Online Sports Betting Updates for Virginia – VA Sportsbooks

Sports betting in the state of Virginia became legal in April 2020, but the state is still without sports betting options at this time. Virginia became just the second state to legalize the industry, and sports betting could launch at some point in 2020 ro early 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 Online Sports Betting Sites
BetMGM online sportsbook and app is expected in Virginia.

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

Online Betting Apps in 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 Bet Promo & Bonus Offers in the State

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 VA

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 VA

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. 


Is sports betting legal in Virginia?

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.

Can you bet online in Virginia?

Sports betting is legal in Virginia, but you cannot bet online yet. Expected betting sites: Pointsbet, Fanduel, BetMGM, Betrivers.

What about online casino in Virginia. Can I play slots online?

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.


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