Saying Virginia should be 'open-minded' on casinos, Northam signals support for plan to reopen Colonial Downs
As he reviews legislation aimed at reopening the Colonial Downs track with a new way to bet on horse racing, Gov. Ralph Northam says he has no major misgivings with the proposal and thinks Virginia should be “open-minded” to the possibility of casino-style gambling.
article Virginia woman wins lottery using fortune cookie numbers
(Virginia) -- A fortune cookie brought just that to a Virginia woman. Loraine Simon Henry used the numbers she found inside a fortune cookie to play Virginia Lottery...
article Burned building may have been site of illegal gambling
(Virginia) -- A tenant of the building located at 210 N. Main St. in downtown Franklin, which burned to the ground last Thursday, may have been operating an illegal...
article Colonial Downs: Packed town hall welcomes rebirth of track
(Virginia) -- A capacity crowd attended the Thursday, May 24 town hall hosted by the New Kent County Board of Supervisors to learn about the reopening of Colonial Downs...
article Report shows Virginia ranks 26th among most gambling-addicted states
(Virginia) -- Among the 50 U.S. States, Virginia ranks 26th in most gambling-addicted, according to a report released by WalletHub on April 24. The report from the...
article Big bets placed on new opportunities in New Kent County
(Virginia) -- It seems some groups are placing big bets on New Kent County’s future. This week Revolutionary Racing partnered with Peninsula Pacific to buy...
article Partnership completes its purchase of Colonial Downs
(Virginia) -- A Chicago-based group and its partners have finalized their purchase of Colonial Downs in New Kent, Va., according to the partners, an acquisition made...
article Racing group buys Colonial Downs for more than $20 million, promising to revitalize Virginia horse racing
(Virginia) -- Chicago-based Revolutionary Racing officially bought Virginia’s Colonial Downs race track Wednesday for more than $20 million, touting the purchase...
article Historical Horse Racing Terminals Officially Legal in Virginia, Governor ‘Pleased’ to Sign Bill
(Virginia) -- Historical horse racing terminals will soon come to Virginia and assist in the reopening of the Colonial Downs racetrack 30 miles east of Richmond.
article Virginia Governor Signs Historic Horse Racing Bill, Issues Directive To Racing Commission
(Virginia) -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday signed House Bill 1609, Returning Horse Racing to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
article Northam signs legislation aimed at reopening Colonial Downs
(Virginia) -- A new push to revive the shuttered Colonial Downs racetrack is off to a running start with legislation signed into law by Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday to...
article Sen. Bill Carrico Op/Ed: Concerns with gambling
(Virginia) -- This past Session, my colleagues and I voted on thousands of pieces of legislation. Before each vote, we asked questions and sought the information we...
article Betting machines central to state’s plan to revitalize slumping horse racing industry
(Virginia) -- To spark renewed interest in the state’s declining horse race betting business, the Virginia General Assembly is considering a proposal that would...
article With potential for Colonial Downs to reopen, momentum builds in Va. equine industry
(Virginia) -- It has been more than three years since Colonial Downs closed. But news that the horse track could reopen, thanks to legislation that passed through the...
article In Gambling Battle, Both Sides Are Wrong
(Virginia) -- The Louvin Brothers would not have approved of Gov. Ralph Northam, who said the other day "we should be open-minded in Virginia" with regard to...
article A. Barton Hinkle column: In the battle over gambling, both sides are wrong
(Virginia) -- The Louvin Brothers would not have approved of Gov. Ralph Northam, who said the other day “we should be open-minded in Virginia” with regard to...
article Va. governor indicates support for Colonial slots
(Virginia) -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has said that the state needs to be “open-minded” when considering the legalization of casino-style gambling,...
article Saying Virginia should be 'open-minded' on casinos, Northam signals support for plan to reopen Colonial Downs
(Virginia) -- As he reviews legislation aimed at reopening the Colonial Downs track with a new way to bet on horse racing, Gov. Ralph Northam says he has no major...
article Virginia lawmakers warm up to new betting machines
(Virginia) -- Virginia lawmakers may permit new betting machines at a once-popular horse racetrack after years of batting down pro-gambling measures.
article Long: Virginia doesn't need more gambling
(Virginia) -- A bill wending its way through the General Assembly proposes to rejuvenate a long-closed gambling facility near Richmond by allowing a type of slots...
article Virginia Gambling Bill Passes Assembly Committee, Legislation Would Legalize Historical Racing Terminals
(Virginia) -- The Virginia House of Delegates Appropriations Committee has passed House Bill 1609, a gambling measure that would allow the currently shuttered Colonial...
article Virginia House advances legislation to bring slots-like gambling to shuttered Colonial Downs track
(Virginia) -- Virginia lawmakers’ longstanding aversion to gambling appears to be softening as the General Assembly advances a bill to use slots-like betting...
article Virginia Horse Racing Officials Lobby for Legalization of Historical Betting at Race Tracks
(Virginia) -- Virginia horse racing officials are seeking legalization of historical betting machines in a bid to lock the sale of a shuttered horse racing track, local...
article Off-track betting returns to Chesapeake
(Virginia) -- The old gang is back together. So says Don McDowell, who has been coming to Buckets Bar and Grill three times a week since it started offering off-track...
article Off-track horse betting facility opens in Chesapeake
(Virginia) -- After a long back and forth with the city, a legal form of gambling has opened its doors in Chesapeake. Buckets Bar and Grill on Battlefield Blvd. held a...
article Virginia Lottery Sold 180 Mega Millions Tickets That Can't Win
(Virginia) -- If you buy a Mega Millions ticket in Virginia, you usually have a 0.00000033 percent chance of winning the big jackpot. But as many as 180 tickets were...
article Toll-free help line helps those struggling with gambling addiction
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Lottery and the Virginia Council on Problem Gambling (VACPG) have teamed up to staff a toll-free help line for those with gambling addiction....
article Virginia Lottery partners with Virginia Council on Gambling to operate problem gambling helpline
(Virginia) -- Virginians suffering from a gambling addiction can turn to a toll-free anonymous line for help. The Virginia Lottery and the Virginia Council on Problem...
article Virginia state legislator expressing concern about gambling revenue drain
(Virginia) -- A Virginia state legislator is expressing concern about that state’s gambling revenue drain, largely to neighboring Maryland, specifically Maryland...
article VA senator eyes hometown for possible casino
(Virginia) -- Virginia Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) is leading an effort to bring a casino to the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, specifically Portsmouth.
article Rolling the Dice: Bringing a casino to Hampton Roads
(Virginia) -- The bright lights, the sounds, the tables, the slots - all have a hand in making casinos what they are with each casino is a pie worth hundreds of millions...
article Bill In Virginia Would Classify Poker As Skill
(Virginia) -- Poker games shall be deemed games of skill. That’s how a new bill in Virginia reads to largely exempt the card game from anti-gambling laws. The bill...
article Virginia Lawmaker Wants to Legalize Live Poker
(Virginia) -- Virginia State Senator Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) has launched a legislative push to have poker reclassified as a game of skill. Lucas, who has long...
article Poker Bill Introduced in Virginia
(Virginia) -- A bill to legalize poker was introduced in Virginia last week by State Senator Louise Lucas. The bill, S 1400, would amend the portion of the legal Code of...
article Virginia Senator Introduces Poker Legislation
(Virginia) -- Across the United States, several individual states are considering legalizing online poker gaming to further strengthen their gambling industries.
article Virginia Inches Forward On Gambling Front With Introduction Of New Bill Classifying Poker As Game Of Skill
(Virginia) -- A new gambling bill in Virginia would legalize poker as a game of skill and create regulation to oversee live poker tournaments.
article Odds stacked against Bristolians, Virginians needing clinical treatment for gambling addiction
(Virginia) -- If you live in Bristol and seek help for a gambling addiction, you need to look beyond state lines. The closest Gamblers Anonymous meeting to the Twin City...
article Editorial: Casinos a bad bet for Virginia
(Virginia) -- NOW THAT the grandiose MGM National Harbor hotel and casino have opened just across the Potomac River from Virginia, some state lawmakers and others are...
article Paula Otto: Don’t take a chance on a gambling problem
(Virginia) -- IT WAS HARD TO MISS the headlines or the television news coverage in January when the Powerball game reached an historic $1.5 billion jackpot.
article Senators again reject Louise Lucas casino bills
(Virginia) -- A Senate committee has again rejected a proposal by Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, to create a casino gaming commission and allow a casino in her city....
article Council took right action on penny auctions
(Virginia) -- After much debate, Martinsville City Council on Tuesday voted 3-1 to ban “penny auction” parlors in the city, citing their similarity to...
article Chambers: Goodlatte should back constitution, even if it allows gambling
(Virginia) -- Congressman Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County, has gained a reputation over the years for being a strong advocate of the 10th Amendment, and the reservation...
article Ebbin Bill Would Keep New Payday Loan Offices 20 Miles Away from Casinos
(Virginia) -- State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D) has proposed a bill that would prevent the State Corporation Commission (SCC) from approving licenses for payday lending and...
article Your View: Casino won’t just be a boon for Alexandria
(Virginia) -- To the editor: In your story on Alexandria’s preparation for the new casino’s opening at National Harbor in 2016 (“City establishes task...
article Sen. Lucas pushes for casinos again, despite Portsmouth mayor's objections
(Virginia) -- State Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, is at it again - proposing a bill to allow casinos in Virginia - but this time she says she will pitch it whether or...
article Durrer: Is live horse racing still viable in Virginia?
(Virginia) -- I am a horse racing enthusiast. I analyze and attempt to handicap racing forms/charts seriously and have visited numerous tracks east of the Mississippi....
article Va. Lottery profits top $530M; money turned over to schools
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Lottery says its profits topped half a billion dollars for the 2015 fiscal year. The Lottery said Tuesday that profits totaled nearly $534...
article Casey: Suspicions linger about Va. Lottery's games
(Virginia) -- This past spring Ron Gorneau of Bedford had a beef with the Virginia Lottery over one of the agency’s games. In June, he purchased two identical...
article Colonial Downs applies for one day of live racing
(Virginia) -- After a failed attempt to compromise with the Virginia horsemen at this year's General Assembly, representatives from Colonial Downs said there would...
article Is a casino in Virginia’s future now that the Pamunkey have U.S. recognition?
(Virginia) -- Newly recognized by the federal government, Virginia’s Pamunkey Indians are contemplating a future that could include launching a casino. In a state...
article Alexandria looks to cap number of bingo sites
(Virginia) -- An ordinance introduced Tuesday would block expansion of bingo halls and other charitable gaming sites in Alexandria. The number of bingo halls and similar...
article Assembly approves revised horse racing bill
(Virginia) -- Thoroughbred racing may not return to Colonial Downs in the near future, but horses may be on other tracks around the state by 2016.
article Colonial Downs lays off workers, to close betting venues
(Virginia) -- Colonial Downs is closing all of its betting venues amid a dispute with horse owners and trainers. The New Kent County thoroughbred track said on Tuesday...
article Virginia horse racing could expand under pending legislation
(Virginia) -- A group of horse owners, breeders and trainers vowed to expand racing throughout Virginia one day after the state’s only racetrack closed the last of...
article Effort to Achieve Federal Recognition for Virginia Tribes Gains Traction
(Washington D.C.) -- When Virginia was settled more than four hundred years ago, the settlers found the region was already populated with Native Americans.
article Editorial: Moves by outside interests to block Pamunkey recognition are revolting
(Virginia) -- Virginia’s Pamunkey Indian tribe will soon learn whether it will receive federal recognition, which would make it eligible for various benefits.
article Colonial Downs starts racing license reinstatement process
(Virginia) -- Now that the General Assembly has blessed their divorce, Colonial Downs and the Virginia horsemen are talking about dividing the racing business they have...
article COLUMN: Hire impartial consultants to study feasibility of casinos in Virginia
(Virginia) -- It's time for some straight talk on casinos in Virginia. At the very least, it's time for the state to do a major study on whether casinos would be...
article Assembly backs bills that could restart horse racing at Colonial Downs
(Virginia) -- A pair of bills that galloped through the General Assembly Thursday could bring horse racing back to Colonial Downs. The House of Delegates passed Senate...
article Bill Would Provide Funding for Virginia Group
(Virginia) -- Virginia legislators have advanced bills that would provide funding for the Virginia Equine Alliance, a non-profit group that could shape racing in the...
article Senate committee votes down Lucas casino bill
(Virginia) -- A committee rejected legislation by Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, to allow casino gaming in certain areas of Virginia. The Senate General Laws and...
article Veteran Lawmaker Still Wants Casino Gambling
(Virginia) -- A Tidewater lawmaker is making another attempt to get casinos in her home town. State Senator Louise Lucas (D- Portsmouth) says she’s looking for a...
article COLUMN: Sen. Lucas set to roll the dice again on a casino bill for Portsmouth
(Virginia) -- It's clear that state Sen. Louise Lucas revels in long odds. She's trying - again - to convince colleagues to allow casinos in Portsmouth, which...
article OP/ED: Terrible gamble in Portsmouth
(Virginia) -- State Sen. Louise Lucas is coming back to the table for another run with her proposal to legalize casino gambling in the commonwealth. With or without any...
article McElroy: Virginia should legalize casino gambling
(Virginia) -- What I learned in sports this week is that Colonial Downs will cease operations Nov. 1 after turning in its operating license.
article Colonial Downs surrenders racing license
(Virginia) -- The owner of Colonial Downs in Virginia surrendered the track’s racing license Tuesday at a meeting of the Virginia Racing Commission and said the...
article Virginia’s status as holdout on casino gambling hurt Colonial Downs
(Virginia) -- In a major setback to Virginia’s thoroughbred horse racing industry, Colonial Downs, the Old Dominion’s only race track and home to the...
article Va. Racing Commission willing to scrub 2014 season
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Racing Commission on Monday signaled its willingness to scrub the 2014 racing season at Colonial Downs if it can quickly get a contract in...
article Colonial Downs reconsiders handing over license
(Virginia) -- One day after Colonial Downs notified the state's Racing Commission it intended to surrender its license, the commission said the track is...
article Virginia horse racing remains in limbo
(Virginia) -- The odds are long that the Colonial Downs track in New Kent County will open this year for Thoroughbred racing. Some gamblers might like those odds, but...
article COLUMN: To protect state revenue, Virginia must allow casinos
(Virginia) -- It's nonsense, Darryl Peake fumed, that state lawmakers continue to oppose casino gambling while droves of Virginians travel elsewhere to play slots,...
article Editorial: A gamble Virginia shouldn't take
(Virginia) -- If there's a sure bet in gambling, it's this: When a sparkling new casino opens in one state, people who run games of chance in neighboring states...
article No casino gambling bill in Virginia this year
(Virginia) -- An attempt to allow casino gambling in the state of Virginia has died in the state legislature. Sen. L. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth), who introduced the...
article Portsmouth casino bill put on hold
(Virginia) -- A push to bring casino gambling to Portsmouth is now on hold. State Senator Louise Lucas pulled her legislation to authorize casinos in the city from the...
article Portsmouth senator folds casino bill, for now
(Virginia) -- Rather than face the inevitable defeat of her casino gambling bill in the House of Delegates, Sen. Louise Lucas folded on her SB 19 for now, wagering on a...
article Virginia Casino Bill Dead For 2014
(Virginia) -- A plan to put a commercial casino in Virginia reportedly will have to wait until 2015, despite a positive advancement on the idea early this year.
article Long-shot Va. casino bill comes up aces in Senate committee vote
(Virginia) -- Yes, Virginia, there is a casino bill moving through the statehouse. Senate Bill 19, which would allow a casino in the Hampton Roads area of the casino-...
article Hinkle: Let gamblers gamble
(Virginia) -- Baptists do not abide drunkenness, which is why (it has been said) they never recognize one another in the liquor store. In much the same vein, Virginia...
article BLOG: Casino gambling in the Old Dominion? The Roanoke Times is not impressed
(Virginia) -- On the day his company won the license to build a $925 million casino complex overlooking the Potomac River in Maryland, MGM Resorts International Chairman...
article Lawmakers agree Route 460 improvements are a priority
(Virginia) -- State Sens. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, and John Cosgrove, R-Chesapeake, reiterated their support for expanding Route 460 Friday at a pre-General Assembly...
article Senator proposes casinos to pay for transportation
(Virginia) -- Sen. L. Louise Lucas (D-18) offers a solution to paying for bridges, roads and tunnels: casinos. “Transportation is most near and dear to my heart,...
article New law allows ‘network bingo’ for Va. charities
(Virginia) -- Hundreds of Virginia nonprofit organizations hope to reverse a steady decline in bingo revenue by joining forces for a weekly game offering a top prize of...
article New law allows ‘network bingo’ for Va. charities
(Virginia) -- Hundreds of Virginia nonprofit organizations hope to reverse a steady decline in bingo revenue by joining forces for a weekly game offering a top prize of...
article Mayor's vote delays casino resolution
(Virginia) -- Portsmouth City Council was just one vote away from approving a city resolution supporting casino gambling in the city. The lone opposing vote came from...
article Portsmouth council antes up backing for casino plan
(Virginia) -- The City Council is in support of state Sen. Louise Lucas' bill to legalize casino gambling. Though one council member, Marlene Randall, flipped and...
article COLUMN: State's stance against casinos is out of step with the times
(Virginia) -- A message to Portsmouth residents and City Council members: Your comments about gambling at a public hearing Tuesday night were heartfelt, addressing the...
article Editorial: Portsmouth courts social ill
(Virginia) -- There are any number of good reasons, especially in Portsmouth, to fight the huge fees coming for the Downtown and Midtown tunnels: The regressive nature...
article BLOG: Yes, Virginia, there is a casino proposal
(Virginia) -- Last month, I wrote a front-page story about the ever-shrinking list of casino-free states. The story focused on Virginia, since even the most ardent...
article Lucas offers casino bill
(Virginia) -- Her leader may think it's a long shot, but state Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, isn't going to let that stop her. She's introduced...
article Virginia resists the siren call of casinos as gambling halls proliferate across the country
(Virginia) -- State by state, they ante up, betting on gambling taxes as the casino industry spreads to every corner of the country and most points in between.
article Are Casinos a good bet for Virginia?
(Virginia) -- States to the north, south, and West of Virginia all have at least one full service casino. Many states, including Maryland, have turned to gambling as a...
article HRTPO study: Casino could benefit Virginia roads
(Virginia) -- A new study by the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization says building a locally based Hampton Roads casino and resort could result in $113...
article Casinos won't be coming to Hampton Roads in 2013
(Virginia) -- Casinos won’t be coming to Hampton Roads to take the place of tolls, at least not this year. Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, proposed SB714 to allow...
article Senate panel nixes Hampton Roads casino plan
(Virginia) -- A Senate panel killed a measure Monday that would have allowed casinos in Hampton Roads in order to reduce tolls on the region's bridges and tunnels,...
article Editorial: Doubling down on a terrible bet
(Virginia) -- Norfolk has tried a little bet hedging, asking to be included on long-shot legislation that would permit casinos in cities with significant amounts of...
article Virginia Lawmaker Pushes For Casinos
(Virginia) -- A Virginia lawmaker believes the Commonwealth should join neighboring states Maryland, Delaware, and West Virginia in building fully operational casinos.
article Casinos being proposed for Portsmouth
(Virginia) -- A Portsmouth Senator is working on a bill that would bring casino gambling to certain parts of Virginia. The Virginian-Pilot reports State Senator Louise...
article OP/ED: Casinos plan is gamble with bad odds in Virginia
(Virginia) -- The latest gambling gambit is born of desperation. State Sen. Louise Lucas has floated legislation for the 2013 session that, as written, would allow...
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