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When will sports betting be legal in Rhode Island?

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 While that passed, it wasn't until PASPA was repealed in 2018 that the casinos could start taking bets.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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What are some current trends in sports betting?
Betting trends usually refer to what the public is doing. You have two choices, to follow the public or fade the public.
Who benefits from sports betting?
Sports betting not only benefits each state, but it also gives fans another way to enjoy games.
What is a sports betting model?
A sports betting model is a system that can identify unbiased picks to determine the probability for all outcomes in a certain game.
What is a sports betting exchange?
A sports betting exchange allows bettors to bet against each other instead of through a bookmaker.
What are some tips for managing your bankroll when betting on sports?
The most important tip when betting on sports is to limit each bet to be between one and five percent of your bankroll.
Can sports betting be a career?
Yes. Sports betting can be a career if you make it your full-time job and put in the hours.
Can sports betting make you rich?
Sports betting is unlikely to make you rich unless you turn it into a full-time job and become one of the best bettors in the world.
Is sports betting a waste of money?
Sports betting is not a waste of money if you define your goals before making your first wager.
Can sports betting be profitable?
Sports betting can be profitable, but the majority of bettors lose money, which is why sportsbooks exist.
What some simple tips for betting on sports?
A simple tip for betting on sports is to remember that only a small percentage of bettors are profitable in the long run.
What are some good sports betting tips for beginners?
A tip for beginners may be that turning a profit in sports betting is difficult and because you "know sports" doesn't mean you'll be successful.
How do you win at sports betting?
To win at sports betting, one has to put time into studying and researching various aspects of a matchup.
Why should sports betting be legal?
Sports betting should be legal because not only is it another way for fans to enjoy action, but it's also a boost to the economy.
Is sports betting rigged?
Sports betting is not rigged, but it is against your favor because of the vig.
What is the tax rate on sports betting winnings?
When PASPA was overturned in 2018, states began legalizing sports betting and introducing different taxes on revenue.
How do sports betting payouts work?
Sports betting payouts depend on which type of odds are being used.
What is a bookie in sports betting?
A bookie is someone who facilitates gambling by setting odds, accepting and placing bets, and then paying out the winnings.
What are some popular sports betting books?
BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet are some of the more popular sportsbooks where sports betting is legal.
Which sports betting site is best?
BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet are some of the more popular online sportsbooks where betting is legal.
What is a hedge in sports betting?
A hedge is a method to reduce risk and secure winnings for a specified bet.
What is the spread in sports betting?
The spread, also referred to as the line, is used to even the odds between two unevenly matched teams.
How do sports betting spreads work?
Sports betting spreads, also referred to as lines, are used to even the odds between two unevenly matched teams.
What does hook mean in sports betting?
The hook means a half-point in sports betting.
What is arbitrage in sports betting?
Arbitrage in sports betting is when someone places bets on all possible outcomes of an event at odds that guarantee profit.
Can you arbitrage sports betting?
Arbitrage sports betting is legal, though it's frowned upon by bookmakers.