(Estimated population as of 2013 – 1,323,459)
The Granite State currently offers horse racing and lottery tickets over the Internet, though no poker thus far. That said, there has been movement. Senator Lou D’Allesandro has consistently sought to expand gaming in New Hampshire, and according to igamingplayer.com, a telephone survey by the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce found that 58 percent of citizens agree with him.
Granted, the efforts of D’Allesandro have largely been focused on live games such as H.B. 459, which would have exempted commercial home poker games from prosecution. Unfortunately that bill was killed back in April. While some lawmakers advocate for gaming expansion, others like Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) support banning online poker.
One bright spot for New Hampshire was the fact that Lottery Executive Director Charles McIntyre was one of three directors to pen an op-ed for the Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection, which is in opposition to Adelson, that expressed their disdain for a nationwide iGaming ban.
“We are united in our belief that this is not and should not be a federal ‘one size fits all’ decision,” they write. “For Congress to pass a sweeping nationwide ban would be a devastating blow not only to lotteries but to everyone impacted by their contributions.”
There are lawmakers on both sides of the iGaming fence, but it seems New Hampshire is leaning more towards change, especially with other states in the region expanding gaming (Pennsylvania) and offering iGaming (Delaware and New Jersey). New Hampshire is a domino that could fall, but chances are it won’t until some more states take up iGaming.
That said, in July 2015, New Hampshire expanded its poker offerings via charity card rooms. For two years, various groups, including the PPA, fought for reform, and thanks to their efforts players are able to play $1-2 and $2-4 no-limit Texas Hold'em at charity events. The games feature a $150 cap per buy-in, while most rooms also have a cap on the number of buy-ins allowed per evening.