Sports Betting in Rhode Island
At first, Rhode Island only permitted in-person bets made at the state’s two casinos when betting on sports was legalized. Now that the state has legalized online sports betting, you can soon choose from Rhode Island’s absolute best sportsbooks online.
Rhode Island Sportsbook Locations
Online sports betting is legal in Rhode Island. According to the 2018 sports betting law, Rhode Island’s lottery is able to conduct sports betting at either of the Twin River Casino properties in the state. Anyone that’s above 18 can now bet on sports in Rhode Island in-person and online.
Until all of the sites have gone live and their apps are available to download, most legal bets in Rhode Island will have to be placed in person.
The Twin River Tiverton property became the first casino in the state to take bets on sports in December 2018. William Hill works with software giant Information Game Technology to manage the operations of each sportsbook provided by both Twin River Casino properties.
Rhode Island revised its sports betting laws in 2019 to lift restrictions that limited sports betting to in-person bets and expanded them to permit online bets. This made it so William Hill, together with Information Game Technology, could help Twin River run its online sportsbook.
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Gambling in Rhode Island Timeline
Rhode Island passes a bill to expand sports betting online. This measure allows providers that are already licensed by the state to begin offering online sportsbook sites and apps for customers to bet on sports anywhere within the state.
Sports betting in-person is legalized within the state in June of 2018, making Rhode Island’s two casinos where anyone over 18 in New England can bet on sports. Twin River Casino in Lincoln becomes the first place in Rhode Island to take a bet.
Rhode Island and Tiverton approve of two different referendums to approve the transfer and conversion of the Newport Grand facility into a Twin River property. They also approve of turning the casino into an 84-room hotel with video lottery machines and table games.
Voters in the state approve of a ballot measure that promises to introduce full-scale table games at the state’s two rival casinos, Twin River in Lincoln and Newport Grand in Tiverton.
The state introduces video lottery machines at Rhode Island’s two parimutuel locations, letting customers take a chance to win real money while betting on the races.
Rhode Island becomes a charter member of the Multi-State Lottery Association, which assists states that participate in multi-jurisdictional lottery games.
The state begins to administer the state’s lottery after Rhode Island passed a constitutional amendment that created it the year before in 1973. The Rhode Island lottery has been a huge success since being implemented, putting more than $6.9 billion in the state’s General Fund since its initial implementation.
Voters in the state approve the implementation of parimutuel horse race betting. The state opens two different race tracks where betting takes place before being shuttered in the early 1970s.