Sports Betting Legal Land-Based Rhode Island sports betting opposition denied by judge June 2, 2020 By Owain Flanders A judge has blocked attempts by a former Providence mayoral candidate to halt sports betting in Rhode Island. The Republican activist, Daniel Harrop, requested a ban on sports betting which he said had not been approved by voters in the region. Harrop argued that due to online betting, sports betting could take place at any location outside of Rhode Island’s two casinos. However, Governor Gina Raimondo’s administration argued that in approving table games at Twin River’s casino in Tiverton, voters demonstrated their support of sports betting. Ultimately, Judge Brian Stern agreed with the latter argument, and any ban on sports betting was rejected. Last month, Rhode Island’s sports betting revenue declined by 99% year-on-year, generating a total of $27,381. Mobile betting accounted for $28,202 of this revenue. Total handle was $591,377 for the month, a drop of 96% which can be attributed to the cancellation of sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The two casinos in the state, including the Twin River Casino and the Tiverton Casino, have been shut down since March and are set to reopen on 8 June. However, sportsbooks at both venues will remain closed until further notice.