Introduction to New Hampshire Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019
New Hampshire slot machine casino gambling does not exist. There are 27 licensed locations without slot machines while instead offer keno, bingo, and many table games. New Hampshire’s charitable gaming regulations provide for these licensed locations.
However, state gaming regulations require fundraisers offering table games of chance to provide 35% of their revenue to the charities they are sponsoring.
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in New Hampshire*
The minimum legal gambling age in New Hampshire depends upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: 21
- Poker Rooms: 18
- Bingo: 18
- Lottery: 18
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 18
New Hampshire has banned commercial casinos, although the state allows licensed commercial bingo halls. While simulcast betting is allowed, no live racing has been held since 2009. Tribal gaming is nonexistent as New Hampshire has no federally-recognized American Indian tribes.
With regards to slot machines, as stated in state gaming regulation Chapter 287-D, “any game involving the use of a slot machine or any other device in the nature of a slot machine” is prohibited per state gaming regulation.
However, the charitable gaming industry has spread across the state over the last 40 years. These charitable gaming sites are available through small scale venues such as malls and pubs. Larger sites include defunct former pari-mutuel racetracks.
Charitable gaming has spread across New Hampshire due to a charity provision in state laws. Via this legislation, poker rooms and casino clubs can partner with charities to donate 35% of their revenue from any game of chance. Nearly 400 charities currently attach themselves to these rooms and clubs.
Recently, non-profit organizations in New Hampshire have been hosting fundraising events that offer casino-style games, including poker, blackjack, and roulette. These events are a combination of a raffle, which is legal, and games of chance, which is illegal without a license.
The main point of contention is that attendees pay a fee or donation in exchange for chips or play money to use at the fundraiser. The state gaming commission has recently published an advisory to New Hampshire non-profits that such fundraising events must obtain a license per state gaming regulations for games of chance.
*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws apply to various forms of gambling. This information is not intended to provide legal advice.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in New Hampshire
It is legal to privately own a slot machine in New Hampshire if it is 25 years old or older.
Gaming Control Board in New Hampshire
New Hampshire’s gaming control board is the New Hampshire Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority (GROA). Furthermore, the Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission is a division of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission.
The GROA provides oversight for both commissions. It’s worth mentioning that the New Hampshire Lottery, established in 1964, is the oldest state lottery and the second-oldest U.S. lottery. The oldest lottery in the U.S., established in 1934, is the Puerto Rico Lottery.
The Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission regulates:
- Simulcast racing
- Games of chance
- Lucky 7
- Fantasy Sports
Casinos in New Hampshire
There are many locations in New Hampshire offering table games or bingo, but none offer slot machines. There are no tribal casinos. No cruise ships are available along New Hampshire’s relatively short coastline with the Atlantic Ocean.
The largest casino in New Hampshire is Cheers Poker Room & Casino in Salem, having no gaming machines and 25 table games.
The second largest casino is River Casino & Sports Bar in Nashua, having 0 gaming machines and 6 table games.
List of Casinos in New Hampshire
List of Tribal Casinos in New Hampshire
There is no tribal gaming in New Hampshire due to this state having no federally-recognized American Indian tribes.
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying New Hampshire slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state.
New Hampshire is bordered by:
- North: Canadian Province of Quebec
- East: Maine Slots and 18 miles of shoreline with the Atlantic Ocean, the shortest ocean coastline of any U.S. coastal state
- South: Massachusetts Slots
- West: Vermont Slots
Each of the links above will take you to my state-specific blog for that bordering state to New Hampshire.
Payout Returns in New Hampshire
As New Hampshire does not offer slot machines, there are therefore no payout return limits or statistics.
However, it’s worth mentioning that charitable gaming regulations require that fundraisers give 35% of their revenue to the charity they support. So, the minimum payout return for table games must be 65% or less if a fundraiser is to break even on the cost of holding the event.
Our New Hampshire Slots Facebook Group
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Summary of New Hampshire Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019
New Hampshire slot machine casino gambling prohibits slot machines or other electronic gaming machines of a similar nature. Only keno, bingo, and table games are available via charitable gaming regulations.
Further, New Hampshire has neither tribal gaming nor cruise ships to international destinations.
Annual Progress in New Hampshire Slot Machine Casino Gambling
Over the last year, the Lakes Region Casino has been replaced by River Casino & Sports Bar as New Hampshire’s second largest casino.
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