Virginia sports fans must have been watching neighboring West Virginia (as well as Pennsylvania and New Jersey to the North) with a bit of a jealous glance, as those states have been wagering on sports for a couple years now. But fret not, as Virginia online sports betting is livey. With new accounts come opening bonus offers, and some are very interesting to see.
Virginia Online Sportsbooks: Free Bets Bonuses & Promotions
What about four risk-free bets up to $500?
PointsBet Virginia lets you bet up to $500 ($250 max for both) for your first two fixed odds bets, and if they lose, the site will refund you. But PointsBet also gives you your first two points bet wagers risk-free as well up to $500 ($250 max for both), and with a chance to multiply your winnings with every point over the line you bet, this could be an extremely lucrative bonus offer. And if you lose, the money is refunded into your account.
It is the top offer for any betting site there is anywhere in the country. On top of that, you can get a matching deposit bonus as well, making this one of the best accounts to have.
BetMGM in Virginia will offer a $560 free bet, and use it to wager on many of the sports that the site has on offer.
So what can you use it to bet on, either with PointsBet or BetMGM? How about a repeat for the Cavaliers, who are still the defending NCAA Men’s Basketball champions after last season’s tournament was cancelled. Could Virginia really go back-to-back after its 2018 first round exit as a top seed?
The Cavaliers are +2500 with PointsBet to win the title.
Maybe on BetMGM, you think the Washington Nationals will rebound to win their second title in three seasons. Of course, the defending champion Dodgers are the favorites at odds of +400, while the San Diego Padres are +800 and dropping, as they trade for every starting pitcher in the league. The Nats are +3500, which means that not many sports books believe in them.
Do you? If so, that might be worth a few bucks.
Mobile Betting in Virginia
Virginia became just the second state to legalize the industry, and sports betting could launch at some point in 2021.
We expect Betrivers VA, bet365, BetMGM Sports, Pointsbet sportsbook and other betting sites to go online in Virginia soon.
When the sports gambling launches, Virginia bettors will only be able to place bets online or through their mobile apps. There can be up to 12 sports betting licenses issued in the state, but it’s unclear how many of these will be reserved for physical sportsbooks.
The legal age to place a sports bet in Virginia is set at 21 years of age.
Physical Sportsbooks in Virginia
There are five cities in Virginia that are set to get new casinos with the sports betting venues, as long as voters pass local referendums in November. These five cities include Richmond, Portsmouth, Danville, Bristol, and Norfolk.
All five of these properties will have the ability to apply for a sports betting license, and that will take up five of the retail sports betting licenses available in the state.
Virginia is hopeful that the Washington Football Team will build its new stadium in Virginia, and a retail sportsbook will likely be built at that site. More information will likely come out in the last few months of 2020 regarding the physical sportsbooks in the state.
Virginia Betting Sites Expected to Launch
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- Fox Bet VA
- William Hill
- BetMGM Sports
- Caesars VA
- Bet365 Virginia
At this time, there aren’t any online sports betting apps available in Virginia, and no operators have been approved for a license. Virginia will allow a minimum of four and a maximum of 12 sportsbook apps, but it is unclear which operators will apply for a license.
State lawmakers continue to adjust the language included in the sports betting law to entice operators to enter the state. As the laws continue to change and the state gets closer to launch, it will likely begin to issue licenses.
Free Bets in Virginia
Without any sportsbooks receiving official sports betting licenses at this time in Virginia, it is unclear what the top bonus offers will be. We can look at similar offers from sports betting operators in other states to predict what these bonuses will look like.
DraftKings is currently offering new customers in other states a total bonus that is worth up to $1,025. This offer comes in the form of a free bet, a risk-free bet, and a deposit match.
PointsBet offers new customers a pair of risk-free bets that equal up to $1,000. Customers can take advantage of a risk-free fixed odds bet and a risk-free points betting bet.
FanDuel does not offer a deposit bonus, but they offer new customers a risk-free bet up to $500.
Teams to Bet On
Virginia does not have many professional sports teams, but the close proximity to Washington, DC, offers several great betting options. The Washington Football team and the Washington Nationals will be two of the most popular teams to bet on when sports betting launches. Virginia sports betting to exclude bets on in-state colegiat teams.
Top Betting Options
When the sports betting industry officially launches in Virginia, sportsbooks will be able to offer a large number of betting options. Lawmakers have given sportsbooks plenty of freedom, which is another reason operators are expected to pursue launching in the state.
All of the most common betting types will be offered, including moneyline, spread, and total betting. Sportsbooks can also offer parlays, teasers, individual and team prop betting options.
Live betting will also be a part of the Virginia sports betting industry, and this has become an extremely popular betting type for bettors in the US.
Yes, it is legal to place bets in the state of Virginia. Online sportsbooks are expected to go live by end of 2020 or ealy 2021.
Sports betting is legal in Virginia, but you cannot bet online yet. Expected betting sites: Pointsbet, Fanduel, BetMGM, Betrivers.
No. At this moment the state only allows sports betting. However, we do hope that casino sites will be regulated in 2021 as well, like they did in Michigan.