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Rhode Island becomes eighth US state to adopt legalized sports betting

Rhode Island has become the eighth US state to adopt legalized sports betting – and the first in the New England region – after the Twin River Casino in Lincoln officially opened its sportsbook on Monday.

The state’s legislative leaders, Democratic Senate president Dominick Ruggerio and Democratic house speaker Nicholas Mattiello, placed ceremonial first bets with John Taylor, chairman of Twin River Worldwide Holdings.

In the coming weeks, Twin River’s casino in Riverton will also begin accepting sports bets.

Rhode Island will get 51 per cent of the revenue from sports betting, the vendor will get 32 per cent and the casino will get 17 per cent. Bets must be placed in person.