Introduction to New Hampshire Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2020
New Hampshire slot machine casinos gambling does not exist. However, there are 27 locations offering keno, bingo, and table games licensed though charitable gaming regulations.
However, these state gaming regulations require fundraisers offering table games of chance to provide a significant portion of their revenue to the charities they are sponsoring.
This post continues my weekly State-By-State Slot Machine Casino Gambling Series, an online resource dedicated to guiding slot machine casino gambler to success. Now in its third year, each weekly post reviews slots gambling in a single U.S. state, territory, or federal district.
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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. Simulcast betting exists, but there’s been no live racing since 2009. Tribal gaming is nonexistent as New Hampshire has no federally-recognized American Indian tribes.
“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.New Hampshire gaming regulation Chapter 287-D
However, the charitable gaming industry has spread across the state over the last 40 years. Nearly 400 charitable organizations receive funds through 27 small scale venues such as malls and pubs. Larger sites include defunct former pari-mutuel racetracks.
*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws might apply to various forms of gaming. It is not legal advice.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in New Hampshire
It is legal to own a slot machine privately 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), providing oversight to the New Hampshire Lottery Commission and the lottery’s Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission.
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.
Casinos in New Hampshire
There are 27 large and small sites offering charitable keno, bingo, or table games in New Hampshire.
The largest charitable gaming site in New Hampshire is Cheers Poker Room & Casino in Salem, having no gaming machines and 25 table games.
The second-largest charitable site is The River Casino & Sports Bar in Nashua, having no gaming machines and six table games.
Commercial Casinos in New Hampshire
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. Bordering New Hampshire is:
- 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 blog for that neighboring U.S. state to New Hampshire.
Our New Hampshire Slots Facebook Group
Are you interested in sharing and learning with other slots enthusiasts in New Hampshire? If so, join our new New Hampshire slots community on Facebook. All you’ll need is a Facebook profile to join this closed Facebook Group freely.
There, you’ll be able to privately share your slots experiences as well as chat with players about slots gambling in New Hampshire. Join us!
Payout Returns in New Hampshire
Under a charity provision in state laws, poker rooms and casino clubs can partner with charities to donate a portion of their revenue from table games-of-chance.
Nearly 400 charities attach themselves to these 27 licensed rooms and clubs. However, these state gaming regulations require fundraisers to provide 35% of their revenue to the charities they are sponsoring.
Note this is 35% of their revenue, not their profit. Therefore, the theoretical payout return must be at least as low as 65% for organizers to break even on their costs for holding a fundraiser.
Summary of New Hampshire Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2020
New Hampshire slot machine casino gambling prohibits casinos along with slot machines as well as other electronic gaming machines of a similar nature. However, keno, bingo, and table games of chance are available at licensed charitable events. New Hampshire has neither tribal gaming nor cruise ships to international destinations.
Fundraisers offering table games of chance must provide 35% of their gaming revenue to the charities they are sponsoring.
Annual Progress in New Hampshire Slot Machine Casino Gambling
Over the last year, New Hampshire has gained two additional charitable gaming sites offering table games-of-chance.
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