Sports betting in Virginia came early.
While we expected Virginia to launch in the next two weeks, FanDuel announced that it will go live on Thursday, January 21st.
It's big news for a state that has waited nearly six months since sports betting officially became legal.
How do you start? Here is a simple four step guide.
Step 1: Choose a sportsbook
A handful of major online sports betting will be live in Virginia for the first few days.
At FanDuel, you can place a $ 1,000 risk free bet. Let's start there.
After all, you want multiple sports betting accounts so you can look for the best lines. For now, however, only use FanDuel as this is the first time they will be marketed in Virginia.
Step 2: Register
Create a new account at FanDuel by following the instructions. You may be required to provide proof of identity such as a driver's license and social security number. This way you cannot create multiple accounts with fake names.
You may already have an account with FanDuel if you've played DFS before. If so, please sign up.
Pro tip: If you are in DC or any other nearby state and you are trying to log into Virginia, you are using all of your actual information. Don't use a friend's address or an old address. It is perfectly legal to sign up for a bet in Virginia while you are within state lines even if you do not live there.
Step 3: deposit funds online, not in person
Virginia has made it easy for sports bettors to allow online enrollments and registrations. In some states, you must register in person before betting online.
You can deposit at FanDuel as follows:
- Credit card
- Bank account
- Bank Transfer
- And more…
This is what the deposit screen at FanDuel looks like.
If you're already a sports bettor, you'll be sad to know that with legal sports betting, you have to pay upfront – you won't get credit like a local bookmaker would. If you've wagered offshore before, you'll be happy to know it's easy to deposit funds with a credit card or bank account.
Withdrawal is also easy – FanDuel transfers money directly to your bank account at any time. In some cases, withdrawals were received in less than 24 hours. If you've made offshore bets this is a welcome change.
Step 4: place your first bet
We're at an excellent time on the sports betting calendar. The three biggest NFL games of the year are set to take place over the next two weeks, the NBA and NHL are heating up, and March Madness is around the corner.
To bet, just click on a line you like and it will turn blue.
Once it is highlighted, the bet will fill out your betting slip. It's located on the desktop on the right side of your screen and in the middle of the bottom menu on your phone.
Get started on FanDuel today with a $ 1,000 risk-free bet. If you don't know what this means, check out the Beginner's Guide to Sports Betting.