Senate leader worries about casino staffing for sports bets

Sportsbook Rhode Island slips at Twin River Casino in Lincoln. (WJAR)

Rhode Island's Senate president says there aren't enough casino staff to take sports bets and he's concerned about the state losing out on revenue.

Twin River Casino recently launched sports betting at its Lincoln and Tiverton locations.

Democratic Senate President Dominick Ruggerio said people couldn't get to the front of the line in Lincoln to place wagers before the earliest football games Sunday. He said this has happened before.

Twin River spokesman Patti Doyle said this is only the first phase of the new operation. She said they're opening a sportsbook lounge with additional terminals and self-service kiosks.

Ruggerio said Twin River took in $170,000 in sports wagers opening day in Lincoln, exceeding expectations. He said more than half of patrons are from out of state, predominantly Massachusetts.

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