Legal online sports betting has come to Virginia. Minutes ago, FanDuel Sportsbook launched as the commonwealth’s first mobile betting app.
The VA Lottery received more than two dozen sports betting licensing applications back in October and has now moved to issuing go-live approvals.
FanDuel Virginia Sportsbook Is Open for Business
FanDuel Sportsbook was the first to cross the finish line in Virginia and is now open for business.
Other operators plan to enter the Virginia market soon, but FanDuel was able to get there first due to its partnership with the Washington Football Team. As the Richmond Times-Dispatch noted, Virginia sports betting law gives “substantial and preferred consideration” to professional sports teams that pay taxes on more than $200 million in salaries.
Starting today, bettors can sign up for an account from anywhere in Virginia to get started. With FanDuel, new users can bet on sports from anywhere in Virginia, try their hand at in-play betting, and claim a risk-free first bet worth up to $1,000 (get up to $1,000 back in site credit if your first wager loses).
Visit FanDuel Sportsbook VA: fanduel.com/sportsbook/
How to Bet Online in Virginia
Bettors who are at least 21 years old may visit licensed sportsbooks (FanDuel only for now – more coming soon) for links to download each operator’s mobile betting app or to bet online from any desktop.
Users may sign up for accounts and make deposits from anywhere in the country but must be physically located in Virginia to place real money wagers. Mobile betting operators use geolocation technology to verify the physical location of every customer.
Getting started with VA Sports Betting
FanDuel is the only online sportsbook authorized by the VA Lottery right now, but more will be launching soon. All licensed sportsbooks will be vetted by state regulators to ensure they are secure and financially viable.
2. Sign up for an account
Mobile users who visit FanDuel will be given an option to download the mobile app. iPhone users will be sent to the App Store to download the mobile betting app, while Android users will be given a direct download link.
3. Make a deposit
Customers may fund their online betting accounts via conventional methods such as debit cards, credit cards, and electronic bank transfers.
In most cases, sportsbooks process deposits instantly, and customers can place wagers within minutes of registering for an account.
4. View the lines and place bets
After signing up for an account and making a deposit, all that remains is to view the lines and place wagers.
Most online sportsbooks display a list of the day’s popular betting markets on the front page and provide a navigation menu for users to view a full list of available sports leagues.
If you’re new to sports betting, know that the entire process from registration to placing your first wager is designed to be easy. Your sportsbook will walk you through it step by step, whether you’re betting from your computer or a mobile device.
Key Things to Know About Betting Online in Virginia
Here is a short list of important things to know for anyone just getting started with sports betting in Virginia.
Identifying Licensed Operators
Mobile betting is now legal and regulated in Virginia through licensed operators only. The most important thing to know when getting started is which online sportsbooks are licensed.
BettingUSA recommends legal Virginia sportsbooks only, but readers can also verify the status of licensees at the VA Lottery website here.
Age and Location Requirements
Under state law, customers must be at least 21 to bet on sports. Customers may download VA betting apps and make deposits from anywhere but must be located within the Commonwealth to place wagers. Online sportsbooks use geolocation technology to pinpoint the location of all bettors and automatically accept or reject bets based on each user’s location.
This is good news for Washington DC bettors who are not fans of the poor odds offered by DC’s citywide online sportsbook, GambetDC. Bettors in the DC area may sign up for VA betting accounts today to place wagers online whenever they cross into the Commonwealth. State residency is not a requirement for VA sportsbooks.
Permitted Types of Wagers
VA sportsbooks may accept wagers on college and professional sports. However, sportsbooks may not offer proposition bets on college sports or proposition bets involving injuries, unsportsmanlike conduct, or any other officiating call.
Responsible Gambling Controls
State law also requires sportsbooks to provide responsible gambling controls. Licensed operators must offer voluntary self-exclusion to customers and provide controls that allow users to set the following limits:
- Deposit limits
- Amount wagered
- Maximum bet sizes
- Cooling off periods of at least 72 hours
Retail Sportsbooks Still to Come
State law requires the VA Lottery to issue at least four and no more than 12 sports betting licenses to casinos or mobile-only operators.
The law also permits major league sports franchises that are headquartered in or play in Virginia to apply for sports betting permits. Sports betting permits issued to sports franchises do not count against the 12-permit cap.
Virginia is one of just a few states to launch online sports betting without any land-based casinos to host retail sportsbooks. However, retail sportsbooks are coming. In the November election, Virginia voters approved the construction of land-based casinos in four municipalities:
- Bristol: Hard Rock International
- Danville: Caesars Entertainment
- Portsmouth: Rush Street Gaming
- Norfolk: Norfolk Resort Casino (Pamunkey Tribe)
- Richmond: Subject to 2021 referendum vote – Pamunkey Tribe