Legal sports betting all started out in Virginia on Thursday afternoon when a bettor laid a $25 wager at FanDuel sportsbook on the Golden State Warriors to beat the New York Knicks in an NBA game. FanDuel was able to open its sportsbook up first in the state thanks to a partnership with the NFL’s Washington Football Team.
Now that Virginia legalized sports betting, will it be long until online sports betting giant Bet365 becomes a factor within the state? Currently, bet365 sportsbook is not live in Virginia state and you cannot use the app to bet on sports via your iPhone or Android mobile device.
The final move for sports betting will come in 2021 when bookmakers can offer registrations in the state. Until then, patience is required from people wishing to place sports wagers. Daily fantasy sports are commonplace in the region and there is also access to a state-run lottery along with national games, although tickets must be purchased in person.
Online Casino in Virginia
Online casinos are not legal in Virginia. The state has stringent laws against casino games through an online medium, and currently there are no land-based casinos within the borders of Virginia, although agreements have been struck to allow the construction of two tribal casinos.
You would be able to bet within the walls of the venue, although it will take time for the sites to be completed. It’s encouraging that Virginia seems to be beginning to follow in the footsteps of states in their vicinity.
Sports Betting in Virginia
Sports betting is legal in Virginia. The state moved to regulate the industry and sportsbooks will have permission to accept registrations from within the borders of the state. As a result, residents will be able to wager on professional sports across the United States, although there will be limitations on in-play betting and punts on Virginia college teams.
It is expected that you will be able to bet from any location in the state with the use of mobile apps from providers such as DraftKings and FanDuel. You must be 18 or over to place a wager.
Online Poker in Virginia
Online poker is not prohibited in Virginia. Due to the strict laws within the state, online poker games are banned within its borders. The card game itself is legal therefore you are able to play in a social setting with a group of friends. However, there is no place to play poker in a regulated venue as there are no brick-and-mortar casinos.
People wishing to participate in casino games or tournaments have to travel outside of the state. There have been encouraging signs from the state government that poker could be legalized, but patience will have to be required.
Daily Fantasy in Virginia
Daily fantasy games are legal in Virginia. However, you must be aged 18 or over to play DFS. Portals such as DraftKings and FanDuel have proven to be extremely popular across the United States, including in Virginia where they have built a strong core of customers. You have access to all the major professional leagues, including the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL.
Esports in Virginia
It is not legal to bet on esports in Virginia. Only a handful of states in the country allow wagers on esports. Although Virginia has legalized sports betting, it is highly unlikely that regulations will be eased on wager on esports.
Lottery in Virginia
Virginia has a state-run lottery along with offering the chance for residents to play national games with a jackpot worth up to $200m. You must be 18 or over to participate in the lottery games, which include scratch and win cards, with tickets available only at retail outlets.