Updated: Jul 31st, 2020

Virginia Gambling

Updated: Jul 31st, 2020

Virginia retains a proud colonial history and maintains some of that era's old-school philosophies when it comes to freedoms such as gambling. Will this change with the Supreme Court's ruling on sports betting and the continued pressure to legalize casinos? That time may come soon. But for now, betting remains limited.

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Casino Gambling in Virginia

Social Casino Offers Only Available

Online casino gambling isn't really covered by Virginia law but there are no legal avenues permitted. Players will have to travel to Delaware or New Jersey if they want to play blackjack, roulette or craps through the internet.

Social casinos are completely legal, though, and available on the internet or as an app and feature all the popular casino games, including slots, blackjack, video poker and roulette. It is free to play. While you cannot win money playing games at social casinos, the sites like Chumba casino typically offer sweepstakes (games of chance) with prizes that can include real money jackpots.

Virginia Daily Fantasy Sports

Offers Available

Surprisingly, given its strict gambling stance, Virginia was one of first states to officially legalize Daily Fantasy Sports gambling when it passed a bill back in 2016. This means sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel can operate legally in the state.

Virginia Poker

Not Legal

The push for legalization of land-based poker continues but whether it's going to happen anytime soon is debatable. Campaigners have been trying to get the game legalized by claiming poker is skill-based. For now, it's falling on deaf ears, meaning poker players need to either travel to casinos and tournaments in other states or play online poker.

Sports Betting in Virginia

Not Legal

The Supreme Court's ruling sports betting gives states the power to legalize sports gambling, but it's hard to know whether this will lead to regulated online and offline sports gambling coming from Richmond. Virginia has long been behind the curve for gambling and it seems unlikely it will take a legal sports bet anytime soon.

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Timeline of Gambling Legislation in Virginia

2019 to present
1 of 10

Lawmakers introduced sports betting legislation in the General Assembly but it failed to gain much traction in Richmond. Still the groundwork was laid for further actions and could spark passage in the coming years.

2013
2 of 10

Campaigners fail again with a riverboat gambling bill.

2004
3 of 10

EZ Betting terminals debut in the state, offering instant digital betting games.

2003
4 of 10

VRC gives license to expand to offer off-track gambling.

2000
5 of 10

State lottery funds are directed exclusively towards the state's education system.

1997
6 of 10

Colonial Downs launches. It is the only horse racing venue in the state.

1995
7 of 10

Bill establishes a riverboat gaming commission, but fails to make it past the authorities.

1989
8 of 10

Virginia Racing Commission (VRC) is formed to run pari-mutuel horse race betting.

1987
9 of 10

State lottery is given the go-ahead and launches in 1988.

1973
10 of 10

Charitable gambling laws are enacted. Local governors are given the power to license betting events.

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