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Rhode Island Online Casino Bill Passes through the House in the State

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Having seen the bill to legalize online casino gaming in Rhode Island pass through the state senate, the bill has successfully been navigated through the House of Representatives in the US state.

The vote in the House in the state of Rhode Island to allow online gaming passed with a convincing 57 to 11 in favor. This means the bill is now sent to Daniel McKee, the Governor of the territory, for his approval.

Once approved, this could see players in the jurisdiction aged over 21 enjoy online casino games by the start of next year and become the seventh state in the US to introduce regulated online gaming, as well as Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Related: Rhode Island Senate passes bill to legalize online casino games.

The structure of the gaming to be offered in the state will see Bally’s provide online gaming through its two retail casino outlets in Rhode Island. Bally’s also has a partnership with IGT, and this will give IGT access to regulated gaming markets in the state when the bill is passed.

This means the only online offering in the state of Rhode Island will be live dealer casino games that will be broadcast to players on a live streaming platform. The reason for this is that this allows the state to introduce online casino gaming without having to hold a referendum.

Within the details of the bill put forward to the Senator are the details that the stakeholders will have to put in place to promote responsible gambling and make sure at-risk players are protected.

Some observers have raised concerns that the proposed structure for online gambling in Rhode Island hands Bally’s operation a monopoly for regulated gambling in the state.

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