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New Virginia Sports Betting Timeline Could Bring Special Christmas Present

A preliminary schedule drafted by the state lottery suggests Virginia sports betting could start by late December. That would put sportsbook operators launching at prime time for customer acquisition: the NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl. The first playoff game is scheduled for Jan. 9, 2021. Virginia became the second state to approve sports betting this year, following Washington state.

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7/8/2020

article Expect First Virginia Sports Bets Early Next Year
(Virginia) -- July 15 is the first of two red-letter dates for anyone with an interest in legal Virginia sports betting. The state’s Lottery will roll out proposed...

7/4/2020

article One firm had backup in Danville casino proposal: Rosie's Gaming Emporium
(Virginia) -- Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, the company that owns the Colonial Downs racetrack in New Kent County, pitched a backup plan for an off-track betting...

7/3/2020

article Virginia State Lottery Takes Reins Over Sports Betting Industry
(Virginia) -- On July 1, the official handing over of Virginia’s sports betting industry to the State Lottery was done by legislators, who voted to make sports...

6/17/2020

article Revolutionary New Casino and Sports Betting Laws Create Prime Opportunities for Virginia Gaming Industry
(Virginia) -- On April 22, 2020, the Virginia General Assembly enacted into law two revolutionary bills that legalize the operation of casinos (the “Casino Gaming...

6/3/2020

article Caesars' aspiration for casino advances in Danville
(Virginia) -- The thought of a casino in Schoolfield causes excitement for resident Evelyn Lowe, who worked at Dan River Inc. and has lived in the neighborhood for about...

5/29/2020

article Casino taxes could erase losses from mall closure
(Virginia) -- In its first year of operation, taxes from a proposed casino at the former Bristol Mall could offset most Bristol, Virginia revenues lost since the mall...

5/28/2020

article Norfolk changes terms of waterfront casino project
(Virginia) -- Officials in a Virginia city decided Tuesday that a waterfront casino project would move forward, but would no longer be built on Pamunkey Indian Tribe...

5/26/2020

article Portsmouth signs casino development agreement, approves proposal Tuesday
(Virginia) -- The possibility of a casino coming to the City of Portsmouth is one step closer to coming to fruition — but there are still several steps left in the...

5/21/2020

press release Caesars Entertainment’s Bid To Build Casino, Sportsbook In Virginia Is A Winner
(Virginia) -- While still miles from crystallization, Virginia’s nascent casino and sports betting market took some additional shape this week with the city of...

5/20/2020

article Pandemic won’t impact future casino tourism in Danville, City Manager says
(Virginia) -- Danville City Manager Ken Larking said he does not think the coronavirus pandemic will have much of an impact on tourism by the time a casino would be...

5/19/2020

article As progress continues on potential casino in Danville, so do crime concerns
(Virginia) -- For John Mason, part owner of a clothing store across the street from the former Dan River Mills Schoolfield site, feelings about the potential $400...

5/17/2020

article Stakes raised for Danville casino when companies place newspaper ad touting proposed project at iconic White Mill
(Virginia) -- Peninsula Pacific Entertainment and the company looking to purchase the White Mill property want residents to push Danville City Council members to support...

5/10/2020

article Casinos are shuttered across America. But gaming interests say they’re still coming to Virginia
(Virginia) -- The mayor of Las Vegas infamously offered up her city as a coronavirus “control group” if it meant getting the casino industry going again. An...
article Virginia Legislature Passes Casino Gaming And Sports Betting Bills
(Virginia) -- As the saying goes, “Virginia is for Lovers”, but as of late April 2020, Virginia is also for casino gaming and sports betting. On April 22,...

5/8/2020

article Virginia Legislature Passes Casino Gaming And Sports Betting Bills
(Virginia) -- As the saying goes, “Virginia is for Lovers”, but as of late April 2020, Virginia is also for casino gaming and sports betting. On April 22,...

5/7/2020

article Virginia Lottery launches casino and sports betting webpage
(Virginia) -- The microsite will have key information about the rulemaking process and provides estimated timelines for when those verticals will become available.
article Virginia Lottery releases guidelines for legalizing casino-style gambling in approved cities
(Virginia) -- Officials with the Virginia Lottery have unveiled a schedule for legalizing casino style gambling and have launched a website about the process.

5/6/2020

article Virginia Lottery Rolls Out Aggressive Sports Betting Timeline
(Virginia) -- When Virginia lawmakers drafted sports betting legislation, they included an aggressive deadline: Have regulations completed by Sept. 15. Two weeks after...

5/5/2020

article Virginia Lottery launches casino, sports betting microsite
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Lottery has launched a casino and sports betting microsite, which will include information as the agency regulations for expanded gaming.The...
article Virginia Lottery launches webpage on regulations for newly legal casinos and sports betting
(Virginia) -- After Virginia lawmakers voted to legalize casinos and sports betting earlier this year, with amendments proposed by Gov. Northam approved at their re-...
press release Casino, sports betting microsite will highlight new, expanded gaming initiatives
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Lottery has launched an online microsite that provides key information and public transparency as the agency begins developing appropriate and...

5/4/2020

article New Virginia Sports Betting Timeline Could Bring Special Christmas Present
(Virginia) -- A preliminary schedule drafted by the state lottery suggests Virginia sports betting could start by late December. That would put sportsbook operators...

5/1/2020

article Danville zoning officials waiting on direction from ABC concerning skill games
(Virginia) -- The legal end of skilled gaming machines was pending in Virginia. Then the economic fallout from the coronavirus forced government officials and lawmakers...

4/29/2020

article BLOG: Gov. Northam Approves VA Sports Betting Bills After Amendments
(Virginia) -- Virginia sports betting will now be enacted into law beginning July 1, 2020, after the recommended amendments requested by Governor Ralph Northam were...
article Bristol, Virginia candidates talk schools, casino during online forum
(Virginia) -- Any extra money brought into Bristol, Virginia through new revenue could be used to increase pay for teachers, improve law enforcement and maintain roads,...
article How Virginia Sports Betting Crossed The Finish Line In 2020
(Virginia) -- Virginia sports betting is officially legal after overcoming a rocky start and a last-second completion. Both HB 896 and SB 384 were enacted into law and...

4/25/2020

article A look at how casino referendum will work
(Virginia) -- A simple yes or no vote will decide whether city voters approve a casino opening at the Bristol Mall. Newly enacted legislation allows Bristol, Danville,...

4/24/2020

article Casino gaming revenue could fund future repairs for Bristol Virginia Public Schools
(Virginia) -- As Washington-Lee Elementary students have been away from school due to the COVID-19 pandemic, crews have been working to repair damage from a 20-foot sink...

4/23/2020

article Casino bill amendments pass in General Assembly
(Virginia) -- In their reconvened session on April 22, the General Assembly adopted Governor Ralph Northam’s recommendations to their casino bills, HB4 and SB36....
article Casino bills queued up in historic session
(Virginia) -- Legislation to allow casinos by referendum in five Virginia cities including Bristol is queued up for today’s landmark General Assembly reconvened...

4/22/2020

article Virginia General Assembly approves governor’s amendments on casinos, sports gambling
(Virginia) -- Both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly voted Wednesday to adopt Gov. Ralph Northam’s amendments on casino and sports betting legislation....
article General Assembly approves casino amendments
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Senate and House this afternoon accepted amendments proposed by Gov. Ralph Northam, to allow casinos by referendum in Bristol and four other...
article Virginia House, Senate approve Northam’s amendments to casino legislation
(Virginia) -- Virginia’s capitol bureau reporter Jackie DeFusco reports that the House and the Senate have officially approved Governor Northam’s amendments...
article Assembly backs Northam plan to extend electronic skill games for year, but no longer
(Virginia) -- The General Assembly on Wednesday granted a one-year reprieve for the operations of thousands of electronic skill games operating in businesses across...

4/21/2020

article Casino bills cued up in historic session
(Virginia) -- Legislation to allow casinos by referendum in five Virginia cities including Danville is queued up for Wednesday's landmark General Assembly reconvened...
article Virginia Sports Betting Bill Sponsor Expects Passage Of Northam’s Asks
(Virginia) -- Virginia sports betting should get another stamp of approval from state legislators Wednesday, according to a bill sponsor. Del. Mark Sickles said Tuesday...

4/20/2020

article Cobb: Opening casino during COVID-19 harms more than it helps
(Virginia) -- Southwest Virginia deserves real, long-term solutions, not quick-fix, get-rich schemes. While some areas of the state have just begun to experience an...

4/18/2020

article Guest View: Northam casino amendment would benefit Virginia schools
(Virginia) -- Over the last several weeks our commonwealth has dealt with a tremendous amount of troubling news. However, high poverty school divisions, and especially...

4/16/2020

article Virginia Gov. wants to add NASCAR teams as potential sports betting licensees
(Virginia) -- On March 8, Virginia’s legislature passed a bill paving the way for legal sports betting throughout the state. The bill allows both mobile and in-...

4/14/2020

article Northam makes minor adjustments to casino bills, General Assembly to vote next week
(Virginia) -- Unregulated betting machines in gas stations and bars have been granted a possible 11th hour reprieve in Virginia thanks to the coronavirus. And casino...
article Northam amendment to casino bill would divert revenue to Virginia schools
(Virginia) -- Shortly before reaching his deadline to act, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam proposed an amendment to casino legislation that would divert the revenue away...
article Gaming machines get possible reprieve because of pandemic
(Virginia) -- Unregulated betting machines in gas stations and bars have been granted a possible 11th hour reprieve in Virginia thanks to the coronavirus. And casino...

4/13/2020

article Despite economic fallout from virus, casino still in the cards for Danville
(Virginia) -- The ongoing economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic does not seem to have seriously impacted plans to land a gaming facility in Danville....
article Northam’s NASCAR Tweak Delays Virginia Sports Betting Bill Passage
(Virginia) -- Many hoped Virginia sports betting would be law by now. That’s not the case, but it doesn’t appear to be far from happening. Instead of signing...
article Gaming machines get possible reprieve because of pandemic
(Virginia) -- Unregulated betting machines in gas stations and bars have been granted a possible 11th hour reprieve in Virginia thanks to the coronavirus. And casino...
article Gov. Northam proposes delaying skill machine ban to help fund COVID-19 relief, asks for dedicated school funding from casinos
(Virginia) -- When Virginia legislators return to Richmond next week, gaming legislation will again be a topic they need to deal with. Over the weekend, Gov. Ralph...

4/12/2020

article Northam amends casino legislation
(Virginia) -- Gov. Ralph Northam on Saturday proposed a policy amendment to legislation that would allow casinos by referendum in Virginia, sending the matter back to...
article Northam wants casino revenue to go toward school construction, suggests extending life of skill games
(Virginia) -- Gov. Ralph Northam wants to use revenue from casino gaming to help localities struggling to fix or replace deteriorating public schools. The legislature...
article Northam wants to amend casino bill in order to fund school construction
(Virginia) -- Gov. Ralph Northam is proposing an amendment to legislation that would allow casinos by referendum in Virginia, in order to help fund school construction...

4/10/2020

article Richmond city revenues dropping amid COVID-19 crisis
(Virginia) -- The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on business is obvious in the streets of Richmond with many sectors paralyzed, but the crisis is also taking a toll on...
article Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam still considering whether to approve casino bill
(Virginia) -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday said he's still considering whether to sign a bill that would allow casinos in five economically distressed areas...

3/23/2020

article Virginia poised to legalize casinos at unlucky time
(Virginia) -- Talk about bad luck. Two weeks ago, Virginia lawmakers approved legislation to allow developers to build five large casino resorts around the state in what...

3/18/2020

article Virginia: Hampton city push for a casino boosted by favorable study findings
(Virginia) -- Hampton city in Virginia hired a consultant to assess its economic viability to host a casino on the Peninsula, with favorable prospects. It spoke with...

3/17/2020

article LEGAL BLOG: Virginia General Assembly Passes Expansive Gambling Legislation
(Virginia) -- To be eligible to obtain a casino operator license, the bill requires each applicant to make a $300 million minimum capital investment. Legalized casino...

3/16/2020

article Hampton’s casino dreams still worth pursuing
(Virginia) -- Hampton is not giving up on its casino dreams. The city hired a consultant to assess its economic viability to host one on the Peninsula, with favorable...

3/11/2020

article PR consultants linked to social media campaign opposing Northern Va. slots won’t say who’s behind it
(Virginia) -- For the last month, someone’s been running a social media campaign built to look like grassroots, community opposition to slot machines in Northern...

3/9/2020

article Bills that permit casinos, sports gambling pass Virginia Legislature
(Virginia) -- After extending its session, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation Sunday allowing casinos in five cities and statewide sports gambling. Both...
article Casino plans move forward with GA vote
(Virginia) -- A bill allowing commercial casinos in five cities is expected to be signed by Gov. Ralph Northam after it passed the Virginia General Assembly on Sunday by...
article Virginia lawmakers work overtime Sunday to pass dozens of bills on key issues
(Virginia) -- Lawmakers worked overtime Sunday to pass dozens of bills before the deadline to do so expired. Now, they just need to vote on the two-year budget, then get...
article Virginia Online Lottery Bill Signed Into Law; Sports Betting and Casinos To Follow
(Virginia) -- Last week, Virginia became the seventh state to bring its lottery into the modern era. Thanks to the signature of Gov. Ralph Northam, the Virginia Lottery...
article Virginia Online Lottery Bill Signed Into Law; Sports Betting and Casinos To Follow
(Virginia) -- Last week, Virginia became the seventh state to bring its lottery into the modern era. Thanks to the signature of Gov. Ralph Northam, the Virginia Lottery...

3/8/2020

article Casino may snag plans for Rosie's in Danville
(Virginia) -- It’s a question of whether a company that specializes in the gaming industry would want to open two vastly different types of its own gaming...
article Done Deal: Virginia Legislature Approves Legal Sports Betting In Overtime Session, Bill Goes On To Governor
(Virginia) -- With two outs, two strikes and in extra innings, the Virginia General Assembly on Sunday morning passed amended sports betting bills in both the House and...
article Lawmakers approve casinos and sports betting, prohibit bets on Virginia college teams
(Virginia) -- Virginia lawmakers on Sunday gave final approvals to a pair of bills legalizing casinos and sports betting after a last-minute fight over whether the state...
article Virginia lawmakers decriminalize marijuana, legalize casinos as session winds down
(Virginia) -- Virginia's General Assembly plowed through a mountain of significant legislation on Sunday, going into overtime to bring the ambitious 2020 lawmaking...
article Virginia to expand gambling options, legalize casinos
(Virginia) -- Virginia lawmakers have approved a broad expansion of gambling options in a state that's been largely loath to embracing new betting options in the...
article Bills that permit casinos, sports gambling pass Virginia Legislature
(Virginia) -- After extending its session, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation Sunday allowing casinos in five cities and statewide sports gambling. Both...
article Casino legislation approved, heads to governor
(Virginia) -- The Virginia House of Delegates on Sunday approved compromise legislation to allow casinos by referendums, after sending the session into overtime when it...
article Va. House, Senate pass bill legalizing casinos in five cities including Norfolk, Portsmouth
(Virginia) -- The Virginia House and Senate voted to pass a bill, HB 4, legalizing casinos in several cities. The Senate conference took place Saturday and moved forward...
article Virginia House approves casino legislation
(Virginia) -- The Virginia House of Delegates today approved compromise legislation to allow casinos by referenda, joining the Senate which approved the measure on...

3/7/2020

article Bill Sponsor Says Virginia Sports Betting Making ‘A Lot Of Progress’ Before Deadline
(Virginia) -- Virginia sports betting is running out of time with the legislature ending Saturday. But according to Del. Mark Sickles, things look positive. “We...
article Va. Senate OKs casino legislation, but House extends deadline
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Senate late Saturday twice voted 27-12 to approve compromise legislation allowing casinos by referendums, but at 11:13 p.m., the House voted...

3/5/2020

article Virginia Lawmakers Come To Agreement On Sports Betting Bill
(Virginia) -- Sports Handle has learned that Virginia lawmakers have come to an agreement on what sports betting will look like in the state with plans to get a revamped...

3/4/2020

article Lawmakers weigh fate of larger ‘Rosie’s’ in Dumfries
(Virginia) -- The Virginia General Assembly will decide this week whether the “Rosie’s Gaming Emporium” off-track betting parlor planned for Dumfries...
article In closed meetings, casino company finalists make pitch to Danville leaders
(Virginia) -- Danville officials have been meeting with casino company representatives in closed sessions this week, the Danville Register & Bee has learned. The...
article Lawmakers weigh fate of larger ‘Rosie’s’ in Dumfries
(Virginia) -- The Virginia General Assembly will decide this week whether the “Rosie’s Gaming Emporium” off-track betting parlor planned for Dumfries...
article Virginia Lottery can sell tickets over internet
(Virginia) -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation Wednesday allowing the Virginia Lottery Board to sell tickets via the internet.

3/3/2020

article Virginia Sports Betting Could Happen If House, Senate Can Compromise
(Virginia) -- A political tug-of-war might be all the stands in the way of Virginia sports betting passing the legislature this session. The House and the Senate can...

3/2/2020

article Betting on Virginia: Operators jockey for a share of the action as state legislators consider opening the door to new forms of gambling
(Virginia) -- As customers rush in and out of Quick N Easy on a chilly January afternoon, one man lingers. Past the West Broad Street convenience store’s stocked...

3/1/2020

article Virginia Lottery and Virginia Council on Problem Gambling help raise awareness of National Problem Gambling Awareness Month
(Virginia) -- To mark the designation of March as National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, the Virginia Lottery and the Virginia Council on Problem Gambling (VACPG)...

2/29/2020

article Mount Rushmore firework environmental review shows 60% wildfire risk, water, damage, tribal concerns
(South Dakota) -- The environmental study is done and it shows impacts to water, wildlife, tribal relations and the monument itself if fireworks return to Independence...
article Hawley: In Virginia, with gambling expansion comes responsibility
(Virginia) -- Casinos in five cities across the commonwealth, sports betting, an online lottery, video lottery terminals in bars and restaurants and more historical...

2/28/2020

article OP/ED: A little ‘horse sense’ could go a long way in gambling debate
(Virginia) -- A few years ago, as lobbyists began pressing the General Assembly to resurrect the racing industry in Virginia, many of us were worried about the horses....
article Several Virginia bills heading to conference committee to work out disagreements
(Virginia) -- Several Virginia bills are heading to a joint conference committee, which will help the House and Senate reach compromises on their differences. These...
article Supporters of skill games oppose statewide ban
(Virginia) -- Virginia lawmakers are considering what to do with skill games, the electronic gaming machines that have popped up across the state. Supporters headed to...

2/27/2020

article Conference committee to begin work on casino bills
(Virginia) -- A 10-member Virginia General Assembly conference committee, that includes one Southwest Virginia lawmaker, is expected to begin work soon to resolve...

2/26/2020

article Virginia Casino Bill Going to Conference as Senate Blocks House Changes
(Virginia) -- Virginia lawmakers will hash out the differences they have with a bill that would legalize casino gaming in their state by creating a conference committee...
article Virginia Casino Bill Going to Conference as Senate Blocks House Changes
(Virginia) -- Virginia lawmakers will hash out the differences they have with a bill that would legalize casino gaming in their state by creating a conference committee...
article Virginia Senate poses possible roadblock for Rosie’s
(Virginia) -- A bill to allow Rosie’s Gaming Emporium to expand its planned off-track betting parlor in Dumfries to as many as 1,950 “historical horse-race...
article Virginia Senate rejects House version of casino bill
(Virginia) -- The Senate on Tuesday rejected a House-passed version of a bill that would permit casinos in several Virginia cities as the two chambers continue to...

2/24/2020

article As Virginia preps for casinos and sports betting, experts say state needs sharper focus on problem gambling
(Virginia) -- Billy Hoffman couldn’t put a dollar amount on how much he lost to his gambling problem. What started in his teenage years as a passion for poker grew...
article As Virginia preps for casinos and sports betting, experts say state needs sharper focus on problem gambling
(Virginia) -- Billy Hoffman couldn’t put a dollar amount on how much he lost to his gambling problem. What started in his teenage years as a passion for poker grew...

2/23/2020

article Economic desperation, unlikely alliances: Why casinos may be coming to Virginia
(Virginia) -- An unlikely alliance between a black Democrat and white Republicans from the opposite end of the state has Virginia poised to pull the lever on casino...

2/20/2020

article Conference committee will likely resolve differences in casino bills
(Virginia) -- The bills are similar in most regards. Both would allow one casino to operate in Bristol, Danville, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Richmond, if approved by the...

2/19/2020

article General Assembly works to ban skills machines
(Virginia) -- Virginia lawmakers appear poised to ban electronic skills games outright rather than regulate and tax them. Legislation in both chambers of the General...

2/18/2020

article Letter: A casino-like facility is a bad bet for Northern Virginia
(Virginia) -- Right now, legislation is rapidly advancing in Richmond that would put 1,800 slot-like historical horse racing machines in a casino-like betting parlor in...
article Virginia casino bills move forward
(Virginia) -- In Virginia last week, both the House and Senate passed versions of a bill that would allow for casino gambling in the state, but if those bills are...
article Virginia Senate bill sets tax rates above gaming study’s recommendation
(Virginia) -- A Virginia Senate bill proposing some of the nation’s highest tax rates on casino gaming revenues runs counter to a state gaming study’s...

2/16/2020

article If casino measure comes to pass, Danville must update code to allow permit for facility
(Virginia) -- If Virginia ends up legalizing casinos by referendum, Danville must come up with language allowing a special-use permit for such a facility. If the state...

2/15/2020

article Virginia Senate bill contradicts gaming study’s tax rate recommendation
(Virginia) -- A Virginia Senate bill proposing some of the nation’s highest tax rates on casino gaming revenues runs counter to a state gaming study’s...
article Proposed casino bargain could mean a bigger ‘Rosie’s’ betting parlor in Dumfries
(Virginia) -- Voters in the Town of Dumfries approved a referendum in November to allow a “Rosie’s Gaming Emporium” pari-mutuel betting parlor with 150...

2/13/2020

article Casino bill resolution likely near end of session
(Virginia) -- Differences in House and Senate bills to legalize casinos by referendum may not be resolved until the final days of the current legislative session, local...
article Some Danville residents concerned after House passes bill allowing casino gaming
(Virginia) -- Lawmakers in Richmond passed dozens of bills and one of those concerns allowing casino gaming. The Virginia House passed HB4 which allows for casino gaming.

2/12/2020

article Bipartisan bills to legalize casinos pass Virginia House, Senate
(Virginia) -- Similar bills that would legalize casino gambling in five Virginia cities, if the cities can secure enough votes to pass a referendum, have passed the...
article Here's where the Virginia bills with the biggest potential business impact stand
(Virginia) -- Virginia is inching closer to raising its minimum wage, establishing a slew of new protections for workers and massively reforming its gambling laws...
article Virginia Senate and House pass bills to legalize casino gambling in five cities
(Virginia) -- Both the Virginia House and Senate approved legislation Tuesday to allow casinos by referendum in five cities. The Virginia House of Delegates passed House...
article Bristol, Va. community leaders react to casino legislation
(Virginia) -- The transformation of the vacant Bristol Mall into Hard Rock Casino Bristol is now one step closer to becoming a reality after both the Virginia House and...

2/11/2020

article Crossover day in Virginia: Minimum wage advances, mixed results on guns
(Virginia) -- Gambling is on the move. Both the House and Senate have advanced bills that would let five cities — Portsmouth, Norfolk, Danville, Bristol and...
article Virginia Senate bill would increase casino tax rate
(Virginia) -- A Virginia Senate committee voted Thursday to drastically increase the proposed tax on casino gaming revenues and the license fee for casino operators in...

2/10/2020

article Casino gambling legislation advances in House of Delegates
(Virginia) -- Legislation that could lead to casinos in Bristol and Danville continues to move forward in the General Assembly. The House of Delegates advanced the...
article Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Chief urges lawmakers to slow casino legislation process
(Virginia) -- Virginia General Assembly lawmakers are expected to vote Tuesday on legalizing casinos. The bill as it stands would open the door for a proposed casino and...
article House casino bill bound for third reading
(Virginia) -- Legislation to allow casinos by referenda in five Virginia cities, including Bristol, was engrossed and advanced to third reading Monday by the House of...
article Latest attempt to end greyhound purse subsidies goes to full Senate
(Virginia) -- A new effort to eliminate the $17 million a year subsidy for greyhound racing purses at tracks in Wheeling and Nitro advanced to the full Senate Monday...
article Vote on gaming facility at former Danville restaurant location postponed
(Virginia) -- The question of whether to recommend approval of a gaming facility at the former Something Special restaurant at 401 S. Ridge St. has been delayed a fourth...
article Virginians could soon buy lottery tickets online
(Virginia) -- It’s been 14 years since Virginia lawmakers put a ban on online lottery sales. Since then, the iPhone and the e-commerce market have taken off, while...

2/9/2020

article Virginia casino bill passes appropriations committee, will go to Senate & House floors
(Virginia) -- The HB 374 casino bill went before the Virginia House Appropriations Committee on Friday night and passed by a vote of 17-4. The Senate floor will take up...
article Editorial: Sorry, but casinos are not going to 'transform' anybody's economy
(Virginia) -- Why is the General Assembly so hell-bent on allowing casinos, other than the fact that they have powerful lobbyists who have made lots of campaign...
article Mall casino backers cover travel expenses for group of residents who lobbied in Richmond
(Virginia) -- For more than a year, signs in support of the Bristol Mall Casino development have lined sidewalks and yards. And a group went to Richmond last week to be...

2/8/2020

article Virginia casino bill passes appropriations committee, will go to Senate & House floors
(Virginia) -- The HB 374 casino bill went before the Virginia House Appropriations Committee on Friday night and passed by a vote of 17-4. The Senate floor will take up...

2/7/2020

article Casino legalization bill heads to full Va. Senate for first time
(Virginia) -- A bill that would legalize casino gambling in Portsmouth and Norfolk is set to go before the full State Senate for the first time. Senator Louise Lucas...
article Senate wants to raise casino gaming tax rates, license fee
(Virginia) -- A Virginia Senate committee voted Thursday to drastically increase the proposed tax on casino gaming revenues and the license fee for casino operators in...

2/6/2020

article Virginia Senate panel approves casino legislation
(Virginia) -- Members of the Virginia Senate’s General Laws and Technology Committee approved legislation Wednesday that would allow casinos to operate in five...
article Virginia close to permitting casinos
(Virginia) -- Virginia may be the next state to legalize casinos, and five cities will likely have facilities soon. A State Senate committee advanced legislation on...

2/5/2020

article After gambling interests strike a deal in private, push begins for casino legalization bill
(Virginia) -- If anyone on the Virginia Senate’s gambling subcommittee found it odd that a casino lobbyist was explaining the ins and outs of a far-reaching casino...
article Virginia Casino Bill Advances, Five Cities Could Face 2020 Gaming Referendums
(Virginia) -- Virginia casino bill SB 36 passed a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday, moving forward the legislation that would allow commercial gaming resorts to be built...
article Supervisors hear Pinnacle casino plans
(Virginia) -- Developers of a proposed casino, hotel and golf course project shared their plans at last Tuesday’s Washington County Board of Supervisors meeting.

2/4/2020

article Virginia lawmakers advance plan to legalize casinos
(Virginia) -- Virginia lawmakers are taking steps to legalize casinos in five cities around the state. A Senate committee advanced legislation Tuesday that would allow...
article Whirls of words for casino pitch
(Virginia) -- It was like a whirlwind of words when attorney Greg Habeeb began speaking to the Board of Supervisors about “a casino.” “But,” he...
article Richmond City Council throws its support behind possible casino
(Virginia) -- Richmond City Council threw its support behind a possible casino in Richmond on Monday. Councilors heard that casinos could bring in $187 million for the...

2/3/2020

article Letter: Casinos are a good bet
(Virginia) -- People like to go to other cities that have casinos, why not have them in Virginia? if you can't or won't legalize casinos in Virginia I think the Virginia...
article Virginia’s Black Residents, Businesses Left Out Of Lucrative Casino Plans
(Virginia) -- The ongoing debate over whether to build and operate new casinos in Virginia has failed to take the commonwealth’s Black residents and their economic...

2/2/2020

article Virginia lawmakers have 20-plus gaming bills to consider
(Virginia) -- This Thursday marks the midway point of this year’s 60-day General Assembly session, but more than 20 gaming bills have yet to make it onto the House...

1/29/2020

article Sports betting may finally come to Va. if a state bill wins support
(Virginia) -- Virginia lawmakers will consider fully legalizing online sports betting during their 2020 legislative session, while also tackling more substantial changes...
article Washington County supervisors hear casino plans
(Virginia) -- Developers of a proposed casino, hotel and golf course project shared their plans at Tuesday’s Washington County Board of Supervisors meeting.

1/28/2020

article A study said Virginia shouldn’t award casino licenses without competition. Do lawmakers agree?
(Virginia) -- The big gambling report Virginia lawmakers asked for to help them figure out how to start a casino industry didn’t say exactly what the General...

1/26/2020

article Colonial Downs seeks inclusion in casino talks
(Virginia) -- A proposed Pamunkey Indian tribe casino in Richmond would directly compete with Rosie’s Gaming Emporium’s new Richmond location, and its...

1/25/2020

article 5 CITIES, 5 PROJECTS: A detailed look at status of proposed casinos in legislation before Virginia
(Virginia) -- For at least five Virginia cities, investments totaling hundreds of millions of dollars, thousands of new jobs and millions in potential tax revenues are...

1/24/2020

article Escalating words between officials of rival casino projects
(Virginia) -- After a website was launched for a proposed casino at The Pinnacle in Bristol, Virginia by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, developers of another...
article Latest Virginia Sports Betting Bill Advances As More Await
(Virginia) -- Virginia, a state with no casinos, is one step closer to legal sports betting. Lawmakers have advanced a proposal to legalize and regulate mobile sports...

1/23/2020

article State lawmakers back sports betting, Sen. Suetterlein suggests Booker T. Washington statue
(Virginia) -- Virginia lawmakers moved a step closer Thursday on a proposal to legalize sports betting. A subcommittee of the Senate Committee on General Laws and...

1/21/2020

article Danville appeals three skilled gaming machine decisions by board of zoning appeals
(Virginia) -- The question of skilled gaming machines in the city of Danville has moved from local governing bodies and commissions into the circuit court.

1/20/2020

article Virginia could see an end to convenience store slot machines
(Virginia) -- The future of those slot machine-style “skills games” you see in convenience stores may come to an end soon. House Bill 881 and Senate Bill 908...

1/15/2020

article Northam 'open' to legalized casinos
(Virginia) -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Thursday he is “open” to legalized casino gaming but stopped short of saying he would sign whatever bill the...

1/10/2020

article Gaming consultants assess Hampton’s economic viability for a casino
(Virginia) -- When Virginia launched a study to determine the economic impact of casinos in five cities, Hampton didn’t make the short list. City officials did the...
article Northam ‘open’ to legalized casino gaming
(Virginia) -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Thursday he is “open” to legalized casino gaming but stopped short of saying he would sign whatever bill the...
article Gaming consultants assess Hampton’s economic viability for a casino
(Virginia) -- When Virginia launched a study to determine the economic impact of casinos in five cities, Hampton didn’t make the short list. City officials did the...

1/7/2020

article POLL: With the announcement Tuesday of a second proposed casino for the Bristol-Washington County area, which project do you prefer?
(Virginia) -- The Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Richard Sneed, announced Tuesday that his organization has reached an agreement to develop and operate a...

1/5/2020

article Virginia ready to debate its gambling expansion
(Virginia) -- Sports betting and casinos may arrive in Virginia soon as lawmakers are ready to take on a gambling expansion debate in the starting session. The industry...
article COMMENTARY: 'No-brainer' casino, gambling bill would exploit Virginia's poor
(Virginia) -- What used to happen only in Las Vegas didn’t stay there. Today, casino gambling, which defined the desert resort town, proliferates the country....

1/4/2020

article Casino Gaming Among Issues Awaiting Virginia Lawmakers
(Virginia) -- Gun control and casino gaming are among the prime topics facing Virginia lawmakers as they return to Richmond this week for the upcoming session of the...
article Casinos may be coming to Virginia
(Virginia) -- Casinos could be coming soon to Virginia, but a brawl over just how many, where they would go, and who would run them is on tap first. Gambling-related...

1/3/2020

article Virginia weighs legalizing casinos, online sports betting
(Virginia) -- Casinos could be coming soon to Virginia, but a brawl over just how many, where they would go, and who would run them is on tap first. Gambling-related...

1/2/2020

article All bets are on? Virginia weighs legalizing casinos
(Virginia) -- Casinos could be coming soon to Virginia, but a brawl over just how many, where they would go, and who would run them is on tap first. Gambling-related...
article Report: If casinos are legalized in Virginia, horse racing revenues will take 45% hit
(Virginia) -- Casinos could be coming soon to Virginia, but a brawl over just how many, where they would go, and who would run them is on tap first. Gambling-related...

12/24/2019

article Casino would have largest labor impact on Danville, compared to other localities
(Virginia) -- When it comes to the notion of casinos in Virginia, such an operation would have the largest effect on the Danville region’s labor force compared to...
article Casino would have largest labor impact on Danville, compared to other localities
(Virginia) -- When it comes to the notion of casinos in Virginia, such an operation would have the largest effect on the Danville region’s labor force compared to...

12/23/2019

article Many factors play into taxing casinos
(Virginia) -- When it comes to taxing casinos, the state would have different strategies to maximize its revenue and result in the greatest economic impact for...

12/15/2019

article EDITORIAL: A Casino Resort in Danville? The Numbers Are There
(Virginia) -- As Danville and officials from Rosie’s Gaming work together to hammer out the details for a historic horse racing gaming facility after voters...

12/14/2019

article Casinos have little impact on EMS workloads, according to report
(Virginia) -- When it comes to facing a medical emergency, not everyone is ready for the ride to the hospital, especially if they’re in a casino, one study shows....

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...

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