1st sports bets placed at Twin River Casino 6 p.m.

1st sports bets placed at Twin River Casino 6 p.m.


THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. (HE) AS OF THIS AFTERNOON — RHODE ISLANDERS WHO WANT TO PUT SOME MONEY DOWN ON THE NEXT PATS OR CELTICS GAME, CAN NOW DO IT LEGALLY. (MM) RIGHT NOW YOU’LL HAVE TO GO TO TWIN RIVER IN LINCOLN TO DO IT — BUT SPORTS BETTING WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE ELSEWHERE. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER KIM KALUNIAN JOINS US LIVE FROM TWIN RIVER — WHERE SPORTS BETTING KICKED OFF THIS AFTERNOON. KIM INTRO: AFTER THE CEREMONIAL FIRST BETS WERE PLACED BY THE HOUSE SPEAKER, SENATE PRESIDENT AND TWIN RIVER CHAIRMAN IT WAS GO TIME FOR SPORTS BETTING HERE IN RI ITS OFFICIAL nats LEGALIZED SPORTS BETTING UP AND RUNNING IN RI AT TWIN RIVER CASINO IN LINCOLN House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello It felt good it was exciting there was a lot of activity you see people that are excited and anxious to plat their bets. Bob Reynolds Hanson, Mass. Obviously it’s going to raise a lot of revenue for the state just in the tax dollars we know it’s a billion dollar industry that’s been fir years illegal except in the state of Nevada so it;’s a chance for the state to get a part of something. Really, it’s fun! THE NEW FORM OF LEGALIZED GAMBLING COMES AFTER THE SUPREME COURT OVERTURNED A LAW PROHIBITING IT THIS SPRING. LAWMAKERS PUT THE FRAMEWORK FOR IT INTO THE STATE BUDGET IT WAS SUPPOSED TO START IN OCTOBER BUT WAS DELAYED UNTIL TODAY. Sen. President Dominick Ruggerio I always knew this would be at tremendous revenue generator for the state of Rhode Island I’m still confident that it will be even though we started a little later than anticipated. THIS IS THE FIRST PHASE OF THE PROJECT – A NEW SPORTS LOUNGE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND IS SET TO OPEN IN DECEMBER THE SAME MONTH SPORTS BETTING WILL BEGIN IN TIVERTON. AND SPORTS BETTING WAS ORIGINALLY PROJECTED TO BRING IN $23.5 million in revenue for this fiscal year… but WITH THE DELAYS THAT NUMBER’S NOW BEEN CUT IN HALF… IN LINCOLN KK EWN

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