Hampton Falls Poker Room, New Hampshire
Hampton Falls Poker Room, New Hampshire

Let’s face it – when we think poker rooms we either think casinos or home games. New England has four Poker rooms, such as Foxwoods, Twin River, Mohegan Sun & Hollywood Bangor  But to my surprise, New Hampshire has 8 more – yes, New Hampshire. It’s bizarre, since the Granite state has tried several times to get a “real” casino within it’s borders, but proposals have been defeated every time.

According to Mark Gruetze, the man behind “Poker Night in America” “the venerable game of poker might be down but it’s far from out — especially in Pennsylvania and neighboring states, including all the way north to New Hampshire.

Poker Night In America Episode #2
Poker Night In America Episode #2

“Poker seems to be doing very well, particularly in a geography that doesn’t get enough attention,” says Nolan Dalla, creative director for the series broadcast on CBS Sports Network, Root Sports and other outlets. “Almost all of the boom in the United States in the past five to 10 years has been in the Northeast.”

Back to Mark Gruetze, “poker boomed in the early 2000s, fueled by tales of easy riches in unregulated online games and the 2003 triumph of amateur Chris Moneymaker, who won $2.5 million for beating 838 other players in the World Series of Poker Main Event. In 2011, federal authorities shut down American operations of the biggest online-poker sites, accusing them of violating banking laws.

NH_StateIconAccording to LegalUsPokerSites.com, “two aspects of New Hampshire’s history with gambling merit particular mention.

  1. The first is the state’s historic race tracks,  one of which – Rockingham Park – has been in operation for over a century.  While live racing is no longer a part of New Hampshire gambling, the state nonetheless played a critical role in the nationwide spread of pari-mutuel wagering on racing events.
  2. Gamblers also have New Hampshire to thank for what is arguably the most prevalent form of regulated betting in the United States – the lottery.  While New Hampshire certainly didn’t invent the lottery, they were the first to bring legal, state-administered lottery games back within the law back in 1964.

The Racing and Charitable Gaming  Division of the state Government allows the following is legal in New Hampshire:

  • Online Poker Sites that accept American players
  • There are also no tribal facilities or live races conducted in the state, although pari-mutuel wagering is allowed on simulcasts at state racetracks.  Those racetracks, such as the historic Rockingham Park, also offer limited forms of other games like poker and blackjack, much of it under the regulations permitting charitable gambling activity in New Hampshire.

So, there are 12 total poker rooms in New England.  Here are the eight poker rooms in New New Hampshire with a brief description:


Rockingham Park Poker Room – Salem & Seabrook New Hampshire

Rockingham Gaming LLC is a New Hampshire Limited Liability Corporation and a licensed game operator employer with over 190 dealers and managers operating the two largest charitable gaming rooms in New Hampshire. They are located at Rockingham Park in Salem NH and Seabrook Park in Seabrook NH.

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Both rooms opened in 2006 and have continued to partner with numerous charities around the state to conduct Games of Chance under New Hampshire laws. Since 2006 the charities have received more than ten million dollars through their participation. Both facilities offer simulcast wagering, food and beverage, as well as other amenities to complete your experience.

Salem site – # of tables – 60 / Seabrook – # of tables – 25

Lakes Region Casino – Belmont NH

LakesRegionCasinoPotts Gaming, LLC owns and manages Lakes Region Casino and other gaming facilities in many jurisdictions. Every day they have Texas Holdem Tournaments & Unlimited Table Stakes Cash Poker Games. Try your luck with a throw of the dice at the Craps table or take a spin on their Roulette Wheel as well as Blackjack, Blackjack Bonus, Three Card Poker, NH Hold’em and more. # of Poker Tables – 10

The Poker Room at Hampton Falls – Hampton Falls, NH

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With humble beginnings in March of 2006, The Poker Room opened its
doors with 15 tables to service the gaming community for one day a week.
Well just over one year later, some things had changed, and The Poker
Room is open for your pleasure 7 days a week and offers over 50 tables of excitement.  Each day at least four multi-table tournaments, with
many options for the fan of the ‘Sit-N-Go’, and numerous cash games
offered.  Any weekend visit will surely challenge those looking to stand
out in their demographic with our ‘Ladies Only’, ‘Young Guns’ (18 – 25),
or the ‘Masters’ (50+), to entice the elite. Traditional options can be
found sitting at any of the Texas Hold Em, Omaha or Seven Card Stud
tables.  # of Tables – 30

4jacks Poker Room at Gary’s Sports Bar –         Rochester, NH

4jacksSmall room, not much info.  Ask for details at Sports Bar.  # of Tables – 5


Keene Poker Room – Keene, NH

keene_poker_room# of Tables – 9

Wed-Fri: 4pm-1am; Fri: 1pm-1am
Sat: 11am-1am; Sun: noon-1am

River Card Room – Milford, NH

RiverRoomThe River Casino is a charity based casino offering NO LIMIT cash poker, real table games including NH Hold’em, Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Let it Ride, Packs Poker. We also run a variety of poker tournaments every day except Tuesday. No matter what your favorite game is, The River Casino has a way for you to come in and try your luck!  # of tables – 25

Manchester Poker Room – Manchester, NH  

# of Tables – 17


Who thought that New Hampshire had poker and such a meaningful gambling history.  One sure is for sure – a real Brick-and-Mortar casino in NH? – Don’t count on it.