Where You Can Play Online Poker In Rhode Island
Can You Play Online Poker in Rhode Island?
There is currently no legislation permitting online poker in the state.
Current gambling laws
Legalized gambling in Rhode Island dates all the way back to 1934 when voters approved pari-mutuel betting on horse races. Almost forty years later, the Ocean State introduced a lottery and pull-tab lottery games and bingo were also made legal.
In 1992, video lottery terminals were approved for operation in racetracks. Twenty years after that decision, voters approved full-scale table gaming for two casinos, Twin River Casino and the Newport Grand Casino. In 2015, the former bought out the latter to become the lone casino operator in the state.
Currently, there is no legal online gambling in Rhode Island. One of the reasons for this is the fact that the state has been more focused on sports betting, which it legalized in 2018 after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the decades-old ban on sports betting.
There have been discussions about an online lottery in Rhode Island, including the introduction of a bill for this form of gambling, but it never made it to a vote. The good news is that voters already approved broad gambling referendums, so that route for online gambling could be revisited again down the road.
Best Online Poker Sites for Rhode Island Players
None at present.