RICHMOND, Va (WRIC) – In a state where decades of debates over legalizing various forms of gambling have raged, sports betting has added itself to Virginia’s risk avenue.
After FanDuel went online last week, advertisements were sent to consumers when additional competition sports books were published.
BetMGM, Draft Kings, Caesars and Rivers Casino Portsmouth have all approved permits under the Virginia Lottery.
The General Assembly passed a measure to legalize sports betting during its 2020 session, and sports fanatics can take action less than a year later.
The move is the most recent green light to gambling in the Commonwealth in the past three decades.
The Virginia Lottery went live in the late 1980s. Colonial Downs’ off-track betting first appeared in the late 1990s and was later revived in gaming hubs such as Rosie’s Gaming Emporium.
As with other types of games, guidelines must also be observed with sports books, as Mike Raffensburger of Fan Duel explained.
“We have requirements, like a bank, to know our customers. In order to actually sign up and make deposits to play on FanDuel, we need certain information such as your address, the last four digits of your social security number, and we use other databases to verify your identity and to determine if you are of legal age is legally allowed to place a gambling bet in the state of Virginia, “said Raffensburger.
In Virginia, bets cannot be placed on in-state teams – a provision that is similar to several other states that have legalized sports betting.
Many may be interested in placing bets, but Brenda Hurt of Richmond said she would keep her money close.
“I mean you [sports fans] might want [wager]but I can’t tell you who because I know I don’t want to. I’m just watching the game, ”said Hurt.
“I need my money. I have to pay bills, I can’t do anything with gambling and giving away my money for free, ”she said.
Full-fledged casino projects are also in the works across Virginia, including the potential that may emerge in Richmond that is still being explored.
Resources are available for those with gambling addiction, including the Virginia Council on Problem Gambling.
The VCPG toll-free hotline is 1-888-532-3500.