Sports betting for major league, some college sports begins in Virginia

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FILE – In this March 21, 2019, file photo, gamblers line up to place bets on the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament at the Borgata casino in Atlantic City N.J. This is the first March Madness tournament since legal gambling expanded last year in the U.S. The spread of legalized sports betting is largely following regional boundaries. Lawmakers across the Northeast and upper Midwest have generally approved it or are still considering doing so this year. But in the Deep South and far West, fewer states are rushing in a year after the US Supreme Court cleared the way for legal sports betting nationally. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC/WFXR/AP) — Sports betting is coming to Virginia.

The Virginia Lottery Board approved of betting regulations for sports in September and began accepting applications for betting platforms in October.

FanDuel Sportsbook was the first company to receive a license and other companies are expected to be licensed in the near future.

On Wednesday, FanDuel Sportsbook announced on Twitter that it will begin to operate in Virginia on Thursday. As of Thursday morning, Virginia is included on the list of states the FanDuel operates in.

In December, Virginia Lottery Director Kevin Hall said the state received 25 applications from would-be providers, but the new law only allows the lottery to pick a maximum of 12 providers.

Under the new guidelines, betting will be allowed for most major league and college sports, but it will not include games featuring Virginia college teams.

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