Rhodes Island becomes seventh US state to launch regulated igaming

Rhodes Island becomes seventh US state to launch regulated igaming
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Bally’s online casino offering officially went live in Rhode Island today, March 5, making the Ocean State the seventh state in the US to offer legally regulated igaming.

The launch will see Bally’s bring 170 slot titles, plus live dealer blackjack and roulette for players to enjoy remotely from anywhere within the state.

Bally’s has also teamed up with live casino content supplier Stakelogic to deliver live dealer table games.

Players need to be at least 21 years of age and physically located within Rhode Island to legally access the online casino.

The launch follows a four-day technical trial period where invited guests tested the online casino ahead of a full market debut.

Craig Eaton, president of Bally’s Rhode Island operations, said: “We are pleased to launch this new gaming product which is borne out of our partnership with the General Assembly, Governor McKee and our regulators, the RI Department of Revenue, Division of Lottery, Department of Business Regulation, and RI State Police to enhance state revenue and better position the state’s casinos in the competitive New England gaming market.

“As with all gaming operations, the state will retain complete regulatory control of igaming, with nearly 62% of the slot revenue and 15% of the table game revenue directed to the state.” 

Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio added: “I was proud to sponsor the legislation authorizing igaming in Rhode Island, and I am excited for its implementation.

“Igaming will ensure that Rhode Island remains at the forefront of the competitive gaming industry, reinforcing a critical revenue stream for the state while providing an alternative form of entertainment.

“It builds upon other steps we have taken to better position Rhode Island in the gaming and hospitality industries, including a new partnership with the Community College of Rhode Island to train Rhode Islanders for good paying, secure job opportunities in gaming and related areas of the hospitality industry,” he concluded.

Online casino comes to Rhode Island after Governor Dan McKee signed Senate Bill 948 into law back in June 2023.

Bally’s will essentially run a monopoly in the state, with the operator having been afforded exclusive access akin to its status as a land-based operator.

Rhode Island joins Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virgina in having a legalized igaming market in the US.