Sports betting is now also coming to a second Rhode Island Casino. Twin River Casino announced friday that sports betting will launch at its Tiverton location Monday.
Twin River began offering sports betting at its Lincoln location this week. It was the first new England casino to accept bets on professional sports.
The Rhode Island moved quickly to legalize sports betting after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law this year that made most sports gambling legal.
The two locations of Twin River Casino’s are the only places where bets will be accepted, for present time and bets must be placed in person. The state is planning to explore ways to expand sports betting.
Till now, only seven states offer legal sports betting: Nevada, New Jersey, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
Rhode Islands legislative leaders believe sports betting will be an important revenue generator. The island will get 51 percent of the revenue from sports betting. The vendors will get 32 percent and the casinos will get 17 percent.
Democratic Senate President Dominick Ruggerio is working on a bill to allow people to place bets from anywhere in Rhode Island.
Twin River has planned an event at 3 p.m. Monday at the Tiverton Casino Hotel for the launch.