Oregon Sports Betting

Recent news and details about sports betting in Oregon

When the US Supreme Court ruled to repeal the Professional Amateur SportsProtection Act (PASPA), it opened the door for every state to offer legal sports betting.

At the time of the ruling, Oregon was one of four states exempt from PASPA when the law originally passed in 1992. The state already was partially grandfathered into sports betting because it already allowed it in 1992, but state legislators took no action to regulate the industry.

That’s about to change.

The Oregon Lottery announced shortly before the May 2018 Supreme Court decision that struck down PASPA that it would not need any new legislation to reintroduce sports betting in the state. It has subsequently moved forward with plans to roll out both mobile and retail operations via the Oregon Lottery prior to the 2019 NFL season with SB Tech as its sportsbook platform provider.

The plan is to introduce mobile betting first, followed by retail locations in the form of kiosks and lottery retailers.

One potential hindrance exists via a recent amendment filled to a state lottery-focused bill, HB339. The wording of the proposed legislation by Sen. Chuck Riley (D-Hillsboro) would prohibit the Oregon State Lottery Commission from operating any game where tickets may be purchased either online or “via a personal computer, mobile device or other personal electronic device.”

The bill remains in the chamber’s Revenue Committee for the time being.

What still needs to happen?

The Oregon Lottery is presumably continuing to work in conjunction with SBTech to finalize its sports betting platform ahead of NFL season. Eventually, betting will be available via kiosks and lottery retailers in addition to mobile platforms.

Projected sports betting launch date

The Oregon Lottery is projecting a launch date of mobile sports betting prior to the start of the 2019 NFL season on Sept. 5, with retail locations to presumably open for sports betting business shortly thereafter.

Oregon Sports Betting FAQ

Is sports betting legal in Oregon?

Yes. A form of parlay sports betting known as Sports Action was made available beginning with the 1989 NFL season by the Oregon Lottery. Sports Action allowed bettors to wager on anywhere from four to 14 NFL games each week based on point spreads. NBA games were also offered for one season before a lawsuit by the league put a stop to that practice. Sports Action was a form of sports betting grandfathered in when Congress passed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 1992. However, it was discontinued after the 2007 NFL season.

As a result of the same grandfather clause, the Oregon Lottery stated even prior to the overturning of PASPA in May 2018 that it did not require further legislative action to introduce single-game betting. Accordingly, plans to roll out both mobile and retail sports betting have been in the works for several months, and mobile betting will reportedly be made available in time for the start of NFL season on Sept. 5

Can I bet online on my phone in Oregon?

Not at the moment, although mobile sports betting is expected to launch via the Oregon Lottery’s app prior to the start of NFL season.

When will sports betting be legal in Oregon?

Sports betting is already legal in Oregon, although future legislation codifying and further regulating the industry is possible.

Is any gambling legal in Oregon?

Yes. Oregon offers licensed horse racing, as well as off-track and online wagering on these events. Oregon also has nine Indian casinos, social gaming (including licensed poker clubs), charitable gaming (blackjack, roulette, craps, bingo, raffles and Texas Hold’ Em played for prizes and as part of charitable fundraisers), a state lottery (since 1985) and video lottery (since 1992).

Portland Meadows offers a full season of quarter horse and thoroughbred racing. Off-tracking betting is available at 11 sites overall throughout the state. Grants Pass Downs is another racetrack, and there are also racing meets each summer in the cities of Union, Prineville, Tillamook and Burns.

What is the legal gambling age in Oregon?

The legal age to gamble in Oregon is currently 18, but casinos that serve alcohol and offer video lottery have a minimum age requirement of 21.

Is Bovada legal in Oregon?

Bovada is an unregulated, offshore sportsbook. As such, it is not legal in Oregon or anywhere in the continental United States.

Can I bet with my friends legally in Oregon?

Yes. Oregon offers licensed horse racing, as well as off-track and online wagering on these events. Oregon also has nine Indian casinos, social gaming (including licensed poker clubs), charitable gaming (blackjack, roulette, craps, bingo, raffles and Texas Hold’ Em played for prizes and as part of charitable fundraisers), a state lottery (since 1985) and video lottery (since 1992).

Portland Meadows offers a full season of quarter horse and thoroughbred racing. Off-tracking betting is available at 11 sites overall throughout the state. Grants Pass Downs is another racetrack, and there are also racing meets each summer in the cities of Union, Prineville, Tillamook and Burns.

Oregon Sports Betting News

Oregon Sports Betting Takes Another Step Forward As One Vendor Tries To Toss In A Monkey Wrench

April 10, 2019

Despite a last-minute protest from SBTech competitor Scientific Games, the Oregon Lottery Commission during a special commission meeting last Friday approved the lottery's recommendation to award the state's sports betting contract to SBTech.

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State Lottery Commission Recommends SBTech As Oregon Sports Betting Provider

March 29, 2019

The expanding US legal sports betting industry is largely based in the East, but Oregon sports betting could add to the western profile sooner than later. During a monthly meeting of the Oregon Lottery Commission last week, the lottery recommended selection of SBTech as its provider.

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Oregon Sports Betting Could Be Live By NFL Season, State Lottery Says

February 1, 2019

Could Oregon sports betting happen before the next Super Bowl? Oregon Lottery spokesman Matthew Shelby confirmed that the state might have sports betting by the 2019 NFL season.

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