Sports Betting in Rhode Island
Rhode Island Sports Betting: The Ultimate Guide to Sports Betting in Rhode Island - Updated for 2018
Rhode Island became one of the first states to legalise sports betting after the repeal of the PASPA, and bettors can now wager on sports like football, basketball and hockey. Fancy trying your luck? Let’s check out all you need to know about Rhode Island sports betting.
Is it legal to bet on sports in Rhode Island?
Yes. The Ocean State was the first to hold a sports betting hearing on 15th May after the PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act) was overturned, making US sports betting legal. Sports betting was officially signed into law by Governor Gina Raimondo on 22nd June 2018, and the first sportsbook was launched in November.
Rhode Island betting is managed by the state’s lottery authority, which has an agreement with gambling software developer IGT (International Gaming Technology) and betting operator William Hill to supply sports betting services to the state’s casinos.
Where can I bet on sports in Rhode Island?
At the moment, sports betting is only legal at the state’s two legal land-based casinos. The first bets were placed on November 26th 2018 at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, which meant Rhode Island became the eighth US state to officially offer sports betting. The Tiverton Casino Hotel, also owned by Twin River, launched its sportsbook shortly after in December.
The state’s sports betting law did not outline any guidelines for licensing or applications. This means that no other establishments or operators will be able apply to host sportsbooks until the existing Rhode Island sports betting bill is amended.
Twin River Casino Hotel
100 Twin River Rd, Lincoln, RI 02865
Tiverton Casino Hotel
777 Tiverton Casino Blvd, Tiverton, RI 02878-2497
+ 1 401-816-6000
What sports can I bet on in Rhode Island?
Rhode Island sportsbooks have started off by offering markets on the following sports:
- National Football League (NFL)
- National Basketball Association (NBA)
- National Hockey League (NHL)
- Major League Baseball (MLB)
Rhode Island bettors can also wager on collegiate football and basketball events, unless they take place in the state or feature state teams. The casinos also offer simulcast greyhound and horse racing betting, though these were already available before the PASPA repeal. Of course, it’s possible that we could see more US sports betting markets offered in the future, like boxing, soccer, golf and auto racing.
At the moment, only single match wagering is permitted, though there are still a fair few betting markets. These include money line, over-under, point spreads, total match goals and total points, depending on the sport. Other bets like parlays, propositions and futures aren’t currently available, so we’ll have to wait and see whether these are accepted further down the line as US sports betting becomes more widespread.
Bets placed at Rhode Island sports betting casinos have to be in multiples of $2, which is the minimum bet. The maximum bets vary from sport to sport, though the chairman of the Twin River board has said the highest possible wager will be $10,000.
Can I bet on sports online in Rhode Island?
No. Online and mobile sports betting were not passed in the Rhode Island bill, which means punters have to place wagers in-person at the two permitted casino sportsbooks. You can bet on horse and greyhound racing online, as well as daily fantasy sports, but only at licensed US sports betting sites.
Now for the good news - Rhode Island officials have indicated that they will be open to considering online and mobile sports betting sites in the future. This would require further legislation and an amendment to the current bill, but it’s possible we could see Rhode Island online betting in the future.
After all, online and mobile sports betting sites have generated a large part of New Jersey’s betting revenue so far, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see other states follow the same lead.
Rhode Island sports betting taxes
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers all gambling winnings as taxable income for US residents, but how much you pay depends on your personal tax bracket. Rhode Island itself also taxes gambling winnings, so you‘ll need to check out how much you’ll be taxed before placing your bets.
The casinos that offer sportsbooks will also be taxed. In fact, they’ll keep just 17% of revenue, with 32% going to IGT and 51% to the state. The state’s 51% cut is by far the highest in the US, with West Virginia taking just 10% and New Jersey 9.75% for land-based bookies.
Ready to bet on sports in Rhode Island?
Now you’re all clued in on Rhode Island sports betting, you’re probably ready to have a punt yourself! Head down to one of the state’s sportsbooks and set your bets. Remember to keep an eye out for any updates, as there could be exciting developments in the near future.
Frequently asked questions
What is the legal gambling age in Rhode Island?
You have to be at least 18 years of age to gamble in Rhode Island. It’s one of the few US states to have a legal gambling age of 18 - in most other parts of the US you have to be at least 21.
Is it safe to bet on sports in Rhode Island?
Yes, as long as you’re betting at either of the two regulated sportsbooks. These are regulated by the Rhode Island Lottery to ensure that sports betting is safe and fair, so you’ll be able to place your wagers in confidence. If you’re concerned about problem gambling, then the National Council of Problem Gambling can provide advice and support.
Is offshore betting legal in Rhode Island?
The state’s legislation doesn’t include any provisions for offshore gambling, but we would always advise staying clear of offshore sports betting sites. This is because offshore sites may not be held to the same regulatory standards as US sports betting or have adequate player protection measures in place, which means placing bets is risky.
What else can I bet on in Rhode Island?
You can bet on casino games like slots, roulette, and blackjack at the state’s licensed casinos. Real money casino games can’t be played online, but there are social sites where you can play for free like Twin River’s online social casino. It’s also legal to bet on skill games, like puzzles and trivia, as well as lotteries.
Do I have to be a resident to bet on sports in Rhode Island?
No. Residents of other states will be allowed to place sports bets in Rhode Island, though they will have to be within state lines in one of the approved casinos.