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Virginia could see an end to convenience store slot machines

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 are both slated to be voted on in Virginia’s General Assembly which would include skills games in the definition of illegal gambling.

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10/24/2020

article Restaurant owner in Danville expresses concerns about potential Caesars casino
(Virginia) -- The owner of O'Kellys, a local chain on the Southside, isn't so sure that the city of Danville needs a casino to be built on the Schoolfield site....
article In final week before Danville vote, Caesars continues aggressive marketing campaign
(Virginia) -- Casino opponents and supporters are working to get their viewpoints out before voters in the last days before Nov. 3, when Danvillians will decide whether...

10/23/2020

article Father and son who run Danville Church of Christ adamantly oppose proposed casino
(Virginia) -- A father and son duo who run the Danville Church of Christ, are rallying against the casino. Johnny and Caleb Robertson's church isn't a...
article What should Danville do with millions from a potential casino? City leaders want your opinion
(Virginia) -- City leaders in Danville want your input on how they should spend millions of dollars in possible casino revenues. Caesars stands posted to build a casino...

10/22/2020

article Businesses in Danville show opposition to proposed casino with 'casiNO' signs
(Virginia) -- Along the road on Piney Forest Drive in Danville, there are a number of 'casiNO' signs at several businesses as they show their opposition about...
article City of Danville hosts second virtual town hall to discuss potential Caesars casino
(Virginia) -- An unusual request was presented at the Oct. 22 virtual town hall for how to spend money generated by a proposed casino. The intention for the virtual town...

10/20/2020

article More than 100 Danville businesses share their support of a proposed casino
(Virginia) -- Caesars Entertainment has released a list of more than 100 businesses in Danville that support a potential new casino. One of those companies is Wilkins...

10/19/2020

article Portsmouth voters to decide whether they want casino in city
(Virginia) -- Portsmouth native and Virginia State Senator Louise Lucas worked for more than a decade to convince the General Assembly to allow casino gambling in the...

10/15/2020

article Many questions on the table during virtual town hall regarding potential Danville casino
(Virginia) -- Multiple questions were posed at the Oct. 15 virtual town hall regarding the possible casino in Danville. Citizens anxiously anticipate how this proposed...

10/14/2020

article Danville sets town halls on how to use casino-related money should referendum pass in November
(Virginia) -- Southside residents will have a voice in how potential casino-related money should be sent with several town halls planned this month. The first town hall...

10/13/2020

article Virginia Lottery To Accept Sports Betting License Applications From October
(Virginia) -- Virginia legalized sports betting back in April 2020 and the law came into effect from July 1, 2020. The Virginia Lottery will be responsible for issuing...

10/12/2020

article Sports betting permit applications in VA begin soon, possibly enticing Washington Football Team to build new stadium
(Virginia) -- Virginia will allow businesses and entities to apply for sports betting permits in the Commonwealth starting October 15 and will likely award no fewer than...
article Virginia Lottery To Start Accepting Sports Betting Applications
(Virginia) -- Virginia regulators appear to be right on schedule with launching sports wagering, preparing to accept applications this week with the permanent rules now...

10/10/2020

article Danville, Virginia, Casino Opposition Tells Residents to Vote ‘CasiNO’
(Virginia) -- The group called “Protecting People” is a coalition of anti-gambling advocates who are warning Danville citizens on the alleged societal harms...

10/9/2020

article Proposed casino to fund new police station? Some in Danville say it’s a gamble
(Virginia) -- Danville city leaders are planning to leverage a proposed casino deal to pay for a new police station, though not all voters are ready to roll the dice.

10/8/2020

article Community members form group opposing casino in Danville
(Virginia) -- Casi-NO, that is the message one local group, Defend Danville, is sharing throughout the River City. “I have four kids and I am not excited about them...
article Danville City Council approves police station project after debate about timing, location and other issues
(Virginia) -- Danville City Council worked through opposition of residents, a lengthy debate among members and two motions to delay and voted Tuesday night to move ahead...

10/7/2020

article Residents voice opposition to new Danville police station project, but council — after debate — moves forward with plans
(Virginia) -- Danville City Council worked through opposition of residents, a lengthy debate among members and two motions to delay and voted Tuesday night to move ahead...
article ‘Emotional blackmail’; Danville Anti-Casino organizers feel new police station being used to push ‘yes’ casino votes
(Virginia) -- Bringing much-needed space to the Danville Police Department, the proposal for a new $17 million police station is a plan that Dr. Danny Campbell, with...

10/6/2020

article Danville council moves forward with new police station project contingent on casino approval
(Virginia) -- Danville City Council took the next steps toward possibly moving the Danville Police Department to 2291 Memorial Drive west of Bishop Road. Council voted...

10/5/2020

article New Danville police station contingent on casino referendum passing next month
(Virginia) -- The Danville Police Department is looking for a new space to call home after working in the same office space since 1962. 'We are very space short,...

10/3/2020

article Wagering on casino, Danville business owners say resort would bring jobs, more shoppers to city
(Virginia) -- Local merchants who talked to the Danville Register & Bee support bringing a casino to the city. They said a Caesars Virginia casino resort in...

9/29/2020

article City to hold town halls on investment from casino revenues
(Virginia) -- The city of Danville will hold three virtual town halls next month to get citizen feedback on how to best invest revenues from a casino. Whether Caesars...

9/28/2020

article City to hold meetings on use of casino revenue
(Virginia) -- The City of Danville will host three virtual town halls in October to receive citizen feedback on potential investment priorities from casino-related...

9/22/2020

article Anti-Casino Group in Norfolk, Virginia Questions Tribal Partnership
(Virginia) -- “Informed Norfolk” is seeking to sway local Virginia residents into voting “no” on a ballot referendum question on November 3 that...

9/21/2020

article Live in Norfolk or Portsmouth? Here’s what the casino question on your ballot means.
(Virginia) -- It wasn’t long ago that the idea of the state opening up casino gambling seemed far-fetched. Years and years of efforts to get the General Assembly...

9/20/2020

article Committee to Oppose the Creation of New Casino in Virginia
(Virginia) -- A new political action committee (PAC) was created by a man from Danville, Virginia. The purpose of the PAC will be opposing the proposed project for a new...

9/19/2020

article Teel: Sanctioned gambling on college sports better than the alternative
(Virginia) -- Sanctioned sports wagering in Virginia is ticketed to debut in 2021, almost certainly by college basketball’s March Madness. Too bad folks won’...
article Virginia Lawmakers Committed to Banning Skill Games in 2021, Despite Terminals Providing COVID-19 Relief
(Virginia) -- Virginia lawmakers say the General Assembly remains committed to banning skill gaming machines next year, even as the terminals are providing the state...

9/16/2020

article Virginia Lottery Board approves sports betting regulations, brings Virginia closer to legal sports wagering
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Lottery Board announced Tuesday the formal approval of a regulatory framework for legal sports betting, meeting the Virginia General Assembly...
article Former candidate leads coalition against casino in Danville
(Virginia) -- A Danville man has formed a political action committee opposing the casino proposed by Caesars Entertainment in the city. Eric Stamps, who ran as a...
article Virginia's Electronic Gaming Machines Face Ban Next Year
(Virginia) -- More than 9,000 electronic gaming machines are currently in circulation in Virginia, but state lawmakers have said the machines will be banned next year....

9/15/2020

article Betting on college, pro sports could soon be legal after Virginia Lottery signs off on final statewide wagering rules
(Virginia) -- Virginians could begin legally wagering on most professional and college sports in January now that the state’s lottery board has approved final...
article Virginia Lottery approves sports betting regulations; permit, license applications to begin in October
(Virginia) -- On Tuesday, the guidebook that will direct sports betting operations in Virginia received the green light. The Virginia Lottery Board, in its September...
article Virginia Lottery approves sports betting rules, leaves Olympics ban intact
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Lottery Board voted Tuesday to approve the state’s first-ever regulations on sports betting, making some changes in response to feedback...
article When sports gambling comes to Virginia, some fans won't be allowed to bet on their favorite team
(Virginia) -- Gambling on sports moved closer to reality in Virginia this week when the Virginia Lottery "formally approved a regulatory framework for legal sports...
article A Rosie’s slots parlor, a hotel and more are no longer headed to Chesapeake’s Greenbrier Mall
(Virginia) -- Chesapeake won’t be getting a Rosie’s gambling parlor after all. For now. The company seeking to bring the satellite wagering facility to the...

9/14/2020

article Off the table: Plans to redevelop former Greenbrier Sears with gambling and entertainment scrapped
(Virginia) -- The vacant Sears at Greenbrier Mall will stay that way for the near future. A developer has withdrawn plans to turn the sprawling former department store...
article Virginia Lottery Votes Tuesday On Sports Betting Regulations
(Virginia) -- It seems like it’s been years since the process started, but Virginia sports betting finally takes a big step forward Tuesday. That’s when the...

9/10/2020

article Virginia rolls out initial sports betting rules. Big gambling platforms push back.
(Virginia) -- Sports betting hasn’t arrived in Virginia in time for the start of the NFL season, but state officials are fine-tuning the rules for how the newly...
article With funding as hurdle, new Danville police station hinges on casino vote
(Virginia) -- Danville could get a new police station on property off Memorial Drive in the Schoolfield area. Whether the estimated $17.7 million project is built would...
article Rivers Casino Portsmouth to host virtual job info session with over 2,700 total jobs planned for city
(Virginia) -- Rivers Casino Portsmouth is planning to host a virtual job information session regarding the planned 1,300 new permanent jobs and 1,400 construction jobs...

9/8/2020

article Danville businesses learn how they could benefit from a proposed Caesars Casino
(Virginia) -- Local entrepreneurs met virtually with representatives from Caesar's entertainment on Tuesday to learn more about how casino could benefit their...
article Officials say Schoolfield site has enough space for casino
(Virginia) -- Officials say Schoolfield site has enough space for casino. The Schoolfield site along West Main Street has plenty of room for a casino resort, according...

9/7/2020

article Virtual meeting planned for business owners to learn more about proposed casino
(Virginia) -- Throughout the city of Danville, signs supporting "Caesars for Danville" are on just about every corner - in front of homes and more importantly...

9/6/2020

article The gambling industry is changing in Virginia
(Virginia) -- Across the United States, the laws on gambling and casinos vary greatly. For example, there is a very liberal view in Nevada and you can gamble all day and...

9/3/2020

article Danville officials sign development agreement with Caesars for casino
(Virginia) -- It's official — almost. Representatives with the city of Danville and Caesars Entertainment signed a development agreement Thursday afternoon for...
article Portsmouth casino to solicit minority ownership
(Virginia) -- Portsmouth’s casino development partner, Rush Street Gaming, announced Thursday that it will offer 5% or $5 million ownership (whichever is greater)...

8/26/2020

article Business owners in Schoolfield think Danville casino a good bet
(Virginia) -- Family Haircuts owner Cathy Allen is excited about the possibility of Caesars Entertainment bringing a casino to Schoolfield. "I hope it will give...

8/19/2020

article Casino negotiations nearing completion
(Virginia) -- Danville City Manager Ken Larking told the City Council last night that negotiations are nearing completion on a development agreement with Caesars...

8/18/2020

press release Danville nears agreement with Caesars Entertainment for casino; now council must approve
(Virginia) -- Danville and Caesars Entertainment are nearing a development agreement for a proposed casino in the city, should residents vote "yes" on the Nov...
article Negotiations on Danville casino nearing the end
(Virginia) -- Negotiations are almost done on a development agreement with Caesars Virginia as Danville’s casino gaming operator. That’s what City Manager...

8/17/2020

article Member of the Pittsylvania Co. Board Of Supervisors has concerns over proposed casino
(Virginia) -- For the River City, this proposed casino that Caesars wants to build could mean millions in annual revenue and hundreds of jobs. It's on the ballot in...
article While acknowledging economic benefits, Danville residents near proposed casino site say it's a bad gamble
(Virginia) -- Oak Ridge Avenue resident Terry McPeak Jr. is not too thrilled with the idea of a casino in his neighborhood. While it would reap benefits for area...

8/16/2020

article Pittsylvania County supervisors have mixed views on impact of casino
(Virginia) -- With a referendum officially put on the ballot earlier this month, the possibility of a casino coming to Danville is in the voters’ hands. Unlike the...

8/15/2020

article Virginia Lottery reports profitable year, despite COVID-19
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Lottery had the third most profitable year in its history, boosted by a final quarter in which coronavirus quarantines and restrictions on...

8/13/2020

article A Rosie’s slot parlor could be coming to Chesapeake. The company promised $15 million to address traffic concerns.
(Virginia) -- A company that wants to bring a slot-machine parlor to Chesapeake’s Greenbrier Mall put up $15 million and promised traffic improvements to overcome...
article Amid COVID, Virginia Lottery says it brought in $595 million in profit in FY20
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Lottery generated $595 million in profit for K-12 education in the last fiscal year - the third most profitable year in its history - despite...

8/12/2020

article Traffic study looking at impact of casino in Schoolfield
(Virginia) -- study is underway to examine the impacts of a casino on traffic in and around Schoolfield, where Caesars Entertainment plans to build and operate a casino...

8/10/2020

article Virginia Lottery releases additional regulation drafts as sports betting implementation process continues to progress
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Lottery on Monday moved closer to solidifying the guidebook for sports betting operations in the state. After releasing initial drafts of...
article Virginia Lottery Rolls Out Proposed Phase 2 Sports Betting Regulations
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Lottery on Monday released its second set of proposed sports betting regulations, which include sections on operations, internal controls, and...

8/9/2020

article Skill machines get stay of execution to raise funds for COVID-19 relief
(Virginia) -- As skill machines return to Charlottesville, thousands of machines across the Commonwealth are raising millions of dollars for COVID-19 relief, including...

8/8/2020

article Danville Casino Referendum Will Go Before Local Virginia Voters in November
(Virginia) -- A judge in Danville, Virginia, has issued an order that will place a ballot referendum before local voters in November asking them whether they approve of...

8/7/2020

article 'Now it’s in the hands of the citizens:': Casino question officially on November ballot
(Virginia) -- There have not been any formal surveys or polling surrounding the question of a casino done by the city, but Councilman Lee Vogler and Danville Mayor...
article Danville voters will see casino referendum on November ballot
(Virginia) -- Residents in Danville will see a referendum on their November General Election Ballots in regards to casino gaming. Danville Circuit Court Judge Joseph...
article 'Now it’s in the hands of the citizens:': Casino question officially on November ballot
(Virginia) -- There have not been any formal surveys or polling surrounding the question of a casino done by the city, but Councilman Lee Vogler and Danville Mayor...

8/5/2020

article Danville council passes resolution requesting casino referendum on November ballot
(Virginia) -- Danville City Council voted to pass a resolution requesting that a referendum be held in November on whether a casino will be allowed in the city. Council...

8/4/2020

article Danville council passes resolution requesting casino referendum on November ballot
(Virginia) -- Danville City Council voted to pass a resolution requesting that a referendum be held in November on whether a casino will be allowed in the city. Council...

8/1/2020

article Casino backers have started their push to get Norfolk and Portsmouth voters to OK gambling resorts
(Virginia) -- Would-be casino operators have gotten two local city governments on board with the idea of major gambling resorts. They won conditional approval from the...

7/31/2020

article Danville taps firm to study how to best invest possible casino revenues Danville
(Virginia) -- The city of Danville has hired a firm to conduct a study on how to invest new revenues from a casino development if one were to open here. PFM, a financial...

7/27/2020

article Hollywood Casino says it probably can’t bring back hundreds of employees
(Virginia) -- The company that owns Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has announced that hundreds of furloughs will probably become permanent, despite its earlier...

7/21/2020

article Portsmouth, Rush Street Gaming unveil casino renderings
(Virginia) -- After receiving pre-certification from the Virginia Lottery Board last week to operate a Virginia casino, Rush Street Gaming on Tuesday revealed more...
article Renderings released of planned Portsmouth casino
(Virginia) -- The city of Portsmouth just released renderings showing what the proposed casino gaming facility will look like. Portsmouth is still moving forward with...
article Developers reveal renderings for planned Portsmouth casino, spend $100k to help launch ‘Vote Yes’ campaign
(Virginia) -- For the first time since its initial proposal, renderings for a $300-million casino in Portsmouth have been released. The gaming, conference and hotel...

7/19/2020

article Danville casino proposal passes momentous hurdle
(Virginia) -- In the southern American state of Virginia and local lottery officials have reportedly approved a proposal that would see Caesars Entertainment Corporation...

7/18/2020

article With pre-certification from Virginia Lottery, Danville casino project advances
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Lottery has pre-certified the proposal for a casino in Danville, meaning that city officials can move forward in getting a casino referendum...

7/17/2020

article Initial approval for casinos in 4 Virginia cities, sports betting applications to begin in October
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Lottery has given initial approval to four developers seeking to develop casinos in the commonwealth and has announced they are seeking input...

7/16/2020

article Virginia Casino Approvals, Draft Sports Betting Rules Issued
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Lottery has given initial approval to four developers who want to build casinos in the state, though that’s only the first step in a...
article With pre-certification from Virginia Lottery, Danville casino project advances
(Virginia) -- Entertainment’s proposal for a casino resort at the Schoolfield site. The Virginia Lottery has pre-certified the proposal for a casino in Danville,...
article With pre-certification from Virginia Lottery, Danville casino project advances
(Virginia) -- The Virginia Lottery has pre-certified the proposal for a casino in Danville, meaning that city officials can move forward in getting a casino referendum...

7/15/2020

article Va. Lottery Board advances Portsmouth casino
(Virginia) -- The city of Portsmouth announced Wednesday that its preferred casino gaming partner, Chicago-based Rush Street Gaming, has been pre-certified by the...

7/14/2020

article Bristol, Va. Council passes resolution asking for casino referendum placed on November ballot
(Virginia) -- The Bristol, Virginia City Council voted Tuesday night in favor of a resolution that would ask for a referendum allowing casinos in the city.

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...

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