Virginia Gambling Guide

[This guide is a collection of information compiled from a variety of sources. Updates will be posted when new information becomes available. Last updated February 1, 2023]

Aside from the state-run lottery, there are three different forms of gambling currently allowed under Virginia law: casino gaming and sports betting; horse racing and historical horse racing; and charitable gaming.

Historical Horse Racing

Historical Horse Racing (HHR) is an electronic gambling system that allows players to bet on replays of horse races or dog races that have already been run years ago. A race is randomly selected from a video library of over 60,000 previous races. Some HHR machines resemble or mimic slot machines with symbols on spinning reels corresponding to the results of the player's wager, and a video or animation of the horse race.

In Virginia, Rosie's Gaming Emporium manages over 2,300 HHR machines throughout the commonwealth that look, feel, and play like traditional slot machines. But they are HHR machines. You push a button, the reels spin, and you either win or lose your bet. The only difference is your win or loss is based on random historical horse racing records.

Rosie's currently has six locations in Virginia: New Kent, Vinton, Richmond, Hampton, Dumfries, and Collinsville.

The Rose, Dumfries (September 1, 2023)

In February 2021, Colonial Downs Group presented a proposal to the Town of Dumfries to build a $389 million hotel and casino on the Potomac Landfill in Virginia. The project calls for the construction of a 200-room hotel with eight restaurants and a 50,000-square-foot casino. The casino floor will host 1,800 HHR machines.

May 19, 2021 - Plans for The Rose gaming resort delayed over traffic issues

April 7, 2021 - First step made in effort to bring a Rosie's Gaming Emporium to the City of Emporia

March 26, 2021 - Hampton Rosie’s gets approval to stay open till 4 a.m.

March 15, 2021 - Gaming business eyeing Christiansburg for potential location

March 11, 2021 - Major expansion of Rosie’s Gaming Emporium moving forward in Vinton

Horse Racing

Colonial Downs, New Kent, Va. - Colonial Downs is a racetrack located in New Kent County, Virginia, adjacent to Interstate 64, halfway between Richmond and Williamsburg. The track runs about 21 races per year between July and September.

Thoroughbred horses and trainers from around the country run every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for seven weeks at the track.

Colonial Downs offers a family-friendly atmosphere for everyone, casual dining in the Jockey Club and upscale Turf Club dining, private suites for larger parties, outdoor clubhouse boxes, reserved grandstand seating, and a hospitality tent trackside with concession fare open to everyone.

Colonial Downs' parent company Peninsula Pacific Entertainment is now looking to build a casino in Dumfries, Va. (see Casino Gaming below)

For online horse betting, there are four partner companies that Virginia residents can wager through —,,, and Fans can simply create an account with any partner site, fund it, and begin wagering.

For Off Track Betting Virginians can place wagers at the following locations:

- Breakers Sports Grille, TJ Maxx Shopping Center, 9127 W. Broad St., Henrico, VA 23294

- Buckets Bar & Grill, 228 North Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23220

- The Windmill OTB Sports Grill, 2360 Virginia Ave., Collinsville, VA 24078

Sports Betting

In 2020, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation to legalize sports betting and create the process for the Virginia Lottery to grant online sports betting licenses. Legal online sports betting opened in Virginia on Jan. 21, 2021, with FanDuel as the first sportsbook out of the gate. Currently, 13 sportsbooks are available in Virginia (see below). The commonwealth could see as many as 15 mobile sportsbooks available if all proposals are passed.

Here is a list of sports betting apps available in Virginia and when they started:

Jan. 21, 2021 - FanDuel [BET NOW]

Jan. 24, 2021 - DraftKings [BET NOW]

Jan. 27, 2021 - BetMGM [BET NOW]

Jan. 27, 2021 - BetRivers

Feb. 3, 2021 - William Hill (rebranded as Caesars Sportsbook Aug. 3, 2021) [BET NOW]

March 10, 2021 - WynnBET*

April 28, 2021  - Unibet

Aug. 10, 2021 - Barstool Sportsbook [BET NOW]

Sept. 30, 2021 - Golden Nugget Online Gaming VA, LLC (acquired by DraftKings in August 2021)

Nov. 25, 2021 - Bally Bet

Dec. 15, 2021 - PointsBet

March 31, 2022 - Hard Rock Sportsbook

May 9, 2022 - SI Sportsbook

May 18, 2022 - Betway

Jan. 31, 2023 - Bet365

Feb. 1, 2023 - Betfred Sportsbook

*As part of an agreement between Richmond Raceway and Martinsville Speedway, a “WynnBET lounge” will be constructed at each racetrack, to be used on race weekends.

March 31, 2021 - Bowlero plans sports betting services at all Virginia bowling centers

Casino Gaming

Casinos were approved by Virginia voters in 2020 for Danville, Norfolk, Bristol, Portsmouth, and Richmond.

HeadWaters Resort & Casino (Temporary casino March 2023)

The proposed $500 million riverfront resort and casino will transform Norfolk into a premier tourist destination in the mid-Atlantic. The resort and casino will be located on approximately 14 acres of land east of Harbor Park along the banks of the Elizabeth River and be operated by the Pamunkey Indians, who are native Virginians. Tourists will be able to quickly and easily access the resort and casino off Interstate 264. The tourist destination is estimated to generate 6.2 million annual visits, which will have a substantial economic impact on the City of Norfolk. The resort and casino will include a 300+ room hotel, luxurious spa, entertainment venue, multiple pools (both indoor and outdoor), on-site restaurants including a sports bar, steakhouse and international cuisine, waterfront views, gaming parlor with sportsbook, slot machines, and table games.

Rivers Casino Portsmouth (January 23, 2023)

The casino at Victory Boulevard and Interstate 264 includes plans for indoor and outdoor entertainment spaces, conference space, and restaurants. Its gaming floor will feature slots, table games, a poker room, and a sports betting lounge, according to an online presentation. The plan allows for a future hotel.

A public relations spokesperson said the goal is to break ground on the $300 million casino by spring or early summer 2021, then open the facility by 2023.

April 14, 2021 - Rivers Casino Portsmouth to hold virtual job forum

Hard Rock Bristol (May 2024, temporary Bristol Casino opened July 8, 2022)

Hard Rock International plans to spend approximately $400 million to transform the shuttered Bristol Mall into Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Bristol. The developers behind the project say the casino resort will feature a two-level gaming space, an outdoor entertainment venue with a capacity to hold 20,000 people, an indoor venue with 3,200 seats, seven restaurants, four bars, retail shopping, and a convention and meeting space. The development will also include a 350-room hotel.

Caesars Virginia, Danville (Temporary casino July 2023)

Caesars Virginia will be a $500-million resort in Danville, Va., with 500 hotel rooms, a 2,500-seat live entertainment venue, 40,000 sq. ft. of conference space, and a state-of-the-art spa and casino. Groundbreaking on the casino is slated for December 2021, with a projected opening to the public in late 2023. Caesars presented a $15 million upfront payment to the city on Dec. 8, 2020, once voters approved the resort in November.

[This guide is a collection of information compiled from a variety of sources. Updates will be posted when new information becomes available. Last updated February 1, 2023]