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Oregon Sports Betting

Oregon Sports Betting Legalization News

Oregon was one of four states exempted by the controversial 1992 law that outlawed sports betting across America. But that was just because it had a small sports lottery called Sports Action that ran from 1989-2007. It was similar to Delaware’s, where bettors had to bet on three or more games in a parlay style. It has expanded but is still not full-fledged sports betting as most consider it.

The state mothballed Sports Action after threats from the NCAA. But when sports betting regulation finally opened in late 2018 when PASPA was overturned by the Supreme Court, Oregon didn’t need a voter referendum or legislative moves.

Still, they were fairly slow off the mark in getting full-blown sports betting into the state and it is still not as pervasive as many expected even in 2020.

Is sports betting legal in Oregon?

Yes. Oregon wanted to offer single-game betting back in 2009 but the NCAA threatened them, making a rule that no NCAA championship games would be hosted in a state that offers betting. No football bowls, no March Madness regional action, no other prestigious college tournaments.

Faced with the loss of major revenue and prestige from hosting those events, Oregon backed off and managed its small sports lottery until PASPA was overturned in 2018. A year later, residents could bet at one of the state’s casinos and shortly thereafter the state-run sports lottery Score Board was offering Oregon sports betting.

Where can I bet at Oregon sportsbooks?

Currently, Oregon sports betting occurs at a select few venues. The Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City Oregon opened the state’s first sportsbook in 2019. Shortly thereafter, the Mill Casino & Hotel in North Bend began offering self-serve kiosks for bettors.

They both hit the market before the Oregon Lottery, which had previously offered parlay-style sports lotteries. The lottery launched its app partway through the 2019 NFL season.

What about mobile sports betting apps in Oregon?

The Oregon Lottery offers Score Board for residents, partnering with European SBTech to offer a sports betting app. It is available in the state, but is geo-targetted such that people on tribal lands cannot use it.

What is the legal sports betting age in Oregon?

Currently, you must be 21 years old to place a bet in Oregon.

Who is allowed to offer Oregon sports betting?

Sports betting is expected to be made available to all 10 state casinos. So far, only the two aforementioned ones are offering sports betting in Oregon.

  • Chinook Winds Casino Resort
  • Indian Head Casino, Warm Springs
  • Kla-Mo-Ya Casino, Chiloquin
  • The Mill Casino & Hotel, North Bend
  • Old Camp Casino, Burns
  • Seven Feathers Casino Resort, Canyonville
  • Spirit Mountain Casino, Grand Ronde
  • Three Rivers Casino, Florence
  • Three Rivers Casino, Coos Bay
  • Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Pendleton

Another question here is ‘what’ is allowed – as in, what sports can you bet on in Oregon? Possibly in continued deference to the NCAA, Oregon Lottery has pledged to permit betting on only professional teams and not the popular college football and college basketball programs in the state.

This approach will of course limit the state’s success in generating betting interest and therefore tax dollars. The Chinook Casino does allow betting on Oregon and Oregon State games, which is another point of friction.

Who regulates or licenses Oregon sports betting?

The Oregon Lottery controls the rights to sports betting in the state. So far they have kept the service for themselves and not invited in mobile sportsbook operators. And the lottery has authorized 10 tribal and state casinos to offer sports betting.

This law had been in place since the 1980s when Sports Action was launched.

What sports will be favorites of Oregon sports bettors?

As mentioned earlier, the fight over which sports can be bet on in Oregon is probably not over. Tribal casinos offer wagering on professional and college sports while the lottery’s program is professional sports only.

That means the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA and Portland Timbers of MLS are the only two Oregon teams of note. Of course, residents of Oregon will often cheer for Seattle-based teams or those in northern California. So, the Seahawks, Mariners, Warriors, Giants and 49ers are sometimes favorite betting choices.

In college, Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers of the Pac 12 are popular contenders in college football land college basketball. The Portland Pilots play hoops in the West Coast Conference (WCC) while Portland State Vikings are members of the Big Sky Conference in college hoops.