Is Online Poker Legal in Virginia?
Virginia is the state which is known for being the birthplace of more US Presidents than anywhere else. The gambling laws here are known for being very strict and incredibly broad.
The laws related to gambling in Virginia can be found in the following legislation:
“Illegal gambling” means the making, placing or receipt, of any bet or wager in this Commonwealth of money or other thing of value, made in exchange for a chance to win a prize, stake or other consideration or thing of value, dependent upon the result of any game, contest or any other event the outcome of which is uncertain or a matter of chance, whether such game, contest or event, occurs or is to occur inside or outside the limits of this Commonwealth. 
As you can see, this is a particularly confusing piece of legislation. It basically means that you cannot stake anything on a game of chance. As you can see, this is a particularly broad definition because if you take it at face value it can extend to things which are not normally associated with gambling, for example fairground attractions.
Anybody that engages in illegal gambling in Virginia are subject to a Class 3 Misdemeanour Charge, which carries a fine but no jail penalty. Those that offer illegal gambling, which come under the definition “any person, firm or association of persons, who conducts, finances, manages, supervises, directs or owns all or part of an illegal gambling enterprise, activity or operation” is subject to felony charges and a mandatory sentence.
There are a few legal forms of gambling within Virginia. There is a state lottery and within the state you are allowed to bet on horse races which have been sanctioned by the Virginia Racing Commission. In some situations charitable gaming is allowed within the state.
Unlike other states who have similarly strict laws, Virginia seems to pretty tough at enforcing them. There are a number of arrests throughout the year for gambling related offences, many of these for actually being a player.
Casinos and Live Poker
There are no commercial or tribal casinos operating within Virginia and thus there are no gambling houses to visit. However, there is an exception within law that makes it legal for people to participate in a game of chance within a private household. The law is as follows:
Nothing in this article shall be construed to make it illegal to participate in a game of chance conducted in a private residence, provided such private residence is not commonly used for such games of chance and there is no operator as defined in subsection 4 of § 18.2-325. 
Therefore gambling is legal (to an extent) within households of Virginia but outside of that it becomes illegal.
It is unlikely that the laws regarding gambling in Virginia will change any time soon. Those writing the legislation seem very reluctant to discuss it, and there are next to no lobby groups in Virginia trying to get the activity made legal.
There is no law in Virginia which expressly makes online poker sites illegal, and no Attorney General has gone on record to comment on online poker playing. However, it can be reasonably concluded that the current legislation does include online poker and thus playing it would be illegal in the state.