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Bally’s Corporation has become the sole operator of iGaming in Rhode Island after officially launching its online casino offering yesterday (5 March).

Rhode Island therefore became the seventh US state to launch regulated iGaming, after New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Connecticut.

The state first passed legislation allowing the launch of regulated iGaming in June 2023, when state governor Dan McKee signed Senate Bill 948 into law.

The legislation effectively extended Bally’s land-based casino monopoly in the state – where it is the only casino operator – into the online sector.

In 2021, Bally’s was granted a 20-year, no-bid contract to operate the state’s two land-based casinos, Bally’s Twin River Lincoln Casino Resort and Bally’s Tiverton Casino & Hotel, alongside IGT.

iGaming launch

Now, Bally’s has launched online slots and table games, including live casino versions, to customers in the state via its mobile app and website.

The launch followed a four-day technical trial that began last week among “select guests” of Bally’s land-based properties.

The operator’s offering will feature around 170 slot games initially, as well as live dealer blackjack and roulette, delivered in partnership with Stakelogic from a studio located at the Twin River Lincoln.

Bally’s said the addition of iGaming in Rhode Island will allow for the creation of 50-75 new part- and full-time jobs.

Players must be aged over 21 and physically located in the state of Rhode Island to participate.

The iGaming offering will feature responsible gambling tools including deposit, session and spend limits, cool-off periods and self-exclusion.

Stakeholder commentary

“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,” said Craig Eaton, president of Bally’s Rhode Island operations. 

“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 authorising 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.”

Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives K. Joseph Shekarchi concluded: “This is a wonderful example of how the legislature and the private sector can work together to develop initiatives that enhance state revenues, which in turn, benefit our taxpayers.”

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