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On the Mobile Gambling Road to Rhode Island

by Glenn Baird - January 18, 2019

Dominick Ruggerio, Democratic member of the Rhode Island Senate, has proposed a bill that could introduce mobile sports betting into his constituency.

The bill was proposed this week, with Ruggiero arguing that its introduction would be economically advantageous for the area.
In a press release Ruggerio stated:

“The new, in-person sportsbook that opened in November has been very popular, with lines stretching out the doors. It is an entertainment option that many Rhode Islanders enjoy, and visitors from outside the state are also flocking to our gaming facilities to place their wagers on sporting events.

“Expanding to mobile gaming would provide a convenient option for those wishing to enjoy this form of entertainment, and open up the economic benefits beyond the walls of Twin River. I can envision a group of friends from out-of-state spending an evening out in a local establishment where they can both watch the game and place a wager.”

Land based sports betting was introduced to the region in November last year through the Twin River Casino. Ruggerio’s proposal would see punters using an app to access the casino’s sports book anywhere inside Rhode Island.

This would involve going to the casino in person to register with an online app to allow for easier age verification.
Ruggerio went on to argue that:

“Revenue from sports gaming supports critical state services, like road and bridge repairs, education and human services. This revenue offsets reliance on taxes for state needs. It is estimated that 97 percent of sports betting takes place illegally. This is an opportunity to give Rhode Islanders and visitors a legal avenue to participate in an activity they enjoy, while providing a very tangible benefit to our state.”

Before anything can happen a vote would need to take place involving Rhode Island residents who would be the ones to either accept or reject Ruggerio’s proposal.