Virginia

Virginia’s State Gambling Laws turned upside down in April 2020 when a new gambling expansion that allowed for legalized casinos, retail sportsbooks and online sports betting. After becoming law on July 1 2020, the Virginia Lottery Board has been put in charge of the new sports betting industry, and regulations should be in place no later than September 15 2020 with online sports betting expected later 2020 or early 2021.

Until then, Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and Horse Racing betting are the sole legal online gaming options. Others options you can play for real money include the state lottery and charitable gambling. While home social poker games are carved out under Virginian law.

Given DFS is legal under Virginian law, online sports betting may not be entirely out of the question in the future in the state.

 

Legality of Sports Betting VS Gambling

Virginia allows gamblers land-based and online sports betting, recently legalized bricks-and-mortar casinos, legal DFS competitions, a state lottery, online and off-track horse racing betting, some limited charitable gambling options and a home poker carve out under the law.

Sports & Gambling Type
Legal Land-Based
Legal Online
Sports Betting
Yes (Starting late 2020/early 2021)
Yes (Starting late 2020/early 2021)
Casinos
Yes (Starting late 2020/early 2021)
No
Fantasy Sports (DFS)
N/A
Yes
eSports
Not Yet (to be finalized)
Not Yet (to be finalized)
Poker
Yes (Starting late 2020/early 2021)
No
Horse Racing
Yes
Yes
Lottery
Yes
No
Charitable Gambling
Yes
No

Virginia Sports Betting Tax Rates

There is a 4% state tax on gambling winnings in Virginia.

However, gambling wins over a $600 amount in Virginia may possibly attract an additional Federal Tax.

We recommend contacting your tax attorney to assess your potential Federal tax liability if you have a big win in the state of Virginia.

Sports betting Age VS Gambling Age in Virginia

Virginia maintains a liberal and easy to manage 18-years-of-age age limit on most of its legal forms of gambling, others than casinos and sportsbooks which are set at 21.

Sports  & Gambling Type
Age
Sports Betting
21
DFS
18
Casinos
21
Horse Racing
18
Lottery
18
Charitable Gambling
18

Betting on Sports in Virginia

The State of Virginia legalized online and land-based sports betting in April 2020 with the successful passage into law of the State Bill SB 384.

Regulations for sports betting are currently being drafted with an end date to that process set for 15 September 2020, with legal sports wagering set to begin for real money in Virginia by late 2020 to early 2021.

Virginia’s new sports betting law will allow for up to 12 standalone online sportsbooks along with allowing the state’s newly legalized casinos, professional sports venues (much like the Colorado law) and Virginia’s two NASCAR racetracks to launch online betting platforms. Those professional sporting venues and the five yet-to-be-constructed casinos will also be allowed to apply for licenses to operate bricks-and-mortar sportsbooks.

Virginia Online Sports Betting Laws

Under the new Virginia sports betting law, online sports betting operators will be subject to a 15% tax ( the House wanted a 20% tax, but the Senate finally won out on the more realistic 15% figure) on adjusted gross revenues and a licensing fee of $50 000 for every principal who controls a 5% or greater stake in the organization in addition to the $250 000 fee for a three-year betting license to operate in the state.

Virginian law sets a minimum age of 21 to place wagers on sports. Bettors do not need to be state residents to visit retail sportsbooks or bet online, however, all online betting sites are required to prevent wagers being placed from out of state through the use of geolocation technology.

Licensed sportsbook operators in Virginia may accept wagers on college sports (but not on in-state college teams), professional sports, and eSports. The law also forces sports betting operators to use official league data to settle all disputed in-play betting wagers where/when required.

Online Fantasy Sports in Virginia

U.S. Federal lawmakers have uniformly decided that Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) competitions are not reckoned to be gambling, and they are actually games of skill.

Virginia was quick to act following the Federal ruling and legalized DFS in 2016 under the State’s Fantasy Contests Act that was signed into law by State Governor Terry McAuliffe. The bill requires DFS sites to protect players by:

  • Registering with the state and to pay a $50 000 registration fee.
  • Prohibiting anyone under the age of 18 from participating in DFS competitions,
  • Prohibiting employees from competing in real money contests and sharing confidential information, and;
  • Providing a gateway for customers to exclude themselves from playing in DFS competitions if required.

Esports Online Betting Laws

Virginians will be pleased to learn the eSports was included in the package of sports considered to be legal when the State’s lawmakers put their sports betting legislation together.

eSports – What is it?

eSports (video game play at the highest professional level) has transformed competitive gaming betting.

With its roots in the LAN gaming ‘underground’ communities of the late ‘90s and early 2000s, respectability, marketability and popularity of eSports has followed.

Today, it has become a full-fledged billion-dollar industry, and an official network of professional gaming tournaments and leagues playing games like Rocket League, Overwatch, Dota 2 and Fortnite. With each passing tournament, the prizes get richer and viewership increases.

Naturally, when money is there to be made, sports-bettors follow.

A global gambling scene has developed in eSports, with a full range of international bookmakers framing betting markets on the major network of global eSports tournaments.
Rather than creating a dark underground economy in Virginia, legalized betting on eSports could well assist in easing the sports betting legalization process in the state, and thereby adding to the state’s tax revenues to pay for infrastructure projects and improved state services like health, education and aged care services.

Horse Racing in Virginia

Ironically, placing wagers at racetracks is one of the forms of legal gambling in Virginia, however, the state’s last live track closed in 2014. Applications to hold a legal horse race in the State of Virginia can be placed through the Virginia Racing Commission.

Horse and Greyhound racing betting can only be conducted online in Virginia and a number of off-track betting facilities.

Trackside Betting

Racetrack betting in Virginia is legal, but the last live racetrack in the state closed in 2014 after operating for an amazing 260 years plus.

Off Track Betting (OTB) in Virginia

Betting is permitted in Virginia at a number of designated OTB branches, along with electronic kiosks in bars, taverns and restaurants for limited betting on simulcast horse races.

Online Horse Racing in Virginia

Horse Racing Betting Online is readily available to Virginia’s visitors and residents. Online racebooks available for legal betting are all easy to access and you may bet online directly from your tablet, phone, other mobile device or home computer.

Visitors and residents of Virginia can find attractive online odds on thoroughbred racing in the U.S. and all major horse racing venues worldwide.

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