Virginia Online Sports Betting Details: Sportsbook Bonus Options & Mobile Betting Apps

Virginia Sports Betting




Since PASPA was overturned in 2018, states across the country have been having somewhat of a “rat race” to get sports betting legalized and legislated. With that said, certain states were not thought of to have the political background to allow sports betting. Times have certainly changed though, as the state of Virginia is inching closer to having legal sports betting in the state. Not only will bettors be able to wager on sports betting from their own mobile devices and computers, but there are talks that the state will open at least five casinos which was previously unheard of in Virginia. Let’s take a look at when betting will be available in Virginia, where bettors can expect to wager, and more.

Virginia to Launch Online Sports Betting in 2021

As David Purdum reported on twitter, the VA lottery is looking to launch online sports betting in the state in December 2020. While it could be later, the state is moving very quickly in terms of legislation and execution of an online sports betting product. More information can be found on the VA Lottery page.

In addition, sports betting is technically “legal” in Virginia, as it passed on July 1, 2020 per HB 896 and SB 384. It has taken a few years officially, but the law permits legal sports betting officially.



Where Can I Bet in Virginia?

With the proposed sports betting bills in Virginia, there will be plenty of places to bet on sports in the state. There would be casinos built in:

  • Richmond
  • Danville
  • Norkfolk
  • Portsmouth
  • Bristol

These five casinos plus Colonial Downs racetrack and pro sports venues (Washington Football team, maybe) in the state would present physical locations to wage on sports. In addition, there is expected to be 12 mobile-only operator licenses would would allow Virginia residents and visitors to wager from their own computers or mobile devices anywhere in the state. When enacted, bettors can wager effectively anywhere in the state of Virginia. Virginia sports bettors can also expect to be able to wager on some of the better legal sports betting apps in the space including DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, and more.



When Can I Bet on Sports in Virginia?

While legally, sports betting in Virginia is allowed as of July 1, 2020 there are some hurdles to clear before money can be taken in the state. With a full list of regulations, there are rules that have to be followed for the state, bettors, platforms, data providers, and more. The Virginia Lottery Board will be the overseer for legal sports betting apps, which are expected to be available in 2021. Here is a look at some that may be available right away.

Sportsbook Expected Launch Date
DraftKings Sportsbook 2021
FanDuel Sportsbook 2021
PointsBet 2021
BetMGM Sportsbook 2021


Virginia Sports Betting Apps

There will be up to 12 mobile-only licenses, which leaves plenty of room for big name sportsbook operators in Virginia. Expect to see the following legal sportsbooks in Virginia at some point in 2021.

With at least five casinos likely to be opened in Virginia, there will be plenty of branding opportunties for online sportsbook operators to either partner or offer mobile-only.


DraftKings Sportsbook Virginia

With sports betting set to launch soon in Virginia, all eyes will be on DraftKings Sportsbook in the state. As one of the clear leaders in the space, DraftKings Sportsbook ranks in the top two in terms of total handle and downloads in nearly all states that it is legal in. DraftKings Sportsbook is known for its odds boosts, aesthetics, and a live-betting feature that is second to none. Expect it to be one of the first sports betting platforms available in Virginia.



DraftKings Sportsbook App is the most popular in the country!

New users get a $1,000 bonus!



What Sports Can I Bet in Virginia?

With the only exception being in-state college teams as prohibited, Virginia offers the following sports to wager on:

  • Auto Racing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball (Pro and College)
  • Bowling
  • Boxing
  • Cricket
  • eSports
  • Football (Pro and College)
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • Olympics
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field


Virginia Sports Teams to Bet On

Oddly enough, there are no professional sports teams in Virginia but there are plenty of professional programs that are associated with Washington, DC…which a large number of Virginians live and work. The only restrictions in Virginia will be the inability to bet on Virginia college teams, college props, and in-game college sports betting. This unfortunately means no wagering on Virginia, VCU, or Virginia Tech basketball. Here is a list of the professional teams that are most associated with Virginia that most bettors in the state will wager on.

  • Washington Football Team – NFL
  • Washington Wizards – NBA
  • Washington Nationals – MLB
  • Washington Capitals – NHL
  • DC United Soccer Club – MLS

With the restrictions on college betting, that hinders some of the teams for Virginians to wager on but not all of them. With Virginia being in ACC country, they can still wager on plenty of ACC basketball and football, among other sports.


What Types of Bets Can I Place in Virginia?

Virginia sportsbooks will likely offer the following types of wagers:

  • Moneylines
  • Totals
  • Spreads
  • Parlays and Teasers
  • Props (except on college teams)
  • Futures
  • Live In-Game Betting (except on college sports)
  • and more!


How to bet on sports in Virginia

Betting on sports is very easy, and will be easy to do in the state of Virginia in 2021 after launch of the legal sportsbooks in the state. You will need to complete a few steps in order to place legal sports bets, but that is customary across all states. Here are a few steps to take in order to sign up and bet at legal sportsbooks in the state.

Step 1: Choose your favorite sportsbook

Choose your favorite sportsbook to play at, as there are many options. You will be able to select one (or more) of the following to play at, including:

  • DraftKings Sportsbook
  • FanDuel Sportsbook
  • PointsBet
  • BetMGM Sportsbook

Step 2: Register to sign up

To sign up, you will need to provide some personal details in order register for an account. When registering, here is the information that is likely needed to create an account:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Last four of SSN, and other information.

This information is needed to ensure you are 21 years of age or older and eligible to wager on sports in Virginia.

Step 3: Deposit

Depositing is how you can fund your sportsbook account, and how you can wager on sports legally in the state. To deposit, you will just need to click “Deposit” on your sportsbook, then choose a monetary amount. Remember, there are many types of welcome bonuses that will be tied to your first deposit including deposit matches, risk-free bets and more.

Step 4: Place your bet

After you deposit, you will be able to place your first wager and start betting on sports in Virginia. To do this, there are a few steps.

  • Select your sport
  • Select your betting market, such as who will win the Heisman Trophy
  • Select your wager, such as Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler
  • Input your wager amount
  • Click submit, and you have placed your first bet!


How Can I Deposit Money at Virginia Sportsbooks?

Expect to see the following cashier methods on sportsbook apps in Virginia:

  • Cashier’s Cage in person
  • Credit/Debit Cards
  • Bank Transfers
  • Prepaid Casino Cards
  • PayPal
  • eCheck


Virginia Sports Betting Law and Licensing

There are many rules when it comes to the law and licensing for Virginia sports betting. Here are some highlights.

  • Five casinos will be built, in Bristol, Danville, Norfolk, Richmond, and Portsmouth.
  • Voter referendum to approve casinos.
  • Casino tax for public school construction.
  • No prop bets on college teams.
  • No live-betting for college sports.
  • No betting on elections, sporting events only.
  • No wagering on Virginia college teams.
  • Can bet on college games IN Virginia, as long as it is not Virginia teams (NCAA tournament, etc)
  • $250,000 sports betting application permit
  • 12 mobile-only sports betting licenses.
  • Official league data for in-game betting.
  • 15% tax.
  • Commonwealth gets 95% of the tax money, 5% going to Virginia Lottery Board.


Virginia Sports Betting Frequently Asked Questions

Is sports betting legal in Virginia?

Yes. Once legislation is officially passed as expected, sports betting will be legal in Virginia. It is expected to launch in 2021.

How old do I have to be to bet on sports in Virginia?

You must be 21 years of age or more to bet on sports in Virginia.

Do I have to live in Virginia to bet on sports?

No. As long as you are physically located in the state, you may place a wager on sports.

Can I bet if I visit Virginia from another state?

Yes, as long as you are physically located in Virginia, you may legally wager assuming you meet the requirements.

Can I bet on college sports in Virginia?

Yes, but you cannot bet on teams that are in Virginia while in the state.

When does sports betting launch in Virginia?

It is expected that sports betting will launch in 2021, hopefully before the spring.