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From 1989 to 2007, Oregon was offering a form of legal sports betting, but it wasn’t until 2019 that sports betting would see the light of day again in the state. Now, the Beaver State has a partnership with DraftKings to run its mobile sports betting scene.

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Is online sports betting legal in Oregon?Yes
Is in-person sports betting legal?Yes
Is daily fantasy sports legal?Yes
Is betting on college sports legal?No
Is horse racing betting legal?Yes
Is greyhound betting legal?No
Is political betting legal?No
Is eSports betting legal?No

Oregon has some interesting rules when it comes to wagering on collegiate sports. Any bettor using a mobile app to place a wager cannot bet on an in-state college, but if a bettor is located at a tribal casino, they are free to wager on local colleges. The three things that cannot be wagered on, regardless of whether online or retail, are politics, entertainment, and eSports.

Daily fantasy sports apps can be downloaded in OR; however, DraftKings does not provide fantasy contests in the state. Instead, other operators are available. Betting on horse racing is also legal in the state, and wagers can be placed at either one of the five racetracks or online using a racebook.

Online sports betting in The Beaver State

Oregon is one of those rare states that offered some form of sports betting before the introduction of PASPA. In 1989, the state lottery introduced a lottery game called “Sports Action,” which allowed residents to place a wager on specific NFL games. Shortly after this was introduced, PASPA was formed in 1992, which made sports betting illegal in the U.S. However, Oregon and Sports Action managed to secure an exemption.

Because of this exemption from PASPA, Oregon ran a version of sports betting without problems until 2005. By this point, the NCAA was adamant that sports betting must be outlawed, and as a result, Beaver State passed a bill stating that Sports Action would be officially put to rest by 2007.

Quickly after PASPA was overturned, Oregon was able to relaunch sports betting in 2019. Not only were residents able to place legal wagers at select tribal casinos, but they could also use the Scoreboard app, which was run by the state lottery. The app itself was run by SBTech, which DraftKings acquired in late 2019.

Due to a lack of results from the Scoreboard app, the Lottery would then make a deal with DraftKings in 2021 to become the sole mobile online operator in the state. The online operator would not fully take over mobile sports betting operations in the Beaver State until January 18, 2022.

This deal set up a betting landscape similar to New Hampshire's, as they also partnered with DraftKings to set up a monopoly on mobile sports betting in the state. While there has been a push to expand the mobile sports betting scene in the state, especially by a group called “Sport Oregon,” discussions have not yet led anywhere.

All legal OR sports betting apps in 2024:

Sportsbook app

Launch date

DraftKings

January 18, 2022

Sports betting & gambling legislation in OR

Although the Oregon sports betting scene may not be large, it is still important for bettors to follow the rules and regulations surrounding it. For starters, bettors must be at least 21 years old to place a legal wager in the state. Bettors do have the option for remote registration on DraftKings, but they still must be in state lines to place a bet on the app. DraftKings uses geofencing software to ensure that this remains the case.

The Oregon Lottery oversees all sports betting in the state and enforces these rules and regulations. The only thing that may be equally as important to the state's gambling age is the tax rate. In OR, all gambling winnings over $1,500 are subject to an 8% tax rate, and all winnings over $5,000 are also subject to an additional tax rate of 24%.

There is still work to be done regarding betting bills in the state, such as the legalization of iGaming; however, discussions on this topic have not been pressing. With online casinos and online poker still prohibited, social sportsbooks, DFS apps, and the lottery are the only gambling markets offered outside of tribal casinos and sports betting.

Are online casinos legal in Oregon?No
Are retail casinos legal?Yes
Are social sportsbooks legal?Yes
Are sweepstakes/social casinos legal?Yes
Is online poker legal?No
Is the lottery legal?Yes
The launch date of sports betting in Oregon?January 18, 2022
How many legal sports betting apps are there in OR?1
How many legal retail betting sites are there in OR?3
Is remote registration allowed?Yes
Legal age for sports betting in Oregon?21+
Oregon's tax rate for betting/gambling winnings2.3%
Who regulates sports betting in Oregon?The Oregon Lottery

Most recent updates from the OR sports betting scene

  • June 10, 2024: Both Oregon State and the University of Oregon have been eliminated from the 2024 College World Series.

  • June 4, 2024: Oregon State and the University of Oregon have advanced to the super-regional round of the College World Series. The Beavers are currently (+1300) to win the title, while the Ducks are (+5000).

  • May 31, 2024: Heading into their first season with Trent Bray as the head football coach, the Oregon State Beavers' win total is set at 7.5.

  • May 22, 2024: Despite being the #2 seed, the Oregon State Beavers baseball team has been eliminated from the Pac-12 Tournament. They are still (+1500) to win the College World Series.

  • May 28, 2024: Both Oregon State and the University of Oregon have made the 2024 College World Series Regionals. Oregon State will host a regional and is currently (+1500) to win the CWS Title and (-115) to win their regional.

  • May 3, 2024: Following the conclusion of spring ball, new Oregon Ducks quarterback Dillon Gabriel currently has the third-best odds to win the Heisman Trophy at (+1000).

  • April 26, 2024: The Denver Broncos selected former Oregon Ducks quarterback Bo Nix and wide receiver Troy Franklin in the 2024 NFL Draft. Following the draft, Bo Nix is (+2800) to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. .

  • January 12, 2022: DraftKings is set to become the exclusive sportsbook provider for the Oregon Lottery, replacing the existing Scoreboard app. Scoreboard users can transfer funds to DraftKings, but the Scoreboard app will lose functionality while retaining transaction history and account data.

In-person sports betting sites and locations

They aren’t in the most populated areas, but Oregon residents have four retail locations that can take legal sports wagers, all of which are tribal casinos. These casinos were in the fold long before PASPA was overturned, and they are the only way bettors can wager on in-state colleges.

Despite DraftKings having complete control over the online betting scene in OR, Spirit Mountain Casino customers can use the BetMGM mobile sportsbook while on the casino's premises, thanks to a partnership. This is the only location in the state where another mobile betting app can be legally accessed.

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Location

Spirit Mountain Casino

27100 SW Salmon River Hwy, Grand Ronde

Three Rivers Casino Resort

5647 OR-126, Florence

Chinook Winds Casino Resort

1777 NW 44th St, Lincoln City

The Mill Casino

3201 Tremont Ave, North Bend

Sports betting in neighboring states

Outside of Nevada, the West Coast sports betting scene is not exceptionally strong. If Oregon residents were to head over the border to any bordering state other than Nevada, they would find either no legal sports betting or heavily restricted sports betting.

Both Idaho and California look to be years away from passing sports betting legislation, and in Washington, bettors only have one location where they can place a legal wager. To find out more about all three of these states, you can click on them in the info box below.

StateOnline sports bettingRetail sports bettingDFSHorse Race betting
CaliforniaIllegalLegal (restricted)LegalLegal
IdahoIllegalLegal (restricted)IllegalLegal
WashingtonLegal (restricted)LegalIllegalLegal
NevadaLegalLegalLegalLegal

Sports betting revenue impact on Oregon's economy

Only four casinos in Oregon have a sports betting license, and the actual licensing fee they paid is unknown. Currently, the tax rate is 2.3%, which is the lowest rate in the country amongst states with legal sports betting.

Despite only having one active mobile sportsbook and three retail betting locations, Oregon still produces a strong sports betting handle on a monthly basis. The state dipped below $50 million in handle in only four months during 2023. However, the lack of sports betting options can be seen in the state’s monthly revenue, as it is still in search of its first month with $10 million in revenue.

New Hampshire also has a monopoly on sports betting through DraftKings, and they have had a very similar economic impact to Oregon. Since legalizing sports betting, NH has seen $2.9 billion in handle and $107.3 million in tax income, while Oregon has seen $1.9 billion in handle and $101.8 million in tax income.

Oregon sports betting record months:

  • Sports betting handle: December 2023 ($73,219,596)

  • Revenue: January 2024 ($9,898,882)

  • Tax income: January 2024 ($4,949,441)

OR sports betting revenue in 2024

Month

Handle (MoM)

Revenue (MoM)

Tax income

Apr. 2024

$72,297,347

$7,370,254

$3,685,127

Mar. 2024

$69,398,182

$7,298,922

$3,649,461

Feb. 2024

$67,902,925

$7,786,241

$3,893,121

Jan. 2024

$69,889,711

$9,898,882

$4,949,441

2024 Total YTD

$279,488,165

$32,354,299

$16,177,150

Oregon - Some commonly asked questions (FAQ):

Which mobile betting apps are available to download in Oregon?

Oregon’s sports betting landscape differs from most states, and because of that, DraftKings Sportsbook is the only operator available, as they have a monopoly over the market.

What is the most sports betting handle OR has ever seen in a month?

In December 2023, The Beaver State saw a record sports betting handle of $73.2 million dollars.

What is the infamous sports rivalry between Oregon colleges?

The battle between the University of Oregon and Oregon State has been played since 1894, and for a long time, it was referred to as the Civil War.

How many minor league baseball teams are located in OR?

Currently, there are two minor league teams that play in Oregon. The Hillsboro Hops in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization and the Eugene Emeralds of the San Francisco Giants organization.