Virginia has welcomed its latest online sportsbook to its nascent online sports wagering industry as global giant, William Hill, is now live and online for business in the state. William Hill went live in Virginia just in time to accept wagers for the grand-daddy of NFL betting, and arguably all sports betting, the Super Bowl. Once all are approved, Virginia will eventually have 12 online sportsbook operators, chosen from the list of 25 applicants.
While brick-and-mortar casinos have yet to be established in Virginia, the state’s legal sports betting scene is already up-and running. Land-based sportsbook facilities are expected sometime in 2022 after citizens of the state approved the opening of retail facilities on the November 3 Election Ballot in 2020. For the time being at least, Virginia’s legal sports betting platform consists of online wagering only and William Hill is the latest to join the fray.
William Hill’s VA offering
In partnership with Caesars since the takeover of the global giant’s U.S. arm in late 2020, William Hill is now live with its mobile app and online sportsbook in Virginia. Available from anywhere within the Commonwealth of Virginia’s state lines, the William Hill online sportsbook seeks to deliver a seamless and enjoyable sports wagering experience that makes it quick, easy and more profitable to make a sports bet. Each week, the online sportsbook will update a range of promotions for Virginians to help you add to your sports betting bottom line and make your sports wagering more fun.
Built on William Hill’s user-friendly and easy to navigate platform, the app and browser-version sportsbook offers Virginia sports wagering fans a broad and deep array of markets and bet types, including the availability of in-play live wagering. The William Hill site includes a quick and secure sign-up process and a wide range of banking/payment options to deposit and withdraw funds, including PayPal.
President of Digital for William Hill US, Kenneth Fuchs commented on the William Hill launch in Virginia:
“Just in time for Sunday’s game (Super Bowl LV), our Virginia app will give football fans over 1,000 ways to bet this incredible matchup, from the opening coin toss to whether the game will be decided in overtime.” Fuchs said.
Washington DC beat VA to the Punch for a Mid-Atlantic William Hill Launch
William Hill Sports Book entered the Mid-Atlantic States region in 2020 by beginning operations at Washington DC’s Capital One Arena, becoming the first online sportsbook operator to offer sports wagering inside any U.S. professional sports complex. With that deal to operate at DC’s Capital One Arena, William Hill automatically became the official sports betting partner of the Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, and the Washington Mystics. This William Hill deal in Washington DC comes on the immediate back of the BetMGM partnership decision recently to do a deal with the neighboring Washington Nationals in the MLB.
With this latest launch in the Old Dominion State, William Hill now has online sportsbooks in operation in 10 U.S. jurisdictions that includes Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington DC. William Hill expertise also provides the power for the trading services for the Rhode Island Lottery mobile app.
More Sports Betting Licenses Set for Virginia?
Currently, there are 12 online sports betting licenses allowed for in Virginia’s sports wagering legislation. However, there has been movement at both the Virginia Senate and House Committee stage to debate already raising the number of licenses on offer.
The new legislation being proposed includes that betting on the Olympics will be permitted and most importantly, that online licenses held in partnership with a land-based casino will not be counted among the maximum of 12 online sports wagering licenses.