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New Hampshire to launch mobile sports betting on Dec. 30 - The Boston Globe

23rd December, 17:06

Ben Vihstadt, communications director for Gov. Chris Sununu, and a DraftKings spokesperson confirmed the date on Monday.

Anyone over the age of 21 who is physically within the boundaries of New Hampshire and has downloaded the state's DraftKings' app onto their phones will be able to place a bet on professional sports next Monday.

The launch date is ahead of schedule, with the state expressing its hope this past fall that it could be operational by January or February.

In an interview in October, Gov. Sununu expressed his desire to get in on the action before the end of the Patriots' season.

"The playoffs start in January," said Sununu. "I'm assuming the Patriots are going to the Super Bowl because I'm a diehard fan, but regardless of that, I really want to be betting on Tom Brady before the season's done."

New Hampshire municipalities have yet to approve retail outlets for sports betting in their state but in the fall, the N.H. Lottery approved mobile licenses to Boston-based DraftKings.

On Monday DraftKings announced it would be going public and merging with SBTech.

New Hampshire expects to reap $7-10 million annually in revenues, earmarked for its education fund, from sports betting. N.H. lottery products generated adjusted gross revenues of $391 million last fiscal year.

Sports betting began at Rhode Island's two casinos in November of 2018. Mobile sports betting began in Rhode Island this fall, but the cumbersome system requires bettors to drive to a casino in order to authorize their online accounts.

New Hampshire's mobile system is simpler, and similar to New Jersey's successful model. Massachusetts currently has several sports betting bills, including one filed by Gov. Charlie Baker last January, sitting in joint committees. The mobile betting component is similar to what New Jersey has and New Hampshire will have as well.

Until the Mass. Legislature takes action on one of the bills, sports bettors from Massachusetts, as well as New Hampshire's other two neighbors, Vermont and Maine, can drive to New Hampshire to place their legal bets.

"There's a huge market in Massachusetts for this," said Sununu. "We have no doubt people are going to be coming over the border in droves.

"We're going to capture a good part of this market, we're going to have one of the best products, if not the best product in the country, and [Massachusetts is] just going to have to play catch-up to compete."

Brandon Chase contributed to this report. Michael Silverman can be reached at michael.silverman@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeSilvermanBB

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