The Planning Council Assesses Growing Gambling Addiction
April 1, 2022. Until recently, gambling in Virginia meant bingo, the lottery, backroom poker games, or office/social betting pools. It meant trips out of state to casinos in Maryland, Delaware, Atlantic City, or Las Vegas. For years, our main highway, U.S. Route 13, had buses transporting individuals daily between Norfolk and Atlantic City. However, in Virginia, gambling has changed. Sports betting for Virginians 21 years or older became legal in April 2020 and active in January 2021. With this, online sports betting apps became legal. One exception to sports betting is that bets on in-state Virginia college and university sports teams are not allowed.