The Supreme Court gave each state the power to legalize sports betting in May of 2018 when they overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. Rhode Island became an early-adopter In November of 2018 when the state accepted its first bet.
Can I Bet on Sports Online in Rhode Island?
Yes, Rhode Island expanded the sports betting legislation, making online sports betting legal. The online app(s) are expected to launch in mid-2019.
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Rhode Island Gambling FAQ
Aside from online sports betting, there other forms of gambling available to Rhode Island residents.
Can you play daily fantasy sports in Rhode Island?
For those unfamiliar, Daily Fantasy Sports, or DFS, is a cross between fantasy football and legalized gambling. On a broad level, DFS contests are a subsection of fantasy sports. Players compete against their friends, or more often complete strangers to build a team of professional athletes under a given salary cap, and try and to outscore their opponents. Daily fantasy sports differ from traditional fantasy sports by having contests that last for an evening or the weekend, as opposed to having the same team for months.
Is online poker legal in Rhode Island?
No, online poker and other online casino games are currently not legal in Rhode Island.
Are offshore sportsbooks legal in Rhode Island?
No, offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada are not legal in Rhode Island. Offshore sportsbooks do accept residents of Rhode Island as clients. Although BettingBuck always recommends betting with legal sportsbooks, we do review a handful of offshore sites like Bovada, 5Dimes, and MyBookie.
Does Rhode Island offer an online lottery system?
No, Rhode Island does not currently offer an online lottery system. They do allow residents to purchase lottery tickets at retail locations throughout the state, which can be found on their lottery website .