Is Virginia about to make a bad bet on casinos? By Peter Galuszka, Washington Post February 15, 2019 at 6:58 pm Except for horse racing and a lottery, when it comes to gambling, Virginia has for years avoided casinos with slot machines and roulette wheels, believing they are tacky, risky and too close to organized crime. For evidence, look at Atlantic City or Las Vegas. That’s been a prudent policy, but it seems about to change in a big way. There’s strong momentum now to set up casinos at some six locations in the Old Dominion. The casino story is a colorful one involving ruthless competition for gambling dens, coal barons pouring money into political action committees and even rival Native American tribes skirmishing over the location of a proposed casino.