On the border of the pro sports hotbed state of Massachusetts, along with Maine, Vermont, and hockey crazed Canada, the state of New Hampshire seems like a natural when it comes to the potential of legalized sports gambling. New Hampshire legalized sports betting in 2019 and offers both traditional brick and mortar in person betting as well as online and or mobile wagering on sports. With a rugged and independent attitude to go with a state motto that says “live free or die” the state of New Hampshire certainly has the mindset of a sports gambler. Let’s now take a look at the sports betting landscape of the Granite State.
The state lottery oversees sports wagering in the state of New Hampshire. In fact, the state lottery is the only other form of legalized gambling in the state. You must be 18 years of age or older to wager on sports in the state of New Hampshire. The locations of Berlin, Claremont, Laconia, Manchester, and Somersworth all offer retail sportsbooks for in person on site wagers on sports. More locations have submitted applications that are pending approval.
Since December 30, 2019 online and mobile sports betting has been made available in the state of New Hampshire. Although you do not need to be a resident of the state of New Hampshire you must be within the state lines to make an online or mobile sports wager.
All major sports are available for wagering on in the state of New Hampshire. However, you cannot make bets on any college team from the state.
On the border with the state of Massachusetts, a big part of New Hampshire’s strategy for sports wagering success is to draw traffic from the Bay State. Massachusetts is arguably the most intense and passionate state in the union when it comes to professional sports. And the state of New Hampshire has plenty of its own citizens that follow the Boston area teams.
One of the main reasons why the state of New Hampshire saw sports betting as a potential gold mine are all of the pro sports teams and fan bases close to the state. As mentioned earlier it all begins with Massachusetts.
The Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball have a massive fan base known as “Red Sox Nation” throughout New England and surrounding areas including within the state of New Hampshire. Additionally, the New England Patriots dynasty of the National Football League has an equally large and dedicated following. For over 50 years the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League and the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association have boasted among the largest fan bases in those respective pro sports as well.
But the pockets of fan support are hardly limited to the Massachusetts based teams. New Hampshire is on the border with the Canadian Provence of Quebec and a large contingent of French-Canadian speakers. Their team of choice is the legendary Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League.
New York is also well represented with sports fans in the state of New Hampshire. The New York Yankees of Major League Baseball are the arch rival of the Boston Red Sox going back over 100 years. This is the hottest sports rivalry in the northeast with a fanatical following that will certainly translate into increased betting handle at New Hampshire sportsbooks. Major League Baseball’s New York Mets also have a devoted pocket of fans as do the National Hockey League’s New York Rangers and, to a lesser extent, the New York Islanders
College sports are not the draw in New Hampshire that they are in other states.
By all accounts there is nothing but upside when it comes to sports gambling and the state of New Hampshire. In particular Major League Baseball and the National Football League should carry considerable momentum. Expansion of sports gambling seems certain in the months to come.