampshire state authorities for the sportsbooks to become active. The state's lottery authorities will still have the power to oversee all legal gambling within the state.

As of this writing, there are only two retail outlets — both operated by DraftKings — of any kind within the state's borders. This is likely not to change any time soon, considering that the recent law hasn't contemplated such action.

Sports Betting In Neighboring States

This state finds itself currently in a very interesting and particular situation within the United States. Its three bordering states, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine, have not enacted similar legislation legalizing and regulating the sports betting industry as of this writing. As such, New Hampshire and their chosen provider of DraftKings are both likely to make a good deal of money in the near future until these three states pass similar bills.

Especially in populous Massachusetts, this could take a while, as their state legislative bodies are not exactly famous for efficiency and quick action on such matters. It may well be said that their losses will be New Hampshire's gains, as out-of-staters are welcome to place bets within the state's territory.

How profitable has sports betting been in New Hampshire?

Since legalized sports betting back in 2019, the state of New Hampshire has racked up over $1 billion dollars in sports betting handle. Here we'll take a look at their monthly numbers for handle, revenue, and tax income.

  • September 2023:

    • Sports betting handle: $66.8m

    • Revenue: $6.17m

    • Tax income: $2.68m

  • August 2023: Handle: $38.7m, Revenue: $3.34m, Tax Income: $1.45m

  • July 2023: Handle: $36.9m, Revenue: $3.51m, Tax Income: $1.55m

  • June 2023: Handle: $39.3m, Revenue: $4.37m, Tax Income: $1.94m

  • May 2023: Handle: $52.1m, Revenue: $7.04m, Tax Income: $3.07m

  • April 2023: Handle: $65.08m, Revenue: $6.67m, Tax Income: $2.99m

  • March 2023: Handle: $103.4m, Revenue: $4.8m, Tax Income: $2.1m

  • February 2023: Handle: $87m, Revenue: $7.1m, Tax Income: $3.2m

  • January 2023: Handle: $97.1m, Revenue: $12.3m, Tax Income: $5.6m


  • December 2022: Handle: $90.8m, Revenue: $8.3m, Tax Income: $3.8m

  • November 2022: Handle: $93.09m, Revenue: $4.9m, Tax Income: $2.1m

  • October 2022: Handle: $91.3m, Revenue: $9.07m, Tax Income: $4.4m

  • September 2022: Handle: $78.2m, Revenue: $7.3m, Tax Income: $3.2m

  • August 2022: Handle: $43.3m, Revenue: $4.1m, Tax Income: $1.9m

  • July 2022: Handle: $42.6m, Revenue: $4.4m, Tax Income: $2.1m

  • June 2022: Handle: $53.5m, Revenue: $4.8m, Tax Income: $2.2m

  • May 2022: Handle: $76.1m, Revenue: $5.7m, Tax Income: $2.6m

  • April 2022: Handle: $73.1m, Revenue: $3.4m, Tax Income: $1.5m

  • March 2022: Handle: $78.8m, Revenue: $5.2m, Tax Income: $2.5m

  • February 2022: Handle: $70.8m, Revenue: $1.09m, Tax Income: $458,353

  • January 2022: Handle: $99.5m, Revenue: $8.02m, Tax Income: $3.8m

What is legal to bet on in New Hampshire?

There are almost no limits within the state as to the type of sports that are open for betting, as New Hampshire allows for sports betting on every sport there is worldwide. There is only one hard limit, which doesn't have to do with the sport itself but with the level at which it is played and its geographic location. If the event in question is at the collegiate or the college level, and it takes place within the state's boundaries, betting on that event is not allowed.

Fortunately, DraftKings handles all this for players, so players never have to worry about making a bet that's not permitted by law. Events that are not eligible for betting under state law are not offered to users by DraftKings. Honestly, this is one of the more free arrangements for users, and they will rarely even notice any restrictions, the way it has been set up.

Gambling news and updates from New Hampshire

  • April 25, 2023: New Hampshire set a sports betting handle in the month of March with $103.4 million dollars.

  • April 1, 2023: The state's online casino bill is officially heading to the House after spending a lot of time in Senate.

  • January 20, 2023: The Concord Planning Board has approved a proposal for a new hotel and casino to be built in the area.

How do mobile sportsbook apps work in New Hampshire?

The good news for people in New Hampshire who are already familiar with DraftKings: It will work in the same way as it does in other parts of the country and of the world, and thus, there will be no learning curve for NH sports betting; things will operate as they do elsewhere. This includes the sign-up process, depositing and withdrawing money, and bonuses.

All of it will work typically; the state law requires no special adjustments in any of these areas on the part of DraftKings. Indeed, the sports betting process within New Hampshire, even for people unfamiliar with this well-respected sportsbook, is pretty easy to learn and understand.

People will generally find that it's a seamless and user-friendly experience to deal with DraftKings and its world-class user interfaces. The only foreseeable downside to this arrangement is that people who wish to use another online sportsbook app or website will have no legal way of doing so.

However, most people within the state of NH will find that DraftKings is more than adequate for all their sports betting needs. We anticipate that things will continue to run smoothly, with many satisfied players efficiently placing their bets.

Getting started - Step-by-step

The process for getting started with betting legally on sports in the state of New Hampshire almost couldn't possibly be any more straightforward. Here's how it works in a nutshell:

  1. Sign up. With DraftKings, you have the Daily Fantasy Sports option (DFS) and the sportsbook. Indeed, you can sign up for both.

  2. Download the DraftKings sports betting app. Alternatively, you may use the DraftKings website, which works well on all devices.

  3. Fund your account with your first deposit. The different kinds of deposit method options are listed below in this article.

  4. Claim offered welcome bonuses. During sign-up, claim any offers by either inputting a promo code or checking the opt-in box.

  5. Place your bets.

     This one is self-explanatory. Take your time to explore the different areas, sports, and options available. Read up; do your research as an intelligent and savvy player before making any bets. And then jump in!

Bonuses and NH sports betting offers

Players signing up for DraftKings in New Hampshire have access to the same generous bonuses as they would anywhere else within the United States. Indeed, players will undoubtedly want to take advantage of these great offers.

As mentioned previously, there are two different "sides" to DraftKings, the Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and the sportsbook section. Players who sign up for DFS will receive a deposit bonus of up to $500, based on their initial deposit. However, for the sportsbook section, the bonus can be as much as $1,000.

Payment methods for depositing

Players wishing to deposit to DraftKings within New Hampshire have the same payment methods as the rest of the United States. DraftKings themselves recommend using your bank's online banking to make deposits — most major US banks have this connection ready to go with them. There are also gift cards available. Of course, credit, debit cards, and PayPal all work well.

Finally, the betting site and sportsbook app users can take advantage of Play+ cards, wire transfers, and even cash by barcodes at retail locations. VIP players can also use e-checks.

Trusted New Hampshire sports betting mobile apps in 2023

Since the DraftKings mobile app is the only available within the State of New Hampshire, let's focus on it in a little more detail. The DraftKings app has two main components: the Daily Fantasy Sports or DFS section and the online sportsbook, where the betting on non-fantasy sports takes place.

However, the DFS section is available in some states due to prevailing laws and regulations. But luckily, in NH, that is not the case, and both areas are freely open for players to enjoy.

The second section is the sportsbook, and the DraftKings sportsbook is world-famous for several good reasons. People tend to like its sleek and easy-to-master user interface. Also, DraftKings has massive scope, where the law permits it to do so. And the good news is that there are very few restrictions on sports betting in this case.

New Hampshire (NH) - Some commonly asked questions (FAQ):

Is sports betting legal in New Hampshire?

Yes, it is. Online sports betting has been legal in New Hampshire since July 12, 2019. You must be 18 years old or older and have a valid Social Security number to participate in legal sports gambling in this state.

What sportsbook apps are there available in NH?

Due to the nature of the legislation passed by the NH legislative bodies, DraftKings is exclusively the sole sports betting app available in the state of New Hampshire. However, it is certainly one of the world's most popular sportsbooks.

How does online sports betting work in New Hampshire?

One interesting twist to New Hampshire betting laws is that you don’t have to be a NH resident to place bets as you just need to be physically present within state’s borders to do so. Otherwise, online sports gambling works the same as in other states.

Who regulates sports betting in NH?

According to the current gambling laws in the state, the NH sports betting is currently run by New Hampshire Lottery.

What sports can I bet on in New Hampshire?

You can generally bet on any sport you wish, with very few exceptions. The only sports that are not allowed for gambling in New Hampshire are collegiate-level or college-level sporting events that take place within the state.

Can I sign up for multiple sports betting apps in NH?

When it drafted its legislation, NH authorities decided to go exclusively with one online sportsbook app, Boston-based DraftKings. So, in this case, you can only use it legally for sports betting within the state of New Hampshire.