There are no live poker rooms in Virginia. The only forms of legalized gambling consist of the lottery, horse racing and charitable bingo. Poker is just a short drive away for players in the western and northern portions of the state. Coastal residents have no options close to home except for home games.
Legality of Online Poker in Virginia
No Virginia laws specifically targets online gambling and poker is no different. This means that it is not an excluded state for any U.S.-friendly online poker room. Unfortunately, like it is for most states in the USA, there are only a handful of rooms I can personally recommend – and we’ll take a look at them below.
Where Can You Play Online Poker in Virginia?
Our top Virginia online poker pick is Bovada, which is the U.S. brand for the Bodog Poker Network. It offers a 100% up to $1,000 first deposit bonus to all new players. There are also huge guaranteed tournaments each week and a program where points may be exchanged to enter those tournaments.
Bovada is an unusual online poker room. Its management group has always been a renegade. The company rolled out anonymous tables last year to combat “bumhunting”, where experienced players follow loose players. It also removed waitlists from the lobby as full tables cannot even be seen.
This may not appeal to all players, especially those looking for large promotions. We suggest Americas Cardroom to those players. It is a member of the Winning Poker Network and is one of the oldest and more trusted names in online poker right now.
It offers promotions such as TheBeast where players compete in a monthly points race and a Bad Beat Jackpot where a losing hand of quad 8’s or better can win hundreds of thousands of dollars. Americas Cardroom pays players in as little as one day by Western Union or by debit card, which may be used at any ATM machine. Players get one free check per month too.
Live Poker in VA
There are no live poker rooms in Virginia, only home games. Players near the panhandle are a short drive away from poker rooms at tracks in West Virginia and the Pokertek room at Harrah’s Cherokee. Players in the eastern and northern portion of the state should consider driving to Maryland or the Hollywood Casino in Charlestown, West Virginia.