Sports Betting Q&A
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Is sports betting legal in Rhode Island?

Yes. Sports betting is legal online and at two physical sportsbooks in Rhode Island. While it's legal, the state doesn't have easiest method to bet on sports. 

Technically, sports betting was approved by voters in a 2012 referendum asking if the state's two casinos should be allowed to offer gambling (sports betting included). While that passed, it wasn't until PASPA was repealed in 2018 that the casinos could start taking bets.

And so, the state decided to create new legislation in 2018 for a sports betting budget complete with language to formally legalize sports betting. A similar route was taken for online and mobile betting that was legalized in early 2019 through the two casinos partnered with IGT and William Hill.

The main issue for bettors is that in order to bet online in Rhode Island, residents must register in person at either of the casinos and then betting can be done through the state lottery. As a positive, Rhode Island is one of the few states that has a minimum age limit of 18 years old.

Daily Fantasy Sports and horse racing betting are also allowed in the state, though the former is not considered legal. While lawmakers have tried to enact legislation, the state lottery believes DFS contests meet the definition of "gambling" and so any attempt to regulate the industry would violate the constitution. Neither side can come to an agreement, but since there is no formal legislation in regards to fantasy sports, it remains allowed in Rhode Island.

Retail Sportsbooks

Tiverton Casino, Tiverton

The sportsbook is part of the simulcast theater where they live stream horse races throughout the country.

Monday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Twin River Casino, Lincoln

The Sportsbook Bar & Grill is a 3,600-square-foot dedicated sports betting area featuring 100 TVs, odds boards, betting windows and comfortable seating. Twin River also has a second sportsbook on weekends next to the simulcast theater on the third floor in addition to an auxiliary betting area on the second floor.

 Monday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 12 a.m.

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Can you bet on sports with Venmo?
No, not legally. Most legal sportsbooks around the country won't allow you to make bets with Venmo.
Which states in US have legal sports betting?
As of 2020, there are 21 states (and Washington D.C.) that have legalized sports betting.
Can you bet on sports online?
Yes. But while betting on sports is legal in almost half the states in the country, not all of them allow online wagering.
When was sports betting legalized?
Sports betting was allowed to be legalized at a state level in 2018 after PASPA was struck down.
When will sports betting be legal in Indiana?
Sports betting in Indiana was legalized September 2019 and online gambling launched a few months later.
Is sports betting legal in Indiana?
Yes. Indiana passed a bill to allow sports betting in 2019 and wagering started in October with online betting opening a couple months later.
When will sports betting be legal in Michigan?
Michigan passed legislation to allow sports betting in December 2019 and the first physical sportsbooks opened March 2020.
Is sports betting legal in Michigan?
Yes. Michigan passed legislation to allow sports betting in December 2019 and the first physical sportsbooks opened in March 2020.
Is sports betting legal in Virginia?
Yes. Sports betting is legal in Virginia and residents began betting via FanDuel in January 2021.
When will sports betting be legal in Virginia?
Sports betting is legal in Virginia and residents began betting via FanDuel in January 2021.
When will sports betting be legal in South Dakota?
Sports betting is not legal in South Dakota, but residents passed a ballot initiative in the November 2020 election, which means it's on its way.
Is sports betting legal in South Dakota?
No. Sports betting is not legal in South Dakota, but residents passed a bill initiative in the 2020 election.
Is sports betting legal in North Carolina?
Yes. Sports betting is legal in North Carolina, but it's only available at two casinos, which weren't open as of early 2021.
When will sports betting be legal in North Carolina?
Sports betting is legal in North Carolina, but it's only available at two casinos, which weren't open as of early 2021.
When will sports betting be legal in Tennessee?
Yes. Tennessee sports betting was legalized in 2019 and launched in 2020.
Is sports betting legal in Tennessee?
Yes. Tennessee sports betting was legalized in 2019 and launched in 2020.
Is sports betting legal in Maryland?
No. Sports betting is not legal in Maryland, but residents voted Yes to legalize sports gambling in the November 2020 election.
When will sports betting be legal in Maryland?
No. Sports betting is not legal in Maryland, but residents voted Yes to legalize sports gambling in the November 2020 election.
Is sports betting legal in Louisiana?
No. Sports betting is illegal in Louisiana despite numerous attempts throughout the last couple years.
When will sports betting be legal in Louisiana?
Sports betting is illegal in Louisiana despite numerous attempts to legalize it the last couple years.
When will sports betting be legal in Iowa?
Iowa legalized sports betting in May 2019, becoming the 11th state to do so.
Is sports betting legal in Iowa?
Yes. Iowa legalized sports betting in 2019, becoming the 11th state to pass a bill.
When will sports betting be legal in Illinois?
Illinois passed sports betting legislature June 2019 and launched at physical sportsbooks March 2020, becoming the 15th state to offer wagering.
Is sports betting legal in Illinois?
Yes. Illinois passed sports betting legislature in 2019 and launched at physical sportsbooks in March 2020.
When will sports betting be legal in Colorado?
Colorado legalized in-person and mobile sports betting November 2019 after a bill was signed by the governor and then approved by voters.