Sports betting is now legal in Virginia and several online sportsbooks are available. Below is a list of those books and their current new player promo offer for October.
Virginia bettors must be 21+ and present to place wagers in the state. If you or a loved one is experiencing problems with gambling, call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit the National Council on Problem Gambling www.ncpgambling.org
News of yet another state legalizing sports betting was somewhat lost in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sports betting officially became legal in the state of Virginia in April of 2020. Betting sites like FanDuel have already done quite well in the state.
Below are answers to the most popular questions we get surrounding the Virginia sports betting market. Virginia should be a fairly straight-forward launch for sportsbooks, as many of their policies mirror what we saw in other states. That being said, as with any state, there are some unique rules that are specific to Virginia residents and visitors.
Yes, sports betting is officially legal in the state of Virginia. Several online sportsbooks are available as of October 2023.
There are several rules that Virginia bettors should be aware of. The first is that wagering on the state’s college teams will not be allowed. Not only will this include games featuring the state’s colleges (Virginia, Va Tech, VCU, Liberty…) but will also include tournaments these teams are competing in (March Madness).
As we mentioned earlier, mobile betting is legal in Virginia, so you will be able to bet anywhere. One interesting note here, however, is that the law allows for legal sports betting in one professional sports stadium. Early speculation is that the state is going to make a run at a new location for the Washington Commanders, and a sportsbook would certainly help their cause.
This seems unlikely in the near future, but five cities are currently allowed to explore building a casino and sportsbook. We would expect each of them to jump at the opportunity, but these would clearly be long-term projects. Those cities include Bristol, Danville, Portsmouth, Norfolk, and Richmond. A decision from each of these cities voters are expected in November.
Yes, live betting will be available in Virginia on any sportsbook that offers it. Obviously, the state’s college teams will not be eligible for live betting.