Rhode Island Sports Betting – Bet On Sports Legally In RI
Rhode Island is the smallest state in terms of area, which justifies their lack of professional sports teams. Still, RI is one of the states with access to legal and safe sports betting through sanctioned offshore sportsbooks, as well as, domestic in-person sports betting options.
While the RI domestic sports betting is still new and limited to in-person bets only, licensed offshore sportsbooks have been servicing the state for nearly two decades online.
As one of the first regions to launch state-regulated sports gambling, it would be almost a year later before Rhode Island would expand its sports betting laws to allow mobile wagering.
It is possible they wanted to see how the DOJ reinterpretation of the Wire Act plays out as they would benefit from sharing player pools with larger states through an interstate gambling compact, something that is currently prohibited by the DOJ's new application of the law.
Is Sports Betting Legal In Rhode Island?
Yes. Rhode Island started accepting domestic sports bets in November 2018. There are currently only two casinos in Rhode Island, both of which now accepts bets on sports.
There are also no state-based online sports betting apps yet functioning in the state (these are launching soon), but RI residents do have access to legally operating offshore sportsbooks that service the United States.
Rhode Island Sports Betting Laws
In 2018, the Rhode Island legislature passed a sports betting law that authorized in-state and mobile sports betting. Currently, the two domestic casinos have obtained state licenses to offer sports betting but mobile sports betting is being challenged by a select few state officials.
Rhode Island Sports Betting Bills
Rhode Island has several bills being brought before the state legislature at this time, with two of them undergoing legislative hearings in March of 2020 (see information below). To stay up to date and to see changes that take place you can visit our Bill Tracker page to see sports betting laws by state.
RI Sports Betting Legislative Hearings
Sportsbooks That Legally Accept Rhode Island Residents
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Sportsbooks in Rhode Island
There are only two casinos in Rhode Island, both of which are allowed to accept sports wagers.
- Twin River Casino Hotel
- Tiverton Casino Hotel
RI Sports Betting Details
Here you will find all the details surrounding the domestic sports betting landscape in Rhode Island.
- Legal Sports Betting: In-state, Offshore
- Launch Date: November 26th, 2018
- Rhode Island Minimum Sports Betting Age: 18 years old
- Land-Based Sportsbooks: Two locations only
- Online Sportsbook: Offshore Only, domestic TBA
- Mobile Betting App: Offshore Only At This Time
- In-Play/Live Betting: In-state; Offshore
- Estimated Revenue: $11.5 million
- Eligible Operators: State-licensed Casinos, apps TBA
- Commission: State lottery
- Licensing Fee: N/A
- Tax Rate: State (51%), IGT (32%), Casino (17%)
What You Can Bet On In Rhode Island :
- In-state: All bet types (except props) and professional and college sports are allowed
- Offshore: All betting lines, odds, and props for all games, teams, and players across all college and professional sports
What You Can't Bet On In Rhode Island:
- In-state: US Politics
- Offshore: No restrictions
Where Can I Bet On Sports In Rhode Island?
- Twin River Casino (Lincoln)
- Twin River Tiverton Casino
Biggest Sports Betting Cities In Rhode Island
Sports Betting In Providence, RI
Sports teams in Providence, Rhode Island are practically nonexistent. There are few secondary league teams, but the real US sports betting action lies with big-name professional and college teams. Lucky for residents, betting is not restricted to teams in your state.
Rhode Island bettors can place wagers on any team in the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB or NCAA through these sportsbooks. You will also find betting lines on international teams. Providence is the capital and most populated city of RI, there are a total of 5 college campuses where students often participate in sporting activities.
However, even with all the colleges, there are no major universities with big athletic programs so residents often wager on their favorite out of state team.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sports Betting In RI
Will I Get Arrested For Betting On Sports In Rhode Island?
No. Sports betting is legal in Rhode Island and residents have the option to use the domestic casinos or online offshore sportsbooks that offer betting lines to Rhode Island residents.
Is Mobile Sports Betting Allowed In Rhode Island?
Rhode Island is currently seeking to allow mobile sportsbooks to operate within state lines but they have run into opposition. Mobile sportsbooks are expected to launch before the end of 2020, but there is no definitive launch date.
Where Can I Find Domestic Sportsbooks In Rhode Island?
There are only two casinos in Rhode Island, both of which offer domestic sports betting. Sports betting was officially launched state-wide on November 26th, 2018. Today, Rhode Island sportsbooks can only be found at the following locations.
- Twin River Casino (Lincoln)
- Twin River Tiverton Casino and Hotel (Tiverton)
What Is The Legal Gambling Age In Rhode Island?
To bet on sports in Rhode Island casinos or online with offshore sportsbooks, residents must be at least 18 years of age.
Who Regulates Sports Betting In Rhode Island?
The State Lottery is the current regulator for sports betting across the state of Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Legislative Resources
Rhode Island Gambling Resources
Here at SBL we want you to play and wager on sports responsibly. If you or someone you know has a problem with sports gambling please contact the Rhode Island National Council on Problem Gambling.