Published: June 8, 2023

Bill to legalize online casino passes Rhode Island Senate, heads to House

The Rhode Island Senate passed a bill Thursday allowing certain residents of the state to access casino games at Bally’s Twin River remotely.

The bill, sponsored by President of the Senate Dominick Ruggeiro, enables Rhode Islanders over the age of 21 to access existing table games remotely via a computer or a mobile app.

The legislation was requested by Bally’s Corporation and aims to increase state revenue and “better position” the casinos in the “competitive New England gaming market.”

Players would have to be located within the state when they play. A live dealer will be in place for all games.

“This iGaming legislation is constitutional, is geared to mature users, contains education provisions for problem gamblers, and preserves the revenue allocation percentages as they are currently in place,” Ruggeiro said.

Bally’s previously said the legislation could earn the state an additional $93.3 million of gross gaming revenue in its first year and as much as $130.6 million in its fifth.

The bill will now be sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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