Introduction to New Hampshire Slot Machine Casino Gambling
New Hampshire slot machine casino gambling consists of 10 casinos without any slots or gaming machines. There are table games available. The maximum bet is 1-penny and the maximum bet is $4.
New Hampshire has banned commercial casinos, and tribal gaming is nonexistent. However, the charitable gaming industry has spread through small-scale venues such as malls and pubs as well as larger establishments at defunct racetracks.
This post continues the weekly blog series “Slot Machine Casino Gambling, State-By-State“, a year-long online resource project dedicated to guiding slot machine gambling enthusiasts to success.
Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling*
The legal age for gambling is 21.
New Hampshire has banned commercial casinos, and tribal gaming is nonexistent. However, charitable casino-style gaming has spread over the last 40 years through small-scale venues such as malls and pubs as well as larger establishments at defunct former pari-mutuel racetracks.
This spread has been possible through the use of a charity provision in New Hampshire laws. Poker rooms and casino clubs are able to partner with charities to donate 35% of their revenue, thereby allowing them to offer any game of chance.
Nearly 400 charities have attached themselves to clubs, poker rooms, and former racetracks to create small-scale venues.
There is no tribal gaming in New Hampshire due to this state having no federally-recognized American Indian tribes.
The complete state regulations for New Hampshire casino gambling are provided by the New Hampshire gaming control commission on their Laws and Rules webpage.
*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
It is legal to privately own a slot machine in New Hampshire if it is 25 years old or older.
State Gaming Commission
New Hampshire state regulatory bodies include the Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority for casinos and the Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission for racing. The state lottery is regulated by the New Hampshire Lottery Commission.
Per their website, the Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority has been established to insure integrity and public confidence in gaming regulation and to oversee and assess the current regulation of gaming activities authorized pursuant to New Hampshire law and recommend the appropriate regulation of casino gambling in New Hampshire.
The largest casino available in New Hampshire is the Cheers Poker Room & Casino, having zero slots and gaming machines but 16 table games.
The second largest casino is Lakes Region Casino, having 6 table games. There are no active racinos or pari-mutuel facilities in New Hampshire, with no live races held since 2009.
Casinos in New Hampshire include:
- Aces and Eights at Hampton Beach Casino in Hampton Beach.
- Boston Billiard Club & Casino in Nashua.
- Chaser’s Poker Room & Casino in Salem.
- Cheers Poker Room & Casino in Salem.
- Four Jacks at Gary’s Restaurant and Sports Lounge in Rochester.
- Keene Casino in Keene.
- Lakes Region Casino in Belmont.
- Manchester Poker Room & Casino in Manchester.
- Ocean Gaming Casino in Hampton.
- Poker Room at One Lafayette in Hampton Falls.
- River Casino and Sports Bar in Milford.
- Rockingham Park in Salem. Closed in 2016. Racetrack demolished in 2017.
- Seabrook Park Poker Room in Seabrook.
Summary of New Hampshire Slot Machine Casino Gambling
New Hampshire slot machine casino gambling does not include slot machines or other electronic gaming machines. New Hampshire has banned commercial casinos, but charitable casino-style gaming has spread through small-scale venues.
This spread has been possible through the use of a charity provision in New Hampshire laws. Poker rooms and casino clubs are able to partner with charities to donate 35% of their revenue, thereby allowing them to offer any game of chance. Nearly 400 charities have attached themselves to clubs, poker rooms, and former racetracks to create small-scale venues.
Tribal gaming is nonexistent. There is no tribal gaming in New Hampshire due to this state having no federally-recognized American Indian tribes.
- “Welcome!”, New Hampshire Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority, Retrieved December 30, 2017.
- “New Hampshire Gambling Laws”, Gambling-Law-US.com, Retrieved December 30, 2017.
- “New Hampshire Casinos”, World Casino Directory, Retrieved December 30, 2017.
- “New Hampshire Gambling Law”, Gambling Sites.com, Retrieved December 30, 2017.
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