Rhode Island Gambling Laws & Online Poker in Rhode Island

Rhode Island still doesn’t have any online poker legislation in place.  However, changes have been discussed and there could be something definitive within a couple of years.

Type/Code Summary
State Code Section(s) 11.19; 11.50-51; 41.1-4; 41.7; 41.9-11
Definition of Gambling Includes, but is not limited to, pool-selling, bookmaking, maintaining slot-machines, roulette wheels or dice tables, and conducting lotteries, Policy, Bolita, or numbers games or selling chances in them.
Definition of Prohibition Gaming Every person who shall, directly or indirectly, set up, put forth, carry on, promote, or draw, publicly or privately, any lottery, chance, game, or device of any nature or kind whatsoever, or by whatsoever name it may be called, for the purpose of exposing, setting for sale or disposing of any money, houses, lands, merchandise, or articles of value, or shall sell or expose to sale lottery policies, purporting to be governed by the drawing of any public or private lottery, or shall sign or endorse any book, document, or paper whatsoever, for the purpose of enabling others to sell, or expose to sale, lottery policies, except as authorized, shall be deemed guilty of a felony.
Definition of Permitted Game of Chance The game commonly known as “Bingo” or “Beano” or substantially the same game under any other name, or a raffle or lottery.
Online Poker/Gambling There was some discussion of online poker in 2014, but there have been no bills introduced then or since in the state legislature.
Live Poker The Twin River Casino is the only racino in Rhode Island to offer live poker with cash games and tournaments.
Casinos The racetracks in Rhode Island were allowed to install video lottery terminals in 1992 and table games like poker in 2012.
Sports Betting Both houses of the Rhode Island legislature passed a bill to legalize sports betting in June 2018.
DFS A bill to legalize daily fantasy sports did not pass in 2017.
Other Forms of Gambling Bingo and raffles for seniors and charitable organizations, lottery, keno, jai alai, horse racing and on-track pari-mutuel wagering.