Virginia is one of ten states with no casinos. It has neither commercial nor tribal casinos. This may change in 2019 as the House and Senate are working on new legislation to allow commerical casinos. At the same time the Pamunkey Indian Tribe is planning to seek federal approval to build a casino.
In early 2018 the Pamunkey Indian Tribe announced a $700 million plan to build the first casino in Virginia. The announcement begins a long legal road through federal and state regulations and civil lawsuits to determine if their casino can be built.
Virginia is considering legislation which would allow casino gambling in five cities: Danville, Bristol, Portsmouth, Norfolk and Richmond.
PAMUNKEY CASINO AND HOTEL
Norfolk or Richmond, Virginia
The Pamunkey Tribe is proposing a $700M casino and hotel be built on the Norfolk waterfront next to the minor league baseball stadium. The Richmond area is also under consideration.
BRISTOL RESORT CASINO
The $150M casino proposal would build a 90,000-square-foot casino with a 600-1000 room hotel and a large family entertainment area.
The Danville City Council members voted unanimously Jan 3 to support the state legislators effort to allow casino gambling in Danville.
The Portsmouth casino would be built on the Elizabeth River near the marina on property once occupied by a Holiday Inn.
It is a 2-3 year process for these casinos to become reality. If the legislation is passed by the General Assembly, it must be signed by the Governor and voted upon by the residents of each city. The construction would take 12-18 months, but then these casinos could celebrate their grand openings.
Danville, Bristol, Portsmouth, Norfolk and Richmond Selected for Casinos
January 21, 2019
The Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology voted 9-3-1 to pass Senate Bill 1126, the first major step taken to legalize casinos in Virginia.
The bill allows five cities to hold referendums this fall to determine whether voter approve or disapprove of casino projects in their cities. The five cities are Danville, Bristol, Portsmouth, Norfolk and Richmond. Casino licenses would be issued beginning July 1, 2020.
The Pamunkey Indian Tribe can apply for a federally approved casino but has announced its interest in pursuing a commercial casino license with the state. "... we believe that if the Commonwealth is ready to authorize gaming, our project should be part of it," said Robert Gray, Pamunkey Indian Tribe Chief. Possible sites for the Pamunkey casino are Norfolk and Richmond.
Under the term of the Bill, the state would receive 10% of gross revenues from each licensed casino. Half would go to cities where casinos are located and the remainder would stay with the state for public school construction and the general fund.Back
October 05, 2018
On Wednesday a celebration was held by members of seven Virginia Indian tribes over the federal government granting formal recognition.
Representatives and officials from the Nation Park Service, Virginia governor's office, senate offices, and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman were in attendance.
The federal recognition allows the tribes to apply for federal services and funding.
For decades these tribes have attempted to obtain their federal recognition. They include the Chickahominy, Chickahominy Eastern Division, Rappahannock, Pamunkey, Nansemond, Upper Mattaponi, and the Monacan tribes.
The first Virginia tribe to receive federal recognition was the Pamunkey Tribe in January 2016. The tribe has plans to develop a $700 million casino on land approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.Back
A politician from Virginia is pushing for a Portsmouth casino
August 26, 2012
A bill has been submitted by Sen. Louise Lucas. It will be available for the next session of the General Assembly. The decision behind the new gaming bill was related to a visit to Maryland. The senator was impressed by the success of their two month old casino. Maryland earns 67 percent of the gaming revenue.
Portsmouth is the proposed area for the new casino. She believes that area would help retain casino goers from going to another state to gamble.
Currently the state is having a difficult time finding ways to raise funds for the various programs. Residents of the state are against highway tolls and raising taxes. Lucas believes that casino gaming may be a solution to help pay for education and infrastructure.