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virginia sports betting overview

Virginia Sports Betting Overview

Legal online and mobile sports betting has officially arrived in the state of Virginia! The Virginia General Assembly and Senate passed bills SB 384 and HB 896 in March of 2020. The legislation was officially passed in April of 2020, paving the way for sportsbooks to enter the market by early 2021.

The first wave of sportsbooks launched online in January of 2021. This included FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, and BetRivers. Since that initial push additional sportsbooks (Caesars, WynnBet, bet365, and PointsBet) have registered and announced plans to enter the VA sports betting market in early 2021.

Find everything you need to know about each Virginia sportsbook below. This includes important rules and regulations, a breakdown of available promotions, and answers to frequently asked questions.

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Virginia Sports Betting Rules and Restrictions

There are several regulations that affect both Virginia sportsbooks and bettors. It is important to familiarize yourself with each of these before opening an account in VA as they could affect how you bet and how your winnings are paid out.

Here are the key restrictions that apply to new Virginia sports bettors. Two that apply to all bettors and two that apply to those interested in betting on college sports.

  • You must be at least 21 years old to bet on sports in Virginia. Sportsbooks are required to verify each customer's age prior to allowing them to open and fund a new account.
  • All Virginia residents are eligible to bet at any of the state's approved sportsbooks. Visitors can only bet when physically located within the VA state lines.
  • Betting on any of the state's colleges is not allowed. We have seen this sort of legislation in the past with states like New Jersey.
  • In addition to not being able to bet on VA college teams, Virginia sportsbooks will also not be allowed to offer prop betting on college sports.

Obviously this is a bit of a downer for Virginia residents hoping to bet on the Cavaliers and Hokies, but they will still be able to get in on college football action for every game not involving a state school.

In addition to the restrictions on betting, there are a few rules that apply directly to VA sportsbooks. This includes a 15% tax on revenue and a $250,000 operator fee. While these are not the most sportsbook-friendly fees in the US sports betting market, they are far from the worst. As a result, Virginia sports bettors will have plenty of sportsbooks to choose from.

Virginia Sportsbook Partnerships

Virginia elected to not require sportsbooks to partner with the state's established casinos. As a result, more mobile and online sportsbooks can enter the market, giving VA bettors even more betting options.

Despite not requiring sportsbooks to partner with licensed casinos, several have already formed important partnerships within the state of Virginia. These include partnerships like FanDuel's recent deal with the Washington Football Team. These partnerships open the door to new brick-and-mortar sportsbook options throughout the state of Virginia.

This decision also means VA bettors will have faster access to a wider variety of casino and poker apps. This drives competition in the market which means better promotion options, higher overall quality of games and software, and an overall bettor-friendly market.

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Best Bonus Offers Available from VA SportsBooks this September

Sportsbook promotions vary widely from book-to-book and season-to-season. Luckily for VA bettors, the NBA Playoffs are a great time for sportsbooks to offer aggressive new player promotions.

This, combined with the state only recently launching legal sports betting, has created a competitive atmosphere driving huge sportsbook bonus offers.

The top-rated sportsbook promotions for Virginia this September include free bets, risk-free bets, deposit bonuses, and ridiculous odds boost opportunities. The best offers of the year always come in the first month of the NFL season, so stay tuned for updated promotions from each VA sportsbook.

Top Virginia SportsBook Offers for the 2021 NFL Season

New offers for the 2021 NFL season just released from each sportsbook currently operating in Virginia. Each of these promotions offers a great way for VA bettors to build their bankroll without having to make a massive deposit or even cash a ticket.

The top bonus offer available in Virginia this September comes from DraftKings, who is offering new Virginia players a guaranteed $200 payout on their first $1 NFL or college football wager! This is a limited-time offer so register today to lock in your instant $200 bonus.

Unibet is offering new players up to $500 in risk-free bets throughout the 2021 NFL and college football seasons. The size of your risk-free wager is equal to the amount of your initial deposit, up to $500.

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Virginia SportsBook FAQs

Virginia sports bettors have only had access to legal sports betting for five months. While that time period included the Super Bowl, March Madness, the NBA and NHL Playoffs, and several golf majors, many bettors will wait for the start of the 2021 NFL season to really start betting.

With that in mind, the FAQs below are geared to helping new players just getting started with the current list of Virginia sportsbooks.

Is sports betting legal in Virginia?

Yes, sports betting officially went live in the state of VA in January of 2021. 

Is mobile betting legal in Virginia?

Yes, mobile betting is legal in Virginia, and until the physical sportsbooks open, it is the only way to bet in the state. VA regulations require a minimum of 4 sports betting apps and a maximum of 12.

Are there retail sportsbooks in Virginia?

While there are currently no physical sportsbooks in Virginia. They are in the works and should be live sometime in the very near future. Most notably, plans are already in place for a William Hill sportsbook at Danville and a BetRivers sportsbook in a new Portsmouth casino.

What is the minimum age to bet on sports in VA?

The minimum age to bet on sports in Virginia is 21. Virginia followed suit with every state to legalize gambling since 2018 here. It is worth noting that the minimum age for lottery is 18, and the VA Lottery is now online.

Can bettors bet on college sports in Virginia?

While VA sports bettors can wager on college sports, they can not bet on any of the state's NCAA teams. Prop betting on college sports is also legal, again, with the exception of al Virginia NCAA teams. This is a major deal in VA as it is the most populous state in the US without a major professional sports team.

What fees do sportsbooks have to pay to operate in Virginia?

The current tax rate in Virginia is set to 15% on all betting revenue within the state. Additionally, sportsbooks are required to pay a $250,000 fee to obtain a three-year license to operate in the state.

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