License approved for Hinsdale OTB Parlor

The New Hampshire Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission has approved a license allowing pari-mutuel wagering at Hinsdale OTB, located on Brattleboro Road between Walmart and downtown Hinsdale, N.H.

The application was filed by Hinsdale resident William Faucher in January and was approved by the seven-member commission during its monthly meeting in Concord on Thursday.

It allows Faucher to offer wagering on harness, greyhound and thoroughbred racing from tracks throughout the country. Faucher said he’ll be open for business by the middle of next week and although the facility holds up to 50 patrons, he expects telephone wagering to account for the bulk of the action.

A longtime standardbred owner, the 74-year-old Faucher has been eyeing his own pari-mutuel wagering place since Hinsdale Race Track closed five years ago. Together with the Western New England Harness Horsemen’s Association, the aim is to restore harness racing in New Hampshire by using the OTB profits to underwrite the construction of a new harness track.

The final hurdle wasn’t cleared until last minute conversations he had with Governor Maggie Hassan and the Gaming Commission. “I wasn’t even on the agenda, but after I spoke with the governor she was all for it, so they all got together and talked about it and issued me the license. I’ve done a lot of work at this.”

In true horsemen’s parlance he added, “I’ve been chomping at the bit.”

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