Gambling Laws in Virginia
Gambling, specifically betting on any game of chance is outlawed and rather strictly enforced by the state of Virginia. It is mostly due to the state’s rich colonial history and its philosophy on certain freedoms such as gambling. Forms of gambling currently allowed are charitable gaming such as bingo and raffles as well as the state Lottery. There are currently no casinos operating in the state of Virginia, but legislation has been passed and plans for the first casino are underway. For more Virginia gambling news, visit our dedicated page.
- We always use trusted sources such as: The Richmond times dispatch and the The Virginia Pilot to get informed about any industry related news and developments.
- We are not only experts in sports betting but we have dedicated teams across the gambling industry including for casino games such as slots and have created a detailed blackjack guide.
- Our overview about any changes to the law is made by following closely the movements of the Virginia charitable gaming board and the Virginia Lottery (Commission).
Most Popular Sports in Virginia
Virginia has a lot to offer to its residents and tourists. During the winter Skiing, snowboarding and ice skating are a very popular recreational activity to pursue, while tennis, golf and lacrosse are sports that are pursued during the summer time. The state is home to 35 national parks, thus hiking e.g. part of the Appalachian trail is big. There are no professional Major League sports teams in the state, but collegiate athletics, namely basketball and football are huge and minor league sports also play a big role. Residents are big NASCAR fans with a multitude of racings track located in the state.
National Collegiate Athletic Association – Virginia Cavaliers
The team was founded in 1905 and represents the University of Virginia in the Atlantic coast conference, Division 1 of the NCAA. They won the 2019 NCAA Tournament Championship and have been to the final four three times. The Cavs have been in the Associated Press Poll Top 5 a total of 96 weeks in the past 40 years and play home games out of the John Paul Jones Arena.
National Collegiate Athletic Association – Virginia Cavaliers
Established in 1888 The Virginia Cavs compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the NCAA and the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Their home Stadium is Scott Stadium which holds up to 61500 people. They have won 5 division titles and have been in the consensus all American 11 times.
Baseball – Norfolk Tides
The Norfolk Tides were established in 1961 and compete in the Triple-A International League. Their home games are played out of Harbor Park and they have won a total of 8 Division titles, 5 League titles as well as a Class title .The Norfolk Tides were an affiliate team of the New York Mets for 38 years and are a farm team of the Baltimore Orioles at the time of writing this.
East Coast Hockey League –Norfolk Admirals
The Norfolk Admirals were founded in 1989 and competed in different leagues since. They started off in the ECHL, advanced to the AHL and returned to the ECHL since. They have won 3 ECHL titles in total and compete out of the Scope Arena. At the time of writing they are an affiliate team of the Arizona Coyotes and are in the midst of their 30th season.
Local History of Sports Betting
As mentioned, due to its colonial history Virginia is rather strict about its ban on gambling. For years legislators and Reps of the state have been pursuing bills and legislation to allow for gambling as well as sports betting in Virginia. This is exemplified by the continuous discussion about a riverboat bill and commission to allow for this type of gambling. First attempt at forming a commission was in 1995 and the second failed in 2013.
|1973||Charitable gambling law is enacted, with the local governor empowered to license betting events.|
|1989||Virginia racing commission is formed for pari-mutuel race horse betting.|
|1997||Colonial downs, first and only horse race track opens.|
|2003||Virginia Racing commission gives license to offer off-track gambling.|
|2013||Second attempt at a Riverboat gambling bill and commission fails.|
Legal Online Sports Betting Age in Virginia
As discussed, all the Virginia sports betting initiatives are currently not legal, thus no legal age has been implemented. Looking at other industries, the local drinking age is set at 21. Cannabis for recreational purposes has not been legalized in the state and is available with limitations to medical patients ages 18 and above. A bill currently filed proposes the minimum age for participants to be 21 years.
Sports Betting Age
Is Online Sports Betting Legal Outside of the State?
A number of states have passed bills legalizing sports betting. On Aug 1st, 2018 Mississippi took its first sports bets out of 2 MGM Grand Casinos. Sports betting is to be conducted in person, with online sports betting currently being illegal. West Virginia was the 5th state to offer sports betting legally, with the West Virginia Lottery Commission serving as oversight and regulator. The Hollywood Casino was the first venue to offer sports betting when it opened its doors on Aug 30th 2018.
Taxes on Your Winnings: Do You Have to Pay Anything?
There are no taxation schemes that have been set in the state, at least at that moment. The main reason is that, basically, because sports betting is considered illegal. About the legal forms of gambling in the state, namely the Lottery which withholds 4% state taxes on winnings over $600, it is to be anticipated similar tax rates are to be withheld if sports betting was to be legalized. States which have legalized sports betting, e.g. Mississippi is imposing 6% state income tax on winnings.
Upcoming Regulation Changes in Virginia Sports Betting Law
As mentioned, sports betting is currently illegal in the state of Virginia, with changes on the visible on the horizon. In early 2019 HB 16638 was filed, proposing the legalization of retail and online sports betting with the Virginia Lottery Commission as regulator and oversight committee. It is very focused on online betting, as it also calls for a removal of the current prohibition on online lottery sales. It is unclear when the bill will be voted on at the time of writing.