Current Sports Betting Status: Legal
Rhode Island is the eight state to offer legalized sports betting.
Where you can you bet on sports in Rhode Island?
The Twin River Casino in Lincoln opened its doors for legal sports betting on Nov. 26, 2018, five months after the state budget was signed by Governor Gina Raimondo which included legalized sports betting. Tiverton started taking bets in early December 2018, and it is expected to hold its title of the last casino of the year to open its sportsbook for legalized wagering on sports.
Will other casinos in Rhode Island offer legalized sports wagering?
Currently only two locations will be allowed to offer sports betting under the law which is regulated by the state’s lottery and no talk at this time has been reported for expanding the new law.
What’s in it for Rhode Island?
Rhode Island legalized sports betting in June 2018 shortly after the federal ban was lifted in May of 2018, when bill Governor Gina Raimondo signed a bill legalizing sports betting and giving 51% percent of the generated revenue back to the state. The state is now amongst eight others to offer legalized sports betting.
Can you bet online in Rhode Island?
The Rhode Island Lottery signed a five-year contract with sports betting service providers IGT and William Hill U.S. that includes a provision for on-site mobile wagering. Wagers can be placed on casino grounds with a smartphone app.
Rhode Island legislators did not include mobile or online sports betting in their legislation, however, Senate President Dominick Ruggerio has introduced a bill that will allow online sports betting.
The bill contains a provision that all online accounts must be opened in person at one of the two licensed casinos. This is not ideal, but follows the model in use in Nevada.
The bill, SB 37, has a good chance of becoming law by mid-2019.