Virginia Daily Fantasy Sports



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Virginia was the first state in America to legalize and regulate paid-entry daily fantasy sports back in 2016. Any player over the age of 18, geo-located within Virginia has the ability to legally play DFS. 

For more information on Virginia DFS and a guide on how to play fantasy sports online read below.

Virginia online sports betting is also right around the corner, so stay tuned for updates.

How to play DFS in VA

To start playing VA daily fantasy sports you must first pick a platform and register. There are currently four major operators in Virginia DFS: FanDuel, DraftKings, Yahoo and Fantasy Draft. To sign up to any of the platforms you may visit their websites and click on the ‘SIGN UP’ button on the home page.

You will be required to fill out a registration form with personal details and verify your identity. You may also take part in introductory offers for bonus cash when registering, so be sure to check the ‘Promotions’ section.

After you have successfully registered and verified your account you will be required to make a deposit. Most sites give you the option of depositing through a variety of payment methods including credit cards and e-wallets.

Sports available for fantasy contests are Fantasy Football, Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Basketball, Fantasy Hockey, Fantasy Golf, Fantasy Tennis, Fantasy Soccer, Fantasy NASCAR, Fantasy MMA, and Fantasy League of Legends.

Game Types

A number of different Virginia DFS game types are available to players. Some of the most popular types include:

Guaranteed prize pools 

Each player pays a set amount as an entry fee to compete for a  fixed prize pool. Guaranteed prize pools generally run regardless to whether they fill up completely.

Cash games

Players can join an existing league or create their own league, where the fantasy teams which perform the best win prizes. 


In head-to-head matchups two players compete against one another and the winner receives the entire prize pool.


50/50 leagues double the investment of the top half of the field and the other half of the field receives nothing.

Virginia DFS Apps

Virginia DFS can be played via mobile app at two of the operators; FanDuel and DraftKings. The apps are available on both iOS and Android devices and can be downloaded for free from the app stores. The apps may require users to activate geo-location software in order to ensure users are within state boundaries.

The same contests and competitions available via desktop can be entered through the Virginia DFS apps. Deposits and withdrawals can be made through the app at any time. You may also set notifications on for the app which will alert you when your contest updates.

For more information on the DraftKings and FanDuel apps visit their websites or Apple/Google Play Stores.

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