Rhode Island becomes the 7th state in the USA to legalize igaming .
- Gov. Dan McKee signed Bill that lets igaming enter in Rhode Island.
- Online slots and table games will be available in April 2024.
- The law will allow Bally’s Casino to extend into the igaming realm.
Last week, Governor Dan McKee signed Senate Bill 948, just hours before time expired. The bill will let igaming enter the Ocean State, which means that online slots and table games will be live from April 2024.
In an announcement, Dominick Ruggerio, president of the senate, said:
This legislation provides an added convenience to Rhode Islanders who would like to play the existing table games offered at Twin River via their mobile devices.”
“This is a focused version of igaming that is ready for implementation. 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”.
Things look bright for Bally’s
It’s been said that Bally was involved in writing the bill, now a law. With the new law, Bally will extend its business online, becoming the only active operator in Rhode Island.
They currently have a monopoly over casinos in the state and operate under several brands like Virgin Casino and Tropicana.
About Rhode Island’s regulation body
The new gambling activity will be under the surveillance of the Rhode Island Division of Lottery. They must develop rules and implement regulations to ensure the activity is not breached.
For instance, the law states that geolocation technology is used at all times as players must be physically present in Rhode Island to participate.