Part 3 of Bluff’s ongoing look at the current state of online gambling in the United States continues with a look at nine states where online gambling legislation is a possibility or where online gambling could be considered.
None of these states are likely to pass online gambling legislation in the next couple years, but these are the states that could be part of the second or third wave on online gaming expansion in the U.S.
These states have all the ingredients for iGaming expansion, they just don’t know if they want it yet.
This four part series will cover the state of online gambling in all 50 states, including:
- The seven states where online gaming is legal or approval is imminent
- The eight states currently thought to be considering online gaming expansion
- The reasons why nine states may consider expanding into online gaming in the near future
- The reasons why 26 states are unlikely to pass online gaming laws
Rhode Island is an interesting case as well.
As the smallest state in the union, and one of the smallest population-wise, with just over 1 million residents, Rhode Island would have trouble sustaining a viable iGaming industry. That being said, if Rhode Island passed a comprehensive iGaming bill (including casino) and was willing to take only a small amount from iGaming operators, it could work – an interstate agreement would be mandatory for online poker.
Online gambling might be a ways off though, as Rhode Island is currently getting ready to turn Twin Rivers Casino (which just got the go ahead for table games in 2012) into a full-fledged resort casino, as the state has approved the addition of a hotel to the casino.