Rhode Island sportsbetting contract awarded to William Hill and IGT
International Game Technology (IGT), the well-known games machine and gaming systems company, has revealed that it is partnering with the top British bookmaking firm William Hill’s American arm to offer end to end sportsbetting facilities to the Rhode Island Lottery.
In an official statement on Friday the two companies revealed that they have signed up for a five-year deal, and that by mid-November they intend to offer sportsbetting in Rhode Island’s Twin River Casino and the not yet opened Tiverton Casino Hotel.
IGT, which is based in Rome, said that this new Rhode Island sportsbetting facility would be employing IGT’s own gaming platform, while William Hill would take care of operational matters and risk management. The contract has provision for up to two consecutive five-year extensions if all parties are happy.
Since the US Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) last May, six states, with Rhode Island among them, have legalised sportsbetting; however, only half of them (Delaware, New Jersey, and Mississippi) are presently offering sportsbooks, as Pennsylvania and West Virginia are still putting appropriate legislation in place.
The CEO of IGT in North America, Renato Ascoli, said that the agreement put his company and William Hill in the perfect place to offer the Rhode Island Lottery "a comprehensive and market-ready solution that will maximize sportsbetting revenues and returns to good causes." He went on to say, "We are pleased that Rhode Island is the first lottery to set up sportsbetting operations post-PASPA. IGT is a leading and proven supplier of sportsbetting technology in the United States."
Speaking for William Hill US, CEO Joe Asha said that IGT were “a world-class gaming technology company” and that he “couldn’t be happier” in joining with them to offer Rhode Island “a world-class sportsbetting solution.”