Can you gamble online in Rhode Island?
|Horse racing online betting
|Legal in one physical venue
RHODE ISLAND legalised in-person sports betting in 2018, and a year later added online sports betting to the gambling package on offer to the state’s bettors.
Initially the state legislated for in-person registration for online sports gambling, with the law stating that the process to sign up for the one legal sports betting website, controlled by the state lottery, had to be completed at one of two state casinos. Authorities soon discovered that enforcing gamblers to travel to register was off-putting, so less than a year later they changed the law to allow for remote registration.
The downside to the sports betting legislation is that only two sites are available to place in-person bets – the Twin River casinos at Lincoln and Tiverton.
Online and retail sports betting are legal, with Rhode Island one of the first states to legislate to update its gambling laws in 2018.
The state has no race tracks but there is in-person horse race betting available at the two casinos, and advance-deposit wagering operators like TwinSpires and TVG are open to Rhode Island residents.
Despite the lack of locations available to gamble in-person, there have been no moves to legalize online casinos. The state’s two casinos, however, do offer slots and a variety of table games to visitors.
Rhode Island Poker and Card Rooms
Online poker is illegal with only one location in the state, Lincoln, offering legalized real-money poker games. There are many offshore sportsbooks offering online poker to players in Rhode Island but these are operating outside US law, and offer no consumer protection – there is no guarantee that winning bets will be paid out and accounts can be closed at any time without any notice.
Lottery Games in Rhode Island
The state lottery was established around 40 years ago, with ticket sales available from a number of retailers across Rhode Island; the minimum age to play is 18.
Rhode Island DFS
Declared legal under state law in 2016, games operated by the likes of FanDuel, Yahoo Fantasy and DraftKings are open to Rhode Island residents aged 18 years and over.
RI Online Gambling FAQs
Is online gambling legal in RI?
You can gamble online anywhere in the state using the mobile app that is under the control of the state lottery if you are aged 18 or over. In-person sports betting is allowed at the casinos located in Lincoln and Tiverton.
What is the legal gambling age in RI?
You must be at least 18 years old to place a sports bet in Rhode Island.
Who regulates RI online gambling?
The Rhode Island State Lottery oversees sports betting in the state.
I think I have a gambling addiction in RI, what should I do?
Call the confidential, free and 24-hour Problem Gambling Hotline on 1-877-9GAMBLE, if you or someone you know may have a gambling problem. Hotline is sponsored by the Rhode Island Lottery.
Where in RI can I get help with problem gambling?
Gambling is enjoyed by many, but for some it can prove to be problematic and even destructive to their family life. If you feel your gambling is out of control, or if friend or relative is struggling to cope, help is available. For more details, see Rhode Island – National Council on Problem Gambling (ncpgambling.org)