Sports Betting in Oregon
After the federal ban on sports betting was overturned, Oregon determined it’s time to bring sports wagering back to the Beaver State. The state decided to put the Oregon Lottery in charge of implementing sports betting locations, kiosks and apps.
Oregon Sportsbook Locations
To legally wager on sports in Oregon, each bettor must be at least 21 years old or older. The state’s lottery selected SBTech as its designated vendor.
Oregon has yet to launch online sports betting but wagering in the state is expected to be limited to in-person bets made at approved sportsbooks and betting kiosks, as well as mobile wagering located anywhere in the state except for Native American reservations.
Bets can be made at sportsbooks or with an online betting platform provided by the lottery. Some regulations and rules still need to be set before any actual betting will take place before the lottery can offer a mobile betting app.
The state is still working on developing something soon. Oregon sports betting became live before the start of the 2019 NFL season with bets at Chinook Winds, and other Native American casinos were expected to follow suit. Soon you’ll see sport betting games appear on lottery terminals already located in selected locations.
Gambling in Oregon
Months after the Supreme Court strikes down the federal ban on sports betting in May, Oregon begins its plans with the state lottery to reintroduce sports betting in the state.
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.
The Oregon Lottery introduces “line games” or slot machine games to the state, releasing various titles to its video lottery terminals.
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.
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.
The first tribal casino in the state opens its doors for business.
The state is exempted from the prohibitions part of Congress’ passage of PASPA, the federal ban on sports betting. Oregon joined a short list of 4 states with some form of legal sports betting that were grandfathered-in.
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.
1988Oregon passes the Indian Gambling Regulatory Act, which approves of tribal casino gaming in the state. Oregon eventually opens as many as 9 tribal casinos in the state, each owned and operated by different American Indian Nations.
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.
The Oregon legislature passes the “Happy Canyon Law” that allowed a specific casino to hold legal fundraiser for nonprofit organizations.
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.
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.
Oregon passes a law legalizing parimutuel betting on horses, which establishes the beginnings of a large and growing betting market within the state.