Reviews and ratings for top online sports betting sites and bookmakers in RI.
The good news for Rhode Islanders is that they have access to legal sports betting thanks to legislation passed barely a month after the Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. But with the Rhode Island Lottery the state’s only operator, choices – and bonuses – are non-existent in RI. Here's a look at the top sports betting bonuses that could be available to Rhode Island-based players down the road.
Here's a look at current bonuses for other marquee sportsbooks that could join the Rhode Island sports betting landscape at some point:
If your first qualifying wager loses, Caesars will credit you a free bet equal to the value of your first wager up to $1,250, plus get 1,000 Tier Credits and 1,000 Reward Credits® win or lose. Your Free Bet is for one-time use within 14 days and cannot be divided across multiple wagers.
If your first qualifying bet loses and it is in an amount greater than $50, you will receive five (5) free bets back in equal denominations of 20% of the total amount of the qualifying bet up to $1,000. If your qualifying bet loses and it is less than $50, you will receive a single free bet back in a single denomination equaling the total amount of the qualifying bet. Example: If you place a $1,000 qualifying bet and your bet loses, you will receive five (5) $200 free bets. If you place a $49 bet and lose, you will receive one $49 free bet.
FanDuel regularly changes its welcome bonus, especially during peak sports seasons like the NFL. The latest offer from FanDuel is a "No Sweat First Bet" of $1,000. If your first bet loses, FanDuel will offer you a free bet credit in the equal amount of your first bet up to $1,000. If your first bet wins, you win.
At DraftKings, you will receive a $50 free bet with a minimum deposit of $5. If you don’t have the bankroll to make a more extensive first deposit, this is a humble offer. Still, far from generous considering, DK is a multi-billion dollar industry giant. The more significant offer DraftKings features is a 20% first deposit match up to $1,000. In this case, you must deposit $5,000 to be eligible to receive the maximum possible bonus amount of $1,000. This is not a reasonable offer for the casual bettor.
PointsBet offers new players a $100 risk-free bet on each of their first five days as an account holder. Their deal is of the "if you don't use it, you lose it" type, so to get the most out of this, you must be super active in your first week as a player. PointsBet used to be one of the most generous betting sites with their new player promos, but as the industry as a whole has cut back on promotions, so has PointsBet.
Barstool Sportsbook has an average sign-up bonus offering a $1,000 risk-free bet for new users in most regions. They try and word it differently sometimes calling it a “2 for 1” but it’s a standard risk-free new player bonus. With the risk-free bet, you only get money back if your first bet loses, and they match your first bet, not deposit, up to $1,000.
|Caesars||$1,250 Free Bet + Credits||✅ No Code Required|
|BetMGM||$1,000 Risk-Free Bet||✅ No Code Required|
|FanDuel||$1,000 "No Sweat First Bet"||✅ No Code Required|
|DraftKings||20% Deposit Match up to $1,000||✅ No Code Required|
|PointsBet||5 Risk-free Bets up to $500||✅ No Code Required|
|Barstool||$1,000 Risk-free Bet||✅ No Code Required|
It will come as no surprise to see a rather extensive list of major professional and amateur sports available to Rhode Island bettors; here are the marquee sports on which RI residents can wager:
The smallest state in the union has a large betting appetite when it comes to NFL betting. And while the sports betting site options are sparse, the NFL markets certainly aren't: Rhode Island residents and visitors can bet on hundreds of outcomes for every regular-season and playoff game, including which team will score first and who will record the opening touchdown.
College football bettors in The Ocean State face a good-news, bad-news scenario when it comes to their wagering interests. While players are allowed to wager on the majority of NCAA football games, they're prohibited from placing bets either on teams from Rhode Island, or those competing in games within the state's borders.
Thankfully, bettors in Rhode Island face no such restrictions when it comes to placing wagers on NBA contests – and there are a LOT of markets here. Rhode Islanders can wager on any number of outcomes, between NBA championship futures, in-season spreads and totals, or even in-game results like player points, team fouls – or even the method of the game's first points.
The same rules apply to the NCAA basketball betting landscape as the college football realm, meaning that Rhode Island residents and visitors are not permitted to bet on teams from the state, or on games played within it. That still leaves dozens of teams and hundreds of betting markets most nights during the season, culminating with the frenzy of March Madness.
The "Boys of Summer" become sports bettors' focal point in July and August – and for any Rhode Islander interested in building his or her bankroll, betting on MLB is a great way to do it. In addition to the standard moneyline, runline and totals wagers, Rhode Island's sports betting site provides plenty of secondary markets including team and player props and innings plays.
The winter can feel long for just about anyone – but especially for sports bettors once the final play of the Super Bowl has been run. Fortunately, there are other sports to focus on when that happens – chief among them, hockey. And while Rhode Islanders won't find as many markets here as they will with the NFL or NBA, there's still plenty of puck action to enjoy.
No clubs, gloves or goofy pants required to make a nice profit on the course! Let the pros do the work for you: whether you're making some longshot outright plays, betting on a notable golfer to miss the cut or loading up on head-to-head matchups, golf betting markets are plentiful and easy to follow. And hey: You can still wear those goofy pants if you want to.
Rhode Island residents might only have professional football games to bet on from September to February, but they can wager on the "other" football virtually year-round. Ocean Staters have access to a wide variety of international soccer leagues, highlighted by the English Premier League, Italy's Serie A and the German Bundesliga. There's also MLS for a little local flavor.
Like most states, Rhode Island has put safeguards in place to ensure that bettors have a way out of any potential trouble spots.
The Rhode Island Council on Problem Gambling is the state’s main online resource for players who seek help. Players who visit the site have access to a self-assessment, along with links to the Problem Gambling Access Network and Gamblers Anonymous.
Many sportsbooks will offer you a free bet or several free bets as a reward for choosing them ahead of the competition. However, you should not expect a free bet offer to come with no strings attached. You will generally have to deposit your own money to unlock the free bet and then place several bets at a specific minimum set of odds before you can make a withdrawal.
Betting bonuses are awarded to new players to encourage them to sign up or to existing players so they remain loyal. They include match deposit bonuses, reload bonuses, boosted odds bonuses, and much more. They vary from one sportsbook to the next, so you should always shop around for the most appealing free bets and sign up for multiple books to enjoy several free bet offers. Always check the terms and conditions attached to free bets before accepting them.
This refers to the number of bets you must place before you are permitted to make a withdrawal. It applies to sign-up free bet bonuses and reload free bet bonuses. A typical rollover requirement would be 6x, which means you must wager your credit six times (place at least six bets) at a certain minimum price before you can make a withdrawal. The rollover requirement generally applies to the cash you deposit as well as the free bets you receive.