Bally’s Launches iGaming in Rhode Island

Bally’s is set to introduce its online casino platform, also known as iGaming, in Rhode Island on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at noon. This new service will enable users within the state to enjoy a variety of slots and table games on both desktop and a dedicated iOS mobile application. The statewide availability of this platform marks a significant milestone in the expansion of online gaming services in Rhode Island.

Following a four-day technical trial that began on March 1, 2024, involving select participants, the service is now ready for public launch. Craig Eaton, President of Bally’s Rhode Island Operations, highlighted that Rhode Island will be the seventh state in the United States to launch an online casino experience, joining the ranks of New Jersey, Connecticut, Michigan, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

The iGaming platform is set to launch with approximately 170 slot games, many of which mirror the popular offerings found in traditional, brick-and-mortar casinos. Additionally, blackjack and roulette will be available, featuring live dealers to enhance the online experience. These table games will allow players to interact with dealers and other participants through a chat function, fostering a sense of community among users.

Bally’s commitment to responsible gaming is a key component of this launch. The company has pledged to contribute at least $50,000 towards problem gambling prevention and an additional $200,000 for gambling treatment programs. Moreover, the iGaming initiative will adhere to the American Gaming Association’s “Code of Conduct,” ensuring a responsible and ethical gaming environment.

This development not only broadens the scope of digital entertainment in Rhode Island but also sets a precedent for responsible gaming practices in the online casino industry.

“We are pleased to launch this new gaming product which is borne out of our partnership with the General Assembly, Governor McKee and our regulators, the RI Department of Revenue, Division of Lottery, Department of Business Regulation and RI State Police to enhance state revenue and better position the State’s casinos in the competitive New England gaming market,” said Eaton. He continued, “As with all gaming operations, the State will retain complete regulatory control of iGaming, with nearly 62 percent of the slot revenue and 15 percent of the table game revenue directed to the State.”

“I was proud to sponsor the legislation authorizing iGaming in Rhode Island, and I am excited for its implementation,” said Senate President Dominick Ruggerio. “iGaming will ensure that Rhode Island remains at the forefront of the competitive gaming industry, reinforcing a critical revenue stream for the state while providing an alternative form of entertainment. It builds upon other steps we have taken to better position Rhode Island in the gaming and hospitality industries, including a new partnership with CCRI to train Rhode Islanders for good paying, secure job opportunities in gaming and related areas of the hospitality industry.”

Added Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, “This is a wonderful example of how the Legislature and the private sector can work together to develop initiatives that enhance state revenues, which in turn, benefit our taxpayers. I congratulate Bally’s and its Rhode Island leadership team on its successful launch of this online gaming program as well as on their efforts to continuously seek ways to keep Rhode Island at the forefront in this competitive New England gaming market.”

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