Summary: One more state will be added to the list of those in the US offering sports betting next week, as Rhode Island will officially launch services at the Twin River Casino.
Sports betting is steadily growing in the United States, as individual states pass legislation to get started offer online as well as land-based gambling options. So far, there are seven states that officially offer sports betting in the nation. By next week, that total will increase by one. Rhode Island has confirmed that they will enter the industry as the Twin River Casino in Lincoln is set to open their sportsbook Monday afternoon.
According to Twin River Casino, the facility will have an opening bet ceremony beginning at 3pm on Monday. Nicholas Mattiello, the Speaker of the House, will be on hand to kick off the new gambling option along with Dominic Ruggerio, the Senate president. Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc., executive chairman, John E. Taylor, Jr., along with Mattiello and Ruggerio will place the first wagers at the facility. The ceremony is set to take place on the third floor of the gaming venue in the Simulcast area, known as Phase 1.
Sports betting has been in the works for Rhode Island for quite some time. Back in June, a law regarding sports betting was enacted and it was expected that the state would launch services by the fall season. It was originally believed that the state would be up and running by October but that was pushed back to December. Now, it seems that the first venue is ready to go and will launch just before the final month of 2018.
The state will earn 51% in taxes from the revenues generated from the sportsbook of Twin River. The venue is being operated by the lottery of the state along with William Hill and IGT. So far, the offering will only be on-site as Rhode Island has yet to legalize any online gambling for the sports betting industry. Players will not be able to place wagers via desktop or mobile device.
The sportsbook will most likely change in the future after the opening ceremony. Since the facility is being referred to as Phase 1, it is most likely that more changes are being made to the property to ensure the sports book is an enjoyable one.
Current Sports Betting Landscape
With the changes made by the United States Supreme Court back in May involving the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, every state in the nation had the ability to pass legislation to legalize sports betting and regulate the new industry. Several states had already passed laws involving the betting option in the hopes that SCOTUS would rule in favor of the gambling option.
Very quickly, states began to get started with single-game wagering. Delaware and New Jersey were among the first, followed by Mississippi and West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Mexico and of course Nevada is able to offer the gambling option.
Just this week, a new sports book went live in West Virginia and the very first facility opened in Pennsylvania. With Rhode Island in the mix, there will be a total of 8 states that can legally offer sports betting.
The industry is set to bring hundreds of millions to the nation in a very short time frame. Players have wanted sports betting for quite some time and have taken part in black market wagering. With legalized options, players can now feel more comfortable placing sports wagers from home or even on the go!