Could New Hampshire be Fifth State with Legal Online Poker?

new-hampshire-online-pokerNew Hampshire passed an online lottery bill in June 2017, creating speculation that they may one day to legalize internet poker and other forms of online gaming.

Dubbed HB 562-FN, The internet lottery bill is described as “an act allowing online gambling.” The legislation also shows that it will take effect in January 1, 2018 and has only “25% progression” with regard to its completion.

The 25% progression aspect leaves room for interpretation that more forms of internet gaming could be added to HB 562-FN.

More on the Bill’s Background

Republicans Eric Schleien, Nick Zaricki, and Robert Fisher introduced HB 562-FN on January 5, 2017 in the Ways and Means Committee in New Hampshire’s House.

The legislation was involved in a public hearing on January 31, then went to an Executive Session on February 8. HB 562-FN went to the Retained Bill Subcommittee on September 6 and is scheduled to be reviewed further by other governmental committees.

HB 562-FN is a Work in Progress

The only clear thing about this legislation is that it’ll legalize internet lottery games. However, we can be sure that other forms of iGaming will be considered moving forward. This means online poker, casino games, and daily fantasy sports could be added to the agenda.

One potential thing that could hinder HB 562’s progress, though, is a sexual assault case that Rep. Eric Schleien is facing. Schleien’s court date is scheduled for Aug. 2, 2018.

New Hampshire would be Fifth US State with iGaming

Just recently, Pennsylvania became the fourth American state to legalize online gaming. They join Delaware, New Jersey, and Nevada in being the only states with regulated online poker.

The Granite State has a realistic shot at being the fifth state to do so. But as mentioned before, there’s still some work to be done on HB 562-FN before it’s a finished product.

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