Though the United States of America is considered the ‘home of the free’, their gambling legislation is not so liberal. 

The laws from state to state vary quite considerably. Online gambling is outlawed in just about every state, thanks to Federal laws which outlaw Internet gambling and transacting financially with betting institutions via internet banking or wire transfer.

New Hampshire is one of the states with the strictest and most conservative views on gambling in their constitution. 

Though stringent laws opposing most forms of gambling now preside, there seems to be a push towards legislation changes in this regard in the not too distant future.

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Is Online Gambling Legal in New Hampshire?

While online gambling is not directly referred to in the New Hampshire constitution, it is accepted that it fits under the category of a ‘game of chance’.  All games of chance are outlawed in the state, aside from certain charitable games, such as lotto and bingo, as well as Pari-mutuel betting on horse racing and dog racing.

Federal laws directly call for the outlawing of online gambling by way of the ‘Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act and the Federal Wire Act. These laws can only be overturned if expressly pardoned by the Senate for a specific state. New Hampshire has not pushed for this bill yet and is therefore subject to this legislation, completely.

Minimum Legal age to Gamble in New Hampshire

The legal age for gambling in New Hampshire is different depending on the type of gambling that you are conducting. If you are playing the lottery or bingo, then you ought to be 18 years old or older. For horse and dog racing, or for poker play, one ought to be 21 years of age or older.

Who Regulates Casinos in New Hampshire?

All gambling activities in New Hampshire are governed, regulated, and overseen by the state-owned New Hampshire Gambling Regulatory Oversight Authority. 

This body exists to… “ensure the integrity and public confidence in gaming regulation and to oversee and assess the current regulation of gaming activities authorised pursuant to New Hampshire law and recommend the appropriate regulation of casino gambling in New Hampshire.” 

The New Hampshire Gaming Regulatory Oversite Authority can be contacted on 603-271-3391.

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