Sports betting in Virginia became legal in April 2020 following the approval of bills SB 384 and HB 384. This was made possible by the 2018 Supreme Court ruling that found the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) unconstitutional.
The Virginia State Lottery was designated as the industry regulator and betting in Virginia went live in January 2021. However, just a couple of months later Del. Mark Sickles and Sen. Jeremy McPike introduced HB 1847 and SB 1254 respectively. This legislation was needed to add further clarity to the issuance of mobile sports betting licenses and allows them to be issued without ties to casino licenses.
The first 11 days of legal sports betting in Virginia saw a sports betting handle of $58 million. Sports fans in the state can bet on all major sports and college events with the exception of Virginia-based college teams.