Rhode Island Sports Betting

It might not be a place that jumps to mind when you hear “sports betting.” But in the aftermath of PASPA’s fall, Rhode Island was present and accounted for as one of the first states to legalize sports betting.

Prior to 2018, Rhode Islanders twice voted to pass casino gambling in the state (2012 and 2016). As a result, two class III casinos with sports betting were approved and constructed. And on June 22, 2018 – roughly a month after the SCOTUS ruled against PASPA – Rhode Island passed legislation that legalized sports betting.

The first legal sports bets in Rhode Island are expected to be placed at Twin River Casinos in Lincoln around Thanksgiving 2018.

For those interested in keeping abreast of Rhode Island sports betting news and info, we encourage you to watch this space for more Rhode Island sports betting content from RotoGrinders. We will eventually have have sportsbook reviews , but in the meantime, we’re happy to be your expert on all things Rhode Island sports betting!

Rhode Island Sports Betting Legislative Landscape

Governor Gina Raimondo has been a driving force behind the legalization of sports betting in Rhode Island. Raimondo added legal sports betting to her budget in 2018, and state legislators had no objections.

The Rhode Island Lottery operates all sports betting in the state, and operations are regulated by the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation. Unlike in New Jersey, as of November 2018, Rhode Island has no legislation – and no known plans for legislation – to legalize online and mobile sports betting.

Rhode Island Sports Betting FAQs

Is it legal to bet on sports in Rhode Island?

Technically, yes, sports betting is legal in Rhode Island. But currently, there are no active sportsbook operators, so it’d be difficult to actually place a legal bet! The hope is that sports betting will be live by the end of November, 2018.

Where can I bet on sports in Rhode Island?

Currently, nowhere, but that should change soon. Once sports betting is live, sports fans and bettors will be able to place their bets at the Twin River Casinos in Lincoln.

Who regulates sports betting in Rhode Island?

Sports betting is regulated by the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, and all sports betting operations are run by the Rhode Island Lottery.

Are online and mobile sports betting legal in Rhode Island too?

Unfortunately, no. And as of this writing, there is no known legislation planned that would legalize online sports betting in Rhode Island.

Who can apply to offer sports betting in Rhode Island?

Nobody, and there is no application process. Sports betting will only be offered by the Rhode Island Lottery through the Twin Rivers Casinos in Lincoln.


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