DraftKings Opens First Retail Sportsbook In New Hampshire

Posted on August 13, 2020 - Last Updated on August 20, 2020

Online sports betting in New Hampshire offers the utmost convenience — and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic — safety, for bettors. It’s nice to have options, however, and DraftKings opening the first retail sportsbook in the state takes care of that.

The Brook, a casino in Seabrook, NH, is now the site of DraftKings’ eighth brick-and-mortar sportsbook in the US.

Along with offering the atmosphere that retail sportsbooks are known for, the book aims to do so safely as well.

The details on the first New Hampshire retail sportsbook

All in all, it’s exactly what face-to-face bettors in the US should be accustomed to. The sportsbook inside the casino offers:

  • Betting kiosks
  • Betting windows
  • Multiple television sets playing sports
  • Comfortable seating options

Due to the ongoing pandemic, however, there are some unique circumstances. For example, the casino has limited and spaced out seating to allow for social distancing.

The casino also requires all guests to properly wear face masks. The New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services has restricted indoor consumption of beverages and food right now as well.

The sportsbook has the same hours as the rest of the property, which the operator has reduced to allow for extra cleaning and sanitation. Right now, those are:

  • Mondays and Tuesdays: closed
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays: 11:30 a.m. to midnight
  • Fridays and Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
  • Sundays: 11:00 a.m. to midnight

The Stadium, which is the name of the sportsbook, will integrate your wagers placed at the kiosks or windows into The Brook Rewards Club. Naturally, patrons can choose to place their wagers on their smartphones using the DraftKings Sportsbook app as well.

The Stadium also offers daily simulcasting of horse races around the country. You can place wagers on those races while you’re there, either at the windows or using The Brook’s FastBet Mobile.

For sports bettors, you’ll be able to find much of the same wide menu of wagering markets and competitive odds that DraftKings offers online. The social component is what sets the experience apart.

The experience that only a retail sportsbook can deliver

If you’ve ever wagered on more than one sporting event happening simultaneously, you know how challenging it can be to keep up with all the action you’ve got some skin in when you only have access to one viewing screen.

A retail sportsbook can allow you to keep up with everything happening at once.

Additionally, a retail sportsbook offers a great atmosphere for gathering with friends interested in the events as well. Amid the COVID-19 restrictions, however, you need to keep that to a small gathering, wash your hands, and mask up.

A retail sportsbook can offer a great change of pace for bettors who have grown weary of the at-home experience. Thanks to The Brook, DraftKings, and the New Hampshire Lottery, that’s now an option for New Hampshire bettors.

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Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Kansas City, Mo. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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