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Rhode Island third US State to legalise sports betting

Rhode Island joins Delaware and New Jersey in passing new law

Rhode Island has become the third US state to legalise sports betting, joining early adopters, Delaware and New Jersey. The law will come into effect as from October 1st. The state’s decision follows the landmark Supreme Court Decision to give states a free reign to make their own laws on sports betting.

State Governor Gina Raimondo signed the state’s fiscal budget for the year. The budget proposes measures for Rhode Island’s two Twin River casinos to accept sports wagers.

The budget also offers provisions for the state to take 51 per cent of revenue made from sports betting. However, the state will restrict sports betting to land-based services only, with no current plans to launch online.

According to the Reuters news agency, Paul Grimaldi, a spokesman for the Rhode Island Department of Revenue, said: “We wanted to start small and make sure we have the operational system down pat in the casinos before we explore online or mobile.”

Two weeks ago, Mississippi also moved closer towards legalisation after regulators in the state approved a set of new rules for such activities.

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