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The Latest: Rhode Island casino launches sports betting

November 26, 2018

Casey Pellegrino, of Watertown, Mass., left, places a bet on professional sports, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, at Twin River Casino Hotel, in Lincoln, R.I. Rhode Island is the first New England state to legalize sports betting since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law this year that made most sports gambling illegal. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on a casino in Rhode Island becoming the first in New England to accept bets on professional sports (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

A casino in Rhode Island has become the first in New England to accept bets on professional sports.

Sports betting began at Twin River Casino’s Lincoln location Monday.

Rhode Island is the first New England state to legalize sports betting since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law this year that made most sports gambling illegal.

The state’s legislative leaders, Democratic Senate President Dominick Ruggerio and Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, placed ceremonial first bets with John Taylor, chairman of Twin River Worldwide Holdings.

About 50 people lined up during the ceremony to wager too. Many were betting on Monday night football and on the Boston Celtics.

Zack Natola of Watertown, Massachusetts, said he plans to be a regular. He said he frequently travels to Las Vegas and appreciates having a place for sports betting nearby.

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12:10 p.m.

A casino in Rhode Island is becoming the first in New England to accept bets on professional sports.

Sports betting begins at Twin River Casino’s Lincoln location Monday afternoon.

Rhode Island is the first New England state to legalize sports betting since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law this year that made most sports gambling illegal.

Legislative leaders, Dominick Ruggerio and Nicholas Mattiello, and John Taylor, chairman of Twin River Worldwide Holdings, will place the ceremonial first bets.

Twin River’s casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton are the only two places where bets will be accepted, for now.

Twin River expects to begin sports betting in Tiverton in December. Bets must be placed in person.

Rhode Island plans to explore ways to expand sports betting in the future.

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