Introduction to Virginia Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019
Virginia slot machine casino gambling does not exist. However, significant progress has occurred to have casinos in Virginia. Currently, pari-mutuel wagering is legal. One such facility has historical horse racing (HHR) electronic gaming machines
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in Virginia*
The minimum legal gambling age in Virginia depends upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: 21 (expected)
- Poker Rooms: Not available
- Bingo: 18
- Lottery: 18
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 18
On March 22, 2019, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed SB 1126 into law. This state law does not authorize casinos in Virginia. However, in effect, it establishes:
- A Commission to study casino gaming regulations
- A framework for the Lottery Board to oversee gaming
- How eligible cities conduct a local casino approval referendum
Regarding timing, the first city referendum could occur as early as November 2020. Details of the state bill suggest eligible cities are Danville, Bristol, and Portsmouth.
*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws apply to various forms of gambling. This information is not intended to provide legal advice.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in Virginia
It is legal to own a slot machine in the Commonwealth of Virginia privately.
Gaming Control Board in Virginia
The framework included in the 2019 passing of Virginia state bill 1126 includes giving oversight of sports betting regulations to the Virginia Racing Commission. This expansion of its responsibilities is in addition to its current responsibilities overseeing horserace pari-mutuel wagering.
The Virginia Lottery Board will obtain responsibility for casino gambling, but specific gaming regulations are unknown. Establishing these gaming regulations is currently underway by Virginia’s Joint Legislative and Review Commission.
Casinos in Virginia
There are currently no casinos with slot machines in Virginia.
List of Casinos in Virginia
There are currently no casinos in Virginia. However, three eligible cities may have casinos as early as late 2020 if approved by voters. In part, localities are available to host a casino if they currently have significant economic difficulties.
These three potential casino locations include the cities of:
- Danville located 144 miles southwest of Richmond near North Carolina
- Bristol located 113 miles northeast of Knoxville near Tennessee
- Portsmouth located 97 miles southeast of Richmond near Chesapeake
List of Tribal Casinos in Virginia
The Pamunkey Indian Tribe gained federal recognition in 2015 and is pursuing establishing a tribal casino. They intend to have improved educational and employment opportunities to ensure the long-term success of the tribe.
At this time, the tribe is searching for a suitable site for a casino resort located within Virginia. Potential sites for a tribal casino now include Richmond and Norfolk
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying Virginia slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. Bordering Virginia is:
- North: Maryland Slots and District of Columbia Slots
- East: Atlantic Ocean
- South: North Carolina Slots and Tennessee Slots
- West: Kentucky Slots and West Virginia Slots
Each of the links above will take you to my state-specific blog for that neighboring state to Virginia.
Otherwise, Virginia currently offers horseracing, simulcasting, and off-track betting at Riverboat on the Potomac OTB in Colonial Beach on the Potomac River located 33 miles east of colonial Fredericksburg.
Colonial Downs Racetrack is a horseracing facility located in the eastern part of Virginia located 30 miles east of Richmond. It offers slot-like historical horse racing (HHR) electronic gaming machines.
Payout Returns in Virginia
As Virginia does not yet have slot machines, it has no payout return limits or statistics.
Our Virginia Slots Facebook Group
Are you interested in sharing and learning with other slots enthusiasts in Virginia? If so, join our new Virginia slots community on Facebook. All you’ll need is a Facebook profile to freely join this closed Facebook Group.
There, you’ll be able to privately share your slots experiences as well as chat with players about slots gambling in or near Virginia. Come join us!
Summary of Virginia Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019
Virginia slot machine casino gambling does not yet exist, but it is now on the horizon. Perhaps as soon as November 2020, non-tribal casinos in three cities may receive approval. Otherwise, two other towns may potentially receive a tribal casino.
Annual Progress in Virginia Slot Machine Casino Gambling
In March 2019, Virginia’s legislature approved establishing a gaming control commission, casino gambling, expanding its state lottery, online gambling, and sports betting. For casinos, city residents will need to vote to approve any near them beginning in November 2020.
Otherwise, Colonial Downs Racetrack located east of Richmond has re-opened as expected.
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