BRIEF Rhode Island Gambling History
Rhode Island Casino Specs and History begins with a different start from their northern neighbors. Massachusetts kicked out Rhode Island’s Puritanical founding father, Roger Williams, for spreading “dangerous opinions.” He landed in the Ocean State. He wanted a place where citizens could be free to live their lives according to personal conviction. Thus, Rhode Island was William’s place for personal liberty.
According to GamblingSites.com, Rhode Island “became home to a thriving lottery industry. Towns and villages used the collected profits to fund building projects and trade missions. Lotteries supervised by the Masonic lodge and other community organizations. As a result, they funded much of Rhode Island’s early colonial development throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. The late 1800’s saw a state constitution and state laws banned lotteries and gambling in any form.
Horse racing (1930), Greyhound racing, and a lottery (1970) eventually made pari-mutuel wagering legal. In 1992, Rhode Island approved VLT gaming machines (classII) at Lincoln Greyhound Park & Newport Jai Alai.
In 2007, Lincoln Greyhound Park became Twin River Casino with class III gaming. Newport Grand soon followed, redesigning without Jai-Alai. Major expansion in 2007 included class III VLT’s, more like standard Vegas style slot-machines.
Facing competition from Foxwoods in CT, table games were approved for Twin River casino in 2012. The city of Newport refused to allow table games at Newport grand. This was the demise of the now closed casino.
Recently, Twin River added a hotel and Newport Grand closed and moved operations to the new Tiverton Casino & Hotel. Twin River Holdings not only owns the two Rhode Island casinos, but has recently invested in adding five more casinos.
Current Legal Types Of Gambling
Casino Games: Las Vegas style games offered at both Twin River & Tiverton. Table games are offered at both casinos.
Live Poker: Twin River has a poker room.
Sports Betting: As of November, 2018, Rhody allows sports betting. In early 2019, lawmakers expanded legal sports betting to include online and mobile betting. Rhode Island soon will have mobile sports betting.
Lottery Betting: The State lottery in Rhode Island which includes Keno games and VLTs (virtual lottery terminals) with their own instant gambling type games is a powerful part of the state revenue.
Rhode Island Casino Specs
RIhode Island Casino Specs