Live poker is legal at Twin River casino in Lincoln. The casino has yet to launch it though. There is no date set. The closest live poker games may be found in Connecticut at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. Massachusetts will launch poker in either 2014 or 2015.
Is Online Poker Legal in Rhode Island?
There are no laws in Rhode Island that specifically address online poker. This means that all U.S. friendly online poker rooms accept Rhode Island players.
Where Can You Play Online Poker in Rhode Island?
Bovada is the largest online poker room to accept players from Rhode Island. It is a member of the Bodog Poker Network that peaks at around 3,000 players each day. Zone Poker was just added, which is a fast fold variant that allows players to get dealt 300 hands an hour by moving them to a new table as soon as a hand is folded. This feature is perfect for players that hate waiting for a hand to end to get back into action.
Bovada markets to recreational players. There are several features that help keep less experienced players alive longer. This includes not using screen names at tables and not displaying full tables. New Bovada players will receive a 100% up to $1,000 first deposit bonus.
**UPDATE** Bovada.LV has temporarily halted new signups in the USA; existing accounts will continue to function as usual, with cash out times still being within 1 to 2 weeks.
Another great option for Rhode Island poker players is Carbon Poker, which is the flagship of the Merge Gaming Network. New players receive a 200% up to $5,000 first deposit bonus and there are monthly reload bonuses. There is also an impressive VIP program and a Royal Flush bonus where a player wins 100x the big blind for making a Royal Flush using both hole cards.
Americas Cardroom is another option for Rhode Island players. It offers mostly low buyin No Limit Texas Hold’em games, although some Pot Limit Omaha games may also be found. Americas Cardroom offers TheBeast, which is a monthly points race where hundreds of players win cash and tournament tickets. There is also a Bad Beat Jackpot where a player is rewarded for losing quad 8’s or higher.
Rhode Island’s Live Poker Scene
At this point there is no place to play live poker in Rhode Island. Connecticut offers Foxwoods, which offers over 150 tables. Mohegan Sun is also reasonably close for Rhode Island players. Massachusetts will launch casinos as early as 2014.