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1/31/2019 Rep. O’Brien to reintroduce bill to repeal social gaming ban; cosponsor of Speaker Mattiello’s bill to allow mobile sports betting
STATE HOUSE – Rep. William W. O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence) will be reintroducing his legislation (2018-H 7339) that would allow social gaming in private residences, public taverns, and private clubs.  Representative O’Brien’s bill would legalize activities such as Super Bowl “squares” and “pools” as long as there is a social relationship between participants and no person other than the participants receives anything of value.

“With the New England Patriots heading to the Super Bowl once again, and now that Rhode Island has legalized sports betting, there is no reason why this practical and reasonable legislation that would make every office pool or good-natured wager between friends and family no longer a crime,” said Representative O’Brien. 

The legislation further establishes that no entry fees or proceeds from the gaming can be paid to the house, host, owner or manager of the establishment or private residence.

Representative O’Brien is also a cosponsor of legislation (2019-H 5241), sponsored by Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston), which authorizes and provides for online sports wagering through authorized hosting facilities in Rhode Island.

“Mobile sports betting is the next logical step after legalizing sports betting at Twin River facilities and I am in full support of the Speaker Mattiello’s bill to make mobile sports betting a reality.  It will bring more money in for the state, it will lighten the congestion seen at Twin River with the successful implantation of sports betting, and I believe that the people of the state would like this convenient option when wagering for their favorite teams,” said Representative O’Brien.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903