The sports book at Tiverton Casino in Rhode Island, located near the Massachusetts border, will open later this afternoon. Tiverton will be the second casino in Rhode Island to offer legal sports betting. Twin River casino opened its sports book last week.
The Tiverton and Twin River casinos are currently the only legal sports betting options in New England. The nearby Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun do not yet have sports books and they will not have sports betting for the foreseeable future since the Connecticut state government pushed back discussions until 2019 on legislation that would legalize sports betting in the state.
After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that all but banned sports betting in most of the United States outside of Nevada, sports books have been opening throughout the country. Before a casino can offer sports wagering the state it resides in must first legalize sports betting.
In the Northeast, both New Jersey and Pennsylvania offer legal sports betting. Seven casinos in Atlantic City now operate sports books and the Hard Rock Atlantic City just announced last week that it would be opening its own sports book in the first quarter of 2019. The Hollywood Casino at Penn National Raceway was the first to open a sports book in Pennsylvania. More sports books are expected to open in that state later this month and into 2019.
Tiverton Casino told NBC 10 that it expects its sports book to open at 3:00 this afternoon. Keep an eye on the casino’s sports book page for more details.