Oregon Sports Betting 2019

After the federal ban on sports betting was overturned, Oregon determined it’s time to bring sports wagering back. The state decided to put the Oregon Lottery in charge of implementing sports betting locations, kiosks and apps.

Guide To Online Sportsbooks Oregon

To legally wager on sports in Oregon you previously had to place your bet in- person at one tribal casino with a sportsbook. That changed Oct. 16.

The Oregon Lottery, which oversees betting in the state, launched its first mobile app, “Scoreboard,” on Oct. 16. In doing so, it makes Oregon the western- most state with mobile betting. The lottery had selected SBTech as its designated vendor.

With the start of online sports betting, any eligible bettor in the state 21 years or older can participate. But you won’t be able to bet on the state’s popular college teams outside of licensed sportsbooks at Native American casinos.

Oregon became the 12th state legal sports betting and just the eighth with a state-wide mobile and online platform.

In addition to the Oregon Lottery’s Scoreboard app, bets can be placed in person at Native American casinos. So far, Chinook Winds casino in Lincoln City is the only casino doing so, but more are expected to follow.

Is Sports Betting Legal in Oregon?

Yes, but the options are limited to the Scoreboard app and the tribal casino, Chinook Winds, which opened a sportsbook in August 2019. The state had hoped to have its app up and running in time for the start of the 2019 NFL season, but did not have it ready until mid-October.

Oregon sports betting was live for the 2019 NFL season at Chinook Winds.

Down the road, you can expect sport betting options to appear on lottery terminals in selected locations, especially now that the lotter has launched its app.

Why Did Oregon Have A Partial Exemption?

Even though Oregon has limited offerings, it was one of four states (along with Nevada, Delaware and Montana) that had a partial exemption from the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the federal ban on sports betting that took effect in 1992. The partial exemption was in place because the Oregon Lottery began offering NFL parlay bets in 1989 through a lottery game called Sports Action.

Sports Action was discontinued in 2007 because of the NCAA’s continued opposition to the game even though betting on college sports was not an option. When the lottery disbanded the game, the NCAA soon named Portland as a college tournament site.

Although sports betting is legal in Oregon, you still can’t bet on college games via a mobile app. You can still wager on college games at certain brick-and-mortar sportsbooks on tribal lands.

What to Consider When Choosing Oregon Betting Sites

There are not a lot of options to choose from in Oregon because it's run by the state lottery, but here are some things to look for when considering placing a bet on the lottery app or at a tribal casino:

  • User Experience
    Some gambling companies put a high value on user experience while others simply don’t. Some brands offer apps and sites that are easy to use and work well, including visually, on your mobile device. Do a little bit of research at what’s available in Oregon to see what will work best for you.
  • Free Bets, Bonuses & More
    Online sportsbooks usually offer free bets, bonuses and more, and it is no different in Oregon. There are betting requirements to fulfill, but a free bet could be worth it in Oregon.
  • Sports and Odds

    Does the casino sportsbook and lottery app offer the sports and sporting events you want to bet on? It could be a international soccer or horse racing you want to bet on. Does it have those choices?

    Once you find what you want to bet on, check out the odds. You can go to an odds comparison site and see how the odds stack up.

Gambling in Oregon

2019

On Oct. 16, the Oregon Lottery launched its mobile sports betting app, Scoreboard. In August, Chinook Winds tribal casino opened a sports book, accepting the state’s first legal sports bet.

2018

Months after the Supreme Court strikes down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the federal ban on sports betting, Oregon begins plans to reintroduce sports through the state lottery.

2007

Poker clubs which, instead of offering cash prizes, award winners with food, drink and merchandise, begin operation in the state. Oregon begins licensing poker clubs.

2005

The Oregon Lottery introduces “line games” or slot machine games to the state, releasing various titles to its video lottery terminals.

2004

The state sees its final greyhound race conducted before Oregon’s Multnomah Greyhound Track closes its doors. The pastime ends its run along the north west coast.

1997

The Oregon legislature approves of locations known as “hubs” that allow individuals that aren’t in the state to bet on races taking place racetracks in Oregon.

1993

The first tribal casino in the state opens its doors for business.

1992

The state is exempted from the prohibitions part of Congress’ passage of PASPA, the federal ban on sports betting. Oregon joined a list of four states with some form of legal sports betting that were grandfathered-in.

1989

Oregon launches a parley game called “Sports Action” in which player can choose winners of multiple NFL games on one bet. The program collects several million dollars in revenue even though it only has a max bet of $20.

1988

The possibility for tribal gaming is opened after the federal government passes the Indian Gambling Regulatory Act, which grants greater opportunities for tribal casino gaming on federally recognized lands. Oregon eventually opens as many as 9 tribal casinos in the state, each owned and operated by different American Indian Nations.

1984

With 66% of the vote, Oregon amends its constitution to permit lottery games held by the state. The first state lottery draw is announced. Scratch-it’s are introduced, becoming the first lottery game to be offered to customers in the state.

1971

The Oregon legislature passes the “Happy Canyon Law” that allowed a specific casino to hold legal fundraiser for nonprofit organizations.

1946

Portland Meadows, Oregon’s top race track, opens for business. This race track is where many different races are held and as well as bet on.

1933

The Pari-Mutuel Wagering Act becomes law, establishing the Oregon Racing Commission. Oregon permits greyhound betting and holds its first greyhound race in the state.

1931

Oregon passes a law legalizing pari-mutuel betting on horses, which establishes the beginnings of a large and growing betting market within the state.