Virginia is one of nearly two dozen US states to pass online sports betting laws. However, there are still no plans in Old Dominion to legalize and regulate online casinos.
There is a march toward land-based casino expansion following a new law. Five cities will go to the polls in 2020 to decide whether the public wants to see new casinos built.
Current Gambling Laws in Virginia
Land-based casinos and VA online sportsbooks were legalized in 2020. In September, the Virginia Lottery Board approved the first sports betting legislation in the state.
HB 896 legalizes mobile and online sports betting and was easily passed in the Senate. It paved the way for the first remote sportsbooks operators to begin applying for licenses. The first legal sports betting apps and sites should launch in 2021.
Timeline of Virginia Online Casino Legislation:
- 2016: Virginia legalizes Daily Fantasy Sports contests
- April 2020: Legalized casinos are approved
- September 2020: Online sportsbooks are legalized
- October 2020: Virginia Lottery Board starts accepting sportsbook license applications
- November 2020: Referendum on new casinos in cities such as Portsmouth and Norfolk
Top Casinos in Virginia
Brick and mortar casinos in Virginia were only legalized in 2020. But while a brick hasn’t been laid yet, operators are quickly moving to get the first casinos built.
The Pamunkey Indian Tribe is keen to find a partner and bought a possible casino plot in January 2020. It proposes building a multi-million dollar casino resort in Richmond.
Potential Online Casinos in Virginia
Virginians could see anywhere from 12-18 legal online sportsbooks appearing by 2021. Some of the major operators also have casino deals in other states. Here’s who we expect to launch in Virginia soon:
- William Hill
- Hard Rock
Casino Games to Play in Virginia
Virginian casino gamblers will have access to a range of slots and games if and when casinos are legalized.
- Video poker
- Progressive slots
- Instant win games
Virginia Online Casino FAQs
Can I play online casino games in Virginia?
No. Under current gaming law, only sports betting has been legalized in Virginia. However, land-based casinos have been legalized and could appear in a few years.
How old do I have to be to play casino games?
You will have to be aged 21 or over to play games in a legal Virginia casino.
Under the new gambling law, you can place real money sports bets on your mobile phone or tablet. However, poker and traditional casino games like slots and roulette are currently banned.