Rhode Island Casinos “By The Numbers”


Rhode Island has two  state-licensed casinos: the Tiverton Casino Hotel, which opened Sep 1, 2018 in Tiverton, and the Twin River Casino in Lincoln. Both are owned and managed by the Twin River Management Group, Inc. The former Newport Grand Slots in Newport, RI was closed Aug 28, 2018 and its slots license was transferred to the Tiverton Casino.

Originally built for greyhound racing, Twin River Casino is now a full casino.

Greyhound racing in Rhode Island began in 1977, when Lincoln Downs, a thoroughbred track, was transformed it into a greyhound track and renamed it Lincoln Greyhound Park. In 1992, Rhode Island approved VLT gaming machines (classII) at Lincoln Greyhound Park (now known as Twin River Casino & Hotel) & Newport Jai Alai (now the closed Newport Grand.)  After a bribery conviction in 2005, was renovated, enlarged the and renamed Twin River. Track owners were required by law to offer 125 days of live greyhound racing a year. Revenues from racing plummeted and in 2009 TR added 4,751 video lottery terminals, bars, restaurants, a comedy club, and an auditorium

Twin River as Lincoln Park before Major Expansion

Twin River as Lincoln Park before Major Expansion

Twin River Casino

Twin River Casino & Hotel


Tiverton Casino & Hotel

Twin River Casino & Hotel Tiverton Casino & Hotel
Hotel TR Hotel Tiv Hotel
Location Lincoln, RI Tiverton, RI
# of Hotels 1 1
Hotel Rooms 136 rooms & suites 84 rooms
Hotel Amenities indoor pool, fitness center, spa gym / fitness center
Gambling TR Gambling Tiv Gambling
Legal Gambling Age 18 18
Casino Size 162,000 sq. feet 33,600 sq-ft
Smoke-Free Gaming? ENTIRE 2nd Floor is NONSMOKING Designated on Casino Floor
Total # of Slots & VP 4500 including Video Poker, Video Blackjack, Video Roulette 1000 slots & Video poker
Comped Alcoholic Drinks? No No
Table Games 80 – includes Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Three Card Poker, Craps, Spanish 21, Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker and Big Six ‘Money’ Wheel Blackjack, Baccarat, Craps, Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Roulette, Spanish 21, Three Card Poker, 18 stadium seats
Poker Room 16 tables no
Racebook Simulcast Wagering, GH, HR, JA Simulcast Wagering, GH, HR, JA
Rewards Club TWIN RIVER CASINO REWARDS 3 Tiers Tiverton CASINO REWARDS 3 Tiers, affiliated with Twin River Casino
VIP Lounges 1 1
Dining TR Dining Tiv Dining
Food Options 1 Fine Dining, 2 Casual Restaurants, 3 Food Courts w/ 12 options 2 Fine dining, 4 Casual
Buffet? No No
Bars 5 1 + iPourIt wall
Entertainment TR Entertainment Tiv Entertainment
Venues 1 large Venue, 2 small venues 1 small venue
Convention/ Meeting Space 29,000 sq.ft. Event Center none
Other Entertainment Options none none
Retail none none
Owner Twin River Worldwide Holdings Twin River Worldwide Holdings
Hours of 24/7 24/7

Tiverton Casino Hotel Opens Today

Tiverton, Rhode IslandIt’s been difficult keeping up with all the casino news in New England. Openings, closings, and possible sales all going on is putting NETG to the task – but we’re up to it.

Is Plainridge Park slot parlor up to it? Forty-five miles separate Plainridge Park Casino and their newest competition. Between the opening of MGM Springfield, Twin River Casino & Hotel, and the constant competition from the CT casinos,  can Plainridge handle another casino battle?

Tiverton Casino

Well, it’s going to, because the new guys are opening today – it’s welcome to New England, Tiverton Casino Hotel.

Owned by the same company that owns Twin River, Twin River Management Group,  Tiverton Casino will be a full-service casino with 1,000 slot machines, 32 table games, an 84-room hotel and a sit-down Italian restaurant and quick food outlets.

A few statistics to know –  It will have:

  • a 85,000 square foot casino
  • 84-room, three-story hotel
  • two fine dining restaurants
  • a foodcourt
  • The casino will have 1,000 slot machines and 32 table games.

Work began on the $140 million complex last September after the Tiverton Planning Board voted 6-1 to approve the construction plan. Twin River remains bullish on the East Coast gaming industry. Along with its Tiverton investment, the company recently acquired Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Delaware through a planned merger.

Tomorrow NETG will be taking an early trek for a quick look at the new Rhode Island casino.  Look for a review in the next few days.


Tiverton Hotel Casino Soon To Open As Sun Sets on Newport Grand –

Never much support in Newport. This supplied by newportblast.com

The sun is beginning to set on the Newport Grand. But Twin River Management Group is hoping for a higher performing star rising in Tiverton.

The Twin River casino and hotel now under construction in Tiverton is now expected to open Sept. 1, one month in advance of the previous target date of Oct. 1. The state gaming license will then be transferred from Newport Grand; that property has been sold to Carpionato Group, which plans a mix of retail, restaurants, office space and perhaps a hotel on the site.” For more insight into the history of Newport Grand, click on Farewell, Newport Grand – A Look Back and Newport Grand Casino – The Last Hurrah?

Tiverton Hotel (right) and Casino (left)

The Daily News reported that John E. Taylor Jr., chairman of Twin River Management Group, in a news release, made aware the following news on the project:

  • Construction crews made quick progress over the winter months, allowing the company to open earlier than anticipated.
  • Much of the exterior work on the casino and hotel is completed
  • For the casino, we are enclosing spaces and painting, the ceiling grid is being installed and light fixtures and security cameras are also actively being installed. The casino, which Twin River is calling Tiverton Casino Hotel, will feature 32 table games and up to 1,000 slot machines.
  • The restaurant area is taking shape and the food court is just about ready for coolers and other serving fixtures.  The Tiverton casino property will include a Trattoria Romano Italian restaurant, Mooyah Burgers, Pie Five Pizza, a Jacky’s Galaxie franchise and a Dunkin’ Donuts.
  • With respect to the hotel, the rooms are in the process of being dry-walled and within the coming month, we’ll be tiling bathrooms and painting. The attached 84-room hotel will feature meeting space and a fitness center.
  • The garage is scheduled to be completed in August.
Tiverton, Rhode Island

Tiverton Rhode Island lies in the Ocean State’s eastern part of the state close to the MA/RI border.

Tiverton map

Tiverton is on the NE Border of Rhode Island, only 30 minutes from Taunton, MA.

The placement of the casino is even closer to the Massachusetts line than Twin River Casino in Lincoln is to Plainridge Park Casino 10 minutes away in Plainville MA. This casino complex is being built at the intersection of William S. Canning Boulevard and Stafford Road, some 400 feet south of the state line at Fall River, Massachusetts, or four football fields away!

Some Massachusetts politicians are still pushing to release the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe from litigation from Taunton residents.  If the Wampanoag’s are able to finally continue with their First Light Casino Project in Taunton, competition could be difficult for the little Tiverton casino, especially from both First Light and Encore Boston Harbor.

But for now, it’s full speed ahead for the Taunton Hotel and Casino.

Good-bye Newport, Welcome Tiverton.