Online Betting in
The Beaver State is now accepting bets!
The Beaver State is now accepting bets!
Online sports betting legal in Oregon
When PASPA (The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992) was removed in 2018 by Congress, a number of states scrambled to legalise sports betting.
However, Oregon was in an unusual situation, as it had been one of only four states that had been exempted from the PASPA when it came into place back in 1992.
For over a decade Oregonians were able to enjoy the benefits of legal sports betting. Then, in 2005, the state decided to bring back the PASPA.
So, when congress, scrapped PASPA, Oregon was one of the first to revert to their initial stance and legalise sports betting.
They may have had an infrastructure in place for sports betting, but they had missed out on online and mobile sports betting for years.
The state was eager to modernize their offering as quickly as possible, so the Oregon Lottery launched its own app for mobile betting.
Online betting is coming to Oregon, so it's important to know how and where you can get involved.
Yes. Online sports betting is legal in Oregon. However, as it stands you can only bet through the Oregon Lottery app.
At the moment you can only bet via the Oregon Lottery App.
You have to be 21 years old, or older.
You can bet at Chinook Winds, which is a tribal casino.
Of course, you can bet anywhere within the state if you are using your mobile.
Online sports betting is up and running in the Beaver State after the Oregon Lottery launched its own mobile app, called scoreboard in 2019.
The Oregon Lottery Commission had set the wheels in motion back in April 2019, when they awarded the state sports betting contract to SBTech.
It was widely expected that Oregon, that has gambling in its blood, would be one of the first states, to legalise sports betting.
However, compared to the other states, they have gone about it in an unusual way.
In other states like Nevada and New Jersey, the state commission has awarded online gambling licenses to existing casinos who can then partner with a sportsbook or launch their own online service.
However, in Oregon, the state has launched its own lottery sports betting app before offering licenses to casinos (apart from Chinook Winds).
Although no casinos have actually said that they will launch a physical sportsbook service, we expect by 2020 there will be a handful.
At the moment you can bet on sports at Chinook Winds. You can also place bets on quarter horse and thoroughbred racing at Portland Meadows.
Online you can bet with the state lottery's sportsbook app.
We do expect a number of the well-established casinos in the state to offer sports betting soon, it is simply to good an opportunity to pass up.
The casinos we foresee as opening up sports betting soon are:
The Portland Blazers in action
At the moment it is the Oregon Lottery that is in charge of the mobile wagering market. The Lottery App will offer a wide selection of sports bets, reflecting the states sporting diversity.
Greyhound racing and horse racing are both huge in Oregon, so we expect these to be well represented in the lottery's mobile betting app. Perhaps an even better selection than the established sportsbooks in NJ, for example, would offer, where the sports don't generate the same interest.
Of course, all the main leagues will be well represented, you will be able to enjoy a huge selection of NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL betting. The lottery even set their app launch date to coincide with the start of the NFL season. You can also expect to see some great odds for the Portland Trail Blazers offered on the app.
Soccer, may not be huge in the rest of the country, but the Portland Timbers of the MLS have a huge fanbase, so expect some decent lines and bets offered on the lottery's app.
Oregon is not following the traditional route that other states such as PA or NJ are. They are determined to let their state lottery retain control over online sports betting.
This may sound like a negative move, but we don't think it is, at least for the moment. As it stands, the removal of PASPA in 2018, has meant that there are a number of states legalising sports betting. This means that the larger states will always attract the most attention from sportsbooks. Oregon tucked away in the north-west with a population of 4.2 million just wouldn't generate enough interest from the big US sportsbooks yet. Perhaps it's better right now that the state gets its own dedicated sports betting app first, and then worry about introducing some competition further down the line.