Sports betting begins Monday at Twin River

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LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island’s first legal wagers on sports will be accepted next week at Twin River Casino in Lincoln.

At 3 p.m. Monday, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Dominic Ruggerio will place the ceremonial first bets along with John Taylor, Twin River Worldwide Holdings’ executive chairman.

The event will be held in the Simulcast area on the third floor of the casino, which will act as the first phase of the sports betting operation.

The main phase, which the casino says will feature a “sports bar atmosphere” with 100 seats and 100 televisions, is slated to open on the second floor in mid-December, according to Twin River.

Organized sports betting was made possible earlier this year following a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. By mid-summer, Rhode Island legislators had added it to the state budget.

Lawmakers set it up so that sports betting would only allowed at Twin Rivers’ Lincoln and Tiverton locations. It’s expected to be available in Tiverton by mid-December.

The state will receive 51% of the revenue, according to the budget. Legislators banked on $23.5 million for this budget year under the assumption that betting would be in place by Oct. 1. After a weeks-long delay, that estimate has been lowered to $11.5 million.

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