Online sports betting in Virginia

Sports betting is legal in 19 states in one way or another.

Those states are: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Other states will come online sometime in 2022. Some are a longer way off. In-person betting also exists in multiple states across the country, but the fastest growing part of the sports betting industry is in the online arena.

Here is a list of other legal online sports betting states.

Here's what you need to know about legal online sports betting in Virginia:

Can I legally bet online in Virginia?

Yes; if you are 21 or older. Sports betting became legal in Virginia in the spring of 2020, but you couldn’t actually place an online bet until January 2021.

How do I bet?

You can bet on sports anywhere within the state of Virginia by downloading a sports betting app on your smartphone/mobile device/computer/any online device, which currently is the only way to wager.

Where can I bet?

Anywhere within the state’s boarders. You don’t need to be a resident of the state to sign up for an online account, but you do need to be in the state to place a bet – your smartphone or desktop plugin will use geolocation (“geofence”) technology to verify that your location when placing a wager. A Virginian in another state would be blocked from placing a bet.

What can I bet on?

You can bet on all major sporting events/games, except for Virginia-based college/NCAA teams. There is also no live betting on any college sport; and prop bets on college players are illegal.

Who can I bet with?

There are currently nine online operators with licenses in Virginia:







theScore Bet

William Hill


No less than four, but no more than 12, online sportsbooks are allowed to operate in Virginia. FanDuel was the first in the commonwealth, while PointsBet just came online in mid-December. Brick-and-mortar casinos, if approved by the General Assembly, would be allowed to set up sports books without counting against the 12-license limit.

Who oversees betting in Virginia?

The Virginia Lottery.

-- FrontPageBets Staff

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