The Commonwealth of Virginia is set to join the growing number of states to legalize sports betting since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in May 2018.
The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation (SB 384) in March 2020 to allow statewide mobile sports betting, plus a limited number of physical sportsbooks at five yet-to-be-built casinos. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck the U.S. and closed state legislatures, Gov. Ralph Northam did not immediately sign the bill but requested amendments. Eventually, Virginia lawmakers reconvened to iron out the amendments and send them back to Northam for approval.
Access to legal sportsbooks will not be immediate, however, as we’ve seen in other states. In this page we’ll cover what’s next, what sports bettors can expect in Virginia, and identify the best sites to place your wagers.
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