LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — While the New England Patriots have been to plenty of Super Bowls, this will be the first time people can legally place bets on the big game in Rhode Island.
Twin River General Manager Craig Sculos said they’ve been preparing for what he says could be the busiest weekend for sports betting since it became legal.
Rhode Island is the only New England state that has legalized sports betting, doing so shortly after the Supreme Court struck down a ban on the practice.
“We’re seeing folks come from throughout the region, we’re getting folks as far away as Maine, individuals coming from Canada,” Sculos said.
Sculos said since sports betting started up in late November, the casino has seen younger patrons, as well as more repeat customers than they’ve seen before.
He said he always expected the Super Bowl to be a popular weekend for sports betting, but he thinks it will be “epic” with the Patriots playing.
Right now, Vegas oddsmakers have the Patriots beating the Rams by 2.5 points. The Twin River Sportsbook “menu” of betting options includes hundreds of other specific bets about what might happen in the game. There will also be a limited amount of in-game betting allowed, for those who are at the casino during the Super Bowl.
The busy weekend could also potentially help the state budget. The state of Rhode Island gets 51% of the sports betting revenue from Twin River’s two casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton, and the revenues have only been modest so far.
“The program has been in existence for six weeks so we are relatively early on,” Sculos said. “I think the expectation is that the Super Bowl will be bringing out a lot of folks.”
Twin River is extending its hours this weekend so people can place their sports bets and cash in their tickets after the game on Sunday.
For those who find gambling becomes a problem and not just a fun wager, there are multiple resources to help.
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