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Sports Betting Launches In New Hampshire

State Launched Online And Mobile Sportsbooks Monday, Physical Locations To Come In 2020

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Gamblers in New Hampshire can ring in the new year by betting on their favorite sporting event after infrastructure for legal sports betting in the Granite State launched Monday.

Gov. Chris Sununu signed legislation in June that legalized sports betting both online and at brick-and-mortar locations. According to a report from Mass Live, only online betting launched initially with physical sportsbooks coming in early 2020.

The Republican governor went on Boston sports radio in October and told listeners that his state would have sports betting up and running in time to bet on the Super Bowl. He kept his promise and then some as sports betting is running in time for fans to bet on the first round of the NFL playoffs. The bettor will have to be physically located in New Hampshire in order to place a wager.

New Hampshire’s operation is run by the state’s Lottery but came to an agreement with DraftKings in November that gave the Boston-based daily fantasy sports giant the right to run the state’s sportsbooks. The Lottery will get half of the revenue raised by sports betting, which will help fund the state’s education program.

DraftKings announced that Sununu will place the state’s ceremonial first wager Monday afternoon at a restaurant in Manchester.

When everything is complete, there will be 10 sportsbooks located throughout New Hampshire as per the language of the legislation. Cities and towns must vote to build one in the area. Berlin, Claremont, Franklin, Laconia, Manchester and Somersworth have already voted to approve a sportsbook. The idea was rejected in Concord, Dover, Nashua and Rochester.

New Hampshire joins Rhode Island as the only two states in New England to offer sports betting. Both legalized mobile and brick-and-mortar sports betting.