The lawsuit to the state of Rhode Island to prevent the introduction of mobile sports game could be decided on Wednesday. The complaint was introduced by former mayor candidate Daniel Harrop last May.
Harrop argued that such plans were unconstitutional so he filed the lawsuit to halt the progress of online games in the state. At the hearing of the case that will be held by the State Supreme Court, the future of the sports game would be decided.
The legal dispute has physical bookmakers waiting for the court ruling, since their operations could be greatly affected. In case the court finds merits to Harrop’s lawsuit, online sports play could be banned.
However, if Judge Brian Stern concludes that Harrop is using the case to keep his name active in public opinion, as many believe, then, on the contrary, the mobile sports game could be introduced into the state in the next 48 hours to failure.
Paul Grimaldi, head of the Public Information Office of the Rhode Island Department of Revenue, told the Sports Handle site that
“The plan is to move forward unless the judge gives us any reason for us to pause.”
If so, the Rhode Island Lottery will then launch a policy for mobile sports games as soon as possible. The first thing to do would be to include downloadable documents on the local sportsbetri.com website which must be completed and sent to the Twin River or Tiverton casinos.
The documents provide players with all the information necessary to register in the state, which is an indispensable requirement to make use of the mobile game application. Such registration will be processed and approved the same day it is submitted, as reported by the Rhode Island Lottery.
In the New England area, Rhode Island was the first state to approve sports games and is currently the only one that has a live market. It will depend on the court’s decision that all gaming activity continue.
What is at stake are physical bets and prop bets, along with future bets, teaser bets, parlays and bets of all against all, which would also be available both in physical bookmakers and in virtual
Similarly, professional and university games are also included in the bets, except that the game involves a local Rhode Island team during a match anywhere in the state.
New Hampshire could be the second state in this area to launch sports betting. Last July, a sports betting legislation was approved by state legislators, so the market is expected to be operational by the beginning of 2020.