Welcome To Virginia Casinos

Sports bettors have access to almost a dozen sports betting apps with more on the way. Although there are no retail sportsbooks or casinos located in Virginia, they will launch in 2022. In the meantime, sports fans can bet on one of the top-notch Virginia sports betting apps from anywhere in the Commonwealth.  Combined, these sportsbooks offer new bettors approximately $10,000 in sportsbook bonus offers.

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Virginia legalized online sports betting just last year and soon after, online sportsbook apps launched. Now Virginia online sports betting and sportsbooks include some of the best in the US, giving bettors in the state several great options to choose from.

The Virginia Lottery is responsible for licensing and will approve up to 12 sportsbooks. This means Virginia bettors can expect more sportsbooks to launch in the coming months.

There are currently 9 online sports betting apps live in Virginia:

Legal sports betting in Virginia has had a lucrative year thus far, becoming the fastest state to hit $1 billion in revenue between launch day (in late January 2021) and the end of May 2021. By August 2021, Virginia was seeing an estimate $184 million in betting handle. While Virginians already have some of the best sportsbooks to choose from, they’ll have even more options in 2022 when more launch in time for Super Bowl LVI.

Virginia Online Sports Betting Bonus Offers December 2021

Bet $1, Win$100Free Bet

Licensed in Virginia

Pros

  • Bet $1, Win $100 Free Bet (only in VA)
  • $50 Free Bet on $5 Deposit
  • $1,000 Deposit Bonus
  • Top online sportsbook App

Cons

  • Only 20% match for deposit bonus

Sportsbook Rating Excellent
DraftKings Virginia Review

 

Payout Speed 24 Hours
Bonus Offer 1,150
T&C’s Apply –21+
$1,000Risk Free Bet

Licensed in Virginia

Pros

  • $1,000 Risk Free Bet (Code: SHARP)
  • Backed by the MGM Brand
  • Strong odds versus competitors

Cons

  • Less competitive bonus offer

Sportsbook Rating Excellent
BetMGM Virginia Review

 

Payout Speed 24 Hours
Bonus Code: SHARP 1000
T&C’s Apply –21+
$1,001First Bet Match

Licensed in Virginia

Pros

  • $1,001 First Bet Match (Code: SHARPBET)
  • Best online app for live betting
  • Great odds boosts & promos

Cons

  • Crowded menu on app screen

Sportsbook Rating Great
Caesars Sportsbook Virginia Review

 

Payout Speed 24 Hours
Bonus Code: SHARPBET 1,001
T&C’s Apply –21+
$250Deposit Match

Licensed in Virginia

Pros

  • $250 Deposit Match Bonus (Code: SHARP250)
  • Only 1x Playthrough
  • Extensive market depth

Cons

  • Sometimes glitchy app

Sportsbook Rating Good
BetRivers Virginia Review

 

Payout Speed 24 Hours
Bonus Code: SHARP250 250
T&C’s Apply –21+
$1,000Risk Free Bet

Licensed in Virginia

Pros

  • $1,000 Risk-Free Bet
  • Best online sportsbook App
  • Great odds boosts

Cons

  • Average support

Sportsbook Rating Excellent
FanDuel Virginia Review

 

Payout Speed 24 Hours
Bonus Offer 1,000
T&C’s Apply –21+
$600Risk Free Bet

Licensed in Virginia

Pros

  • $600 Risk Free Bet on Deposit (Code: BETBONUS)
  • Competitive odds
  • Expanding into new states

Cons

  • Apple iOS app needs some improvement

Sportsbook Rating Good
Unibet Virginia Review

 

Payout Speed 24 Hours
Bonus Code: BETBONUS 600
T&C’s Apply –21+

Virginia Sports Betting Recent Updates

An attempt to expand the Virginia casino industry by building a new casino in Richmond was defeated by voters on election day 2021. Golden Nugget Sportsbook launched in Virginia on October 13, making it the ninth sportsbook to launch in the state. Late September 2021 saw Caesars Entertainment’s announcement of plans to build the Virginia Lottery-approved casino in Danville, one of five to be built in Virginia cities. This means that Caesars Sportsbook will be available as a retail option to Virginia bettors within the next few years. In early September, DC’s Grand Central Restaurant & Bar announced its partnership with Elys Game Technology to open “the first sportsbook of its kind to be operated within an independently-owned business establishment in the US.

June 2021 saw an impressive revenue report landing at just under $14.9 million in gross profits for online sportsbooks in the state. Virginia sportsbooks brought in more than $1 billion in handle from launch day until the end of May, becoming the first state in US history to reach the $1 billion mark in sportsbook revenue that quickly.

Virginia Sports Betting Timeline

  • November 2021 – Virginia voters defeated a ballot initiative to expand the Richmond casino landscape by opening another retail casino in the area.
  • October 2021 – Golden Nugget Virginia launched, making it the ninth online sports betting app in the Commonwealth.
  • September 2021Caesars Entertainment announces its plans to build the retail casino in Danville
  • August 2021 – Caesars Entertainment rebrands William Hill Sportsbook to become Caesars Sportsbook
  • August 2021 – The Virginia Lottery approved Golden Nugget Sportsbook and Bally’s Corporation for temporary launch in Virginia
  • August 2021 – Barstool Sportsbook launched on August 10, 2021
  • April 2021 – The Virginia Lottery approved Unibet Virginia, which launched just a day later
  • March 2021WynnBet Virginia was approved by the Virginia Lottery and launched on March 10, 2021. Virginia Lottery reported that in February, Virginia sportsbooks generated $266 million in betting handle
  • January 2021 – DraftKings Virginia launched on January 24, 2021, while BetRivers, BetMGM, and William Hill launched on the 27th
  • January 21, 2021: FanDuel Virginia became the first sportsbook app to announce its launch in Virginia
  • November 2020: Voters approve casinos in Bristol, Danville, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Richmond via referendum
  • October 2020: Licensing application process for sports betting operators begins
  • September 2020: Virginia Lottery finalizes regulatory framework for mobile sports betting
  • July 2020: Sports betting legalized in Virginia

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What Are You Be Able To Bet On?

The Virginia Lottery licenses and regulates online sports betting in the Commonwealth, and that includes enforcing restrictions on certain betting.

Bettors in Virginia can bet without restriction on professional domestic and international sporting events. However, bets on the Olympics are restricted.

For college sports, Virginia sportsbooks can’t offer lines on games played by in-state teams or college games that take place inside the Commonwealth. It is also illegal to take prop bets on any college team.

Professional Leagues In Virginia 

Virginia doesn’t have any in-state major league teams. But you’ll find thousands of fans for a handful of franchises, particularly those in Washington DC and Maryland Here are some of the key favorites:

NASCAR

The Commonwealth of Virginia boasts two NASCAR race tracks: Martinsville Speedway and Richmond Raceway. WynnBET is partnered with both tracks to launch its online sportsbook, with the goal of offering a fan-focused NASCAR betting experience.

However, all online sportsbooks in Virginia take NASCAR bets. The most common is betting on which driver will win, place in the top three, or place in the top ten.

In addition to pre-race bets, online sportsbooks will also take the following NASCAR bets:

  • In-play bets
  • Driver matchups/head-to-heads
  • Stage winners
  • Number of the winning car (over/under)

Because you can download Virginia sports betting apps and wager from anywhere in the state, you do not have to visit Martinsville Speedway or Richmond Raceway to place a bet. But it is legal to wager on the race while attending the event in person.

Some online sportsbooks also allow you to stream the event live through the app or website.

The Washington Football Team

The Washington Football Team is by far the most popular major league team for Virginia sports betting. While WFT is not by any means the most successful franchise in the NFL, the team is consistently competitive, making for exciting betting action.

Going into the 2021/22 NFL season, the Washington Football Team has Anthonio Gibson coming off a hot rookie season, resigned reliable kicker Dustin Hopkins, and a lot of wiggle room beneath the salary cap.

Depending on how things go with free agents, trades, and the 2021 NFL draft, the WFT could be a contender for Super Bowl 2022. In fact, you can bet on Super Bowl LVI at Virginia sportsbooks right now as well as conference winner and 2021/22 MVP.

And you’ll find some of the best betting action of the year when The Washington Football Team faces off against the Dallas Cowboys, which is one of the greatest rivalries in US sports.

Also, there’s nothing in the regulatory fine print to stop Virginia sportsbooks from taking wagers on the 2022 NFL Draft. If you don’t see it listed in your preferred sportsbook, feel free to reach out to its customer support team to see if it will become available.

Virginia sports fans also favor betting on its nearby neighbor the Baltimore Ravens.

Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals are a highly popular MLB team that plays at Nationals Park in Washington DC. However, the Norfolk Tides, a well-loved Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, has inspired some fandom for the Orioles as well.

Unfortunately, no online sportsbooks take bets on minor league baseball.

Like with NFL futures, bettors in Virginia can wager on MLB events all year round. In fact, the MLB offers a much larger futures market due to it being such a stats-oriented sport.

For example, you can bet that Nationals left fielder Juan Soto will hit the most home runs.

However, it is against Virginia law to bet on “subjective trophy awards” such as the Cy Young Award, MVP, or Manager of the Year.

College Sports In Virginia

For college sports betting, Virginia Lottery regulations restrict bets on in-state college teams, including Virginia Tech and VCU. Any college game that takes place in Virginia is also restricted, and bettors cannot place prop bets on any college teams whatsoever.

That means if you want to bet on a Division 1 Virginia college team, you’ll have to visit Maryland, West Virginia, Tennessee, or Washington DC, all of which legalized online sports betting.

In those jurisdictions, you can bet on all of the following Virginia colleges, listed in alphabetical order:

  • George Mason
  • Hampton University
  • James Madison
  • Liberty University
  • Longwood
  • Old Dominion
  • Radford
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Virginia
  • VCU
  • VMI
  • Virginia Tech
  • William & Mary

Virginia Tech & University Of Virginia

Virginia Tech is the state’s most successful college football team, ranked 38th best program in the country by ESPN. College football is the second most popular sport for betting in the US after the NFL, making Virginia Tech betting one of the most popular options in the US.

The University of Virginia boasts the most successful college basketball team in the state, winning the NCAA Tournament Championship as recently as 2019. They’ve also been to the Final Four three times and the Elite Eight seven times. 

The good news for sports bettors is that most of the surrounding areas have online sportsbooks. Sometimes, like with DraftKings and FanDuel, the same sportsbook app will unlock more betting options depending on where you are. 

That means you can bet on anything other than Virginia colleges while in the Commonwealth, then travel to Maryland, DC, Pennsylvania, or West Virginia to bet on Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia.

West Virginia

For Virginia bettors who want to bet on college sports from home, West Virginia University is one of the most popular options. The team plays in the Big 12 for both basketball and football, a “Power 5” football conference that includes the following enormous programs:

  • Kansas
  • Kansas State
  • Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma State
  • Texas
  • Texas Tech
  • TCU
  • Baylor
  • Iowa State

Every online sportsbook in Virginia will offer lines on every Big 12 football and basketball game.

In 2005’s March Madness tournament, seven seed West Virginia went to the Elite Eight, confirming that you should never underestimate the program. West Virginia is also the 47th most successful football program in the country out of the 180 Division 1 teams.

West Virginia has a rivalry with multiple teams, including Virginia Tech. Unfortunately, if they play a Virginia school, that means you can’t bet on either team. But if there were ever a reason to visit Maryland to bet on sports, it would be for a West Virginia versus Virginia Tech football game.

Georgetown

The quality of the Georgetown basketball team, like that of its biggest rival Syracuse University, depends on the season. Georgetown isn’t a team that’s guaranteed to make it into March Madness every year by any stretch, with its last appearance in 2015. 

But between 2006 and 2015, Georgetown saw the number two seed twice and made it to the Final Four in 2007. While they haven’t won the Championship since Patrick Ewing led the team to victory in 1984, the Hoyas could make it happen in the near future.

In terms of Georgetown football, the team’s history doesn’t live up to that of its basketball counterpart. However, they had an 8-3 season as recently as 2011, and they currently play in the highly competitive Patriot League, which also includes the University of Richmond.

While not a “Power 5” conference, the Patriot League boasts strong competitors like Boston University, Loyola, Holy Cross, and Georgetown’s hometown rival American University, making for some top-notch betting action.

Other US Sports

Virginia sports bettors will find a wide variety of American sporting events across the online sportsbooks. 

Racing

On top of the aforementioned NASCAR, you can bet on a range of motorsports, including Formula 1. It is also legal to bet on horse racing online through licensed operators like TVG and TwinSpires.

Golf & Tennis

Similar in structure, betting on tennis and golf are available options as well. The Dominion Energy Charity Classic is a tournament on the PGA Tour that takes place at the Country Club of Virginia in Henrico. Some professional tennis matches are also held in Charlottesville, VA. However, betting lines on those matches can be a bit harder to find than they are for PGA tournaments.

Other Professional Team Sports

The NHL is one of the most popular betting options at Virginia sportsbooks, particularly on the Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Carolina Hurricanes. All Virginia sports betting apps offer tons of lines on every NHL game. The same is true for the NBA and WNBA. DC hosts the Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics. 

And don’t discount the MLS for betting action. The league is highly competitive, and all Virginia sportsbooks offer a variety of lines within each game. This includes hometown favorite the DC United. 

Combat Sports

Combat sports are a popular option for bettors in Virginia. Sportsbooks offer odds on boxing and MMA fights. The lines aren’t limited to the major bouts either, with MMA and boxing events listed on Virginia sports betting apps almost every week.

Betting On International Sports And Events In Virginia

The Virginia Lottery approved several professional, international sports. All online sportsbooks offer some or all of the available international sports odds. However, Caesars has a particularly strong market depth when it comes to overseas competitions.

European Soccer

Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, and the UEFA Champions League betting is more popular in the US than betting on the MLS. Overseas teams boast the world’s highest-paid players, including the likes of Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappé, and Neymar. 

All online sportsbooks in Virginia offer lines on the major European soccer leagues and odds boosters on major matches are common.

The World Cup is also one of the most popular betting sports in the US. You can be sure that most Virginia sportsbooks will be offering lucrative promos come to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. And the next one will be hosted by the US, Canada, and Mexico, which means we can all look forward to incredible betting action come 2026.

Other International Sports

You can find lines on other international sports at Virginia sportsbooks, some of which also take place right here in the US. These include:

  • Rugby
  • Cricket
  • Aussie Rules Football
  • Table Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Cycling
  • Darts
  • Handball

The Virginia Lottery can also approve additional sports by request from a licensed sportsbook.

Esports In Virginia

Unlike West Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia does not allow betting on esports. However, it could still be approved by the Virginia Lottery. It is just not one of its “Current Approved Leagues” as listed on its website.

But you can play Daily Fantasy Esports via FanDuel DFS and DraftKings DFS platforms. Games include League of Legends, Dota 2, CS: GO, and more.

The DFS platforms are separate from the sportsbook platforms and accept players 18 and up (rather than 21 and up).

Virginia Gambling FAQs

Is it legal to gamble at casinos in Virginia?

Yes. But there’s one catch: Virginia doesn’t have any casinos yet. Voters in five Virginia communities approved casinos in Bristol, Danville, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Richmond. This vote occurred in November 2020, but it will be at least a few years before Virginia casinos actually open.

Is online sports betting legal in Virginia?

Yes. The Virginia Lottery began accepting license applications on October 15, 2020. The first app launched on January 21, 2021, when FanDuel Virginia hit the ground running. Several other apps launched in the days and weeks that followed, and currently, there are eight.

How old do I have to be to gamble at casinos in Virginia?

Currently, Virginia’s minimum gambling age is 18 for pari-mutuel wagering, bingo, Daily Fantasy Sports, and lottery games. 

The minimum age for sports betting and casino gaming is 21. 

Is gambling online legal in Virginia?

Yes, but not every form of online gambling is available yet. Sports betting, horse race betting, and online lottery are available to Virginians; however, online casino gaming is not yet legal in the state.

Does Virginia have a lottery?

Yes. The Virginia Lottery was created in 1987 and sold its first ticket in 1988. The Virginia Lottery benefits the state’s education programs. In early 2021, the Lottery began selling tickets online.

The Virginia Lottery is also the governing body for sports betting. The organization creates rules and regulations that govern sportsbooks in the state.

Can I play the lottery online in Virginia?

Yes. You can purchase tickets and play lottery games online in Virginia. 

Is it safe to place a sports bet online in Virginia?

Yes. One of the best reasons to bet at legal online sports betting sites is that they are completely safe, unlike off-shore or illegal sportsbooks. Now that sports betting is fully legal in Virginia and online sportsbooks are available, there is no reason to go offshore. The Virginia Lottery and the government of Virginia do everything in their power to ensure online betting is safe for Virginia bettors. 

Do I have to pay taxes if I win?

Yes. All gambling winnings are taxed by the IRS. The federal tax rate on gambling winnings is 25%. 

In many cases, a casino or sportsbook will provide you with tax paperwork if your winnings exceed a certain threshold. If you win below the threshold, you still need to pay taxes on those winnings, but the paperwork is your responsibility.

Does it make sense to join a casino's loyalty program?

Yes, especially if you play frequently. Rewards programs offer a lot of great incentives for casino players. Free meals, room discounts, free play on slots, special concert/event pre-sales…the list could go on. Frequent players can gain a lot from a casino loyalty program, so it’s worth signing up even if you expect to visit once every few months. Points add up over time!

Who owns the casinos in Virginia?

Virginia has identified preferred casino partners for all five cities that authorized casinos to be built. Here are the identified preferred partners:

  • Bristol: Hard Rock International
  • Danville: Caesars Entertainment
  • Portsmouth: Rush Street Gaming (Rivers)
  • Richmond: Pamunkey Indian Tribe
  • Norfolk: Pamunkey Indian Tribe