1610; First anti-gambling laws adopted in Virginia.
1612; America’s first lottery “The Great Virginia Lottery’ held.
1744; Gambling banned in Virginia’s public areas.
1752; America’s first ever thoroughbred horse race held in Virginia.
1960; Illegal Gambling first introduced into the State Code of Law.
1987; Virginia State Lottery begins with proceeds diverted to the State Education System from the year 2000 onwards.
1994; Charitable Gambling Laws enacted as the practice becomes legal in Virginia.
2011; Online gambling made illegal in Virginia with Bills H1584, HB 1700, and S 1195 passing the Virginian State Legislature.
2012; Bill to introduce historic racing in Virginia fails.
2014; State Legislators in Virginia introduced unsuccessful bill SB 19 to legalize casino gambling.
2014; Virginia’s sole Horse Racing track closes.
2016; By passing the State’s Fantasy Contests Act into law, DFS is legalized in Virginia.
2017; Senate Bill 1400 (attempting to have Poker recognized as a game of skill, and therefore not considered gambling) fails to pass the State Legislature.
April 2020: Virginia lawmakers allow for legal online sports betting by passing SB 384 into law.
November 2020: Virginians vote to allow for legal brick-and-mortar casino gaming in a statewide referendum.
January 2021 – Legal online Virginia Sports Betting begins.
Summer 2023 – Virginia’s first casinos are expected to open their doors for business.
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