Online Betting in
Rhode Island

Sports betting up and running in Rhode Island but online wagering has yet to be introduced. For the moment, people still need to go in person to either the Twin River Casino or the Twin River Tiverton Casino but this might be just a temporary issue. The Ocean State has the potential to launch sports betting online in the second half of the year, just in time for the new NFL season.

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Limited Sports Betting is legal in Rhode Island

United Gamblers - Your guide to online gambling in Rhode Island

At UnitedGamblers, we strive to provide you with the best information about gambling in the state of Rhode Island. Whether you like to find a place for sports betting or info on casinos, we have you covered!

This year, a lot is happening in the Ocean State. Sports betting is up and running at the locations with online wagering waiting on deck and getting ready to roll.

Frequently asked questions about Rhode Island gambling

If you want to read more specific details about gambling in Rhode Island, we suggest you dig deeper into this text, or check our the more specific sports betting or casino-pages about the Ocean State. Otherwise, here is a quick run-down of the most important nuggets of knowledge.

Is it legal to bet in Rhode Island?

Yes, casinos and sports betting are allowed in RI.

What sports can I place bets in RI?

Pretty much everything. Wagering is permitted on all professional sports as well as college and high school games.

Where can I go to a sportsbook in Rhode Island?

For the time being, two casinos are set up for sports betting in RI: Twin Rivers and Tiverton.

Do I need to live in Rhode Island to place bets?

No, you don't need to be a resident of RI to wager in land based casinos.

Is online sports betting available in Rhode Island?

Not yet. Bets can only be placed in person. Online sports betting has yet to be introduced.

How do I set up a betting account in RI?

You must visit one of the two casinos, Twin Rivers or Tiverton, in person to create an account.

What kind of information do I need to provide to set up an account?

Personal details such as full name, address, email, phone number, plus payment info, credit or debit card.

What is the minimum gambling age?

18 years in the state of Rhode Island.

Online betting in Rhode Island

Rhode Island, with a population of just over 1 million residents, have followed Delaware in becoming the latest state to launch sports betting, becoming the eighth across the US to do so.

It has been far from seamless though.

The industry kicked off almost two months late, culminating in the state losing out on revenue from the much anticipated start of the NFL, as well as the chance for RI patrons to wager on Boston Red Sox in the World Series.

This is a blow to the original plans and predictions and surprising given the speed at which the lawmakers originally moved at to see Rhode Island become the first in New England to legalise the industry; once the Supreme Court had ruled in favour of individual states having the power to call the shots, the required law was enacted just five weeks later.

Though now up and running, the law does not cater for online sports betting as is also the case along the East coast, in Delaware. While the desire is there, of interest first and foremost has been guaranteeing the smooth introduction of sports betting.

Whether the industry is expanded fully to allow for mobile wagering is one to watch going into 2019 but the early signs appear positive, with the potential to launch sports betting online in the second half of the year. Just in time for the 2019/20 NFL season perhaps!

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Hopefully Rhode Island will launch online sports betting in time for the 2019/20 NFL season.

Snapshot

- Sports betting up and running in RI

- Two casinos: Twin Rivers and Tiverton set-up for wagering

- The RI state lottery to regulate industry

- 51% of casino revenue paid to the state

- Online wagering yet to be introduced

With online sports betting off limits for the time being then, New Englanders with the thirst to wager need to pay a visit in person to either the Twin River Casino or the Twin River Tiverton Casino. We’d recommend the former based on the fact it has a full sportsbook but you can just as easy place bet via the kiosk at the Tiverton.

Rhode island betting casinos

For the time being, two casinos are set up for sports betting in RI: Twin Rivers and Tiverton.

Laws & regulations for sports betting in the state

· Sports betting in brick and mortar casinos permitted

· Bets can only be placed in person

· You needn’t be a resident of RI to wager in land based casinos

· Online sports betting law not yet introduced

· Minimum gambling age: 18 years

How to set up a sports betting account in Rhode Island

Before you begin wagering, you’ll need to set up a betting account. As we’ve mentioned online betting is not up and running in Rhode Island so you must visit one of the two casinos in person to create an account.

Before you set off on your journey to one of the casinos, ensure you have at least two forms of ID (driving license, passport, National ID card) and a means of payment for monies to be deposited and withdrawn to and from.

As long as you have the essentials, you should be up and running with a sports betting account in less than ten minutes. A registration form tends to consist of the following information:

· Personal details: Full name, address, cellphone number, email address

· Account information: Username and password

· Payment method: Credit/Debit Card (VISA, Mastercard)

Should you be able to fulfill the requirements of the casino, your membership will be confirmed with a member’s card for your use only.

How to bet on sports in Rhode Island

The Ocean state has waited patiently for the opportunity to combine its affection of sport with a desire to wager. Now we’re here, it’s good some light is shed on how to wager on specific sports and the stipulations that may prevent you from betting on the sport or event of your choosing.

Even when officially rolled out, states can include certain restrictions in their framework to help combat potential issues.

For instance, the concern of wagering being permitted on high school games and collegiate events has led to New Jersey and Pennsylvania making it forbidden for its patrons to make such bets. Michigan and Massachusetts hold similar reservations.

In Rhode Island, the road appears a clear one. So, choose your sport, pick the game and let’s get betting!

The sports teams of Rhode Island

As America’s smallest state, RI is home to a number of semi-professional teams but no major teams, not a shock considering its size. Providence Friars Basketball team of the Big East Conference receive the biggest following and manage to remain competitive year-on year.

But with Masachusetts and New York, two of the largest sporting states in the US, either side of RI, there’s no shortage of major teams to follow.

The first legal sports wager in Rhode Island went the way of the Boston Celtics of the NBA, the common sport of RI.

No drama if basketball isn’t your thing, you have the option of following the New England Patriots of the NFL and New England Revolution, who play in the MLS. MLB side Boston Red Sox are the greatest pull however, if baseball is your game that is. They stand as one of America’s greatest sporting sides and have a history of success dating back to 1903.

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The Providence Bears are the primary development team for the Boston Bruins.

Popular forms of betting in Rhode Island

The casinos in Rhode Island will have a full quota of wagering options for you to select from for each sporting event. Certain wagers are more typical in a given sport though so it’s essential you know the best wagers for each.

Point spread: Select the margin of points in which you think the favoured team will cover the point spread or whether the underdog will lose by fewer points than the point spread.

Money line: Pick who you think will win the game or event

Totals: Pick the total point scored in a particular period of the game. You will need to opt for Over or Under the line set by the bookmaker.

Propositions: Here, you’re betting on whether an occurrence in a game will or won’t happen. The options tend to centre on individual players or teams.

Futures: Do you have a gut feeling this could be your team’s year? This option allows for a wager on an event to happen in the future.

(Link to homepage for more detailed explanation of wagering options)

The benefits of online betting to Rhode Island

Will the potential launch of online sports betting in the Ocean state prove beneficial for all parties? Well, we think so. As does senate president Dominick Ruggerio who intends to push for a new law on the matter at the start of the new legislative session early in 2019.

How can it not be? By making the process more convenient for bettors, the state stands to benefit from additional revenue being generated.

Regardless of Rhode Island’s small land area, expecting punters to continually take time out to visit casinos is an outdated notion.

We manage to carry out all of our daily tasks via our mobile devices these days, the majority argue. From grocery shopping to banking to booking a flight, transactions are handled safe and securely. Fully expanding to online wagering will open up the industry to those put off by having to jump in the car and race to the casino to beat kick off.

Not to mention attracting a bigger audience such as the 18-24 demographic who, having grown up in the technological boom, know little else other than using their cell phone to carry out the most miniscule task.

And on the subject of audience, the footfall from around the region would only increase seen as Rhode Island is the only state in New England with legal sports wagering.

There’s also lost time to make up for. Early revenue estimations of $23.5 million based on a launch date of October 1st have been hit by 50% after the two month delay. Opening up the landscape to allow for online bettors sooner rather than later will enable the state to recoup money lost before the industry went live.

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