New Hampshire Gambling Laws & Online Poker in New Hampshire

New Hampshire still doesn’t have any online poker legislation in place.  However, changes have been discussed and there could be progress made in the next couple of years.

Type/Code Summary
State Code Section(s) XXIV.284-287; LXII.647.1-2
Definition of Gambling To risk something of value upon a future contingent event not under one’s control or influence, upon an agreement or understanding that something of value will be received in the event of a certain outcome.
Definition of Gambling Machine Any device or equipment which is capable of being used to play sweepstakes or games of chance and which discharges money, or anything that may be exchanged for money, cash equivalent, debit card, merchandise credit card, or opportunities to enter sweepstakes or play games of chance, or displays any symbol entitling a person to receive such a prize.
Definition of Game of Chance Any game involving gambling or any lottery but shall not include any game involving the use of a slot machine or any other device in the nature of a slot machine, 50/50 raffles, or ice-out contests.
Online Poker/Gambling The most recent serious attempt to legalize online poker and casino games was in 2017, and some discussions continued into 2018 but not serious enough to put a bill on the floor of the legislature.
Live Poker The lack of casinos means there are no live poker rooms in the state.
Casinos No casinos are operational or legal in New Hampshire in 2018, though some lawmakers seek to change that with the passage of a broad gambling expansion bill in the coming years.
Sports Betting Sports betting is not currently legal in New Hampshire, and there are no proposals pending.
DFS New Hampshire legalized daily fantasy sports in 2017.
Other Forms of Gambling Charitable gambling, lottery, bingo, raffles, horse and dog racing, on-track pari-mutuel betting.