Rhode Island

Rhode Island goes to great lengths to protect its gambling and seeks to always stay one step ahead of its neighboring New England states in its gaming options. Consequently, it pans out that a tiny state sandwiched in between legal gambling behemoths like Connecticut and Massachusetts is one of the most liberal and progressive gambling states in the nation.

Legal betting options available in Rhode Island consists of land-based sports betting, casino gambling, online horse racing betting, Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS), the Rhode Island state lottery and charitable gaming. Rhode Island recently doubled down in its legal sports betting options and opened its second legal sportsbook.

Democratic Senate President Dominick Ruggerio is currently working on a bill to allow people to make mobile, online sports bets anywhere within Rhode Island state lines.

 

Legality of Sports Betting VS Gambling

Rhode Island offers gamblers a suberb casino industry, legalized sports betting (land-based, statewide online sports betting to come), legal DFS competitions, live poker, horse racing betting (off-track and online), a state lottery and charitable gambling.

Sports & Gambling Type
Legal Land-Based
Legal Online
Sports Betting
Yes
Yes (Through land-based casino sites)
Casinos
Yes
No
Fantasy Sports (DFS)
N/A
Yes
eSports
Yes
Yes
(Through in-house land-based casino sites)
Poker
Yes
No
Horse Racing
Yes
Yes
Lottery
Yes
No
Charitable Gambling
Yes
No

Rhode Island Sports Betting Tax Rates

Rhode Island applies a 7% state tax on all gambling winnings.

Gambling wins over a $600 amount in the state of Rhode Island may possibly attract an additional Federal Tax.

We recommend contacting your tax attorney to assess your potential Federal tax liability if you have a big win in Rhode Island.

Sports betting Age VS Gambling Age in Rhode Island

Rhode Island universally applies an age limit of 18 across all forms of legal gambling available in the state.

Sports & Gambling Type
Age
Sports Betting
18
DFS
18
Casinos
18
Horse Racing
18
Lottery
18
Charitable Gambling
18

Betting on Sports in Rhode Island

Rhode Island is one of several states now offering sports betting from November 2018 (legislating soon after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down PASPA (the Federal Act banning nationwide sports betting) in May 2018, which made sports betting in the USA legal.

Rhode Island’s Voters twice approved casino gambling in the state — once in 2012 and again in 2016. At the time, those two referendums also authorized sports betting, thus making it a speedy process for the state to quickly legalize sports betting soon after the Federal ban was dismissed earlier this year.

Rhode Island state legislators formally authorized sports betting and sportsbooks via the state budget process in 2018.

Rhode Island sports betting is currently legal through the state’s two approved and licensed land-based casinos only. See below for information on sports betting online.

Sports Betting in Rhode Island

Beginning in Rhode Island from October 1 2018, courtesy of the law passed in 2018 by the state legislature, Rhode Island sports betting will become legal through the state’s two approved and licensed land-based casinos only. See below for information on sports betting online.

Rhode Island Online Sports Betting Laws

Mobile and sports gambling online were not included in the Rhode Island Sports Betting bill signed into law in June 2018.That means bettors will be required to place their wagers in-person at one of the state’s two land-based casino properties. The two casinos do offer online betting, but only whilst within the grounds of the casinos, not state-wide.

Rhode Island’s State officials have, however, indicated a willingness and increased appetite to consider expansion to both online gambling and retail platforms in the future.

Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio is currently working on a bill to allow people to place bets from anywhere in the state and make mobile sports betting available anywhere whilst within state lines.

Meanwhile, DFS and online Horse Racing Betting sites are all open to accept online players from the state of Rhode Island.

Online Fantasy Sports in Rhode Island

U.S. federal legislation as it has long exempted Daily Fantasy Sports from Federal jurisdiction on gambling as DFS has been legally assessed to be considered a contest of skill, not a gambling game of chance.

In early 2016, Rhode Island Attorney-General, Peter Kilmartin assessed the DFS sites do not constitute gambling, and were legal within State lines.

Consequently, to this point in time, State Legislators have not been required to pass legislation on DFS in Rhode Island.

All of the major DFS sites are currently authorized to continue holding real money contests in the state of Rhode Island.

eSports Online Betting Laws

As a comprehensive sports gambling expansion package has been given the thumbs up by the Ocean State’s lawmakers in June 2018 and the Federal Supreme Court in May 2018, Rhode Island is among the first states to have legal eSports gambling included as a part of the package.

Two of Rhode Island’s casinos are already offering eSports gaming. The fully legal rollout of eSports gambling in the Ocean State’s Casino (with online options to complement the in-house versions) is anticipated to continue throughout 2019.

What are eSports?

If you’re not aware, eSports is simply video game play at the very highest level and it has in a few short years, become a full-fledged professional sport. eSports are usually played in a team format in leagues and tournaments worldwide, rather than at an individual level.

The specific electronic games themselves are like different sports types, much in the same way that football, baseball, basketball and hockey are different types of sports.

In eSports, CS:GO and Fortnite, for example, are equivalent to say, hockey and basketball. eSports is the overall concept (like Sports), and the game variations are similar to the individual types of sports in traditional sports betting.

eSports wagering grows in popularity each and every year. An increasing number of international sportsbooks now offering a range of betting markets across all major eSports tournaments. In some U.S. states, it is eSports that is driving the change to sports betting legalization through legislation.

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for eSports betting at your favorite Rhode Island sportsbook next time you visit.

Horse Racing in Rhode Island

Rhode Island no longer has any live horse racing or live greyhound racing options. Simulcasting of national U.S. and international racing events has replaced live racing in Rhode Island. The state’s two simulcasting facilities have become casinos featuring Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) and additionally, one of the facilities has table games.

Trackside Betting

Rhode Island no longer has any live horse racing tracks.

Off Track Betting (OTB) in Rhode Island

The former live racing venues in Rhode Island and the state’s two land-based casinos effectively function as the states’ official OTB agencies. No additional stand-alone OTB facilities exist in the state.

Online Horse Racing in Rhode Island

In Rhode Island, online racebooks have small initial deposit requirements and provide the convenience of betting anytime, anywhere on a PC or mobile device. Rhode Island residents over the age of 18 all have full legal access to online horse betting sites that offer betting on races throughout the U.S.A and across the world.

If you can’t physically get to a simulcast facility to bet on big events like the Kentucky Derby, you can still place wagers on the race with an online account and all 100% legally.

Click Here to Read about Rhode Island’s Online Casino Gambling laws

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