House bill 480 has now been written in to the law, legalizing online and retail sports betting across the state. Great news for those residents who are looking to gamble on sports around the world straight from their cell phone or tablet.
The next step in proceedings is now for the State Lottery Commission to select the five exclusive online bookmakers permitted to offer online gambling services. This limitation was made as part of the bill, as was the limit of 10 retail bookmaker vendors at any one time.
Once the lucky vendors have been selected, there will need to be a period of time for the companies to set up their online offering. This will include elements such as app design, customer offerings, infrastructure set up etc. All of which will need to comply to the rules set out in the new bill.
New Hampshire online betting on track for 2020 launch
It is therefore expected that online bookmakers will not be in a position to offer any betting services until January 2020 at the earliest.
A little frustrating for those who are looking to wager right away. However, progress is being made, unlike other states such as Maine who are dragging their heels in actually getting the bill signed off.
Registration to betting apps
One of the necessary steps in wagering online is registering for a wagering account with a specific online bookmaker. This process will be made available online, directly from a cell phone, tablet or desktop computer/laptop. This is not always the case. For example, In Nevada customers are required to visit a bricks and mortar casino in order to register for an online wagering account.
Another important aspect to consider is that the age limit for online gambling in the state is set at 18. States such as New Jersey operate a stricter service restricting anyone from gambling under the age of 21.
What services to expect
In terms of sports betting, wagering on sports from inside the US and outside will be made possible. Of course the main focus will be on the traditional American sports, but options will also made available for those who are looking for wagering opportunities on the English Premier League or World Cup events, for example.
In terms of types of wagers, Point spreads, Moneyline and under/overs will make up the most popular offerings. However plenty of prop bets will also be on offer to provide a whole lot more choice and to cater to a much wider audience.
Depositing funds into a specific wagering account will also be possible online. Bookmakers are not in the business of making this part difficult. Therefore we are expecting flexible and popular payment methods across the board.
Getting to know how to use the betting apps
We are also expecting comprehensive tutorial guides and high quality customer support teams to be present across New Hampshire betting apps. With the service being brand new, there is bound to be a lot of uncertainty in terms of how these betting apps will actually function. It will be down to the successfully selected online bookmakers to break down that uncertainty.
This is generally done by reaching out to the state via social media channels as well as dedicated FAQ and help pages directly in the app. Live help services are also expected to feature, whereby you can message a customer service representative and get an immediate response back.
A lot to look forward to
Although we are still in the early stages of development, things are ticking along nicely. With bill 480 passed in to law, it is now only a matter of time before online sports wagering becomes a reality within the state of New Hampshire. We’ll keep you informed right through the journey and will let you know which companies are selected as and when it happens. All in all, positive news!