Representative O’Brien renews bill on repeal of social gaming ban
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Representative William O’Brien has revived his legislation to allow social gaming in homes, public taverns, and private clubs.
Representative O’Brien’s bill would legalize Super Bowl squares and NCAA Basketball bracket pools, as long as everyone is friends, and no person besides the participants receives anything of value. The bill also establishes that no fees can be paid to the house, host, owner or manager of the establishment or private residence.
“Now that Rhode Island has legalized sports betting, and it is proving very successful, there is no reason why every office pool or good-natured wager between friends and family should remain technically a crime. This is a reasonable and practical bill that corrects this problem in state law,” said Representative O’Brien.