Last Updated:

Virginia Sports Betting & Promo Codes


Legal Betting
The Commonwealth of Virginia launched online sports betting beginning in January of 2021. Here is a complete list of every online sportsbook available to bettors in-state sorted alphabetically. This guide fills you in on all things sports betting in Virginia, ranging from sports betting education, local rules and guidelines regarding sports wagering, and how you can get started on placing bets on sports in the Commonwealth.
What To Know
Online sports betting is legal
Must be 21+ to bet
Strong new user sign-up bonuses for residents
Available Sportsbooks

Today's Best Promos In Virginia

Additional Promos In Virginia

Upcoming Games To Bet On In Virginia

Sports Betting Education 101

New to sports betting, you’ve come to the right place.
BetSided is all about connecting with every kind of sports bettor; ranging from those who wager every day to others wanting to experience the fun of wagering on games for the first time.
Our Sports Betting Education section includes all sorts of articles to help you get started.
- What is a Spread?
- What is a Moneyline?
- How to Hedge
- How to Understand American Odds
That’s just the beginning!

Virginia Sports Betting Legalization Timeline

While the Virginia General Assembly and Senate approved sports betting in March of 2020, it didn’t officially launch until the beginning of 2021.
Senate Bill 394, along with House Bill 896 allowed full state-wide sports wagering for mobile users, as well as a select number of brick and mortar sportsbooks. After Governor Northam sent back amendments to the bill, the bills were approved and placed into law in April, 2020.

Tax Rates in Virginia

Virginia’s tax rate, along with its licensing fees come in at 15% of gross gaming revenue. So far, 14 sportsbook operators have entered into the fold with Virginia law allowing for up to 18 sportsbook licenses in total.
The principal application is a non-refundable $50,000 fee per principal, with $125,000 for a sports betting platform.

Virginia Sportsbooks

- Bally Bet
-Barstool Sportsbook
-Betway Sportsbook
- Caesars Sportsbook
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- Golden Nugget
- Hard Rock Sportsbook
- PointsBet
- SI Sportsbook
- Unibet
- WynnBET

Best Sports Betting App in Virginia

Bally Bet App

Bettors may recognize the name from the local regional sports networks, as Bally has integrated lots of betting coverage into their content. The app offers intriguing bonuses, a good rewards program and makes the user experience very easy and straightforward.

Barstool Sportsbook App


Betway Sportsbook App


BetMGM Sportsbook App

BetMGM’s mobile app is easy to navigate for betting on games, but getting to player prop screens may be a bit more difficult than options such as DraftKings. However, BetMGM is super clean to use, and the betslip is very easy to access. It is also available for both iPhone and Android.
Grade: A-

BetRivers Sportsbook App

BetRivers has a solid betslip functionality, and it is also easy to withdraw your money at BetRivers, which is obviously important. BetRivers also offers slightly less promos to the quality of some of its competitors. It is also available for both iPhone and Android.
Grade: B+

Caesars Sportsbook App

The Caesars app is available for both iPhone and Android, and the bet slip is very interactive. The drop down menu is very easy to use, and there are several same-game parlay options available.
Grade: A

DraftKings Sportsbook App

DraftKings Sportsbook is also available for both iPhone and Android, and it offers a ton of different options for each major sport. The betslip is easy to navigate, and the odds on the same-game parlay feature make it easier to choose picks.
Grade: A

FanDuel Sportsbook App

FanDuel Sportsbook is also available for both iPhone and Android, and it is very smooth moving and quick to navigate the entire app. FanDuel’s cash out feature is also one of the best in the business.
Grade: A

Golden Nugget App


Hard Rock Sportsbook App


PointsBet Sportsbook App

The interface for PointsBet is really fast, which is always great for bettors looking to place a wager quickly before a game. It is also available for both iPhone and Android, and it has the dark-mode available as well. PointsBet isn’t as data dense, but it still is a solid app to use.
Grade: A-

SI Sportsbook App


Unibet App


WynnBET Sportsbook App

WynnBET Sportsbook has an easy navigation, with each sport and the league’s logo at the top of the page. WynnBET doesn’t offer as many props at times, but its Build Your Own Bet feature is very comprehensive for same-game parlays. It is also available for both iPhone and Android.
WynnBET has also been offering -108 odds for its NBA spreads and totals.
Grade: A-
All of these apps are great options, and our team recommends taking advantage of several of their different promo options and testing them out to see which app best fits your needs and what you desire when betting on sports. Everyone’s preferences are going to be different, so there is no harm in testing several out.

How to Place a Sports Bet in Virginia

Placing a sports bet in Virginia state is a very easy and straightforward process; once you sign up for the app(s) of your choice.
To sign up, users will need register with the following information and personal details:
- Email
- Name
- Date of Birth
- Username/User ID
- Password
- Last four digits of Social Security Number
- Phone Number
- Home Address
- After being prompted for security questions and confirming you are at least 21 years of age, users can deposit into the account and get ready to start betting.

Step-by-Step Process for Virginia Online Sports Betting

Once you have created your account and deposited, you can navigate through the sportsbook to place your wager.
For example, if you want to bet on an NBA playoff game, here is the step-by-step process at WynnBET Sportsbook.
Step 1: Select the game you would like to bet on
Step 2: Select the wager you’d like to make, in this scenario, we are taking the Warriors -5.5.
Step 3: Select your bet amount and place your bet.

Details of Virginia’s Sports Betting Law

With sports betting available in Virginia, there are a select number of rules in place for bettors in the state.
Similar to other states, you cannot bet on in-state college teams from Virginia, even if they are playing in another state. These teams include: Virginia, Virginia Tech, VCU, Richmond, George Mason, James Madison, Liberty, Radford, Hampton, Longwood, Norfolk State, College of William & Mary, and VMI.
Bettors can wager on college sporting events taking place in Virginia, so long as no in-state teams are participating in those games.
Bettors can still can still gamble on the NFL, CFL, NBA, WNBA, European/international basketball leagues, MLB, NHL, international hockey leagues, MLS, English Premier League, UEFA Champions League, PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions, PGA European, IndyCar, NASCAR, Formula One, Boxing, Tennis and NCAAF and NCAAB.

Virginia Betting Markets: NFL, NBA, NHL, & MORE

Popular Virginia Events

Super Bowl/NFL Playoffs
NBA Finals/NBA Playoffs
World Series/MLB Playoffs
Stanley Cup Finals/NHL Playoffs
NCAA Tournament (non-VA teams)
College Football Playoff
The Masters / PGA Championship / U.S. Open / The Open Championship

Common Types of Bets/Terms

Point Spreads
The point spread in the margin of victory in a game. A team must win or lose by a specific number of points in order to cover the point spread and win the bet.
A moneyline bet is simply choosing the winner of a sporting event regardless of the point spread. You can choose the favorite or underdog to win the game.
OVER/UNDER and Total Bets
An over/under or total is a bet on the total points scored in a sporting event. Over/unders are also used on prop bets.
A parlay is a bet where multiple wagers are linked together in order to increase the odds on the payout. Every leg (bet) in the parlay must hit in order for it to win.
Prop Bet
A prop bet is any bet placed on a game that is not not directly affecting the game's final outcome. This can include player props as well as game props.
Most Popular Sports to Bet On
The most popular sports to bet on in Virginia include football, basketball, baseball and hockey.
The NFL is king in the sports betting world, but college sports have also been a strong betting market since the beginning of legalized online sports betting in Virginia.
Daily Fantasy Sports in Virginia
Daily Fantasy Sports are deemed games of skill rather than games of chance in Virginia, therefore making them legal under state law. Furthermore, the state of Virginia was actually the first in the country to pass pro-DFS legislation back in 2016.

Betting on Pro Sports Teams

While none of the major professional sports teams play in the state of Virginia, fans traditionally tend to back teams in the Washington D.C and surrounding area. This includes the following:

NFL Betting in Virginia

Washington Commanders

NBA Betting In Virginia

Washington Wizards

NHL Betting In Virginia

Washington Capitals

MLB Betting in Virginia

Washington Nationals

Statewide Restrictions

In-state collegiate teams are not available to be bet on in Virginia. That includes college teams such as the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, VCU, Richmond and George Mason.
As for in-state collegiate events, bettors can partake in wagering on those events, providing the local collegiate teams are not participating.

Other Virginia Teams to Bet On

There are several other sports teams in the Virginia/Washington D.C. area that fans can wager on, including the Washington Mystics (WNBA), D.C. United (MLS soccer), Defenders (XFL), and many others.

Betting on College Football in Virginia

Residents in the state of Virginia can bet on college football, as long as the wager is:
1) Placed on a team that is not an in-state college
2) Placed in-person on an in-state collegiate team
Games that are outside of the state and don’t involve in-state teams are fair game for bettors.
Teams unavailable to wager on include: Virginia, Virginia Tech, VCU, Richmond, George Mason, James Madison, Liberty, Radford, Hampton, Longwood, Norfolk State, College of William & Mary, and VMI.

Betting on College Basketball in Virginia

Similar to football, betting on college basketball in Virginia is allowed, as long as it does not involve a local in-state college. Betting on tournament events is ok in Virginia provided a local school is not participating.

Virginia Online Sports Betting FAQ

Did Virginia Legalize Sports Betting?

Yes! Virginia has allowed legal sports betting since January of 2021.

Can I Bet Online on My Phone in Virginia?

You bet! Betting online via mobile app can be done using any of the following apps and sportsbooks listed here.
- Bally Bet
- Barstool Sportsbook
- BetMGM
- BetRivers
- Betway Sportsbook
- Caesars Sportsbook
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- Golden Nugget
- Hard Rock Sportsbook
- PointsBet
- SI Sportsbook
- Unibet
- WynnBET

How old do I have to be to Bet and Play on Virginia’s Legal Sportsbook Apps?

Bettors must be 21 years of age or older to bet on Virginia's legal sportsbook apps.

Can I bet on my local College Football Team?

If your local college football team resides in the state of Virginia, then no, you cannot bet on them in-state.

What Payment Options Can I Use for Betting in Virginia?

You can deposit money into your sports betting account by way of credit cards, e-wallets like PayPal and Skrill, prepaid cards, and, in some cases, cash.

Virginia Casinos

Here are all the physical sportsbook locations for online sportsbooks.
- BetRivers (Rush Street Gaming - Portsmouth)
- Caesars Sportsbook (Caesars - Danville)
- WynnBET (NASCAR - Martinsville, Richmond)
- Hard Rock Sportsbook (Hard Rock - Bristol)

Best Sports Bars for Betting in Virginia (Virginia Beach, Arlington, Roanoke, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Richmond)

- Crystal City Sports Pub, Arlington
- Shorebreak Pizza and Taphouse, Virginia Beach
- Home Team Grill, Richmond
- First Down Sports Bar, Arlington
- Paul’s Deli and Restaurant, Williamsburg
- Martin’s Downtown, Roanoke
- The Clubhouse Sports Bar and Billiards, Lynchburg
- LongShots Billiards and Darts, Chesapeake
- Roger Brown’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, Portsmouth

Common Payment Options

- PayPal
- ACH/eCheck
- Prepaid Card
- PayNearMe
- Cash @ Cage([Casino])
- Check

Sports Betting Quirks in Virginia

No real major quirks exist currently in Virginia besides the inability to bet on local college teams in-state. However, with the Washington Commanders looking for a new stadium deal over the next several years, Virginia could be very lucrative due to the state’s embrace of legal sports gambling.

How Sports Betting Works in Washington D.C.

The District of Columbia was the first between Virginia, D.C. and Maryland to legalize sports betting in the Beltway. Unfortunately, their initial rollout through the sportsbook wing of the D.C. Lottery, GambetDC has been a disaster.
Fortunately, several more online sportsbook operators, including BetMGM, Caesars, and others are now available in-state via mobile app.

State-to-State Differences for Neighboring State(s) to Virginia

DC allows for all bets on professional and college teams, but does not allow for wagers on horse racing, as well as any college game taking place within D.C. proper.
Virginia does not allow for bets on in-state college games and teams. Bettors can wager on college games taking place in the state, as long as those in-state teams are not participating.

Final Thoughts on Betting In Virginia

Virginia has embraced sports betting from the very beginning, offering up lots of competition in the market with several mobile sportsbooks available, as well as several brick and mortar locations to follow.
Ultimately, between the availability of odds and action, Virginia is set up to continue to be a very profitable enterprise for sports betting providers for many years to come.

follow us

© 2022 Minute Media - All Right Reserved. The content on this site is for entertainment and educational purposes only. All advice, including picks and predictions, is based on individual commentators’ opinions and not that of Minute Media or its related brands. All picks and predictions are suggestions only. No one should expect to make money from the picks and predictions discussed on this website. For more information, please read our Legal Disclaimer. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-800-GAMBLER.