Live poker in New Hampshire revolves around charitable gambling facilities and cardrooms. Experience tournaments, Hold’em and Omaha cash games, or one of dozens of high-hand jackpot bonuses.
New Hampshire doesn’t have traditional casino-resorts but for-profit establishments that donate money to charity for every dollar wagered. Here are five of the best New Hampshire poker rooms open now.
Filotimo Casino Manchester is one of four cardrooms owned by the New Hampshire Group. In terms of games and variety, it just beats out Lebanon Poker Room as the best cardroom in the company. Plus, with 30 tables it’s the largest cardroom in The Granite State.
Filotimo Casino Manchester is one of the only casinos in the chain (with Lebanon Poker Room) to offer tournaments. The most popular is the $250 freezeout but look out too for the Saturday NLHE tourney with a $150 buy-in. Saturday $500 freezeouts are also popular but capped at 125 players.
Filotimo Manchester is also one of the only places in New Hampshire to run satellites. In truth, they’re run more like raffles where a lucky player receives a ticket into a large tournament in New York.
Cash games are basic at Filotimo Casino Manchester. No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha are the two main disciplines on offer at the tables.
However, the generous cash poker promotions ensure there are always full tables at the Filotimo. There are high-hand jackpots every day that run hourly. Fridays are best, with $500 per hour paid out on the highest hand.
The Brook has a newly refurbished cardroom with 18 tables. The casino also houses the first of the legal NH sportsbooks.
Cash games are the focus at The Brook. You can play No Limit Hold’em from $1/$2 to $2/$5, but there is also Omaha ($4/$8) and a $2/$4 mixed game. Tournaments are promised but none were running at the time of review.
The Brook also runs one of the best reward programs in New Hampshire. You earn points for every hour of cash play you rack up in the cardroom. You can also claim 2x and 3x point multipliers on selected days.
As with most good NH poker rooms, high-hand promotions are running every day. You win $200+ by hitting the best hand that hour. This increases to $1,000 on some Mondays.
Open from 11 a.m. daily, Chasers is the place to play poker in NH if you want jackpots. The cardroom runs more jackpot bonuses than anywhere else in The Granite State.
Plus, of course, you can still get your fill of Omaha and No Limit Hold’em cash games all week. Hold’em starts at $1/$2 with a $300 max. sit-down. There’s $2/$2 to $5/$5 PLO too, with a maximum buy-in of $1,000 on the lower stakes.
Chasers Poker Room runs high-hand jackpots all week. You stand to win at least $300 per half-hour if you hit the big hands. On Fridays, this goes up to $500 for a full house and $2,000 for a royal flush.
We also love the $10,000 Chase promotion. You can win up to $10,000 by hitting certain quads and full house hands. In addition to lots of jackpots, you can become a Chip Card carrier and earn points when you play poker.
Lebanon Poker Room isn’t the largest cardroom in New Hampshire, but it’s one of the best around. It forms part of the same gambling family as Filotimo Casino in Manchester, so you can be sure of a safe game every time. There are eight tables currently in operation.
Lebanon Poker Room makes it onto our list of NH casinos due to its excellent tournament schedule. You can play a weekly $150 NLHE tournament, but there’s a $240 freezeout on Saturdays if you want something a little meatier.
You may apply for a Rebels Redemption card for free when you visit the Lebanon Poker Room. There’s free food, freeplay, and sweepstakes entries to win when you swipe your card.
The Gate City is the newest cardroom in New Hampshire. The poker room has 15 tables in total and a focus on No Limit Hold’em and PLO. It’s also one of the few NH cardrooms to have $10/$10 Omaha cash.
In addition to NLHE cash games (from $1/$2 with a $50 minimum sit-down), you can play a $4/$8 Limit mixed game. There’s a friendly $40 minimum on the game.
The Gate gets in on the high-hand jackpot action too. Every Sunday from noon, you can earn a jackpot worth up to $2,000 when you’re first to hit a full house-to-royal flush. Look out too for hourly high-hand payouts worth $100 from 9 a.m. Monday-through-Sunday.
We particularly like the Mystery Deck promotion. Over the weekend (12 p.m. to 10 p.m.) the high hand chooses a card from the mystery deck and wins a corresponding prize. Pluck an ace out of the pack and you win $1,500, or $3,000 for the ace of spades.
Here is a full list of the best places to play live poker in New Hampshire.
|Cardroom Name||Address||City||Phone Number|
|Lakes Region Casino||1265 Laconia Rd, Belmont, NH 03220||Belmont||1-603-267-7778|
|Filotimo Casino Manchester||1279 S Willow St.Manchester, NH 03103||Manchester||1-603-668-6591|
|Concord Casino||67 S. Main Street, Concord, NH 03301||Concord||1-603-213-1024|
|Wonder Casino Keene||172 Emerald St.Keene, NH 03431||Keene||1-800-501-4143|
|Lebanon Poker Room & Casino||45 Hanover St.Lebanon, NH 03766||Lebanon||1-603-678-5906|
|Chasers Poker Room||7 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Salem, NH 03079||Salem||1-603-912-4604|
|The Brook||319 New Zealand Road, Seabrook, NH 03874||Seabrook||1-603-474-3065|
|Gate City Casino||55 Northeastern Blvd, Nashua, NH 03062||Nashua||1-603-943-5630|
|Speakeasy Casino & Governor’s Inn||78 Wakefield St, Rochester, NH||Rochester||1-603-332-0107|
|Ocean Gaming at Hampton Beach||81 Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH 03842||Hampton||1-603-601-6690|
|Aces & Eights Casino||160 Ocean Blvd, Hampton Beach, NH||Hampton Beach||1-603-770-5057|
Cardrooms in New Hampshire vary in size but all spread a good range of cash games and tournaments. Even the largest cardroom has only 30 tables.
|Cardroom Name||Games Offered||Number of Tables||Major Events|
|Lakes Region Casino||Weekly tournaments, NLHE, cash games, re-entry tournaments, high-hand jackpot, turbo NLHE||10||n/a|
|Filotimo Casino Manchester||NLHE, PLO, satellites||30||n/a|
|Concord Casino||Freezeouts, bounties, re-buys, high-hand jackpot||9||n/a|
|Wonder Casino Keene||NLHE, Omaha Hi-Lo||13||n/a|
|Lebanon Poker Room & Casino||$150–$240 NLHE tournament, $1/$2–$2/$5 NLHE cash||8||n/a|
|Chasers Poker Room||High-hand jackpots, re-buys, freezeouts, NLHE, PLO||13||n/a|
|The Brook||High-hand jackpots, NLHE, cash games, tournaments||18||n/a|
|Gate City Casino||$1/$2–$5/$10 NLHE cash, $2/$2–$10/$10 PLO, mixed games||15||n/a|
|Speakeasy Casino & Governor’s Inn||$1/$2 to $2/$5 NLHE cash, $4/$4 Limit Hold’em, high-hand every two hours||5||n/a|
|Ocean Gaming at Hampton Beach||$1/$2 No Limit Hold’em cash (Fri/Sat nights only)||1||n/a|
|Aces & Eights Casino||$1/$2–$5/$10 No Limit Texas Hold’em, $2/$2 PLO||5||n/a|
A handful of NH poker rooms come with “lodgings.” These tend to be attractive colonial-style guest houses rather than swanky resorts.
|Casino Name||Number of Rooms|
|Speakeasy Casino at The Governor’s Inn||20|
The NH gambling laws are a little different from those in other US states. New Hampshire runs a charitable gaming model, with 16 properties offering for-profit games and slots.
Some of the proceeds are earmarked for local charities. The rules were overhauled in 2006 to allow charitable casinos to offer poker and table games every day of the year. Many NH casinos have raised millions of dollars for charity in the past few years. NH bingo games are also permitted in the state.
Some New Hampshire poker rooms now look and feel more like New Jersey casinos than small charity gaming establishments. The largest cardroom, for instance, has up to 30 tables running cash games throughout the week.
Casinos and New Hampshire poker rooms are kept in check by the NH Lottery Commission. They ensure that charities receive their fair share of profits and that underage gamblers are excluded. The minimum age for gambling is 18.
Elsewhere, there is a well-established New Hampshire Lottery (the first to be set up in the US) and NH race tracks like Rockingham Park Horse Racing Track.
All casinos in New Hampshire with poker spread Hold’em and Omaha cash games and tournaments. Mixed games are less common, as are satellites and special events (including the WSOP Circuit).
Texas Hold’em is widely played in New Hampshire’s poker rooms. The rake, a small percentage taken by the house, varies. Cash games involve real-time betting with continuous play, while tournaments have set buy-ins and prizes, and end when one player has all the chips.
Omaha is available as a cash game at most New Hampshire live poker rooms. $10/$10 PLO is about as high as it goes at the cash tables. The maximum sit-down is around $2,500, depending on where you play.
You can play mixed games at one or two NH cardrooms. When we say “mixed games.” PLO/NLHE is the only mix here: don’t expect a lot in the way of Stud or H.O.R.S.E. for New Hampshire mixed games.
Cash games and tournaments are the main draws at every New Hampshire poker room. Look out too for plenty of high-hand jackpots which ensure lots of action.
Omaha and Hold’em are the main live poker options in New Hampshire for cash game players. Nearly every New Hampshire poker room runs high-hand jackpot promotions too. Rake is set at around 10%, a portion of which goes to charity.
Re-buys and freezeouts are available at all good New Hampshire poker rooms. Tournaments have a strict rake of 20% (compared to 10% on cash pots). Chasers Poker Room offers the best range of re-buys, but most cardrooms have freezeouts at various buy-ins.
Some NH cardrooms like Filotimo Casino in Manchester run satellites. You win your seat in a major tournament in a neighboring state (e.g., October Poker Weekend at Turning Stone in New York) by winning a raffle. You can even win spending money for the trip.
The larger NH cardrooms run rewards clubs that are similar to the ones you’ll find at East Coast casinos. You start with a club card that you fill with points every time you play poker. For example, the Lucky North Club at The Gate offers 50 points for every hour of play.
What do you do with your points? You simply redeem them for comps or free meals. At The Gate, points convert at a rate of $1 for every 100 comp points.
Nearly every New Hampshire poker room also runs jackpot bonuses on cash games. You can win a jackpot by hitting the best hand of the day or hour. For example, Filotimo Casino offers $1,000 every half hour to the player with the highest hand.
Some online gambling is now regulated in New Hampshire. Sports betting has been regulated since 2019, though poker sites and casino games remain unlicensed.
There are alternatives, however: check out our complete guides to betting online in New Hampshire.
The most famous poker pro from New Hampshire is probably Howard Lederer. He was born in Concord, NH. Other famous poker players from The Granite State include:
The law on paying tax on poker winnings in New Hampshire was amended in 2010. Residents of New Hampshire are now liable to pay a 10% tax on wins. The tax is withheld by the New Hampshire poker room.
You may also be liable for federal income tax. This is a 24% tax on wins over $1,200. You should record your wins and losses when you complete your federal tax return. It may be possible to offset your losses from any wins made from poker wins.
Sports betting is now licensed online too. Gambling on sports is also covered by the New Hampshire tax laws. You can read more about liability by reading our online gambling tax guide.
Yes. You can play at a New Hampshire poker room provided it donates a share of profits to charities. Cash games and tournaments are covered by the rules. Check out more information on gaming laws in the USA.
There are around a dozen cardrooms in New Hampshire. Poker tournaments and cash games are permitted under state law, and casinos even offer reward programs to players.
The biggest cardroom in NH is Filotimo Casino Manchester with 30 tables. The cardroom has a good spread of tournament action, including $250 freezeouts, cash games, and promotions.
No. NH has legalized online sports betting but poker remains unlicensed. However, you can still access offshore poker sites to play your favorite games.
The NH Lottery Commission is in charge of overseeing the state’s many cardrooms and ensuring they offer a fair game. They ensure that poker rooms donate their fair share of profits to local charities. Read our directory of US state gaming commissions for more information.
The minimum age for gambling is 18 in New Hampshire. That is covered under the current gaming law in The Granite State. You will be denied entry to a New Hampshire poker room if you are suspected of being underage.
NH cardrooms operate a smart-casual dress code. The rules are relaxed, but you may be asked to leave if you are wearing a vest and open-toed sandals. Check the cardroom website before you travel.
For many years, all online poker laws were governed by the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act. The rules have been relaxed a little with the legalization of online sportsbooks. However, the laws do not currently include poker sites.
No. Live poker in New Hampshire normally runs from 10 a.m. until the small hours. Cash games will run as soon as the cardroom opens. Tournaments are scheduled daily or weekly, depending on the poker room.
No, New Hampshire’s cardrooms are not big enough to accommodate a WSOPC event. However, you can travel to New York State or Massachusetts, where casinos and cardrooms sometimes run larger tournaments.
Yes. You must pay a 10% tax on all poker winnings if you are a New Hampshire resident. The Gambling Winnings Tax is applicable for any game, regardless of where you play it. Tax is withheld by the cardroom.
Yes. You can contact the New Hampshire Council on Problem Gambling at 1-603-225-9540 to receive assistance on self-exclusion programs and addiction support. Read more with our responsible gambling guide.
Howard Lederer is the most famous poker pro to come out of New Hampshire. The pro has made millions of dollars at the tables and is one of the most successful WSOP players of all time.
The Interstate Wire Act was introduced in the 1960s but was later used to prohibit online payments made to poker sites in states like New Hampshire. The Department of Justice changed its position in 2011 and NH is now able to make new laws on online poker if it chooses.
Rake is the fee taken from cash pots by cardrooms. You pay around 10% in rake for cash game pots when you play poker in New Hampshire. A cut of all rake is donated to local charities. The rake on tournaments is 20%.
Yes, offshore poker sites run freerolls to new and regular players. They are free-to-play tournaments with a small prizepool that is guaranteed by the poker site. Similar freerolls are not usually offered by live poker rooms.
Yes. You can join a rewards program wherever live poker in New Hampshire is offered. You earn points for every hour of poker you play. Points can be exchanged for cash or credits for free meals.
Yes. Imagine Casino is a new charitable gambling property being built in Concord, NH. The casinos will include table games, slots, and a poker room. In keeping with state law, a cut of proceeds will go toward local charities.
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