Sports Betting

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Officials approved a contract with Boston-based Draft Kings on Monday to bring both in-person and online sports wagering to the state. 

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Voters in New Hampshire cities delivered a mixed message Tuesday on whether to allow sports gambling parlors in their communities.

A ballot measure that would permit sports betting passed in Manchester, Berlin, Claremont, Laconia and Somersworth. 

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But voters in Nashua, Concord, Dover and Rochester voted down allowing gambling halls in their municipalities.

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State lawmakers approved sports gambling earlier this year, but left up to voters the ability to opt-in for having any retail gambling facilities in their community. On Tuesday, residents of nine New Hampshire cities will get to weigh in. Here’s a quick primer on the issue:

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The Lottery Commission is sifting through more than a dozen bids from vendors looking to manage sports gambling in New Hampshire.

State officials announced Monday that it received 13 responses to its request for proposal to oversee both online and in-person sports wagering.

The legislature approved sports gambling earlier this year, greenlighting up to 10 physical locations around the state. Similar to the rollout of Keno, municipalities will need to get approval of local voters before any facilities can start taking bets. 

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New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is set to sign a bill authorizing sports betting in the state.

The bill being signed Friday will allow mobile gambling and wagering at up to 10 retail locations across the state.

The state Lottery Commission will supervise and regulate the new industry, which is expected to bring an estimated $7.5 million in fiscal year 2021 and $13.5 million two years later.

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Sports betting is a step closer to being legal in New Hampshire.

The House voted Thursday to accept the Senate's minor changes to a bill that would legalize betting on professional sports and most Division I college sports, excluding games involving New Hampshire schools. The bill now goes to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who supports it.

It’s now legal for all states to allow sports betting, after a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, and it looks as though New Hampshire is likely to go this route.     

The N.H. House voted 269 – 82 last month to allow sports gambling on mobile devices and at up to 10 retail locations.  HB 480 has its next hearing in the state Senate on April 24.  

Opponents worry about encouraging gambling addiction.  For supporters, legalizing sports betting means bringing a practice that’s already happening out of the shadows  -- where criminal elements operate -- into the regulatory realm.  

Sports Betting: On Track In New Hampshire?

Apr 10, 2019

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year allowed states to legalize gambling on sporting events. Now the Granite State appears poised to do so, with a House bill advancing through the legislature.  We look at the details of this proposal, which include allowing betting at 10 locations and mobile betting, as well as concerns around addiction and what some consider to be "government-sanctioned" gambling. 

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New Hampshire is a step closer to allowing betting on sports. A plan to authorize up to 10 sites for sports betting easily cleared the New Hampshire House on Tuesday.

As the NCAA prepares for its first basketball championships since the Supreme Court allowed legal sports betting to expand, the body governing college sports remains opposed to gambling on its events. But it's not denying reality, either.

SCOTUS

 

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states, giving states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports.

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The 1992 law barred state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions. It made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game.