New Hampshire became the 17th state (plus Washington D.C.) to legalize sports betting. North Carolina has since legalized sports betting as well, and that now makes 36 percent of the country (again, plus D.C.) with legal sports betting (Puerto Rico legalized sports betting this week as well. New Hampshire officially legalized sports betting on July 12th, 2019 when Governor Chris Sununu signed the bill into law.
New Hampshire Sports Betting Basics
After Rhode Island, New Hampshire became the second New England state to legalize sports betting. Unlike Arkansas, New York, and North Carolina, New Hampshire was smart enough to legalize mobile sports wagering as well as retail betting. Furthermore, they realized the importance of allowing for remote registration (something Iowa neglected to allow at the start). The bill will allow for a total of up to 15 licenses. The bidding process for licensing will begin later in 2019.
In-state collegiate betting is prohibited, as is the case for most states. The New Hampshire State Lottery Commission will be in charge of regulating sports betting. According to the Associated Press, sports betting is expected to generate $7.5 million in revenue in 2021 and $13.5 million by 2023.
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When Will Sports Betting Begin in New Hampshire?
According to a note attached to the sports betting bill that was passed in the state, the goal is to have sports betting launched on July 1, 2020. However, there is no official or guaranteed timeline at this moment. The lottery still has to develop rules and regulations and the bidding process for licensing still has to commence. Even after licenses are issued, there are still plenty of time-consuming things that the approved facilities must go through (building expansion, employee training/hiring, etc.). While July 1, 2020, may be the goal, there are plenty of things between now and then that could potentially delay that launch date.
Who Will We See in New Hampshire?
Stand-alone online sportsbooks are legal in New Hampshire. This is big news for the likes of FanDuel, DraftKings, William Hill, etc. This means that online operators do not have to attach themselves to an existing sportsbook/casino in the state. We won’t know for sure until after the licensing bidding process begins who all will be throwing their hats in the New Hampshire sports betting ring. However, we can expect the major players like FanDuel, DraftKings, William Hill, and possibly even PointsBet to try and get their foot into the door in the Granite State.
Other States With Legal Sports Betting
New Hampshire joins these 17 other states (including New Mexico) that currently have legalized sports betting.
States With Legal Sports Betting Operational
– Nevada: Legal since 1949, both retail and mobile. Retail began in 1949 and mobile came to Nevada in 2010.
– Delaware: Legal since June 2018, retail only, although, mobile is considered legal. There are no plans for mobile betting in Delaware at this time.
– New Jersey: Legal since June 2018, both retail and mobile. Retail launched in New Jersey in June 2018 with mobile following in August.
– Mississippi: Legal since August 2018, both retail and mobile. However, mobile is only allowed on casino grounds, not state-wide.
– West Virginia: Legal since August 2018, both retail and mobile. Mobile launched in West Virginia in late 2018, but after a few months the state’s online betting platform, BetLucky, ceased operations in March of 2019. West Virginia has since been without mobile sports betting. However, online sports betting is expected to come back to West Virginia in 2019.
– New Mexico: Although sports betting is not legal in New Mexico, the Santa Ana Star Casino and Hotel began taking sports bets in October of 2018. The tribe claims compacts with the state allow tribal casinos to authorize Class III gaming options, which includes sports betting.
– Pennsylvania: Legal since November 2018, both retail and mobile. Mobile began to launch in Pennsylvania during the final week of May 2019.
– Rhode Island: Legal since November 2018, both retail and mobile. Mobile sports betting was legalized in March 2019. Look for Rhode Island mobile sports betting to begin in late 2019.
– Arkansas: Legal since July 2019, retail only. Oaklawn Park took the state’s first legal bet on July 1, 2019.
– New York: Legal since July 2019, retail only. Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady took the state’s first legal sports bet on July 16th, 2019.
States With Legal Sports Betting Still Waiting to Launch
– Montana legalized sports betting in May 2019, both retail and mobile. Montana is looking to have legal sports betting operational by the start of the upcoming football season.
– Indiana legalized sports betting in May 2019, both retail and mobile. Indiana is looking to have retail sports betting up and running by September 1.
– Tennessee legalized sports betting in May 2019 through mobile-only. There are no casinos located in Tennessee, making them the only state that will offer mobile-only sports betting at this time. Tennessee doesn’t have an exact timeline in place at this moment, but mobile sports betting could possibly launch in late 2019, although more likely in early 2020.
– Iowa became the 11th state to legalize sports betting on May 13, 2019, and the sixth of the 2019 calendar year. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has set August 15th at the date sportsbooks will be able to launch.
– Illinois legalized sports betting in June 2019 both retail and mobile. Sportsbooks in Illinois are hoping to be operational in time for the upcoming NFL season.
– Oregon has had sports betting dating back to the late 1980s, but it discontinued in the early 2000s. Oregon was one of the four states (Nevada, Delaware, and Montana) grandfathered in when the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was passed in 1992. The Oregon Lottery is targeting both mobile and retail sports betting.
– North Carolina became the most recent state to legalize sports betting, doing so on July 26th, 2019. The state will only allow sports betting at their two casinos operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Harrah’s Cherokee and Valley River. Mobile betting is not legal.