Rhode Island to Launch iGaming March 1

Rhode Island has confirmed that online casino gaming will launch in the state on March 1, with an operating monopoly to Bally’s Corporation, which operates the only casinos in the state.

Rhode Island to Launch iGaming March 1

On March 1, Rhode Island will become the seventh U.S. state to offer online casino gaming.

Since the Rhode Island iGaming law requires sites be operated by a licensed land-based casino, Bally’s Corporation will have a monopoly on the iGaming site or sites, since its two casinos are the only gaming properties in the state. Bally’s already manages the state’s sole online sports betting platform.

Regulation of iGaming will go to the Rhode Island Lottery, itself a division of the Rhode Island Department of Revenue (RIDOR).

“We plan on a March 1 launch in some form,” RIDOR spokesman Paul Grimaldi told Poker Industry PRO. “We may have more to share after the state Lottery Commission meeting the week of January 22.”

While online casino games will launch March 1, live-dealer table games won’t be available until April, with online poker to follow at an undetermined date.

The iGaming law stipulates that only live-dealer table games are authorized; there will be no RNG-based games. Bally’s has a partnership with supplier Stakelogic to supply live-dealer games.