New Hampshire is known for being the Granite State. This is where you have granite quarries throughout and where most of the granite for our nation comes from. Granite is also the state rock of New Hampshire, and nicknames possessed by New Hampshire also include The Mother of Rivers and The White Mountain State and the Switzerland of America.
Many don’t know this, but the state is the 46th state when it comes to its size. There are just 9,000 square miles of land, rivers, and cities. With its small land mass, it has a small population too which includes just over one million residents, is also known for their “Live Free or Die” motto.
Gambling History and Scenario
Gambling history in New Hampshire goes way back to 1784, the date in which the state Constitution goes under effect and restricts lottery use to revenues for educational funding. In 1906 the horse racing track Rockingham Park, Salem Depot, opened and hosted bets for 3 days until the authorities stopped it. Even without bets, the racing activities continued for 27 years.
In 1933 pari-mutuel betting for horses and greyhound racing was legalized with impressive 617-2 voting in favor, and under two months later Rockingham Park had more than 15.000 people to see their first legal wagering meeting.
Bingo and pull-tabs, something like scratch-off lottery tickets, were approved in 1949, while in 1953 the Sweepstakes Bill was created, a bill that regulates the state lottery. It took 10 years to get this bill fully approved, something that happened only in 1963.
In 1971 is created a Greyhound Racing Commission, and in 1973 the Seabrook Greyhound park opens its doors. 1977 was the year when legislation for charitable gaming was approved, namely craps and roulette. In this legislation, chapter 287 also paved the way for casino games like poker, slots and table games, still under charitable gaming, something that proved to be determinant in the state gambling scenario.
Other general changes to the legislation have been made throughout the years, namely the creation of the Pari-Mutuel Commission in 1982, which is responsible for both horse and dog racing, and in 1985 the Tri-State Megabucks contest appears, the first multi-state lottery in the country, which was established between New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.
In 1995 New Hampshire becomes a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), and in this way, Powerball and Mega Millions become available in the state. In 2009 there was a setback to both greyhound and horseracing, as live races were banned by the state, situation maintained until today. In 2012 a further ban took place, this time to the internet sweepstakes, banning online gambling like the World Poker tour, among other subscription services.
In 2014 the state was very close to legalizing commercial casinos, as after passing by the Senate, the bill was defeated in the House by 173-172 voting. On the other hand, in 2015 charitable poker games were revamped, updating the $4 to $150 as a betting limit. Finally, in 2017, daily fantasy sports were approved too.
Types of Gambling Found in New Hampshire
New Hampshire offers a great number of different kinds of gaming styles. Most players will start out with the state lottery which gives players the ability to play from wherever they please. Just buy a ticket and check it later for winnings. Some of the games for the New Hampshire State Lottery include; Mega Millions, Mega Bucks, Hot Lotto, Instant games and many others.
Players will need to be at least 18 or older to buy a ticket. Other forms of gaming in New Hampshire include pari-mutuel betting where players can make bets on greyhound races at 21 or over. In New Hampshire, there are zero land-based casinos, commercial or tribal, but there are smaller operations that act like casinos.
We are talking about venues in pubs or malls, but also in old racetracks, where it’s possible to play poker, blackjack, craps or the roulette. This is possible under the charity gaming laws, which award 35% of the revenues to the state.
Among these venues, we find the Seabrook Greyhound Park and Poker Room (charitable racino), Lakes region Casino (charitable bingo hall and casino) or the Aces and Eights Poker Room and Casino (charitable poker room and casino), among quite a few others. In total there are close to 400 charities in New Hampshire, associated the clubs, poker rooms or racetracks giving New Hampshire a unique gambling scenario.
Online gambling in the state is analyzing each case individually to see how viable they are, so a general ban is not in place. At the same time, there’s not a bill to regulated gaming, but legislation to decriminalize online gambling is being considered.