Virginia casinosCasino Gambling in Virginia

Virginia casinos are not what you would call traditional casinos. Instead, gambling in Virginia is available at several locations that offer machines with the appearance of slot machines. Although most people think these machines are slots, they are in reality games where players are betting on past horse races and the slot machine reels are just for entertainment purposes.

Shown below is a list of the Virginia casinos that offer historical horse race betting machines. Click on a name to see a page of detailed information about that particular casino.

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Details on Casinos in Virginia

In April 2019 Rosie’s Gaming Emporium opened as the first facility with historic horse racing machines at Colonial Downs. Later that year Rosie’s opened another location in Vinton, outside of Roanoke, Virginia and a third location opened in Richmond. The fourth location opened in Hampton in November,  2019, and a fifth facility might  open in Chesapeake by mid-2021.

All of the gaming emporiums are owned by The Colonial Downs Group and the state has limited them to a total of 10 locations with a maximum of 3,000 machines at all of the locations combined.

There are no live table games, slots, or gaming machines offered at any of the casinos in Virginia. Virginia casinos only offer these historic horse racing machines.

The minimum gambling is 18 and all casinos are open from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m. (4 a.m. on Fri/Sat). 

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Virginia, one of the original 13 Colonies, reaches from Chesapeake Bay on the east, to the Appalachian Mountains in the west. It is a state rich in history and offers visitors many options, from enjoying its diverse geographical locations, taking part in culturally enriching activities, or spending the day at an amusement park. Some of the best things to do in Virginia are listed below.

Visit Colonial Williamsburg

Williamsburg takes visitors back in time to the 18th century. The historic district re-creates life in colonial times, demonstrating what life was like in the largest British colony in America. Historic buildings abound, and visitors have opportunities to play, sing and do chores, as they were done in the past. While here, be sure to visit the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum which features an extensive collection of American and British antiques, showcasing furniture, metals, ceramics, glass, painting, prints, firearms, and textiles from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

The closest casino to this attraction is Rosie’s Gaming Emporium – New Kent.

Visit the Caverns

There are at least nine different caverns located throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Luray Caverns is the largest and home to the world’s largest musical instrument. The Stalacpipe Organ is played from a regular-size organ, but its organ pipes are the stalactites themselves. Shenandoah Caverns is the only cavern that offers elevator service to its subterranean rooms. All caverns offer a great escape from the summer heat with year-round temperatures around 60 degrees.

The closest casino to this attraction is Rosie’s Gaming Emporium – Vinton.

Enjoy the rides at Busch Gardens

Located in Williamsburg, this amusement park offers thrilling rides, family-friendly shows, and many dining options. In the summer, you can enjoy Water Country USA, a water park offering slides, water coasters and lazy rivers to enjoy.

The closest casino to this attraction is Rosie’s Gaming Emporium – Hampton.

The American Civil War Museum

Located in Historic Tredegar, on the banks of the James River in Richmond, Virginia, this National Historic Landmark and one-time heart of Confederate army operations, the site offers visitors an engaging exploration of the Civil War on both the local and national levels through the perspectives of Union, Confederate, and African-American participants. Also home to the Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitor Center, Historic Tredegar is a must stop for the Civil War traveler.

The closest casino to this attraction is Rosie’s Gaming Emporium – Richmond.

Go Bird Watching at False Bay State Park

A few miles southeast of Virginia Beach, you can find one of only a few remaining undeveloped areas along the Atlantic coast. False Cape offers a chance to experience nature in a one-of-a kind setting. A huge migratory bird population and a variety of wildlife, plants and trees make the park an outdoor classroom. The park is accessible only by foot, bicycle, beach transporter, tram or boat, and you should call ahead as transportation varies seasonally.

The closest casino to this attraction is Rosie’s Gaming Emporium – Hampton.

How many casinos are in Virginia?

There are 4 casino-style gaming emporiums currently located in Virginia. • Rosie’s Gaming Emporium – Hampton • Rosie’s Gaming Emporium – New Kent • Rosie’s Gaming Emporium – Richmond • Rosie’s Gaming Emporium – Vinton

What is the gambling age in Virginia?

In Virginia, the minimum gambling age is 18.