Betting On The Washington Capitals In Virginia

When Virginia launches sports betting in 2021, Virginia bettors will be able to bet on the Washington Capitals and bet on all NHL games in Virginia.

Virginia was one of the states to legalize online sports betting in 2020, with a scheduled launch in early 2021.

COVID 19 had an effect on the Washington Capitals in 2020. The Caps won their division for the fifth consecutive year, but a season suspension on March 12, kept them from entering the playoffs until August 23, where they were eliminated by the Islanders in five games.

Upcoming Virginia Sports Apps

The US Supreme Court ruled that states can choose whether to legalize sports betting in May 2018. In 2020, the Virginia legislature legalized online and mobile sports betting.

In August, the Virginia Lottery Commission established gaming regulations and in October, sportsbook companies began applying for licensing. It is anticipated that Virginia sports betting apps will launch in early 2021. When these apps launch, Virginia bettors will be able to bet on the Washington Capitals and all NHL teams, including the playoffs and Stanley Cup finals. Here are some of the sportsbook apps that should be first to launch in Virginia.


DraftKings is one of the most well-known online sports betting apps. DraftKings is offering a 20% deposit match bonus up to $1000 when a new player establishes an account. We anticipate it will be the same when the app launches in Virginia.

With an established online presence, and easy to use mobile app, DraftKings is one of the most popular gaming venues. Their interactive options on their mobile app, including one-click betting, make them a favorite among online gamblers. They offer a wide variety of NHL bets, particularly during the NHL playoffs.


FanDuel plays hardball with your initial signup, offering a risk-free $1000 bet just for signing up. That offer expires after one bet, but it is a great enticement. FanDuel has an established presence in 18 states with mobile sports betting and retail, in-person betting in some states. In Virginia, only the mobile/online venue will be available until retail casinos and sportsbooks start to open in 2022.

FanDuel will be accepting bets on the Capitals when the sports betting app launches in Virginia.


An entertaining “Vegas” style online interface with betting lines for all major American and international sports catches the gambler’s eye. BetRivers NHL interface is live now. This means Capitals fans can place futures bets on NHL games as soon as the app launches in Virginia. BetRivers also offers real-time information for last-second wagers and live, in-game betting.


Claim a $600 risk free bet to get you started at BetMGM. A great incentive to get you into the game. The interface looks similar to BetRivers, but a closer look reveals a lot more information for the serious gambler on the BetMGM site. Information is key in successfully playing the NHL odds, and this app has the most up to date information available short of hanging outside the locker room.

William Hill

William Hill makes the claim that they are the #1 sports betting venue in the USA. When it comes to locations, that’s true, since they have dozens of physical sites in many states. That doesn’t matter in Virginia where gambling online will be the only game in town for at least a year. William Hill is established, with a long history of success in the market, particularly in the worldwide sports betting market. They will be accepting bets on the Capitals and all NHL games.

How To Bet On The Capitals From Virginia

Legal online sports betting will arrive in Virginia in 2021. Online sports betting is now legal in almost two dozen states, with a number of states launching in 2021 as well. Before apps launch, though, Virginia bettors can travel to West Virginia or Washington DC to bet on NHL games.

Think Las Vegas on this one. How many Nevada citizens make up the gambling block on the Strip, the answer is, not very many. People travel to casinos, gaming houses, and kiosks to place their wagers, regardless of where they are from.

Yes, you can travel across the state line into neighboring states as a Virginia resident and place your bet.

There are no provisions that prevent a citizen from one state, from gambling in another. If the venue is legal in the state you are currently in, by default as an American citizen, or a foreign national, you can place your bet in equal standing with local citizens.

How To Bet On The NHL Playoffs In Virginia

It’s a long time until the quest for Lord Stanley’s Cup begins in the post-season, but you can bet on it right now. It’s called a futures bet, and the payoff can be huge if you put your money on a dark horse that comes through the playoffs to win the cup.  If the Caps are rated at +500, it means you can put $100 down on a futures bet, and if they win the cup, you’ll collect $500.

How Are NHL Odds Calculated?

Let’s jump back to 8th-grade math where you were first exposed to the laws of probability and the concept of odds, probably with a pair of dice, or maybe flipping a coin.

Determining the odds in a professional or major college sporting event is a bit more complicated than counting heads or tails, but it remains a probability question.

History, offensive strength compared to defensive strength, home or away, injured players, sidelined players, new trades, coaching changes, all of these disparate factors go into determining the odds on a game. It’s the same for the NHL as it is for the NFL, MLB, or NCAA football and basketball.

An added calculation is often called the “smart money” with recorded bets on one team compared to another. For instance, the Capitals might have a $4.7 million bet on them to win in a game 5 playoff contest with the Red Wings, while Detroit has $3.2 million on their tally.

That means the “smart money” thinks the Caps are the favorite and you’ll have to give points for an even bet.  The other option is for “long shot” betters who will take the underdog, take the points, and hope the losing team can cover the point spread.

Popular Ways To Bet On The Caps

Once you’ve chosen a gambling app, you’ll need to decide on how to bet. That might seem a little silly, don’t you just bet on which team is going to win? That’s an easy yes and no answer. If you place a moneyline bet, that’s all you’re doing. Betting on whether the Capitals win or lose.

There is much more to NHL betting. though, than simply win or lose wagers.

The puck line is similar to points in a football bet. In hockey, they call it goal spread. You can take the favorite with a 1.5 goal spread. For example, if the Caps are +1.5 goals, at odds of -110 against the Flyers, a bet pays on the Caps if they win by more than one goal. If the Flyers lose by just one goal or win, your bet on the Caps loses.

An interesting option in the NFL is the 60-minute line. It’s a bet that covers only regulation play. You can bet on the Caps to win, the Flyers to win, or for the first three periods to end in a tie. The odds are higher in this bet.

Parlays are combination bets, akin to betting on win and place in a horserace. You place a bet on two teams. If the Caps win and you also bet on the Penguins, you win the bet. Since you’re wagering on two unique outcomes the risks are greater, but so are the payoffs.

It’s not a sandwich, but you can be a ham if you don’t bet a grand salami correctly. This is a fun bet for many gamblers, allowing them to wager on how many goals are scored in a given day by all the teams on the ice.

Some people will bet on anything, if two birds are on a telephone line, they’ll wager which one flies off first. That’s the essence of a prop bet. It’s a proposition you can make on just about anything in a match, how many goals does a player score? How many shots on goal does the goalie deflect? They’re run and wide open.

Over/under is a common bet in football, baseball, and basketball. It doesn’t matter who wins, it’s the combined goal total in a contest. If you think the Caps and Flyers will score less than seven combined goals, and the over/under is 6.5 goals. You’ll win if the final score is 4-3.

Washington Capitals Sports Betting FAQs

Can Virginians legally bet on the Capitals?

Yes, beginning in 2021 Virginia bettors will be able to bet online with a wide host of online gaming apps. Until then, they can make the short trip to Maryland, Washington, D.C., or West Virginia and place their bets in person or online.

How popular is betting on the Washington Capitals?

Hockey and the NHL borders on a mania for many fans. The Caps have a huge fan base. When they play the Flyers, Penguins, Black Hawks, or Red Wings that fan interest explodes with fans of the opposing teams putting their money down on their team or betting the odds against the Caps. That said, betting on the NHL is not as popular as betting on football or basketball for most bettors.

What is the closest sportsbook to Capital One Arena?

The quick answer is your cell phone, tablet, or PC. William Hill offers its online sportsbook in DC but only in the area surrounding the Capital One Arena. Elsewhere in DC, the William Hill sportsbook is not available.

Where can I bet on the NHL playoffs in Virginia?

On your cell phone, tablet, PC, or another mobile device once sportsbook apps officially launch in 2021. Tie it to a credit card, a PayPal account, or link directly to your bank account and you can bet on the San Jose Sharks, the LA Kings, or the Vancouver Canucks even if the Capitals aren’t in the playoffs.

Is DraftKings legal in Virginia?

Yes, DraftKings filed the appropriate paperwork in October 2020, after the Virginia Lottery Commission established rules for online gambling. DraftKings application was approved and will launch in 2021.

Is FanDuel legal in Virginia?

Yes, along with the other major players in online sports betting, FanDuel followed the Virginia Lottery Commission’s rules set in August 2020. FanDuel applied when the commission opened the process in October of 2020 and is now approved to open their application to Virginia gamblers in 2021. Expect to see FanDuel Virginia launch in early 2021.

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