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Oregon (OR)

One of four states exempt from the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) ban on sports betting, Oregon has permitted the activity since 1989. In 2007 Sports Action, then the only bookmaker in the state closed, and until 2018, sports bettors' only chance was to wager through offshore gambling sites.

However, that year PASPA was overturned, and states began setting their gambling laws. Oregon Lottery's Scoreboard sportsbook app followed in-person sports betting at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort, and now DraftKings has entered the Oregon sports gambling arena. Currently, play is limited to professional sports, though college-level sports may be available soon.

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Online Sports Betting in Oregon

As previously mentioned, Oregon has permitted sports betting since the late 1980s. When the federal government passed PASPA in 1992, the moratorium on sports betting nationwide did not affect sports bettors in Beaver State. However, the only bookmaker available was Sports Action, which was widely unpopular among governing bodies and sports leagues.

When this sportsbook closed its betting lines for good, it left Oregonians with no sports betting options until August 2019. This is when the Chinook Winds Casino Resort opened a lounge for sports gambling. The following October, the Oregon Lottery unveiled its Scoreboard sportsbook, which brought online sportsbooks to the state.

Until 2022, these were the only two options available to bettors. DraftKings had acquired the Lottery’s sportsbook shortly after its launch, and in 2022, took over all of its online operations. Indeed, they hold a privileged position, as it is an exclusive provider of online sports betting in Oregon.

Because of this, players do not have many options for bookmakers unless they want to use an offshore sportsbook. Though thanks to DraftKings’ recent deal with Paysafe, the variety in transactions is growing. They also work hard to appeal to as many users as possible, making both a mobile betting site and an app available.

However, although DraftKings is the only state-regulated bookie, OR residents may use offshore sportsbooks and mobile applications.

Sports Betting Legislation in OR

Aside from offshore options, Beaver State’s residents have a few ways to bet on their favorite teams. Despite some drawbacks, OR sports betting history has been primarily permissive, and the online version of this popular activity is proving to be a hit.

The state laws have permitted online gambling on sports since August 2019, and the first mobile betting and app sportsbook hit the market in October of that year. SB Tech developed and managed the Scoreboard platform for the Oregon Lottery until its acquisition by DraftKings, who then took over in a new open contract with the gambling agency.

DraftKings is the only state-regulated online bookmaker, though this monopoly may not last long. House Bill 2127 will open the state to more sportsbooks and, therefore, more competitive odds. FanDuel, already massively popular in Oregon with their fantasy league betting, will almost certainly be one of the first to take advantage of this new policy.

Currently, only professional-level sports are offered for betting lines, but Senate Bill 1503 hopes to change that by allowing college sports gambling.

In-Person Sports Betting In Oregon

Though mobile wagering makes the experience more versatile and accessible, in-person betting will always be present in Oregon's sports gambling community. Currently, casinos owned and operated by indigenous tribes offer the only land-based sportsbooks in the state.

With sports betting in its current incarnation, Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City was the first to offer an in-person sports gambling experience in 2019. This is a massive change from 1989, when the state-run Oregon Lottery first began offering odds on NFL championship games. And that's not the only change since 1989. The number of betting markets has increased exponentially. The sports offerings now include the NFL, NBA, NHL, golf, auto racing, and soccer.

Regardless of a punter's preferred sport, they must be at least 21 years of age to play in a land-based sportsbook.

Sports Betting In Neighboring States

Washington, Idaho, Nevada, and California are four states neighboring Oregon, and of those four, only Nevada has legalized online gambling, while the other three have not. Nor have California or Idaho legalized in-person sports betting, though here Washington has bucked the trend and allows for retail bookmakers to offer odds on professional sports.

The financial benefit to Nevada is immense, as they have doubled down on the Las Vegas tourism experience. Roughly one-quarter of the state's income comes from taxing NV sports betting apps and other gambling-related fees. Because so many of Nevada's neighbor states restrict or prohibit sports betting, they draw huge out-of-state crowds.

Although the Beaver State is unlikely to recreate Nevada’s gambling juggernaut, some bettors will travel westward from Northern Idaho to avoid the long trip south.

What is legal to bet on in Oregon?

Because of the range of options open to Oregon residents looking to wager on sports, there is a wide variety of betting markets available. State-regulated DraftKings sportsbook allows online gambling on all professional sports, including the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, Aussie rules, handball, MMA, rugby, boxing, cricket, darts, golf, and soccer leagues.

The restriction on this platform is the state’s prohibition on college sports betting, and casinos in the state are subject to the same laws as DraftKings. However, players looking to lay odds on a college game will find that very easy on an offshore sportsbook.

Oregon boasts several popular off-track gambling locations for dedicated horse bettors, and BUSR is an offshore horse betting app that will also help players get the most action. Live wagering is a standard feature of all sports betting apps.

As is standard in the USA, gamblers must be 21 years or older to play within the state, while offshore play is permitted with a minimum age of 18.

What’s Next For OR Betting Apps

The online sports betting situation in Oregon is classic good news/bad news. It is already legal, of course, which is the good news. The bad news is that there is only one government-regulated sportsbook currently in operation. However, other US-based bookmakers are eagerly awaiting the outcome of Senate Bill 1503, which would open up the state to other bookies and platforms.

Voting happens this year, and the anticipation is palpable. As mentioned above, FanDuel will likely be one of the first to take advantage should more licenses be approved.

Gambling news and updates from Oregon

  • August 24, 2023: Michael Wells has been chosen as the permanent director of the Oregon Lottery, pending confirmation by the Oregon Senate. Governor Tina Kotek announced this appointment around eight months after Wells was appointed interim director.

  • June 28, 2023: In partnership with DraftKings Sportsbook, the Oregon Lottery plans to offer unique and unconventional betting markets this summer. One notable option is betting on Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, where participants aim to consume as many hot dogs as possible on July 4th.

  • April 13, 2023: In a letter to all nine Indigenous tribes, Oregon Governor Tina Kotek says she is firmly against any tribal casino expansion in the state. She clarified that her office will not support any efforts to expand gambling within Oregon.

  • March 29, 2023: DraftKings extends its horseracing product, DK Horse, to Oregon and 11 other states. The app enables pari-mutuel wagering on various horse races, including Churchill Downs events like the Oaks and Derby. Users can also stream race videos on the platform.

  • November 22, 2022: Sports betting in Oregon has a record-breaking October, with player spending reaching $55.6 million, a 29.6% increase from the previous record in April. This figure is almost 48% higher than October last year and up 41.5% from September this year.

  • January 12, 2022: DraftKings is set to become the exclusive sportsbook provider for the Oregon Lottery, replacing the existing Scoreboard app from January 18. Scoreboard users can transfer funds to DraftKings, but the Scoreboard app will lose functionality while retaining transaction history and account data.

Oregon (OR) - Some commonly asked questions (FAQ):

Is sports betting legal in Oregon?

Within the state of Oregon, there are several legal options for betting on sports. Tribe-operated retail casinos offer a variety of sports and horse bets, while DraftKings currently has the only state-issued online sportsbook license.

What sportsbook apps are there available in OR?

Market for online sports betting is satisfyingly broad in Oregon and because the state does not prohibit residents from making use of offshore bookmakers, the options are vast. However, there’s currently only one betting app in OR that is state-licensed.

How does online sports betting work in Oregon?

Players simply sign up, create a username and password, download the betting app if they so wish, make the first deposit, collect the bonus offer, and start wagering. So, all in all, online sports betting in Oregon is similar to any other US state.

Who regulates sports betting in OR?

As it stands, The Oregon Lottery Commission controls and regulates sports gambling within the state’s borders. However, if the legislators end up changing the OR sports betting law in the future, this regulatory body might also experience changes.

What sports can I bet on in Oregon?

All sportsbooks within the state of Oregon offer an exhaustive list of professional sports to their punters. The emphasis, however, is on the word professional, as the state prohibits college sports betting currently.

Can I sign up for multiple sports betting apps in OR?

While betting apps from within Oregon are limited, any gamblers living in this state are free to register with as many offshore sportsbooks as they choose. By doing this bettors can of course claim all of the sign-up bonuses these bookmakers offer.