Gambling companies announce partnership in Rhode Island

Twin River Executive Vice President Marc Crisafullli details expansion plans for the Lincoln casino while (from left) Jay Gendron and Robert Vincent of IGT announce a joint venture between the lottery vendor and casino operator to seek a 20-year contract to run gaming for Rhode Island. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The two companies with state gambling contracts in Rhode Island have announced a collaboration they say will maintain the state’s gambling revenue, enhance competitiveness with Massachusetts and Connecticut, and keep jobs in the state.

Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. and IGT’s announcement Thursday includes an expansion of Twin River’s Lincoln casino and the joint creation of a new company to maintain a competitive gaming machine offering.

IGT will also continue to seek approval for legislation authorizing Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo to extend its contract through 2043.

Senate President Dominick Ruggerio and House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, both Democrats, said the proposals would benefit all Rhode Islanders.