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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.

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1/22/2019

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...

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...
article Danville leaders to consider supporting Virginia casino legislation
(Virginia) -- In Virginia, the city council for the small community of Danville is reportedly set to vote on whether to pass a resolution in support of casino...
article Danville, Virginia is also considering plans for a casino
(Virginia) -- Plans were announced for the proposed Bristol resort and casino on the former mall property in September. One month later, the project's backers, The...
article Partners hope to score win with gaming room in Danville
(Virginia) -- A gaming room including a sandwich shop and retail store could open on Westover Drive as early as this month. James Shaw hopes to open The King’s...

12/30/2018

article Casino interest pitched to Danville officials in October closed session
(Virginia) -- Danville will consider Thursday night whether to join two other Virginia cities to convince the General Assembly to legalize casinos in the commonwealth....

12/29/2018

article Danville council considers Bristol casino resolution
(Virginia) -- The city council of Danville will consider adopting a resolution in support of legislation that would enable and require local referendum on construction...
article Danville to consider joining Bristol casino bill
(Virginia) -- The city council of Danville, Virginia, next week will consider adopting a resolution in support of legislation that would enable and require local...

12/28/2018

article City Council considering casino resort resolution in Danville
(Virginia) -- Danville City Council is considering whether to adopt a resolution in support of legislation that would enable and require a local referendum on...
article Lawmakers to introduce bills for legalized sports gambling in Virginia
(Virginia) -- Three northern Virginia lawmakers will be introducing different bills that would legalize sports gambling in the state. The proposals from Democrats Chap...
article Sports books now open at Wheeling Island
(West Virginia) -- After months of waiting, local sports betting fans can now place wagers at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack as on Thursday the facility...
article A casino in Danville? It could happen
(Virginia) -- A casino could be coming to Southside. Next week, Danville City Council will consider a resolution to support legislation in the upcoming General Assembly...

12/27/2018

article Bills soon to be on table for sports gambling in Va.
(Virginia) -- If he was laying odds, state Sen. Chap Petersen likes the chances that the Virginia General Assembly will legalize sports gambling. “I’ve...

12/26/2018

article Bills soon to be on table for sports gambling in Virginia
(Virginia) -- If he were laying odds, state Sen. Chap Petersen would like the chances that Virginia's General Assembly will legalize sports gambling."I've...
article Lawmakers to Propose Legal Sports Gambling in Virginia
(Virginia) -- Three northern Virginia lawmakers will be introducing different bills that would legalize sports gambling in the state. The proposals from Democrats Chap...

12/21/2018

article Virginia Making Big Moves to Expand Gambling
(Virginia) -- The Pamunkey Indian tribe has plans to create a new casino resort complex worth $700m in Virginia. This would be the first of its kind in the region and...

12/20/2018

article From cannabis to gambling: Virginia’s progressive
(Virginia) -- You could argue that it has been a progressive year for Hampton Roads, Virginia and the United States, with new legislation passing in 2018 on both the...
article Nansemond Indian Tribe raises concerns on Norfolk casino
(Virginia) -- The Nansemond Indian Tribe is raising questions about the Pamunkey Indian Tribe’s efforts to build a world-class resort casino and spa in town.
article Nansemond Indian Tribe responds to a possible casino in Norfolk
(Virginia) -- Wednesday news got out that the Pamunkey Tribe was in talks with the city of Norfolk to buy land and open a world-class resort casino and spa. On Thursday...
article As Virginia gears up for gambling debate, thousands of slot-like games have already slipped in the back door
(Virginia) -- They look like slot machines. Symbols spin around the screen like slot machines. And when everything lines up just right, they pay out $1,000-plus jackpots...

12/17/2018

article VA Lawmaker Has Eyes Wide Open on Sports Betting
(Virginia) -- Virginia doesn’t have any casinos. But that plays perfectly into Delegate Mark Sickles’ vision of sports betting in the state. While...

12/14/2018

article Businessman confident about Bristol casino project approval
(Virginia) -- A businessman who wants to build a casino in Southwest Virginia said he’s confident about getting approval from the General Assembly. The Bristol...

12/13/2018

article Colonial Downs, ‘Rosie’s gaming emporium’ set to open in 2019
(Virginia) -- Live thoroughbred horse racing will return to Colonial Downs in 2019, along with the premiere of a casino-like gambling facility in New Kent County.

12/12/2018

article McGlothlin upbeat about proposed resort and casino project as assembly session nears
(Virginia) -- Proposed Bristol Resort and Casino partner Jim McGlothlin was upbeat Tuesday about the project’s chances of approval by the Virginia General Assembly...

12/9/2018

article Cobb: It's only downhill with casinos
(Virginia) -- Voters in Florida just approved a state constitutional amendment to prevent any new casinos from being developed in their state without first getting...

12/4/2018

article Southwest Virginia legislators talk health care, gambling at legislative breakfast
(Virginia) -- Gambling bills, the state budget, the opioid crisis and funding education were the topics touched on by Southwest Virginia lawmakers during a legislative...

11/30/2018

article Virginia Casino Bill Coming in 2019, Measure Would Authorize Gaming Venue in Bristol
(Virginia) -- A Virginia casino bill that would end the state’s ban on commercial gambling will be introduced early next year after the legislature convenes for...

11/26/2018

article Sports-betting bills come to Virginia after Supreme Court decision
(Virginia) -- Two lawmakers are trying to bring legalized sports betting to Virginia, joining other states that are exploring that option since the Supreme Court cleared...
article Some lawmakers in Virginia hope to legalize sports betting
(Virginia) -- Some state lawmakers in Virginia say they're drafting legislation to allow sports betting in the state. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported last week...
article Press conference scheduled for Bristol Resort and Casino plan
(Virginia) -- Representatives from Bristol, VA will be holding a press conference Thursday to discuss the plans for a new resort and casino.

11/24/2018

article CASEY: 2019 may be Virginia's 'Year of Gambling'
(Virginia) -- A bit more than a month before we enter Virginia’s 2019 legislative season, gambling is the hot topic in Richmond. Lots of plans for betting and...

11/22/2018

article Long Opposed to Gambling, Virginia Introduces Two New Sports Betting Bills
(Virginia) -- Virginia has long been opposed to all forms of gambling, but it seems the state suddenly wants in on the action. Lawmakers there introduced not one, but...

11/21/2018

article Could Virginia legalize sports gambling?
(Virginia) -- Most sports gambling is done online or in places like Las Vegas, however, Virginia State Senator Chap Peterson, who represents District 34, told 8News that...
article Virginia Sports Betting Bill Calls For Online Platforms, No Brick-And-Mortar Books
(Virginia) -- Despite not having any casinos, the state of Virginia will look at sports betting in 2019. Legislation was prefiled Tuesday that would put the betting...

11/20/2018

article Plans to legalize sports gambling are coming to Virginia next year
(Virginia) -- It may take a while for the General Assembly to get behind sports gambling, but several state lawmakers are drafting legislation to let Virginians get in...

11/18/2018

article Historical Horse Racing Expands Across Virginia, Colonial Downs Renovation Underway, Betting Parlors Announced
(Virginia) -- Casinos are banned in Virginia, but gaming venues featuring historical horse racing terminals are coming to towns across the state.

11/15/2018

article Colonial Downs group bets on Southside site for gambling facility
(Virginia) -- The in-the-works return of horse racing at Colonial Downs is improving the odds for a dormant retail property in Richmond’s Southside. Officials on...

11/14/2018

article Councilman hopeful off-track betting parlor will improve Richmond neighborhood
(Virginia) -- A new betting parlor is coming to South Richmond. The company that plans to reopen Colonial Downs racetrack in New Kent will open Rosie’s Gaming Emporium...

11/3/2018

article Proposed Bristol casino developers release design plans for former mall
(Virginia) -- Developers of the proposed $50 million Bristol Resort and Casino have released concept drawings of how a reconfigured Bristol Mall might appear. The...

10/30/2018

article Amid push to expand gambling in Virginia, Lottery could manage sports betting, director says
(Virginia) -- If Virginia allows more gaming — sports betting and casinos, to be exact — where does that leave the Virginia Lottery? It’s too soon to...
article Former classmates want to turn Bristol Mall into a casino resort
(Virginia) -- The vacant shopping mall’s electronic sign blares a new message: “We’re betting on Bristol!” Two former high school classmates hope...

10/26/2018

article Amid push to expand gambling, Lottery could manage sports betting, director says
(Virginia) -- If Virginia allows more gaming — sports betting and casinos, to be exact — where does that leave the Virginia Lottery? It’s too soon to...
article Bristol Resort and Casino could help secure Amtrak service to Tri-Cities, leaders say
(Virginia) -- There's a renewed push to extend Amtrak passenger service from Roanoke to Bristol. While the topic has been talked about for decades, local leaders say...

10/25/2018

article Developers, family of proposed Bristol Resort and Casino contribute $200K to GOP PAC
(Virginia) -- The developers of the proposed Bristol Resort and Casino along with family members and others have contributed a combined $200,000 to a Republican...
article Virginia Lottery coffers get windfall as Virginians buy tickets for big jackpot drawings
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Lottery netted about $16 million in profit from the Mega Millions multistate sweepstakes in the past week, more than making up for a three-...

10/24/2018

article Bristol Tennessee residents voice their concerns over Bristol Virginia casino
(Virginia) -- The Bristol Casino debate is not just a Virginia issue anymore. "It has really torn this town apart. We are two different states, but we are all one...
article Site plans show interior of planned Bristol Resort & Casino
(Virginia) -- Bristol Resort & Casino has released site plans showing the possible interior of the proposed development. The layout shows restaurants, shopping, and...

10/22/2018

article Churches rally against proposed casino for Bristol
(Virginia) -- In September, developers announced a proposal to create the Bristol Resort and Casino in Bristol, Virginia, a new venue set to be located on a 49-acre site...
article Gambling addiction expert weighs in on Bristol casino concerns
(Virginia) -- A gambling addiction expert said Monday that much of the research on the relationship between mental health disorders and the proximity of a casino is...

10/21/2018

article More than a thousand rally against Bristol casino proposal
(Virginia) -- More than one thousand people gathered in downtown Bristol, Virginia Sunday evening to show their opposition to a project that would convert the vacant...

10/19/2018

article Virginia Joins Neighbor Washington DC in Race to Legalize Sports Betting in 2019
(Virginia) -- Virginia could legalize sports betting by next July, according to State Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church). Simon says he is working on a bill, to be...

10/18/2018

article Griffith, Flaccavento tackle health care, immigration, proposed casino in Bristol debate
(Virginia) -- Flaccavento fashions himself a working man, while Griffith describes himself as an experienced reformer. On the stage, the candidates debated health care...

10/15/2018

article Casino Lobbyists Readying in Virginia for Busy Legislative Year Ahead
(Virginia) -- Numerous casino lobbyists have registered with the Virginia General Assembly recently, and that hints of a busy lawmaking session ahead for the gaming...
article Gambling interests ramping up for push on casinos, sports betting in Virginia
(Virginia) -- MGM Grand, Caesars and a slew of slot machine manufacturers and other gambling-related concerns are expressing sudden interest in the Virginia General...
article Good bet gambling interests will push for casinos, sports betting in Virginia
(Virginia) -- Big name casinos and slot machine makers seem ready to make a concerted push in Virginia’s General Assembly. “More than a dozen lobbyists have...
article Good bet gambling interests will push for casinos, sports betting in Virginia
(Virginia) -- Big name casinos and slot machine makers seem ready to make a concerted push in Virginia’s General Assembly. “More than a dozen lobbyists have...

10/12/2018

article Virginia Residents Show Support for Bristol Casino
(Virginia) -- A proposed casino in southwestern Virginia continues to garner support from a diverse group of community leaders. A minister and former city mayor were...

10/5/2018

article Family Foundation opposes proposed Bristol resort and casino
(Virginia) -- One of Virginia’s most prominent faith-based advocacy organizations this week formally opposed a proposed resort and casino in the Twin City. On...
article Virginia commission OKs 3,000 historical horseracing machines
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Racing Commission has adopted temporary regulations that will allow for the operation of up to 3,000 slot machine-like devices at Colonial...

10/2/2018

article Virginia horse racing officials adopt rules that limit expansion of slots-like gambling machines
(Virginia) -- A handful of casino-like facilities will open their doors in Virginia next year, but the company planning to reopen Colonial Downs and build a network of...

9/15/2018

article Off-track betting may return to Vinton with Colonial Downs revival
(Virginia) -- Vinton might be off to the races once again. With the Colonial Downs track in New Kent County now under new ownership and aiming for a 2019 reopening,...

9/12/2018

article State lawmakers say odds are stacked but better than ever for legalization of Bristol, VA casino
(Virginia) -- Bristol, VA city leaders will have to convince the Virginia General Assembly to legalize casino-style gambling in the state before a project to repurpose...

9/11/2018

article Bristol, VA City Council passes resolution to support Bristol Casino
(Virginia) -- Bristol, Virginia City Council passed a resolution to support turning the vacant Bristol Mall into a casino. Randy Eads said it passed 4-0. He said now it...
article Bristol, VA residents at odds with city council over casino proposal
(Virginia) -- Bristol, VA residents are at odds with city council members over a plan to turn the abandoned Bristol Mall into a resort-style casino. Still, city leaders...

9/10/2018

article Proposed $150 Million Shopping Mall Casino in Virginia Needs Lawmakers’ Support First
(Virginia) -- Developers in Bristol, VA have big plans to boost the local economy with a 90,000-square foot casino which they say will add an estimated 5,200 jobs with...

9/9/2018

article Developers announce plans for $150 million resort casino in Bristol, VA
(Virginia) -- Backers of a proposal for a $150 million resort casino for the independent city of Bristol in the Commonwealth of Virginia said Thursday that it could have...

9/8/2018

article BETTING ON BRISTOL: Plans for resort casino, sports betting, children's area at Bristol Mall
(Virginia) -- Today, local business and community leaders are betting on Bristol with major plans for a resort and casino at Bristol Mall in Bristol, VA. The vision for...
article CASEY: Rolling the dice on gambling in Bristol
(Virginia) -- There’s some big news boiling in the city of Bristol (pop. 17,000). A couple coal barons bought the abandoned Bristol Mall. Now, they’re...

9/7/2018

article Developers announce plans for $150 million casino in Bristol
(Virginia) -- Local businesses and community leaders announced major plans for a $150 million resort and casino at the Bristol Mall in Bristol Friday. Leaders also plan...

9/5/2018

article Bristol leaders say casino would likely be welcome
(Virginia) -- A majority of City Council and the president of the Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday a resort casino would likely be welcome at the Bristol Mall. Owners of...
article Colonial Downs aiming for March 2019 opening of 'Rosie's gaming emporium'
(Virginia) -- The new owners of Colonial Downs are hoping to open their casino-like gambling facility in New Kent County in March, with live horse racing expected to...

9/4/2018

article A Las Vegas-Style Poker Room Might Come To Abandoned Virginia Mall
(Virginia) -- There are casinos in 80 percent of the states in America, and Virginia could soon leave the minority and become one of them. Though Las Vegas-style...
article State senator weighs in on potential casino conversion in Bristol, VA
(Virginia) -- State Sen. Bill Carrico's office is weighing in on the potential conversion of the old Bristol Mall to a casino. The project would require an amendment...

9/2/2018

article Group looking into turning Bristol Mall into casino
(Virginia) -- A lobbying group is looking into turning the Bristol Mall into a casino. Richmond-based Alliance Group Ltd., a lobbying and public relations firm, is...

8/24/2018

article Hetzler: Virginians will be losers in new form of gambling
(Virginia) -- Most Virginians have probably never heard of “historical horse racing” or the slots-like gaming machines which house the attraction. Of those...

8/20/2018

article Push to revive Virginia horse racing blurred lines between gambling interests and state regulators
(Virginia) -- When a horse-racing fan publicly accused the Virginia Racing Commission of being too close with the company hoping to buy Colonial Downs and open casino-...

8/7/2018

article Virginia non-profit requests looser horse-racing regs
(Virginia) -- After Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation legalizing historical horse race wagering in the state, the industry is now requesting looser gambling...

7/31/2018

article Why Arlington Park isn't interested in letting people bet on historic horse races
(Illinois) -- Bettors can place wagers at live horse races at Arlington International Racecourse or those being simulcast from tracks throughout the country, and now...

7/25/2018

article Virginia Equine Alliance opposes cap on number of historical racing machines
(Virginia) -- Leaders of racing organizations in Virginia are asking their members to submit comments to the Virginia Racing Commission taking issue with a proposed cap...

7/17/2018

article Pulling the reins on gambling
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Racing Commission bucked the reins of restraint this past week, announcing it may allow as many as 3,000 historical horse racing terminals in...

7/14/2018

article General Assembly could see efforts to allow sports gambling, official says
(Virginia) -- A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that paved the way for legal sports gambling could unleash a flurry of legislative proposals to secure Virginia a cut...

7/3/2018

article Horse racing, ‘historical’ slot machines set to expand in Virginia
(Virginia) -- Horse racing is set to return to Virginia’s most well-known track, and slot-machine-style betting could become more common across the state under a...

7/2/2018

article New games let bar patrons wager and win money, aren't considered gambling machines
(Virginia) -- In the back of Mike's Break Room, Roger Houston puts money into a machine, the icons on the screen start spinning, and he could win it all back. "...

6/9/2018

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...

5/26/2018

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...

5/25/2018

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...

4/29/2018

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...

4/27/2018

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...

4/25/2018

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...

4/11/2018

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.

4/10/2018

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.

4/9/2018

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...

4/7/2018

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...

3/26/2018

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...

3/23/2018

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...

3/19/2018

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...

3/17/2018

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...

3/13/2018

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,...

3/12/2018

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...

2/27/2018

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.

2/21/2018

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...

2/12/2018

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...

2/9/2018

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...

1/11/2018

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...

12/24/2017

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...

11/20/2017

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...

11/17/2017

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...

7/19/2017

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....

7/18/2017

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...

2/13/2017

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...

2/5/2017

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.

2/3/2017

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...

1/18/2017

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...

1/17/2017

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.

1/16/2017

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.

12/18/2016

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...

12/17/2016

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...

3/13/2016

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.

2/9/2016

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....

1/15/2016

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...

1/2/2016

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...

12/30/2015

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...

12/5/2015

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...

10/30/2015

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...

9/14/2015

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....

8/18/2015

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...

8/10/2015

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...

8/5/2015

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...

7/11/2015

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...

5/19/2015

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...

4/15/2015

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.

4/8/2015

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...

3/28/2015

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.

3/4/2015

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...

2/23/2015

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...

2/20/2015

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...

2/14/2015

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...

2/3/2015

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...

1/19/2015

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...

1/14/2015

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...

1/12/2015

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...

10/19/2014

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.

10/15/2014

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...

6/23/2014

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...

5/30/2014

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...

5/25/2014

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...

2/28/2014

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,...

2/27/2014

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...

2/5/2014

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...

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