Senator Chap Petersen along with fellow Virginia Democrats Mark Sickles and Marcus Simon say they like their chances of getting legalized sports gambling through the General Assembly this year. Virginia is one of many states considering whether to legalize sports gambling after a U.S. Supreme Court decision opened the door for states other than Nevada to get in the game. The 45-day legislative session begins in January.

West Virginia already has enacted sports gambling, and Virginians are hitting the highways to place bets at the sports book at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, West Virginia.