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Danville to consider joining Bristol casino bill

The city council of Danville, Virginia, next week will consider adopting a resolution in support of legislation that would enable and require local referendum on construction of a casino resort in Bristol, Danville and other possible localities.

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12/5/2019

article Virginia Study Showcases The Good, The Bad, The Ugly For Expanded Gambling
(Virginia) -- When Virginia lawmakers passed bill SB 1126 in May, it represented a compromise of sorts between proponents and opponents of gambling in the Commonwealth....
article Weighing pros and cons of casino, study shows Danville could reap benefits, but project may lead to more crime
(Virginia) -- The Danville Regional Foundation purposely chose a firm with no experience in the gaming industry to conduct a study on the impacts of a casino project in...

12/4/2019

article Study: Bristol casino would have less revenue but higher impact
(Virginia) -- While a gaming casino in Bristol is expected to generate less revenue than others in larger cities statewide, its local impact could be the greatest,...
article Skepticism on Casino Gaming in Virginia
(Virginia) -- After intensive lobbying by some local governments and private investors during the 2019 session, the General Assembly passed a bill requesting the Joint...
article Watson: What's next for Virginia gaming?
(Virginia) -- Watson co-founded Castle Hill Gaming, which develops, leases and manages gaming machines, The company has offices in Charlottesville and Tulsa, Oklahoma....

12/3/2019

article Study: Bristol casino would have less revenue but higher impact
(Virginia) -- While a gaming casino in Bristol is expected to generate less revenue than others in larger cities statewide, its local impact could be the greatest,...
article Virginia Takes Different View Of New Opportunities For Gaming
(Virginia) -- A new study, Gaming in the Commonwealth 2019, created by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, citing The Innovation Group results, painted a...

12/2/2019

article Danville seeking proposals for casino project
(Virginia) -- Although the City Council has not yet taken an official position on how voters should vote if a referendum were held on casinos, today the City Manager...

12/1/2019

article Virginia Resort Casino Critics Warn of Pitfalls After Release of Encouraging Study
(Virginia) -- Virginia appears divided on expanded legalized gaming following a recent far-reaching study which predicts proposed gambling venues to have “a...

11/30/2019

article Digging deeper into the JLARC gaming report
(Virginia) -- While a gaming casino in Bristol is expected to generate less revenue than others in larger cities statewide, its local impact could be the greatest,...
article When Will The State Of Virginia See Legalized Gambling?
(Virginia) -- On Monday, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) released a study conducted for the lawmakers of the state to review when they go into...

11/29/2019

article OP/ED: Is Williamsburg ready for a casino?
(Virginia) -- I read in the Daily Press that our very own Sen. Tommy Norment is the Chairman of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission and that the commission...

11/28/2019

article Virginia Study Claims Sports Betting Could Bring $55 Million Annually
(Virginia) -- A study, conducted by The Innovation Group and Regulatory Management Counselors alongside the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, has determined...

11/27/2019

article Report: Casino Gambling Could Take $9 Million From Purses In Virginia
(Virginia) -- A study by Virginia's Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission found that casino gambling could be beneficial to the commonwealth, but would come...

11/26/2019

article Horse racing industry worries about potential impact of casinos in Virginia
(Virginia) -- Horse racing just returned to Colonial Downs in New Kent County this summer, but with the potential for casinos in Virginia, industry insiders are worried...
article Sports betting, addiction resources and the mob: 5 more takeaways from Virginia’s big gambling report
(Virginia) -- Monday’s presentation covered the big picture, but there’s a lot more to parse in the 202-page gambling report Virginia lawmakers received this...
article Va. study finds casino gamble could work, but warns against big promises
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee released several studies on Monday, including one looking at the future of gaming expansion in...
article State could ban 'gray' machines in convenience stores
(Virginia) -- Local store owners aren't too happy with talk of a possible state ban on so-called "gray" machines, skill-based convenience store video games...
article Study: Virginia Sports Betting Could Generate $400M In Mobile Revenue
(Virginia) -- A legislative study suggests mobile sports betting revenue in Virginia could approach $400 million at maturity in 2028. The study, conducted by The...

11/25/2019

article Casino report focuses on fiscal, economic impacts of operation, also includes effects on problem gambling
(Virginia) -- A casino in Danville would generate about $190 million in annual revenue and $51 million in gaming tax money for the state and deliver nearly 1,600 direct...
article Report: Legalizing casino gambling, sports betting could bring Virginia $367M in new tax revenue
(Virginia) -- State auditors tasked with reviewing a proposal to expand legalized gambling in Virginia say the industry could realistically be expected to bring in $367...
article Report: Casinos could bring state millions, but wouldn’t be economic driver developers have pitched
(Virginia) -- Opening five full-scale casinos in Virginia, legalizing sports betting and permitting online gambling would rake in $367 million in new tax revenue...
article Study: Legislature has options for regulating electronic gaming machines
(Virginia) -- As unregulated gaming machines proliferate across Virginia, the General Assembly’s oversight commission presented legislators with options Monday for...

11/22/2019

article Study provides new picture of possible casino in Danville
(Virginia) -- A new study is helping Danville prepare for a potential casino. It details possible locations for a casino, different types of casinos and their economic...

11/21/2019

article Bill pre-filed in Virginia looks to legalize sport betting, casino gambling in 2020
(Virginia) -- A bill pre-filed by Republican Delegate Barry D. Knight looks to open sports betting and casino gambling to Virginians in 2020. According to House Bill 4...
article Virginia Legislation Could Give Sports Betting a Chance in 2020
(Virginia) -- Earlier this week, Republican Delegate Barry Knight filed HB 4 in the Virginia House of Delegates, a move that could prompt politicians there to take up...
article National organization says gambling addiction should have been addressed in casino study, but leaders say that wasn't purpose of report
(Virginia) -- The leader of a national group has criticized the recent study on the impacts of a casino in Danville because the report did not address problem gambling...
article Study: Casino in Danville would bring $363 million, no impact from crime
(Virginia) -- A new impact study shows a casino could secure more than 2,000 jobs in Danville. Convergence Strategy Group, a casino and resort planning service,...

11/20/2019

article Pre-filed VA Sports Betting Bill Would Let Voters Decide In 2020
(Virginia) -- Casino gaming and sports betting will be back on the table for lawmakers in Virginia to debate during the 2020 legislative session. On Monday, Rep. Barry D...

11/19/2019

article Bill Pre-Filed In Virginia To Legalize Sports Betting In 2020
(Virginia) -- On Monday, Republican Delegate Barry D. Knight pre-filed House Bill No. 4 (HB 4), which will look to amend the current Code of Virginia and authorize...
article Danville City Council hears potential casino impact
(Virginia) -- In a special work session meeting Tuesday night, Danville City Council heard results from a casino impact study by Convergence Strategy Group. Scott Fisher...
article New study details impact of casino in Danville with jobs, revenues, tax benefits
(Virginia) -- A destination resort casino could bring in about $363.5 million in gaming revenues in 2022 if located at a highway site in the area, according to the...

11/18/2019

article CASINO PROPOSALS: How electoral victories for VA and KY Democrats could be a game-changer
(Virginia) -- Recent electoral victories for Democrats in Virginia and Kentucky could be a game-changer for long-standing efforts to legalize casino gambling. Last year...
article First bills of the 2020 session: early voting, universal background checks, LGBTQ non-discrimination and casinos
(Virginia) -- Monday was the first day members of the General Assembly could file legislation for the 2020 session, and while getting a bill in early doesn’t make...
article If Virginia legalizes gambling, Portsmouth has a firm ready to build a casino
(Virginia) -- Portsmouth officials have hired a Chicago gaming firm to develop and run a casino resort on a 50-acre site near the city’s Tidewater Community...

11/13/2019

article Gaming Fever Reaches Hampton
(Virginia) -- The opening of Rosie’s Gaming Emporium at the Power Plant of Hampton Roads has opened all the gaming fever paths to Hampton. Last few weeks have seen...

11/11/2019

article Hampton seeks ability to host casino gaming
(Virginia) -- With the opening of Rosie’s Gaming Emporium at the Power Plant of Hampton Roads, gaming fever has come to Hampton. In the past week, hundreds of...

10/31/2019

press release BLOG: OP/ED: 7 Reasons Pari-Mutuel Gaming is Right for Danville
(Virginia) -- You have an opportunity on November 5 to bring new jobs, create tax and tourism revenues for our city and state, and ensure that a unique entertainment...

10/30/2019

article Shad Plank: Will Virginia take a gamble on gambling machines?
(Virginia) -- Here’s some unsettling news for the many Virginians hoping to get school funding back towards pre-recession levels: A major source of state funds for...

10/29/2019

article A slot machine showdown in Chesterfield parking lot highlights legal uncertainty
(Virginia) -- A middle finger, sharp words, some auto mechanics threatening to call the cops. The gritty, confusing debate over so-called “skill games” in...
article Queen of Virginia points finger at rival gaming machines in Chesterfield County
(Virginia) -- The debate over the difference between illegal gambling and legal gaming reached a noisy crescendo Tuesday afternoon in a parking lot along Hull Street...

10/28/2019

article ‘Deal us in’: Hampton wants ability to develop a casino
(Virginia) -- If Hampton Roads can indeed support multiple casinos, one of them needs to be on the Peninsula, according to Hampton’s mayor. Included in Hampton...

10/23/2019

article Two Va. communities explore gambling ventures
(Virginia) -- At a strip-mall Italian restaurant, the visiting businesspeople laid out a spread of chicken wings and potato skins, arranged their piles of bumper...

10/22/2019

article Virginia is still studying casinos. But two communities are about to vote on miniature versions.
(Virginia) -- At a strip-mall Italian restaurant, the visiting businesspeople laid out a spread of chicken wings and potato skins, arranged their piles of bumper...

10/21/2019

article Bristol casino developers donate to campaigns
(Virginia) -- Developers of the proposed Bristol Resort and Casino have contributed more than $300,000 to the various campaigns in the upcoming Virginia legislative...

10/20/2019

article Bristol casino developers donate to campaigns
(Virginia) -- Developers of the proposed Bristol Resort and Casino have contributed more than $300,000 to the various campaigns in the upcoming Virginia legislative...

10/19/2019

article Va. Delegate may have violated state code by fundraising via raffle
(Virginia) -- A campaign committee for state delegate may have violated state code by fundraising via a raffle. According to a Facebook event page, a fundraising event...

9/30/2019

article City manager discusses next steps in process to bring casino to Norfolk
(Virginia) -- Norfolk has announced the next steps in an effort to bring a new resort and casino to the downtown waterfront. City Manager Chip Filer announced the steps...

9/29/2019

article OP/ED: The racehorse has left the barn
(Virginia) -- Viewed from Midlothian Turnpike, Rosie’s Gaming Emporium in Richmond would resemble a busy movie cineplex — if it weren’t for the mobile...

9/17/2019

article Virginia: Lottery official says gaming machines eating away profits
(Virginia) -- A Virginia lottery official is warning that unregulated gaming machines popping up in bars and convenience stores could hurt sales and cost the state...

9/16/2019

article Virginia Lottery concerned ‘Gray Machines’ lead to declining sales
(Virginia) -- Representatives from Virginia Lottery rose concerns about “Gray Machines”, or slot-style gaming, during a presentation to the House...
article Virginia Lottery says unregulated skill machines could cost agency $140M a year in lost sales
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Lottery told state lawmakers Monday that an ongoing surge of unregulated gaming machines could cost the agency $140 million in annual sales,...
article Is gambling free in the Land of the Free?
(Virginia) -- History itself has witnessed the love-hate relationship between the US and gambling. Although Nevada is a worldwide symbol, when it comes to that, the fact...

9/9/2019

article After hours of talk, Danville Planning Commission tables gaming machine issue
(Virginia) -- After hours of discussion from city staff, attorneys, business owners and residents, the Danville Planning Commission on Monday tabled 11 applications for...

8/30/2019

article Virginia close to legalizing gambling: Things to consider before playing online
(Virginia) -- In 2018, an independent poll discovered that over 60% of registered voters would be in favor of legalizing sports betting and gambling. Virginia is...

8/28/2019

article Virginia governor sees potential in legalized gambling
(Virginia) -- Virginia still has a long way to go before gambling is fully legalized in the state, but progress has definitely been made over the past few months. It is...

8/21/2019

article Riggleman visits Albemarle gaming machine manufacturer on business tour
(Virginia) -- U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman visited Castle Hill Gaming in Albemarle County Wednesday as part of a tour of businesses in the 5th District.

8/20/2019

article Virginia Lottery raises concern over 'aggressive' growth of unregulated gaming machines
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Lottery has raised concerns that unregulated “skill” games that have appeared in bars and convenience stores across the state may...

8/10/2019

article And they're off! Horse racing returns to Colonial Downs after 6-year drought
(Virginia) -- Three reasons to care — one way or the other — about the rebirth of Colonial Downs, which officially happened Thursday when the first bugle...

7/30/2019

article Portsmouth city leaders updated on proposed casino, entertainment complex
(Virginia) -- Based on an hour-long presentation delivered to the Portsmouth City Council Tuesday morning, all the chips lead to a new casino and entertainment complex....

7/23/2019

article Portsmouth kills deal to build waterfront casino, now looking to build at I-264 and Victory Blvd.
(Virginia) -- Plans to have a casino built on the Elizabeth River have been scrapped in favor of a larger, inland location. In Monday’s City Council work session, the...
article Waterfront casino deal scrapped in Portsmouth, VA; new proposal being discussed
(Virginia) -- In the city of Portsmouth, officials have scrapped plans to build a casino on the Elizabeth River opting instead for a casino to be part of a proposed...

7/15/2019

article Danville city leaders see salvation in the idea of a casino
(Virginia) -- There are so many ways you can tie the industries that built so many cities and towns in our area to their more recent fates. Danville, VA is one of them....

7/10/2019

article ‘Queen Of Virginia’ slot machines removed as gambling debate draws on
(Virginia) -- Convenience stores and gas stations across Charlottesville and beyond are currently counting the cost of removing their ‘Queen of Virginia’...

7/8/2019

article Slots-style gaming gaining ground in Virginia
(Virginia) -- While proposed casino establishments remain on hold pending action next year by the Virginia General Assembly, a series of Rosie’s Gaming Emporiums...
article Virginia enters new era with gaming devices resembling slot machines
(Virginia) -- Non-Indian facilities in Virginia are now offering electronic gaming devices that resemble slot machines. The new era began with the debut of the first...

7/7/2019

article ‘Boring’ no more? Virginia has already begun embracing casino-style gaming
(Virginia) -- Music blared as more than a thousand people formed a long, giddy line along the front of a once-abandoned Kmart. Two racehorses paced the parking lot. A...

7/4/2019

article And they're off: More than 1,200 race into Rosie's Richmond Gaming Emporium for the first day of betting
(Virginia) -- Slot machines are illegal in Virginia. But don’t tell that to Shannon Bratson, 52, or many of the 1,200 others who piled into the new Rosie’s...

7/3/2019

article Will ‘racino' win change the stakes for Arlington Park's owner?
(Virginia) -- For decades, Arlington International Racecourse clamored to add slot machines and other gambling devices to lure back bettors who've abandoned horse...

7/1/2019

article 'This is going to make a lot of money': Big turnout as Colonial Downs opens gambling parlor in South Richmond
(Virginia) -- Retiree Bina Williams and her group showed up at 8:30 a.m. Monday to be one of the first to get in when Rosie's Gaming Emporium opened its doors. It...
article Rosie’s Gaming Emporium opens Richmond location
(Virginia) -- Rosie’s Richmond Gaming Emporium is open for business after a ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday morning. Hundreds of people from across the...

6/26/2019

article City ban: Prosecutor boots Queen of Virginia gaming machines
(Virginia) -- The lights flash and a series of images roll across the screen. A row of matching pictures are lined up around the board and the word “WINNER”...

6/24/2019

article Bettors take chances ahead of regulated gambling
(Virginia) -- Virginians have already placed tens of millions of dollars on the line at the state’s two legal gambling houses. Just 10 months have passed since Gov...
article In 1987, Danville voted against off-track betting
(Virginia) -- It’s not the first time Danville has debated an off-track betting facility, such as the one now eyed for the city. Residents voted against pari-...

6/18/2019

article Virginia likely to legalize gambling
(Virginia) -- If you like gambling and you live in Virginia, then you’re a bit unlucky, to say the least. Virginia is one of the most restrictive states in the US...
article Tic-Tac-No? Queen of Virginia games banned in Charlottesville
(Virginia) -- The Queen of Virginia’s reign in the Commonwealth appears to have taken a bit of a tumble, at least in one city. The games, which have been popping...

6/16/2019

article ‘Skill machines’ on uneasy legal ground
(Virginia) -- “Skill machine” manufacturer Queen of Virginia Skill maintains that its gambling devices are still legal in the wake of a decision from...

6/10/2019

article Cville Gaming Firm Expands with Historic Horse Racing in Virginia
(Virginia) -- There are no native American casinos here in Virginia, but a Charlottesville company is playing a key role in the operation of 75 casinos out west –...

6/9/2019

article Charlottesville to ban 'skill machines'
(Virginia) -- Soon, “skill machines” will no longer be legal in Charlottesville, following a letter from the city’s commonwealth’s attorney. The...

6/5/2019

article Foundation hires firm to conduct casino impact study in Danville
(Virginia) -- The Danville Regional Foundation has hired a firm to conduct a study on the impact of a casino and entertainment complex on Danville and surrounding...

5/31/2019

article Opinions mixed about possible off-track betting venue in Danville
(Virginia) -- In about six months, the fate of off-track, pari-mutuel betting in Danville could be decided. A petition has been filed to allow Danville voters to go the...

5/30/2019

article Groups files for casino referendum in Danville
(Virginia) -- Colonial Downs Group, which owns the Colonial Downs horse racetrack in New Kent County, has submitted paperwork in Danville to bring a voter referendum to...
article Off-track betting eyed for Danville; backers of proposal hope to bring November referendum
(Virginia) -- Danville could get a satellite horse race betting facility. Colonial Downs Group, which owns the Colonial Downs horse racetrack in New Kent County, has...

5/13/2019

article Commission identifies gaming study consultant
(Virginia) -- Virginia’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission on Monday named the private consulting firm that will assist in its review of gaming...

5/9/2019

article Casino backers establish Virginia gambling PAC
(Virginia) -- The partners of a proposed resort casino have established a political action committee to promote their efforts. The new single-issue PAC, called Betting...

5/4/2019

article Danville faith leaders oppose casino in city
(Virginia) -- Local church leaders are not thrilled with the possibility of Danville taking a gamble on luring in a casino. Most ministers who talked to Danville...

5/1/2019

article Casino backers establish PAC
(Virginia) -- The partners of a proposed resort casino have established a political action committee to promote their efforts. The new single-issue PAC, called Betting...

4/30/2019

article Casino companies express interest in Danville’s iconic White Mill building
(Virginia) -- The company considering whether to buy the White Mill building has received multiple inquiries from casino companies about the property — at least...

4/27/2019

article McElroy: Colonial Downs reopening is a great thing, but it will take more to survive long-term
(Virginia) -- Over the years, many a family member and friend have called me an “old soul." As a kid, my mom said I used to actually like wearing a tie to...

4/24/2019

article They’re off! Colonial Downs reopens with a different kind of gambling
(Virginia) -- The horse track was silent, but a new kind of gambling is bringing life back to Colonial Downs, which reopened Tuesday with hundreds of people lined up to...

4/23/2019

article Slot machine-like gaming comes to Colonial Downs
(Virginia) -- The horses won’t return until August, but Rosie’s Gaming Emporium at Colonial Downs opened its doors to the public Tuesday morning. Colonial...
article They're off! Colonial Downs reopens with a different kind of gambling
(Virginia) -- The horse track was silent, but a new kind of gambling is bringing life back to Colonial Downs, which reopened Tuesday with hundreds of people lined up to...
article Virginia's First "Casino" Opens In New Kent
(Virginia) -- A crowd of about 500 people became the first people to win and lose money at Virginia's first "casino." Rosie's Gaming Emporium opened...

4/16/2019

article Colonial Downs set to open Virginia's first casino-style gambling parlor on April 23
(Virginia) -- The casino-style facility being built at Colonial Downs will open its doors to the public next week, about one year after Virginia lawmakers passed a bill...

4/15/2019

article Their View: Is Stanley right? Are casinos a sign of civic death?
(Virginia) -- It wasn’t quite like Daniel going into the lion’s den, but perhaps as close as we’ll get without actual big cats. State Sen. Bill Stanley...

4/13/2019

article Horse racing returns as gaming parlors open in Virginia
(Virginia) -- Horses soon will race again at Colonial Downs, and Virginians will be able to bet on them and play slots-style machines in a casino-like setting at four...

4/11/2019

article Horse racing returns as Rosie’s gaming parlors open in Virginia
(Virginia) -- Horses soon will race again at Colonial Downs, and Virginians will be able to bet on them and play slots-style machines in a casino-like setting at four...

4/10/2019

article Skill or chance?
(Virginia) -- If you’ve entered a bar, restaurant or convenience store over the past few months, you may have seen one of the bright blue cases of a Queen of...

4/8/2019

article Casino would send message that Danville is dying, Stanley says
(Virginia) -- Bringing a casino to Danville would send the wrong message, state Sen. Bill Stanley said Monday morning during a breakfast held at the Institute for...

4/2/2019

article Virginia Governor Signs a Gambling Bill
(Virginia) -- Led by economic development and promotion of tourism, Virginia has made progress in making casinos on its territory a reality. Last week, Governor Ralph...

3/30/2019

article What's next for Colonial Downs? Casino-style gambling
(Virginia) -- They’re choosing their words carefully at Colonial Downs, where casino-style gambling will soon be available, no matter what anyone prefers to call...

3/27/2019

article Bill signed by Gov. could see casino gaming in Virginia by 2022
(Virginia) -- After having been given the green light by the state’s General Assembly in late February, as expected, Senate Bill 1126 was signed into law on March...
article Virginia sports betting: How far are we away from it?
(Virginia) -- Virginia has long been a state against the idea of gambling, but as the industry has grown astronomically over the years, it’s got to the point where...

3/26/2019

article How Virginians will be able to gamble on old horse races 'without having to do any work at all'
(Virginia) -- Fur coats, piles of cash, convertibles, yachts and diamond rings spun across the gambling machine’s screen. But the horses were optional. The first...
article Virginia governor puts signature on gambling bill
(Virginia) -- Virginia is closer than ever to seeing casinos dot its landscape. Last Friday, Governor Ralph Northam gave his signature to Senate Bill 1126 (SB 1126),...
article How these machines are getting around Virginia gambling laws
(Virginia) -- It sits a few blocks from the bustle of Carytown, under a deep blue awning and the gaze of its mascot — a sunburnt moose holding up a pint with a...

3/25/2019

article Governor’s Signature Sows Seeds For Virginia Online Gambling, Sports Betting
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Legislature has passed a sweeping gambling expansion bill containing mechanisms that could bring casinos, sports betting, and online gambling...
article Conservative southwest Virginia city turns to marijuana, casinos for jobs
(Virginia) -- There are two big projects slated for a vacant shopping mall here. One, a medical marijuana production center and dispensary, has been utterly...
article Northam signs bill that could lead to casino in Danville
(Virginia) -- Governor Ralph Northam has signed legislation that could eventually result in a casino coming to Virginia, most notably in Danville. Senate Bill 1126 was...
article Virginia governor signs casino study bill into law
(Virginia) -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation on Friday that could eventually result in casino gaming coming to Virginia. Northam signed Senate Bill 1126...

3/24/2019

article Virginia on verge of casino gambling
(Virginia) -- The US state of Virginia is just a Governor Ralph Northam signature away from legalising casino gambling, online gambling and sports betting. Northam has...

3/22/2019

article Northam signs casino bill into law
(Virginia) -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation on Friday that could eventually result in casino gaming coming to Virginia. Northam signed SB 1126, which...

3/21/2019

article Virginia Poised To Legalize Sports Betting And Online Gambling With Governor’s Approval
(Virginia) -- Virginia is one of the last casino gaming holdouts. That is about to change. After the passage of a casino expansion by the Virginia Legislature, the Old...

3/12/2019

article Another Colonial Downs-backed Rosie's gaming site proposed for Chesapeake
(Virginia) -- 120 new jobs and millions in tax revenues for Chesapeake, those are the numbers expected for a new Rosie's gaming establishment proposed in the city,...

3/4/2019

article Casino-like gaming opens next month at Colonial Downs
(Virginia) -- It's been nearly six years since horses crossed the finish line at Colonial Downs. Now horse racing is coming back to the Commonwealth. Next month,...

3/1/2019

article Dealing With Gambling Urges
(Virginia) -- Virginia lawmakers made up their minds about new casino legislation. The bill legalizes casino gambling in the state, specifically three cities including...

2/27/2019

article 'Sham sweepstakes' gaming machines now explicitly banned in Virginia
(Virginia) -- A recent change to the way Virginia defines illegal gambling could allow prosecutors to go after more computer gaming shops. The bill, which unanimously...

2/26/2019

article Casino Gambling Could Be Headed to Virginia, But Hurdles Remain
(Virginia) -- Lawmakers settled on a plan this legislative session that could eventually bring casino gaming to Virginia, but it’ll have to clear a number of...

2/25/2019

article Casino legislation passes, but requires study first
(Virginia) -- A bill legalizing casino gaming has been approved by the Virginia General Assembly. Now, the bill must be signed by Governor Ralph Northam. Once signed,...
article Virginia General Assembly clears sports betting bill
(Virginia) -- The Virginia General Assembly has passed a bill that could legalise sports betting and allow land-based casinos to open in the state for the first time,...

2/24/2019

article Casinos now under study in Virginia through 2020, no referendum this year
(Virginia) -- It’s official – Bristol’s $250 million dollar casino project and a voter referendum are delayed now for at least a year. Saturday, the...

2/23/2019

article Virginia General Assembly approves casino legislation
(Virginia) -- Compromise legislation that could ultimately bring casino gaming to Virginia — and Bristol, if approved by voters — passed the General Assembly...

2/21/2019

article Bristol casino bill "down to the wire"
(Virginia) -- It's "down to the wire" on whether the state will allow Bristol Virginia residents to vote on a casino this year. A $250-million casino-...

2/19/2019

article How will Virginia study casinos? House, Senate at odds
(Virginia) -- The General Assembly has until Saturday to figure out how Virginia will study casino gaming over the next year. Separate bills came forward in the House...

2/14/2019

article Virginia to Replace Current Sports Betting Bill
(Virginia) -- Last week Sen. Louise Lucas and Sen. Bill Carrico both approved the notion for the text and language structure within Senate Bill 1126 to be completely...

2/13/2019

article Casino legislation in Virginia varies in both House and Senate
(Virginia) -- Devlopments in the proposal to open a planned resort and casino in Bristol, Virginia. Developers want to open the casino in the abandoned Bristol Mall on...

2/12/2019

article Virginia House, Senate at odds over how to conduct gambling study
(Virginia) -- Both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly have passed bills to study legalizing casinos and sports betting. But the top two Republican leaders have...
article Virginia House committee passes very different casino legislation
(Virginia) -- A Virginia House committee voted Tuesday to back legislation that guts a Senate casino gaming bill but instead sets up a gaming study commission. The House...

2/11/2019

article Rosie's horse racing betting venue in Hampton set to open in September
(Virginia) -- Construction is now underway for the new Rosie's Gaming Emporium for Colonial Downs horse race betting in Hampton. Rosie's is a $40 million...

2/9/2019

article Does Political Turmoil Affect Virginia Sports Betting Bills?
(Virginia) -- Political turmoil has gripped Virginia as its three highest-ranking elected officials are all facing fallout from individual scandals. Though questions...

2/8/2019

article Casino lobbyist expected to be hired in Danville
(Virginia) -- Danville could soon have a casino lobbyist. Danville City Manager Ken Larking says the plan is to hire someone to work with lawmakers in Richmond to make...
article Danville officials set to hire lobbyist on casino issue
(Virginia) -- Danville officials plan to hire a lobbyist to represent the city’s interests on casino legislation. “There needs to be advocating on Danville...

2/5/2019

article Virginia Casino Bill Passes State Senate, Requires Comprehensive Study Before Referendum Vote
(Virginia) -- A Virginia casino bill has passed the state Senate, but the legislation first requires a comprehensive study on commercial gaming and the impact it would...

2/4/2019

article Virginia Sports Betting Bill Passes Senate, Still An Underdog To Survive
(Virginia) -- Virginia sports betting legislation is on the move, though its progress might stall like the Rams’ offense in the Super Bowl. The Virginia Senate...

2/3/2019

article LETTER: Fear of a casino is irrational, overblown
(Virginia) -- To the editor: This casino thing is starting to heat up. I can’t help but chuckle at the letters. Reminds me of the letters when debates were going...

2/2/2019

article Is casino gambling really going to help Hampton Roads?
(Virginia) -- Long before Charles Town, West Virginia, was a casino town, it was a horse betting town. Still, when a casino moved in next to the dirt track, first with...
article Why Southern Virginia Won't Get Casinos Until at Least 2020
(Virginia) -- It looks like it'll be at least next year before Tar Heels can hop the state line and gamble in southern Virginia. Danville is one of the towns "...

1/31/2019

article Panel calls for delay on casino votes until study is done
(Virginia) -- A Virginia state Senate committee on Wednesday changed a major casino bill to require a study and another vote in 2020 before any casino licenses would be...
article Bills on expanding casinos, sports betting in Va. likely to be kicked to 2020
(Virginia) -- Proponents of casinos and sports betting may have to wait at least another year before Virginia lawmakers open the door to more gambling. On Wednesday, a...
article Senate panel endorses year-long study of casino gambling plans
(Virginia) -- Dashing hopes of gambling boosters racing to open casinos in Virginia as soon as possible, a Senate panel endorsed legislation Wednesday that would give...
article Virginia Casino Referendum Delayed to 2020, Senate Committee Demands Gambling Study
(Virginia) -- The Virginia casino ballot question that could have gone before voters as early as November will be delayed at least one year in order to provide an...
article Virginia Sports Betting Not Likely To Clear Legislature This Year
(Virginia) -- Reluctance among key legislators and a short legislative calendar likely will push Virginia sports betting back at least a year. Sources indicate to Legal...

1/30/2019

article Virginia Lawmaker Calls Mobile Sports Betting The Real Moneymaker
(Virginia) -- A group of Virginia lawmakers convened Wednesday morning to consider whether to cast votes to move a sports betting proposal along in the legislative...

1/29/2019

article City council agrees to support proposed law for Norfolk casino
(Virginia) -- It’s another step forward for a possible casino in Norfolk. In a meeting Tuesday night, Norfolk City Council took a vote and agreed to support a...

1/26/2019

article Some leaders won’t stake position on casino in Danville
(Virginia) -- Local leaders are tight-lipped on whether Danville should have a casino. “The chamber is not taking any position right now because of a lack of...

1/24/2019

article Virginia Lawmakers Putting Brakes On Legal Sports Betting?
(Virginia) -- At least three Virginia lawmakers want to make a move on sports betting during the 2019 General Assembly session. But there is a movement afoot to quash...
article Panel takes step toward legalizing casino gambling
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Senate General Laws and Technology Committee approved legislation this week to allow casino gambling in five cities in Virginia. Next stop:...

1/23/2019

article Man behind Portsmouth casino talks plans in exclusive interview
(Virginia) -- Tonight only on 10, the man behind a possible casino in Portsmouth. John Lawson heads W.M. Jordan, the largest construction management company based in...
article Virginia Casino Bill Moving Ahead With Caution; Sports Betting Included
(Virginia) -- A bill that would allow five Virginia towns to pursue casino gambling passed through a Senate committee over the holiday weekend. S 1126, introduced by Sen...
article Virginia casino legislation passes through committee
(Virginia) -- A Virginia bill that would legalize casinos passed through the General Laws and Technology Committee this week. After pushing for this legislation for...

1/22/2019

article Casino gambling legislation passes first hurdle, but challenges remain
(Virginia) -- The Senate General Laws and Technology Committee approved legislation this week to allow casino gambling in five cities in Virginia. Next stop: the Senate...
article Man behind Portsmouth casino talks plans in exclusive TV interview with Andy Fox
(Virginia) -- Tonight only on 10, the man behind a possible casino in Portsmouth. John Lawson heads W.M. Jordan, the largest construction management company based in...
article Virginia governor open-minded on casino, calls I-81 a priority
(Virginia) -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam will rely on the General Assembly to send the best legislation to his desk, whether it involves casino gambling or fixing...
article Northern Virginia excluded from proposed state casino bill
(Virginia) -- Do not place your bets just yet, but casinos could become a reality in Virginia. Some state lawmakers hope to open slots in at least five cities, but...

1/21/2019

article Bill to legalize casinos in Virginia advances, fate unclear
(Virginia) -- Legislation to legalize casinos in Virginia is advancing in the General Assembly, but the odds of passage are still unknown. A pro-casino bill was approved...
article Can Hampton Roads handle two casinos? Under compromise bill, that could happen
(Virginia) -- After working all weekend on what they say is a compromise that makes everyone happy, a group of senators and the Pamunkey Indian chief have agreed on one...
article Senate committee approves casino bill for Bristol, other Virginia cities
(Virginia) -- A bill support the regulation of casinos in Virginia is another step closer to making its way back to the floor of the Virginia Senate. The Senate General...

1/20/2019

article State senators say bills on casinos, sports betting may be too much to tackle
(Virginia) -- For the dozens of people hoping to hear Virginia is ready to open its doors to casinos and sports betting, there were few signs of encouragement Friday. At...
article Lawmakers tout plan for casinos in Bristol, Danville and Portsmouth
(Virginia) -- Members of the General Assembly from Bristol, Portsmouth and Danville urged their colleagues Monday to approve legislation to allow casino gambling in...

1/19/2019

article Portsmouth group heads to Richmond to support casino legislation
(Virginia) -- A group of Portsmouth residents trekked up to Richmond Friday to support an effort to authorize casino gaming in Virginia. State Sen. Louise Lucas (D-...
article Virginia senators say bills on casinos, sports betting may be too much to tackle
(Virginia) -- For the dozens of people hoping to hear Virginia is ready to open its doors to casinos and sports betting, there were few signs of encouragement Friday.

1/18/2019

article Portsmouth group heads to Richmond to support casino legislation
(Virginia) -- A group of Portsmouth residents trekked up to Richmond Friday to support an effort to authorize casino gaming in Virginia. State Sen. Louise Lucas (D-...
article Virginia senators say bills on casinos, sports betting may be too much to tackle
(Virginia) -- For the dozens of people hoping to hear Virginia is ready to open its doors to casinos and sports betting, there were few signs of encouragement Friday.
article Senate committee considers gambling bills
(Virginia) -- Supporters of casino gambling in Virginia say it's a safe bet, and an economic lifeline for areas of the state that are struggling. But on Friday in...
article Testimony in Richmond concerning Bristol's casino bill on Friday
(Virginia) -- A bill that would allow a referendum in Bristol on a gambling casino was presented Friday to a Virginia Senate subcommittee and there was a local crowd in...
article OP/ED: Time For Virginia To Bet On Casino Gambling
(Virginia) -- This General Assembly session there is an important issue that is very near to my heart. I have to admit I am a flawed human being, a sinner, saved by...

1/17/2019

article Norfolk, Portsmouth Up the Ante for the First Casino in the Commonwealth
(Virginia) -- It was recently announced that the Pamunkey Indian Tribe had plans to build a casino near Harbor Park in Norfolk. The casino, which would be the first in...

1/16/2019

article Chesapeake could get 700 slot-style gambling machines if Rosie's Gaming Emporium opens
(Virginia) -- After getting the go-ahead in Hampton, the new owners of the Colonial Downs horse racing track outside of Richmond hope to bring 700 slot-style gambling...
article White Mill building could be future site of Danville casino
(Virginia) -- While it's still just a plausible dream at this point, if Danville does get a casino, we now have a better idea where it might go. Wednesday afternoon...

1/15/2019

article VIDEO: Portsmouth Waterfront Casino
(Virginia) -- Robert Moore, Director of Economic Development for the city of Portsmouth, talks about redevelopment plans for the city's water area, including the...

1/14/2019

article Lawmakers pushing for casinos to revive Portsmouth, 2 other Virginia cities
(Virginia) -- Portsmouth and two other Virginia cities are working with state lawmakers to legalize casinos in hopes of reviving their sluggish economies. Republican Sen...
article Double or nothing: Six Virginia lawmakers push bill to allow casino projects
(Virginia) -- Giving voters a voice was the collective statement of six lawmakers who plan to sponsor joint gaming legislation in the Virginia General Assembly for three...
article Lawmakers put all cards on the table for casino legislation
(Virginia) -- Calling it their own “Amazon,” representatives from three regions are coming together in support of legislation to bring casinos to Virginia....
article Va. legislators announce unified effort to bring casinos to Danville, Bristol, Portsmouth
(Virginia) -- Virginia General Assembly members from the House and Senate joined together Monday to announce a unified effort to pursue gaming legislation in the 2019...
article Virginia's casino question: Move fast to grab gambling dollars? Or slow down and study?
(Virginia) -- Asked what he has to say to social conservatives who oppose casino gambling in Virginia, state Sen. Bill Carrico, R-Grayson, said “even God gives us...
article While coalition from three cities show casino support, State Sen. Bill Stanley not sold on idea
(Virginia) -- Virginia legislators from three cities announced their efforts Monday in Richmond to try to get legislation passed that would legalize casinos in the state...

1/13/2019

article Casino, I-81, school safety top Virginia General Assembly's to-do list
(Virginia) -- While legislation regarding casino gaming is expected to generate significant local interest, the Virginia General Assembly will also deal with an array of...

1/12/2019

article Coal-Barons-Turned-Gambling-Promoters Throw $$$ at Virginia General Assembly to Ram Through Economically Dubious Bristol Casino
(Virginia) -- I was chatting with a Richmond-based political source of mine yesterday about the following bill by Israel O’Quinn (co-patroned by Daniel Marshall...

1/11/2019

article Casino Gambling Legislation Introduced in Virginia
(Virginia) -- Virginia delegate Israel O’Quinn has introduced legislation in the state that would allow for casino gambling. Local voters must approve the option...
article Portsmouth Virginia May Soon Get a Casino
(Virginia) -- Local residents in Portsmouth, Virginia are of the mind that a new casino may be coming to the Olde Towne in the very near future, and the Vice Mayor has...
article Virginia Casino Bill Introduced on First General Assembly Session Day
(Virginia) -- A Virginia casino bill has been introduced on the very first day of the state’s 2019 General Assembly session to legalize gaming venues in qualified...

1/10/2019

article Casino bill sets casino location criteria, referendum, tax rate
(Virginia) -- Legislation to allow casino gambling in Virginia, but only if supported by voters in a local referendum, was introduced Wednesday. House Bill 2536,...
article City Leaders "All In" On Potential Casino That Could Bring Thousands of Jobs
(Virginia) -- Danville City Council members voted to unanimously support legislation regarding a potential casino resort for the city. Councilman James Buckner says the...
article Could a casino be coming to Portsmouth?
(Virginia) -- Rumors are swirling about a casino coming to Portsmouth. “If this could come to fruition, I think it could be a great thing for Portsmouth,”...

1/9/2019

article North Of The Border Casino Takes First Step Forward
(Virginia) -- Danville, Virginia, is petitioning its legislature to consider allowing a referendum on gambling. The vote could eventually lead to a resort and casino...
article State Taxes, Corporate Incentives, Sports Betting: A Look At The 2019 Virginia General Assembly Session
(Virginia) -- Virginia lawmakers met in Richmond Wednesday to start the 46-day General Assembly session. They’re expected to tackle sports betting, casino gambling...

1/7/2019

article Lawmakers to take on taxes, gambling during 2019 session
(Virginia) -- Virginia lawmakers will debate tax policy, gambling and host of other issues during this year’s legislative session. Legislators are set to return to...
article Virginia Town Passes Casino Resolution, Councilman Says It’s City’s ‘Amazon’
(Virginia) -- The Virginia town of Danville has joined two other jurisdictions in passing a city council resolution that supports state legislation to authorize casinos.
article Airport Authority won't write casino project support letter
(Virginia) -- The Tri-Cities Airport Authority passed Monday on writing a support letter regarding the proposed casino project at the former Bristol Mall in Bristol,...
article Casinos in the Commonwealth? The project that could prompt a change in state law
(Virginia) -- Travel three hours south of Roanoke on Interstate 81 and you'll find a scene that's playing out in towns across the country. In the city of Bristol...
article VA releases new findings on problem gambling
(Virginia) -- Popular culture often associates gambling with flashy casinos, bright lights, and glamour, but there is more to gambling than playing blackjack at a local...

1/6/2019

article Casino clears key hurdle in Virginia town just 70 miles from Triangle
(Virginia) -- The city of Danville is one step closer to getting a casino resort with the potential to bring thousands of jobs and pump billions of dollars into the...

1/4/2019

article Northam proposes $175K for Virginia gambling study as decisions loom on Bristol casino, sports betting
(Virginia) -- Gov. Ralph Northam wants to set aside $175,000 for an independent study of gambling options in Virginia, a proposal that could put the brakes on bills to...
article How casino support in Danville changes the game for Bristol
(Virginia) -- Local leaders and developers say the odds of casino-style gambling being legalized in Virginia's General Assembly may be better than ever after Danville,...
article Potential Casino Could Bring Nearly 7,000 Jobs To Danville
(Virginia) -- The city of Danville is one step closer to getting a casino resort with the potential to bring thousands of jobs and pump billions of dollars into the...

1/3/2019

article City Council to vote on possibility of bringing casino to Danville
(Virginia) -- The city of Danville seems poised to take a gamble on a new casino resort. City Council will vote Thursday night on a resolution to allow one within city...
article ‘This is Danville’s Amazon’ councilman says of potential casino resort; residents would have final say in referendum
(Virginia) -- Danville is teaming up with Bristol and Portsmouth to convince the General Assembly to legalize casinos in the commonwealth.

1/2/2019

article Documents offer Virginia Lottery’s early reaction to casinos, sports betting
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Lottery says it gave $606 million to schools 2018 - a towering figure that apparently gives the agency enough clout to make Richmond’s...
article Danville residents have mixed opinions about the possibility of a casino
(Virginia) -- Me's Burgers & Brews in downtown Danville could be even busier than it already is if a casino opens up, but it's too much of a gamble for co-...

1/1/2019

article Sports Gambling May Be Headed to Virginia
(Virginia) -- After witnessing the massive revenue bumps that have been recorded by expanded gambling efforts in states like West Virginia and Pennsylvania, the state of...

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