Virginia legalised sports betting in April 2020, after state lawmakers amended a bill to factor in changes requested by Governor Ralph Northam. The market is expected to open soon, with a series of affiliates, payment providers and data suppliers also receiving authorisation last week.
When the market opens, online betting will be legal, while retail bets may be taken at sports venues. Land-based casinos may also take bets, but as these were only legalised in 2019, none are currently open.
Earlier this month, Delegate Mark D Sickles, the author of last year’s sports betting bill, put forward HB1847. The amendment makes it clear that a sports betting permit issued to a land-based casino operator will not count against the maximum of 12 permits that may be issued.