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Code of Virginia
Title 58.1. Taxation
Chapter 41. Casino Gaming

§ 58.1-4122. Conduct of casino gaming.

A. Casino gaming may be conducted by licensed operators, subject to the following:

1. Minimum and maximum wagers on games shall be set by Department regulations.

2. Agents of the Department, the Department of State Police, and the local law-enforcement and fire departments may enter any casino gaming establishment and inspect such facility at any time for the purpose of determining compliance with this chapter and other applicable fire prevention and safety laws.

3. Employees of the Department shall have the right to be present in any facilities under the control of the licensee.

4. Gaming equipment, devices, and supplies customarily used in conducting casino gaming shall be purchased or leased only from suppliers holding permits for such purpose under this chapter.

5. Persons licensed under this chapter shall permit no form of wagering on games except as permitted by this chapter.

6. Wagers may be received only from a person present at the licensed casino gaming establishment. No person present at such facility shall place or attempt to place a wager on behalf of another person who is not present at the facility.

7. No person under age 21 shall be permitted to make a wager under this chapter or be present where casino gaming is being conducted. A licensee or permit holder may employ persons between the ages of 18 and 21 for positions in nongaming areas and such employees may traverse the gaming floor, while on duty.

8. No person shall place or accept a wager on youth sports.

9. No licensee or permit holder shall accept postdated checks in payment for participation in any gaming operation. No licensee or permit holder, or any person on the premises of a casino gaming establishment, shall extend lines of credit or accept any credit card or other electronic fund transfer in payment for participation in any gaming operation. A licensee or permit holder may accept prepaid access instruments. In order to transfer funds for gaming purposes, a prepaid access instrument must be redeemed for tokens, chips, credits, electronic credits, electronic cash, electronic cards, or used in conjunction with an approved cashless wagering system or interactive gaming account. A licensee or permit holder may issue interest-free counter checks to a player provided (i) the player submits an application and (ii) the licensee or permit holder verifies funds sufficient to cover the face value of the counter check. Such counter checks shall be subject to the tax reporting requirements under state and federal law. Nothing shall preclude a player from making a wire transfer to licensees or permit holders.

B. Casino gaming wagers shall be conducted only with tokens, chips, electronic credits, electronic cash, or electronic cards purchased from a licensed casino gaming operator. The conversion of cash to tokens, chips, credits, electronic credits, electronic cash, or electronic cards at a slot machine or any other casino game is permissible and does not constitute conducting a wager. Such tokens, chips, credits, electronic credits, electronic cash, or electronic cards may be used only for the purpose of (i) making wagers on games, (ii) redeeming for cash or check, or (iii) making a donation to a charitable entity granted tax-exempt status under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, provided that the donated tokens, chips, credits, electronic credits, electronic cash, or electronic cards are redeemed by the same charitable entity accepting the donation. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to sports betting in a sports betting facility, which may be conducted using cash.

2020, cc. 1197, 1248; 2021, Sp. Sess. I, c. 7; 2022, cc. 589, 590.

The chapters of the acts of assembly referenced in the historical citation at the end of this section may not constitute a comprehensive list of such chapters and may exclude chapters whose provisions have expired.