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On Novemebr 26th, 2018 Twin River Casino Hotel debuted it's Twin River Sportsbook, powered by the British operator, William Hill. In Rhode Island sports betting has been long-anticipated, with legislation developing back in 2017. Online sports betting has not yet launched in RI, so for now bettors have to visit with Twin River Casino Lincoln or Twin River Tiverton Casino Sportsbook.
Following much anticipation, Rhode Island sports betting has arrived, with its first legal sports betting outlet, the launch of Twin River Sportsbook in Lincoln.
This makes RI the eighth state to offer legal sports betting and this dramatic move means it the only legal sports betting location in New England.
The Sportsbook at Twin River launched with the support of William Hill at 3pm on November 26, following a year-long development of associated sports betting legislation. Statesmen Dominick Ruggerio and Nicholas Mattiello, as well as chairman John E. Taylor of Twin River Worldwide Holdings officiated the event in high spirits.
A comfortable 3600 square foot sports lounge will also soon be available at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island, as they reach the second phase of their sports betting development by the middle of December.
"Sports gaming provides the state with revenue that offsets reliance on taxes to support essential state services, such as education and fixing roads and bridges," commented Dominick Ruggerio after lamenting that they had not been able to meet the anticipated launch date of October 1. This meant missing lucrative weeks of the NFL season and accordingly, the loss of income for the state. Just how much income? It has been projected that 12 million dollars in total was lost because of the delay; and 51% of that would have benefitted the state.
Ruggerio went on to say that up to 90% of sports betting in the state was wagered illegally up to this point, and any opportunity to wager legally would bring much needed funds back into government coffers. The state estimates $11.5 million in brand new revenue will flow into state coffers by June 30, 2019.
At the launch, Twin River pledged $500 to Cranston Animal Shelter and Rhode Island Community Food Bank individually, while Ruggerio and Matiello who selected the charities, made their sports wager winnings payable to these two charities as well. In all, the mood was light and generous with many patrons and gamers having travelled from afar to support the launch.
For those who haven’t wagered previously, be aware that sportsbooks require wagers to be paid in cash upfront and that you can claim your winnings only until the stipulated date on your ticket.
The maximum wager that can be placed at Twin River according to John E Taylor, the chairman of Twin Rivers, is a sum of $10,000.
Twin River Tiverton located in Tiverton, Rhode island has also recently launched a sportsbook.
Initially neither of the Twin River Casinos will have an online sportsbook, so players will need to visit the locations in person in the Ocean State to participate in this new sports betting opportunity.
The Rhode Island sportsbooks are seen as potentially filling the gap for many on the east coast, as it will currently be the only legal sports betting destination in New England.
William Hill, the most experienced and long-standing UK-based sports betting company who has partnered with Twin River in their new venture, has the distinction of having also been the very first sportsbook to have launched for NJ sports betting.
We can anticipate a William Hill app to be available on Android and iOs devices as well as the the ability to place bets on their website when sports betting goes live online in Rhode Island, as all these options are offered in other states using their platform.
William Hill Sportsbook may possibly be the one sportsbook to offer the most options for customizing a player’s experience in line with personal preferences. They offer the widest selection of in-gaming options, making them an excellent choice for Twin River, not only to launch with, but for maintaining long-term dominance in the sports betting market as a stable and robust partner.