New Hampshire Mobile Sports Betting Will Go Live Dec. 30
Great news for sports bettors in New Hampshire: Mobile sports betting is launching in The Granite State on Dec. 30.
In July, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed the sports betting bill into law, and now the state is launching the Boston-based DraftKings online sportsbook just before the new year.
DraftKings co-founder Matt Kalish, who attended high school in New Hampshire, said that the company will launch the digital sportsbook at some point during the day on Dec. 30. That will allow bettors to wager on the New England Patriots in the upcoming NFL playoffs as well as the ongoing NBA, NHL and college basketball seasons.
DraftKings will be the only mobile sportsbook in The Granite State; the state lottery oversees the sole-source mobile sports betting contract.
Six New Hampshire Cities Sign on for Sports Betting
Thus far, six cities in New Hampshire have signed on for sports betting: Berlin, Claremont, Franklin, Laconia, Manchester and Somersworth. In addition to DraftKings mobile sportsbook, sports betting will also be available at land-based locations.
Brick-and-mortar locations will have DraftKings representatives to assist players as well as self-service kiosks. Players must be 18 years old to bet legally in New Hampshire.
“We don’t have an exact date, but we’re going to launch our first property in the first half of next year,” Matt Kalish said according to a report from the New Hampshire Union Leader in Manchester. “There’s a handful of cities that have already approved it and so we’re looking at the ones that have already been approved to make our determination where to enter.
“It’s really no different except if you’re a cash bettor (and) you want to transact in cash and hold a physical ticket. We think it could be a pretty good opportunity in New Hampshire to supplement the mobile with a healthy amount of retail, because there’s a lot of customers who prefer to bet that way.”
New Hampshire Lottery Executive Director Charlie McIntyre spoke on the legalization of sports betting in November, according to the New Hampshire Lottery website.
“With five cities voting to allow sports book retail locations, we can continue with the sports betting implementation process, developing a responsible system that engages players and drives revenue for education in New Hampshire,” McIntyre said.
New Hampshire Getting 51 Percent of Online Revenue
The Granite State will receive 51 percent of gross gaming revenue from the DraftKings online sportsbook. Kalish did not provide any revenue projections, saying that it’s a new market in the early stages of sports betting, but that the revenue generation for New Hampshire will be very strong.
The DraftKings co-founder added that with the state receiving 51 percent of sports betting revenues, it will be something that fills the coffers in New Hampshire and the sportsbook is going to do what they can to make that number as large as possible.
DraftKings is set to announce the launch on Dec. 30 during an event in Manchester, and Gov. Sununu is scheduled to be at the event. Kalish said the main point of the announcement, as he normally does when DraftKings sportsbook launches in a new market, is that the company will be the “first legal, regulated, safe-to-play sports betting option for consumers in New Hampshire,” the Union Leader reported.
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