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Rhode Island To Consider Online Casino Gambling

State Would Be Fifth To Legalize Activity


Rhode Island could be throwing its hat into the online casino ring.

According to a report from, a top state government official is saying that Rhode Island should consider the industry, especially in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court hearing on sports betting.

Rhode Island Senate Finance Chairman William Conley said lawmakers “should look at [regulation] seriously.” The state could use the revenue, according to Conley.

The state has just two casinos, Twin River and Newport Grand. It’s unclear how the potential legislation would divvy up the online gambling rights between the casinos and state lottery.

Rhode Island has just over one million people, which makes it a small market for online betting. However, it could join in on New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware’s player-sharing arrangement. Pennsylvania, which legalized online gambling in October, could also link up with the other states.

There’d be about 27 million people exposed to online poker between those five states.

In addition to Rhode Island, Michigan, West Virginia, New York and Massachusetts are considering regulation of real-money online casino games.

The U.S. Supreme Court case centers on whether a 1992 law that banned sports betting nearly nationwide is constitutional. If the law is struck down, online sports betting could become a reality.