Oregon has become the first Pacific U.S. state to offer legalized sports betting, entering the fray in August as the eighth participating state overall. But while locales like New Jersey and Pennsylvania have plunged headlong into the industry, natives of The Beaver State will find the pickings a bit slim – at least, for the time being.
The Oregon state lottery rolled out its Scoreboard mobile sports betting app – powered by SBTech – in mid-October, roughly a month-and-a-half after Chinook Winds become the first (and, at present, only) casino in the state to launch a sportsbook. Oregon joins Rhode Island as the only states in which the lottery is exclusively in charge of the sports betting operation and activity.
Oregon Sports Betting History
Oregon’s foray into the sports betting space began in earnest back in 1989, when the state launched its Sports Action lottery game in which bettors could make parlay wagers on NFL games. The move was greeted with vitriol from both the NBA (whose protestations forced Sports Action to bow out of offering NBA action after just one year) and the NCAA (who vowed to never host a major NCAA basketball event in the state despite the complete absence of college sports from Sports Action’s betting offering.)
The implementation of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 1992 prevented further sports betting expansion within the state, though Oregon was allowed to continue running Sports Action. But persistent pressure from the NCAA forced the eventual scuttling of the betting service in 2007 – at which time the collegiate sports governing body lifted its self-imposed moratorium and granted Portland an opportunity to host early-round games at the Rose Garden (now called the Moda Center) for the 2009 NCAA men’s tournament.
Oregon re-entered the sports betting space not long after the U.S. Supreme Court repealed PASPA in May 2018 on the grounds that it was unconstitutional.
Oregon Sports Betting at a Glance
Here’s what you need to know about Oregon’s current sports betting landscape:
- The app allows bettors to wager a maximum of $250,000 on a particular sporting event, though the lottery reserves the right to limit how much can be wagered at any time.
- Minimum bets at the brick-and-mortar casino are set at $5.
- The Scoreboard app took in more than $5.6 million in wagers over its first half-month of existence, with a net revenue of $218,000 for that time period.
Oregon Sports Betting FAQs
Where can I place a legal sports wager in Oregon?
You can make a sports bet at Chinook Winds Resort and Casino (1777 NW 44th St, Lincoln City, OR, 97367) or online through the state lottery’s Scoreboard app. Chinook Winds’ sportsbook is open 8 am to 11 pm, 7 days a week.
When will mobile sports betting be available in the state?
For now, the state lottery is responsible for operating the only mobile sports betting offering in Oregon. It isn’t clear whether outside online sportsbook players will be permitted to enter the space, or when that might happen.
Will other brick-and-mortar locations offer sports betting in Oregon?
It’s unclear how sports betting will expand in Oregon, or how quickly it might happen. At present, only one brick-and-mortar casino has been given permission to operate, though other tribal casinos are expected to join the fray now that the lottery-run online sportsbook is up and running.
How is sports betting regulated in Oregon?
The Oregon Lottery is wholly responsible for sports betting regulation and monitoring within the state.
What kinds of sports wagers can I make in Oregon?
Both the lottery-run online sportsbook and the Chinook Winds brick-and-mortar offer a wide array of betting options, which include (but are not limited to):
- Straight wagers
- Totals wagers (Over/Under)
- Moneyline wagers
- Prop wagers
- Futures wagers
What sports can I wager on in Oregon?
The list of sports available for betting in Oregon includes:
- Professional and college football
- Professional and college basketball
- Professional hockey
- Professional baseball
- Major League Soccer
- Major boxing title fights
It’s worth noting that the Scoreboard app only allows bettors to wager on professional sports overseen by a “recognized governing body.” If you want to bet on college games, you’ll need to go to the Chinook Winds sportsbook.