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 as 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.
Federals 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.
There are currently no casinos in New Hampshire, including Tribal establishments. There are only extremely limited options of electronic bingo machines held at racetracks around the state.
Gamblers will need to travel to neighbouring states to get their casino gambling fix.
Online poker is illegal under the same basis as online casino games. Even land-based poker rooms are monitored closely, as poker can only be played for charity.
These games can only be held at racetracks and bingo halls. Even social poker is technically covered under the laws, though no one has been prosecuted for wagering a few pennies with their friends yet.
Though, in the strictest sense, this too is illegal and therefore not encouraged by CasinoTopsOnline.com
Online sports betting is illegal in the state of New Hampshire. Only pari-mutuel horse race betting and greyhound racing are legal, so long as the bets are lodged at the track, itself.
On the downside, both horseracing and dog racing no longer happens in the state. Nowadays, you can go to the track to lodge bets on simulcast races that are broadcasted to the public at the track from other regions.
Fantasy Sports of every kind can legally be enjoyed by residents in New Hampshire. In August of 2017, Governor Chris Sununu signed a bill legalising the practice. The game is not technically defined as gambling, even though it does pass unfairly as a game of chance, and as such was formally outlawed.
New Hampshire was the first state to introduce a modern lottery. The profits from these style of games are charitable in nature and go towards social development. Multi-state and New England games are also allowed, as well as Bingo, as long it has a charitable slant.
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.
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 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.
In State, a prominent non-profit organisation, called ‘New Hampshire Council on Problem Gambling’, exists to help those struggling gambling addiction. The council provides education and information on problem gambling, as well as offer advocacy, prevention services and treatment referrals to the public.
You can visit their website at nhproblemgambling.org or call them on 603 724 1605.
Nationally, there is a centre for help in gambling addictions, called SAMSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration). They are available on 1-800-662-HELP (4357). Here, one can receive 24 hour a day service for treatment referrals for those struggling with addictions.
New Hampshire is as tight as one state can be on the gambling front. Even social games are considered illegal, outside of charity events.
The US politicians seem to be on a trend of changing modern legislation with regards to gambling at the moment though. While we might not see online gambling legalised anytime soon, perhaps certain ‘games of skill’ like poker and blackjack, might get a look for land-based play.
We at Casino Tops Online recommend that you tread very lightly when it comes to gambling in this state. Do not partake of online gambling just because the law is not explicit on the terms of what games are covered or not. There is enough in the legislation for the state to try you in court and beat you.