Introduction to Virginia Slot Machine Casino Gambling
Commonwealth of Virginia slot machine casino gambling does not exist. Virginia does not legally allow slot machines or all other casino games, although it does allow horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering at licensed facilities.
Gaming industry news in 2018 from Virginia is showing some change may be occurring with regards to potential casino legislation and approvals. For example, here are articles on various attempts to introduce gaming to Virginia over the last few months:
- Virginia Governor endorses Colonial Downs legislation;
- Virginia tribe on the hunt for casino site;
- Virginia Appropriations Committee approves Colonial Downs legislation; and
- Virginia Senator eyes hometown for possible casino.
Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, has several interesting historical nicknames. The first English colony in mainland North America, Virginia has the nickname of “Old Dominion”, based on the title of “Dominion” given by King Charles II of England for Virginia remaining loyal to the crown during the English Civil War from 1642 to 1651. King Charles’ supporters were called Cavaliers, so Virginia also has the “The Cavalier State” nickname. Yet another nickname is “Mother of Presidents” as more U.S. presidents were born there than any other state.
This post continues the weekly blog series “Slot Machine Casino Gambling, State-By-State“, a year-long online resource project dedicated to guiding slot machine gambling enthusiasts to success.
Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling*
The minimum legal age for casino gambling in Virginia is not available, as casino gambling does not legally exist. It is 18 for pari-mutual wagering, the lottery, and bingo.
*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
It is legal to privately own a slot machine in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
State Gaming Commission
The Commonwealth of Virginia has three state gaming commissions. These are:
- Virginia Racing Commission with its mission “To promote, sustain grow, and control and native horse racing industry with pari-mutuel wagering by prescribing regulations and conditions that command and promote excellence and complete honesty and integrity in racing and wagering.”
- Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs, promoting the integrity of charitable games activities in Virginia; and
- Virginia Lottery, governed by the Virginia Lottery Board as set forth by Virginia Code Section 58.1-4007.
Virginia does not offer slots of any sort. However, it does off 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.
The Pamunkey Indian Tribe gained federal recognition in 2015, and is pursuing improved educational and employment opportunities to ensure long-term success of the tribe. At this time, it is searching for a suitable site for a casino resort located within Virginia.
Colonial Downs is a horseracing facility located in the eastern part of Virginia, located 30 miles each of Richmond. It closed its doors in 2014, but may reopen as early as the end of 2018. It has already been given permission to offer slot-like historical race wagering machines.
Summary of Virginia Slot Machine Casino Gambling
Commonwealth of Virginia slot machine casino gambling does not exist, although slot-like historical race wagering machines will become available later in 2018 at Colonial Downs in eastern Virginia. Virginia only allows horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering at licensed facilities.
Other gaming industry news in 2018 from Virginia is showing some change may be occurring there with regards to potential casino legislation and approvals.
For example, The Pamunkey Indian Tribe recently gain federal recognition, which was continually opposed by casino operator MGM Resorts International with its MGM National Harbor venue located in nearby Maryland. With this federal recognition, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe is looking to establishing an approximately $700 million venue.
Other State-By-State Articles from Professor Slots
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- Previous: Vermont Slot Machine Casino Gambling 2018 – Vermont slot machine casino gambling does not exist, as this state currently has no casinos or racetracks. The nearest available gaming opportunities exist across Vermont’s borders in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York as well as at a tribal casino in Montreal, Canada. Vermont has had a state lottery since 1978.
- Next: Washington Slot Machine Casino Gambling 2018 – Washington slot machine casino gambling consists of tribal casinos with video lottery terminal style slot machines run by a tribal lottery system. Minimum payout is 75%. Maximum wager is $5, but $20 on 15% of slots. None of the tribes in Washington state are legally required to release actual payout returns for slots.
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