Virginia Sports Betting Details: Sportsbook Locations & Mobile Betting Apps
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.
Sent down with some amendments that seem to be agreeable to both House and Senate patrons. Not a poison pill. So we will have sports betting in Va.
— Marcus Simon (@marcussimon) April 12, 2020
Virginia to Launch Online Sports Betting in 2020?
Virginia aiming to launch online sports betting by "mid-to-late December 2020 at the earliest." More info from Virginia Lottery –> https://t.co/0sGGXjJOaG
— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) May 5, 2020
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.
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:
These five casinos plus Colonial Downs racetrack and pro sports venues (Redskins, 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.
When Can I Bet on Sports in Virginia?
April 22, 2020 is set to be the next meeting of the Virginia General Assembly. There will be a clearer timeline after that date, but with the amendments set to be agreed to by both the House and Senate in Virginia, the legislation seems to be imminent. This means that sports betting will be ready as soon as the laws are finalized and regulation is enacted. This has taken anywhere from six months to over a year in other states, so it is safe to guess that sports betting in Virginia will happen in 2021 at the earliest.
Stay tuned as we will update with more details as they come in on Virginia legal sports betting.
Virginia Sports Betting Apps
There will be 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:
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- Unibet Sportsbook
- William Hill
- Circa Sports
- and more!
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.
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
- Basketball (Pro and College)
- Football (Pro and College)
- Mixed Martial Arts
- Track and Field
What Types of Bets Can I Place in Virginia?
Virginia sportsbooks will likely offer the following types of wagers:
- Parlays and Teasers
- Props (except on college teams)
- Live In-Game Betting
- and more!
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
Virginia Sports Betting Law
While the Virginia sports betting law has not been officially signed and legislated, all reports indicate they will be. Some details in the casino and sports betting bills are:
- Five casinos would 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 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.
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.
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.