Two bills have been submitted that would allow online poker in the state of Rhode Island as well as other popular table games and casino action.
If the bills are passed, it would make Rhode Island the fifth state to join MSIGA (Multi-State Internet Agreement). It would mean players would have access to large player pools and increased winnings, in principle.
The other states that are part of the MSIGA include Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware, and Michigan.
The bills were submitted by Senate President Dominik Ruggerio and Rep. Gregory Constantino, with the former stating;
“This legislation is a first step in the public review process around potential igaming in Rhode Island,”
“The companies that manage casino operations on behalf of the state have made significant investments to ensure they are well positioned to thrive in the years ahead. It is imperative that we continue to explore all avenues to protect and bolster our competitive position, including the potential for iGaming.”
Currently, the only casino operator in the state is Bally’s, and unsurprisingly they are pushing the bill, and it’s a bill that is likely to be passed. Rhode Island already allows those within its state borders the chance to partake in online and offline sports betting, and therefore the moves to casino action aren’t all that bold.
Bally’s Senior Vice President, Craig Eaton, sees such a move as vital for their brand, stating;
“We see this as a vital step to secure our competitive advantage and ensure critical revenue to the state,”
“Despite area competition, which is growing to our north and to our southwest in Connecticut, we know we have to keep improving our products and experiences. We can’t sit still, and we need to meet our customers where they are.”
If the bills are approved, iGaming could launch in Rhode Island by January 2024.