Is Sports Betting Legal in Virginia?
Sports betting is coming to Virginia. We’re hopeful sports betting will be live in Virginia by the end of 2020 at the latest. Virginia’s bill includes full online betting, and more than a dozen operators will likely be present, creating a favorable environment for bettors.

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Yes, but you cannot bet in Virginia quite yet.

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Expected Virginia Sports Betting Sites & Apps [August 2020]

Virginia could have a maximum of 18 sports betting licenses available — 12 online operators, up to five in-person casinos, and one for a relocating sports franchise.

It will also have somewhat reasonable fees for operators to enter the market ($250,000 for three years) and a favorable tax rate (15%). So you can expect national players like FanDuel and DraftKings to be present, plus plenty of others.

The Virginia Lottery is required to “issue a number of permits that will maximize tax revenue collected pursuant to the bill,” so there will be no shortage of big-time operators there.

Here’s a list of who we expect to have a sports betting site and app in Virginia.

When Will Sports Betting Be Live in Virginia?

We don’t have a firm date on when sports betting will start in Virginia, but the bill will go into law on July 1. The Virginia Lottery has until Sept. 15 to set forth guidelines for operators. We’re hopeful online betting in Virginia is live by the end of 2020 at the latest.

Can I Bet on Sports Online in Virginia?

Not yet, but Virginia’s bill includes online and in-person sports betting. It’s a favorable bill for bettors in the state.

Can I Use FanDuel Sportsbook in Virginia?

Not yet, but expect FanDuel to have a major presence in the state, hopefully by late 2020 at the earliest.

What Sports Can I Bet on in Virginia?

Virginia will have all the major sports available, with a few notable exceptions:

  • No betting on Virginia-based college teams. New Jersey is the other state with this carveout, and it hasn’t hurt the state much from a revenue perspective. But it is a bummer for anyone who’s a fan of one of the four FBS football teams or 14 Division I men’s basketball teams in the state.
  • No live betting on any college sports.
  • No betting on college player props.

Who Runs Virginia Sports Betting?

The Virginia Lottery is in charge of issuing sports betting licenses to operators.

Virginia Sports Betting Tips

Sports Betting for Virginia Beginners

New to sports betting? Awesome, it's not too early to start studying! Check out our 11 sports betting tips for beginners so you can get started on the right foot in VA.

Sports Betting Glossary

Sports betting has a language of its own that you’ll want to get familiar with if you’re new to the space. Get up to speed here with our sports betting glossary.

Sports Betting Mistakes to Avoid

You’re probably ready to unload some bets on the Liberty Flames, but you need to be responsible if you’re going to stay afloat in the sports betting world.

Here are nine mistakes for Virginians to avoid.

Virginia Sports Betting Timeline

Pre-Legalization

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Virginia has no casinos, and lawmakers have been pushing for years to get them to the state, but to no avail.

November 2018

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Virginia Delegate Mark Sickles put forth a bill in Nov. of 2018 that included a lot of what ended up in the final bill — $250,000 operator fee, 15% tax rate for operators. But that bill only allowed for five operators.

March 2019

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Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill in March of 2019, but didn’t clear the Virginia legislature.

Early April 2020

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The bill needed nearly a dozen revisions before arriving in its current form, HB 896. It made it back to Northam, who sent some revisions that asked for the inclusion of NASCAR tracks and operators to pay $50,000 to cover background check costs for each princi
Virginia has no shortage of professional and college teams to bet on:

NCAA DI

Virginia Cavaliers

Pro Sports Teams

Richmond Braves (Minor League Baseball)

Virginia does not have major league teams, but they do have professional minor league sports.

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Virginia Sports Betting FAQ

Have questions about Virginia sports betting? We’ve got some answers, though not everything has been decided yet. We’ll continue to update as we learn more.

When Will Sports Betting Be Live in Virginia?

We don’t have a firm date on when sports betting will start in Virginia, but the bill will go into law on July 1. The Virginia Lottery has until Sept. 15 to set forth guidelines for operators.

We’re hopeful online betting in Virginia is live by the end of 2020 at the latest.

Can I Bet on Sports Online in Virginia?

Not yet, but Virginia’s bill includes online and in-person sports betting. It’s a favorable bill for bettors in the state.

Can I Use FanDuel Sportsbook in Virginia?

Not yet, but expect FanDuel to have a major presence in the state, hopefully by late 2020 at the earliest.

What Sports Can I Bet on in Virginia?

Virginia will have all the major sports available, with a few notable exceptions:

  • No betting on Virginia-based college teams. New Jersey is the other state with this carveout, and it hasn’t hurt the state much from a revenue perspective. But it is a bummer for anyone who’s a fan of one of the four FBS football teams or 14 Division I men’s basketball teams in the state.
  • No live betting on any college sports.
  • No betting on college player props.

Who Runs Virginia Sports Betting?

The Virginia Lottery is in charge of issuing sports betting licenses to operators.

Where Else Can I Bet on Sports in the United States?

Wonder when sports betting is coming to your state? Check out our updated legal state tracker here.

Virginia borders West Virginia, which has full-scale online sports betting, if you’re looking to make some bets before Virginia goes live.

What States Have Legalized Sports Gambling?

Sports betting is becoming legal across the country, though not every state has the full-scale online environment that’s coming to Virginia.

  • Nevada (Live)
  • Delaware (Live)
  • New Jersey (Live)
  • Mississippi (Live)
  • West Virginia (Live)
  • Pennsylvania (Live)
  • Rhode Island (Live)
  • Arkansas (Live)
  • New York (Live)
  • New Mexico (Live, limited)
  • Illinois (Live)
  • Indiana (Live)
  • Iowa (Live)
  • Colorado (Live)
  • Montana (Passed)
  • New Hampshire (Passed)
  • Tennessee (Passed)
  • North Carolina (Passed)
  • Washington (Passed)

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Steve Petrella is a senior editor for The Action Network covering college football, among other things. He's a Penn State grad now based in Atlanta who enjoys great punting, clock-killing drives and turnovers in the red zone.