PROVIDENCE – Two weeks after the R.I. Lottery launched its mobile sports betting service at the Twin River Casino, it has expanded Sportsbook Rhode Island to the Tiverton Casino Hotel.
The service is accessed through an app, called Sportsbook Rhode Island, available for download or use online, with information about the service located at Sportsbetri.com. In order to activate the sportsbook, users will have to register at one of Twin River’s two Rhode Island casinos. Prior to Wednesday’s announcement, the mobile app could only be registered at the company’s Lincoln facility. And prior to the rollout of the mobile gaming app, sports bets were accepted only at the Twin River and Tiverton facilities.
Once a user is registered, in addition to being able to participate in sports gaming at the two casinos, they can place a wager from anywhere in the state.
A bill to allow mobile sports betting was passed by the R.I. General Assembly in March. The bill allowed for the creation of an app that users could use to place sports wagers from anywhere in the state after registering at one of its two casinos.
The lottery worked with International Game Technology PLC, Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc. and William Hill to create, test and bring the app to the market.
A lawsuit challenging the legality of all sports wagering is currently ongoing in Providence Superior Court. The lawsuit was filed in May, and it alleges that the state doesn’t have the authority to expand voter approval of gambling beyond table games at the Ocean State casinos. The suit argues that such an expansion – including mobile betting – would require voter approval.
State officials previously have said they had legal authority to add sports betting, which they did in advance of U.S. Supreme Court action to allow it.
Mobile betting is expected to significantly impact lottery revenue.
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