New Hampshire Sports Betting to Launch Before Super Bowl
New Hampshire will become the fourteenth state to embrace sports betting, with the first sportsbooks set to open in time for the Super Bowl.
Governor Chris Sununu enacted H.B. 480 in July, permitting patrons to bet on professional sports. Through a vendor bidding process, the state will award 15 licenses to gambling operators — five mobile and ten retail. New Hampshire began the bidding process in September, with the Lottery revealing that 13 companies submitted proposals to manage the state’s sportsbooks.
Governor Sununu spoke with Boston-based WEEI radio on October 18, revealing he expected sports betting operations to launch before the Super Bowl — possibly even in December.
“Look, I don’t care how we do this, but we’re going to be fair about it, and I’m going to be placing a bet on Tom Brady and the over before this season is done,” he said.
Sununu also reflected on Massachusetts sports betting, which has been at an impasse since last January, declaring he’s “baffled” that the Bay State “put the brakes on it,” while adding that New Hampshire would pick up the slack.
Currently, Rhode Island is the only New England state with legal sports betting.