Rhode Island Online Casinos

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Rhode Island is a state that is best known for its size, or lack thereof. This year the state will join an exclusive club – the states with legal online casinos.

Rhode Island online casinos, including online slots and table games, are set to arrive on March 1st. So, let’s talk about what Rhode Islanders will have in the near future.

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Rhode Island gambling guide

Permitted/Offered?Notes & Restrictions
Land-based GamblingYes
Online CasinosNoLive on March 1, 2024
Charitable or House-based GamblingYesBingo in senior retirement facilities
Minimum Gambling Age18

What’s happening with Rhode Island online casinos right now?

Rhode Island social casino options

There are no prohibitions against sweepstakes and social casinos in Rhode Island. In fact, its main casino, Twin River Casino, offers its own social casino site.

The Twin River site operates much like an actual casino would. Players compete for credits that have no monetary value.

Wisely, Twin River seems to be using its social casino as a way to familiarize the public with its offerings. As a result, players can play slots, table games, poker, and a host of tournaments completely free.

There are even active promotions and leaderboard competitions on the social site. Overall, it is a more complete presentation than most social casinos.

Players in Rhode Island can also access any of the typical social casino options. Big Fish, Double Down, and Zynga are all permitted in the Ocean State.

Finally, Rhode Island residents can make use of the MyVegas suite of games from MGM Resorts. These sites allow players to rack up loyalty points which can be redeemed for actual comps at MGM properties.

Rhode Island’s proximity to New York and New Jersey means that several MGM properties are within striking distance, and thus, possibilities for comps won on the site. These possibilities include Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

If you’re in The Ocean State and would like to keep up to date with new sweeps casinos then make sure to check out our page, along with our social casino page.

Rhode Island sports betting

Online sports betting  in Rhode Island is available as Gov. Gina Raimando signed the bill into law on June 22, 2018.

Both Rhode Island casinos maintain sports betting operations. Twin River Casino in Lincoln has a full sportsbook. Twin River Tiverton Casino and Hotel has a kiosk to serve its customers.

On September 4, Twin River Casino launched mobile wagering with no major complications, according to the state revenue department. Customers are required to sign up in-person before they can begin placing bets.

Twin River Tiverton, near the Massachusetts border, launched its mobile sports betting product shortly after Twin River in Lincoln.

Gaming company IGT has a relationship with Rhode Island’s casinos and Rhode Island itself. The company provided the entirety of the technical expertise necessary to bring Rhode Island’s sports betting online.

As a result, IGT is actually due to collect a greater percentage of sports betting revenue than the casinos themselves. Here’s how the split breaks down:

  • State of Rhode Island: 51 percent
  • IGT: 32 percent
  • Casinos: 17 percent

Casinos surrender over 80 percent of their earnings to other entities. However, this split only serves to underline the degree of symbiosis between Rhode Island’s casinos and the government.

State casino operator history

Rhode Island’s first move towards legalizing gambling occurred back in 1934. That year, voters approved the addition of pari-mutuel betting on horse races.

Two racetracks, Narragansett Park and Lincoln Downs, eventually opened to serve the public’s wagering needs. Both tracks lasted until the 1970s before closing down.

However, the demise of horseracing seemed more like a passing of the baton. In 1973, Rhode Island introduced the state lottery.

Further referendums brought pull-tab lottery games and bingo to the Ocean State. Limited forms of off-track betting showed up at Newport Jai Alai and Lincoln Greyhound Park.

In 1992, Foxwoods Resort Casino opened across the border in Connecticut and began drawing money away from Rhode Island. In response, the state began to allow video lottery terminals at the racetrack.

Casinos finally arrive

In 2012, voters approved full-scale table gaming for two casinos, the Twin River Casino and the Newport Grand Casino. In 2015, Twin River bought its rival, and became the lone casino operator in Rhode Island.

Twin River is the larger of the two casinos by far. The property hosts over 4,200 slot machines and over 100 table games. The property sits where the old Lincoln Downs racetrack used to be.

By virtue of a second voter referendum in 2016, Newport Grand, which was originally owned by businessmen Joseph R. Paolino, Jr. and Paul G. Roiff, is in the process of moving its operations from Newport. The new facility, dubbed Twin River Tiverton Casino & Hotel, will reside in Tiverton in order to compete directly with Foxwoods.

IGT-Twin River owns both casinos.  In June of 2021, IGT and Twin Rivers owner Bally’s gained control of the most of the state’s gambling operations for the next two decades. The company also owns Arapahoe Park, a racino in Aurora, Colorado, and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Both casinos in Rhode Island have some manner of sports betting. The Twin River Casino in Lincoln has a full sportsbook. The Tiverton location has a kiosk for placing bets.

Land-based Rhode Island casinos

PropertyLocationGames Offered
Twin River CasinoLincolnS, C, BJ, R, P, B, PGP, 3C, S21, LR, OTB, SB (soon)
Twin River Tiverton Casino and HotelTivertonS, Table Games, SB (soon)

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Responsible Gambling in RI

National Problem Gambling Helpline

Call: 1-800-522-4700
Text: 1-800-522-4700

Rhode Island Council on Problem Gambling

200 Metro Center Blvd, Suite 10
Warwick, RI 02886

Tel: 401.354.2877
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.RICPG.com
Helpline: 877.942.6253

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