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 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. There is no current timeline when online will start, but with two veteran operators, William Hill and IGT already providing the sports betting platforms in the state, we expect it to happen pretty quickly.

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.

On March 25, 2019, S37, a law to allow legal online and mobile sports betting was signed by Governor Raimondo. There is no specific timeline for launch but with both William Hill and IGT already live in other states, setup should be fairly quick. As always, you can always check in with RotoGrinders for updates on this developing story.

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. Soon you will be able to place wagers from your mobile device or computer.

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 will only be offered by the Rhode Island Lottery through the Twin Rivers Casinos in Lincoln.

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