In the hopes to make sports betting more convenient and accessible to Rhode Island residents and visitors, Democratic Senate President Dominick Ruggerio and Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello want to expand sports betting to make mobile betting available to help the state generate revenue. On Tuesday, March 12, Rhode Island lawmakers approved a bill to allow sports betting to move online in Rhode Island.
Currently, Rhode Island is the only New England state that allows sports betting, however, bets must be placed in person and can only be done at Twin River casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton. The new bill would allow for an app to be created for bettors to access the sports betting offerings at Twin River Casino. Like other states offering mobile betting, anyone placing a bet would have to be physically present in Rhode Island at the time of their wager.
Next stop for the bill is the governor’s desk.