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Rhode Island registration amendment becomes law


Rhode Island’s governor, Gina Raimondo, has signed into law an amendment to remove the in-person registration requirement for igaming in the state.

Amendment H 8097 allows online gaming patrons to set up and use their sports betting accounts from outside physical gaming facilities, removing the need to visit a venue in-person to complete player registrations.

It will still require that the physical location of players is checked before bets can be placed, however.

The amendment was introduced earlier this month by representatives Nicholas Mattiello and Marvin Abney and was passed by the legislature last week.

Mobile wagering was introduced in the state in September 2019, with online customers required to register accounts at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln before being allowed to play remotely anywhere within Rhode Island.

In May, the state suffered a 71.6% year-on-year drop in sports wagering revenue. Revenue for the full month amounted to $163,472, compared to $574,703 in the same month last year, while the state’s handle also fell 89.7% from $14.6m to $1.5m.