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 were taken in November 2018 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln in November 2018. Just a few weeks later sports betting began at Twin River Tiverton.

On March 25, 2019, Governor Raimondo signed S37, an bill that will allow mobile and online sports betting. Right now there is only one mobile sportsbook in the state. It is called Sportsbook Rhode Island, and it is powered by William Hill/Caesars and IGT. It is owned by the state and features all the biggest sports and sporting events. The odds are competitive but the promotions are very limited.

The Rhode Island Lottery operates all sports betting in the state, and operations are regulated by the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation.

Rhode Island Sports Betting FAQs

Is it legal to bet on sports in Rhode Island?

Yes! Sports betting is legal in Rhode Island and has been live since November 2018.

Where can I bet on sports in Rhode Island?

Sports betting is live at the Twin River Casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton. You can also wager online using the Sportsbook Rhode Island website and app.

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?

Yes! A bill was signed into law legalizing online and mobile sports betting on March 25, 2019. No online sites are live as of now, but will be coming soon.

Who can apply to offer sports betting in Rhode Island?

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