Rhode Island online sports betting laws
It may be the smallest state in the union, but Rhode Island has taken big strides forward since it was the eighth to legalize sports betting late in 2018. The Ocean State loves betting on sports and it set a new monthly record in January 2021 thanks to a handle of $39.8million.
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Is sports betting legal in Rhode Island?
Yes, Rhode Island sports betting is now completely legal, with both retail and online options available.
Is online sports betting legal in Rhode Island?
Yes, Rhode Island online sports betting is legal and available through one state-authorized mobile app.
How old do I have to be to place a bet in Rhode Island?
You have to be aged 18 or over to bet on sports in Rhode Island.
How do I start betting in Rhode Island?
Register for an account, either in person at a licensed casino or with Sportsbook Rhode Island via your desktop, laptop, or mobile device.
You’ll need to give your personal details, including ID and proof of your age.
Deposit funds and take advantage of any sign-up welcome bonus on offer to new customers.
Is sports betting legal in Rhode Island?
Who is allowed to bet on sports in Rhode Island?
What can’t I bet on in Rhode Island?
Daily Fantasy Sports in Rhode Island
Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) fans in Rhode Island will find DFS offerings are available for play. No legislation has yet been passed specifically to legalize and regulate DFS – at the same time, it is not expressly forbidden in law.
This curious situation goes back to 2016, when the state’s Attorney General ruled that DFS was a mixture of skill and luck, where chance was not the dominant factor. The Attorney General therefore opined that DFS was likely legal in Rhode Island and recommended that legislation be drafted to regulate it.
With the legalization of sports betting a couple of years later taking the spotlight, such DFS legislation has never been passed.
For Rhode Island sports fans, who have a number of big-name teams in nearby states to root for, there are several DFS games available. These cover sports including football, basketball, baseball, and hockey.
Top sports to bet on in Rhode Island
There are no pro sports teams in Rhode Island, but that doesn’t stop its one million inhabitants being extremely keen on sport. Some of the big New England major league outfits have serious numbers of fans here – and they enjoy betting on their games.
The stats will tell you that the Pittsburgh Steelers are the most popular team in Rhode Island. However, the New England Patriots’ Tom-Brady-inspired heroics of recent years have earned them plenty of fans in the state, which ensures a healthy betting handle when it comes to the NFL.
Responsible gambling in Rhode Island
The growth in sports betting has been matched by the increased understanding of the need to encourage responsible gambling.
Sports betting should be a fun, harmless leisure activity – and for the vast majority of bettors, that’s just what it is.
However, if Rhode Island sports betting fans do begin to have a problem with gambling, there are resources within the state to identify the issue and help them deal with it.
The Rhode Island Council on Problem Gambling offers a series of online resources, including a guide to the early signs of problem gambling and assistance with self-assessment.
Above and beyond that, bettors who use New Hampshire sites also have access to:
The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG): A national organization that provides a national helpline, which can be contacted by phone or email, as well as links and resources for those combating problem gambling.
Gamblers Anonymous : A place for gamblers to book meetings, share their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.
Gam-Anon : A self-help organization for the spouse, family or close friends of compulsive gamblers.
GamTalk : A 24/7 moderated online peer support forum for problem gamblers.
Timeline of sports betting in Rhode Island
2018 - June
Sports betting in person is legalized within the state.
2018 - November
The first sports bet is placed at Twin River Casino in Lincoln.
Bill passed authorizing online sports betting in Rhode Island.
Remote registration for online sports betting is authorized.
Where can you bet in Rhode Island?
There are only two physical locations in Rhode Island where you can enjoy in-person sports betting:
|Casino/Retail Sportsbook||Retail Sportsbook Partner||Address||Online Sportsbook Partner|
|Twin River Casino Hotel||William Hill||100 Twin River Road, Lincoln RI 02865||William Hill|
|Tiverton Casino Hotel||William Hill||777 Tiverton Casino Boulevard, Tiverton RI 02878||William Hill|