(Estimated population as of 2013 — 1,051,511)
With Delaware and New Jersey already legalizing iGaming, and Massachusetts considering it, Rhode Island lawmakers have taken notice.
“As with any product issues relating to the industry, it is our fiduciary responsibility to perform our due diligence and research all aspects and potential impact, if any, to revenue,” said Rhode Island Lottery Director Gerald S. Aubin.
In order for Rhode Island to expand on gambling, which is the state’s third-largest source of revenue, into the virtual realm, they would need statewide voter approval.
“We wouldn’t pursue it without statewide approval,” Aubin said. “To venture into online poker and online gaming would take constitution approval.”
Despite iGaming being on Rhode Island’s radar, there hasn’t been any legislative movement. There are still concerns that iGaming could cannibalize the state’s current land-based offerings, but chances are those fears will subside as other states prove that not to be the case.
If Rhode Island does jump on the iGaming wagon, don’t be surprised if they join up with nearby Delaware and Nevada as a part of the Multi-State Internet Gaming Association, which is the fancy name for their interstate compact open to other states.
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