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Can't Bet the Cavaliers on Draftkings From Virginia

Written by:
Don Shapiro
Published on:
Jan/24/2021

Draftkings announced on Sunday that they have launched their online sportsbook in the commonwealth of Virginia.  One thing you won't be able to bet on using Draftkings, however, is the Cavaliers college basketball team or any game that features them (you still have other options).

Any company looking to obtain a Virginia license to operate from the state is prohibited from taking bets on the Cavs, Hokies and other in-state schools as well as their opponents.

“Just in time for Super Bowl LV, we are thrilled to bring the DraftKings sports betting experience to Virginia with an abundance of betting options for fans,” said Jason Robins, co-founder and CEO, DraftKings. “With our customer-first approach, we hope to be the sportsbook of choice for Virginians who enjoy having skin in the game.”  

Some of us are a little suspect of a consumer research study by DraftKings that indicates Virginia sports fans are most likely to bet on the NFL, followed by the NBA and college football.  The Virginia Cavaliers have been among the commonwealth's most successful teams in college basketball in past years.

It should be noted that the Virginia Tech Hokies enjoy a solid fan base in college football.  Draftkings can't take bets on the Hokies college football team, or their opponents, either (here, too, you have options).

Draftkings requires customers to be 21 and up.  BetUS and other states licensed outside Virginia allow those 18 and up to place real money bets.

- Aaron Goldstein, Gambling911.com

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