Sports betting is coming to Virginia in 2021. But with no professional football teams located within Virginia, Virginia bettors do have the option of betting on the Baltimore Ravens during regular season play and the playoffs.
With the Baltimore Ravens becoming a regular in the playoffs since drafting Lamar Jackson, fans in Virginia will soon find it much easier to bet on their favorite team. Virginia is poised to become one of the latest states to make online sports betting legal.
Until sports betting launches officially, Ravens fans have to travel to West Virginia or Washington DC to use a mobile app. Either that, or go to a casino or retail sportsbook location like the Capital One Arena in DC. But with mobile betting expected to launch in Virginia in early 2021, that will no longer be necessary.
Sports betting at retail locations or casinos will not go live until 2022 (according to projections).
Which Sports Betting Apps Can Virginia Bettors Use To Bet On The Ravens
When mobile betting apps launch in Virginia, sports fans will likely have a good selection of sports betting apps to choose from. The law allows for four to 12 online sportsbooks to operate in Virginia (not counting casinos or professional sports venues).
The state received 25 applications. While the state has not confirmed who applied, many of the major players have expressed interest, including DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, PointsBet, Unibet, BetRivers, theScore Bet, and William Hill, to name a few.
It can be challenging to figure out which one you should use with so many to choose from. Why should you choose one over another?
There is no straightforward, easy answer to that question. But when you are choosing an app, there are certain things you will want to keep in mind, like how easy it is to use, the reliability of the app, security, features offered, and the overall quality of service.
Most of the companies likely to be approved have been in the industry for a while. So, chances are good they will have the kinks worked out of their apps. While no app is perfect, they will also have good reputations.
Most, if not all, will offer the same NFL bets as you can get online.
When it comes to deciding between apps, it may very well come down to who offers the best promotions and incentives.
See our full Guide To Virginia Sports Betting Apps.
How Virginia Residents Can Bet On The Ravens
Prior to the legalization of sports betting in Virginia, fans had to travel to West Virginia or Washington DC to place a bet on the Baltimore Ravens. Maryland recently passed legislation to legalize sports betting (November 2020). Stakeholders hope to launch sometime in 2021.
Bettors need to be located within the West Virginia or DC borders to use sports betting apps in West Virginia or DC. While apps for some of the major sportsbooks (DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM) are available in West Virginia, the only one available in D.C. is GambetDC or William Hill. In Washington DC, app users must be located within 2 blocks of the Capital One Arena to bet on Ravens in DC.
Virginians do not have to use an app, though. They can travel to one of West Virginia’s casinos or the Capital One Arena in DC, where William Hill operates a retail location.
Yes, it is legal for people in Virginia to travel to another state to place a bet.
But with the passing of legislation in 2020, Ravens fans will soon not have to travel out of state to place a bet on their team. According to projections, online and mobile betting will launch in early 2021.
Betting On The Super Bowl In Virginia
Until the approved sports betting apps go live in Virginia, fans will have to go to West Virginia or Washington D.C. (or another location where sports betting is legal) if they want to bet on the Super Bowl.
Once sports betting apps launch in Virginia, there will be a good number of mobile apps available for bettors looking to place a bet on the Super Bowl from within Virginia.
The Super Bowl odds will not vary much from one site to the next. The variations will likely be dependent on how much money the book is taking on certain bets. To minimize their own risk, they will adjust the odds to make the other side of the bet more enticing.
Much like when choosing a sportsbook at the beginning of the season, bonus and promotional offers should factor into choosing one for the Super Bowl. With an estimated $6 billion bet on the Super Bowl each year, sportsbooks will do what they can to encourage you to open an account with them.
Many sites will offer to match a percentage of your deposit up to a certain amount. For existing customers, some refer to it as a ‘reloading bonus.’ Some will increase that percentage if you use bitcoin to make your deposit.
Some sites will only offer bonuses to new players, so be sure and read the fine print. But many offer them to new and existing players. It is not uncommon to see sites offering free bets of various values as well.
Last year, DraftKings had multiple offers on the table for the Super Bowl. Fans that made in-play bets could earn up to $50 in free bets (i.e., a $25 bet earned you a $5 free bet). Every $10 bet on a Super Bowl prop got users an entry for a $200,000 drawing. For every $50 bet on props, users received a $10 free bet.
Heading into the 2021 playoffs, the Baltimore Ravens have the sixth-best odds of winning the Super Bowl at DraftKings (+1100). Once betting launches in Virginia, bettors will be able to bet on the Ravens, the Washington Football Team, or any other NFL team they choose.
How To Understand NFL Betting Odds
It helps to look at a betting line to explain how betting odds work for an NFL game. This was the closing line for Super Bowl LIV:
|San Francisco 49ers||+1.5 (-105)||+112||O 53 (-110)|
|Kansas City Chiefs||-1.5 (-115)||-128||U 53 (-110)|
The + sign in front of the point spread means that team is the underdog; the – sign means that team is the favorite. Anyone that bet the moneyline on the Chiefs would have needed to bet $128 to win $100. But had they bet against the spread, they would have only needed to bet $115 to win $100.
Had the 49ers won, a $100 bet on their moneyline would have won $112.
How To Calculate NFL Odds And Why Do They Change
Oddsmakers use things like advanced mathematics, computer algorithms, and to an extent, their own experience to calculate the odds for a game. But once oddsmakers set the opening odds, the odds will fluctuate depending on new information that may surface and how the public is betting.
If a star player is injured and expected to miss the game, the odds may shift in favor of the other team. If a sportsbook thinks too much money is coming in on one side, they will shorten the odds to make it a less enticing bet.
Consequently, they will raise the odds of the other side to make it a more enticing bet. That way, no matter what the outcome of a game is, the house always wins.
Betting On The Baltimore Ravens – Types Of Bets
There are several ways in which fans can bet on the Baltimore Ravens. The most common would have to be on games via the betting line.
A betting line consists of three main components:
- Point spread: The number will be either negative (for the favorite) or positive (for the underdog)
- Moneyline: If you just want to take the winner, you will want to bet the moneyline. Like the spread, it will be either negative or positive.
- Total (over/under): This number is what the sportsbook projects the total score between both teams will be at the end of the game. Fans can bet on whether the final score will be more or less than that number.
This is the betting line for the 2021 Wild Card game between the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans:
|Baltimore Ravens||-3 (-118)||-175||O 54.5 (-114)|
|Tennessee Titans||+3 (-103)||+150||U 54.5 (-107)|
Betting lines and games are not the only way fans can bet on the Ravens. There are also futures and prop bets.
NFL Futures Bets
A futures bet is a wager fans can place on an outcome in the future like who will win the AFC or the Super Bowl and who will win the regular-season MVP.
The odds may vary from when you place your bet until you collect (if you win). But if you win, you will get paid according to the odds when you placed your wager.
NFL Prop Bets
Also known as proposition bets, these are bets placed on whether something does or does not happen in reference to a game while not directly impacting a game’s outcome.
Some common ones for the Super Bowl include the duration of the National Anthem, color of the Gatorade dumped on the winning coach, the coin flip, the MVP, and various player-performance marks, to name a few.
Sportsbooks will often try to get creative with some of their prop bets. For example, for Super Bowl LIV, one book offered the following prop bet:
- Will Any Scoring Drive Take Less Time Than It Takes Demi Lovato To Sing The Anthem?
- Yes: -220
- No: +155
The correct answer was’ yes.’
Betting On The Baltimore Ravens FAQs
Yes, Virginians can legally bet on the Baltimore Ravens. Legislation making it legal was passed in 2020, but rules and regulations had to be adopted before fans could start placing bets in Virginia. Projections expect mobile betting to go live in early 2021. Casino and retail sports betting will not go live until 2022.
Fans like to bet on the better teams in the NFL, and since naming Lamar Jackson the starting quarterback, the Ravens have been one of the best. After seeing the Ravens go 14-2 during the 2019 season, fans quickly got behind them to win Super Bowl LV.
According to a USAToday article in March, the Ravens ranked third in total money bet on them to win the Super Bowl. In late August, they ranked second in percentage of bets to win the AFC Championship.
But in late December, they were not among the top five by percentage of bets.
The closest sportsbook to the home of the Baltimore Ravens, M&T Bank Stadium, is the Capitol One Arena William Hill in nearby Washington, D.C. (roughly 40 miles away). It is the first retail sportsbook to operate inside a professional sports complex/stadium.
There are no physical locations where fans can bet on the Super Bowl in Virginia. Once online and mobile betting launches in 2021, fans will be able to bet on the Big Game with whatever sportsbooks are legally licensed to operate in the state. Virginia bettors can bet on the Ravens, the Washington Football Team, or any other NFL team.
Prior to the launch of mobile sports betting, it is not known for sure if DraftKings will be operating in Virginia. But the popular sportsbook and daily fantasy site was one of 25 companies that applied for a license. They are often one of the first apps to launch in many states. DraftKings is an active daily fantasy provider in Virginia.
Officials have not shared which companies that applied for a license were approved. But FanDuel was one of the 25 that applied. It does already have a presence in the state, thanks to its daily fantasy platform.