For a few select towns in New Hampshire, they will soon be able to enjoy legalized sports betting thanks to a vote that took place in annual town meetings across the state. In total, there will be 10 towns that will offer legalized sports betting in retail locations upon final approval.
Not only does it make sports betting convenient and accessible, it’s also a unique offering compared to what other states are doing.
Sports wagers will be available on both college and professional level sporting events. This was all made possible after the sports betting bill was signed into law by Governor Chris Sununu back in July and then went into effect in December.
Which Towns Gave the Green Light on Retail Locations?
In terms of which towns have given the green light to retail sports betting locations they are Derry, Belmont, Hudson, Hinsdale, Hampton, Newmarket, Seabrook, Salem, Rollinsford, and Pelham.
Other towns that went ahead and voted earlier, and were in favor of retail locations include Laconia, Franklin, Berlin, Manchester, Claremont, and Somersworth.
On the flip side, there were also a handful of towns that did not vote in favor of the sports betting locations. These towns were Swanzey, Milford, Littleton, Lincoln, and Woodstock. The town of Pembroke still needs to vote, which will be happening on March 14th.
Back on December 30th, mobile sports betting was launched by DraftKings and the New Hampshire Lottery, which generated a lot of interest as there are over 40,000 registered users. There has also been over $42.5 million worth of sports wagers made.
In terms of legalized sports betting in New England, Rhode Island was the first to give the go ahead with New Hampshire being the second.
When it approved the DraftKings contract, New Hampshire signed on for a six-year deal. DraftKings has a headquarters in Boston so that it can operate in that state. Besides being a resident, people need to be over the age of 18 in order to place a sports wager.
The Pathway to Legalized Sports Betting in the US
The path to legalized sports betting in New Hampshire can be traced back to the May 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned a federal prohibition on sports betting.
That prohibition made it illegal to place sports bets in every state in the country except for Nevada. When the law was overturned, it was then up to each state to decide what it wanted to do and if it wanted to move ahead with legalized sports betting.
The status of states that allow for sports betting is fluid with many of them either moving to legalize it or debating whether or not it should take place within their borders.
As a longtime freelance writer, avid sports fan, former athlete, and experienced sports bettor, Rick Rockwell has risen up the ranks at GamblingSites.org to become the self-professed "King of the Blog" in his first year with the site. ...
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