Oregon Sports Betting

Recent news and details about sports betting in Oregon

Oregon sports betting is live, via a partnership between DraftKings Sportsbook and the Oregon Lottery.

The Lottery was unable to get legal online sports betting launched by the beginning of the 2019 football season in September, as hoped. But the real-money betting app went live on Oct. 16, 2019. The DraftKings app is available for download on iPhone and Android devices.

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While most states launched retail sports betting before online betting sites, Oregon took the opposite approach.

Initially, SBTech ran the state’s online betting monopoly. Eventually, DraftKings purchased SBTech and took over the single-operator market.

What sports betting is allowed in Oregon?

The gambling legislation in Oregon gives the Oregon Lottery a state monopoly. That level of state control convinced lawmakers to give the Oregon Lottery Commission broad powers to decide what games it could introduce.

The Lottery provides a lot of money for the state. In fiscal year 2018, the state lottery handed over $726 million into the fund that pays for projects across the state. That gives it a lot of firepower when it wants to move into new business verticals.

Oregon has opted for a pretty restricted betting menu. Only pro sports are offered. So, no college basketball or football.

Where can I legally make sports bets in Oregon?

The short answer is anywhere within the state’s borders.

Modern geo-location technology is amazingly accurate. The DraftKings platform will be able to determine whether a bettor is within the state borders.

Unlike in some states, Oregon bettors can set up an online sports betting account without having to go to a casino in person. This is a legacy of the state having no casinos outside of tribal lands.

Live sports betting will be available at some of the tribal casinos.

Oregon tribal casinos

Chinook Winds CasinoLincoln CityConfederated Tribes of the Siletz
Indian Head CasinoWarm SpringsConfederated Tribes of Warm Springs
Kla-Mo-Ya CasinoChiloquinKlamath Tribes
The Mill Casino & HotelNorth BendCoquille Indian Tribe
Seven Feathers Hotel & Casino ResortCanyonvilleCow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians
Spirit Mountain CasinoGrand RondeConfederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon
Three Rivers CasinoFlorenceConfederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians
Three Rivers Casino Coos BayCoos BayConfederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians (Class II)
Wildhorse Resort & CasinoPendletonConfederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

What sports can I bet on in Oregon?

Oregon’s online betting menu includes:

  • American Football (NFL)
  • Baseball (MLB)
  • Basketball (NBA)
  • Boxing
  • Golf
  • Hockey (NHL)
  • MMA
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Less common sports betting options include Aussie Rules football, cycling, motor racing, cricket, and rugby union.

How do I start online sports betting in Oregon?

Opening an online sports betting account is as simple as registering for any online product or service on the internet.

To open your account, you need:

  • Basic personal information such as full name, address, and date of birth, and last four of your SSN
  • Your email address

Then, you choose a screen name and account password.

Before cashing out, you will certainly need to provide proof of identity. Typically, this involves sending a scan of your passport or driver’s license.

The process is the same whether you set the account up for a mobile device or for your laptop.

Is it safe to deposit money at an online sports betting site?

This is where state-regulated sports betting is a massive step forward in customer protection.

It is as safe as it possibly can be to deposit money at a state-regulated sportsbook. Should there be any problems at all, you have the protection of state and federal law.

If you currently place online sports bets offshore, you have no legal recourse at all. Your money is definitely not safe. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006 made it illegal for U.S. financial institutions to process gambling transactions that are not legal under US law.

The UIGEA makes it hard for offshore illegal operators to take deposits and process withdrawals. No such problems exist for legal operators.

The Oregon Lottery will allow deposits and withdrawals from a wide range of options. Consult your DraftKings app to see what’s available. Every state features a slightly different menu due to regulatory setup.

Withdrawing money will also be quick and easy. Not all deposit options are suitable for withdrawals but what will be offered will be fast and dependable.

Portland Meadows offers a full season of quarterhorse 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.

Horse race betting apps have also launched in Oregon.

Oregon sports betting requires no new legislation

Legal state-regulated sports betting is spreading across the U.S. In May 2018, the Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992.

This law prevented states from introducing sports betting legislation. It granted only four exceptions: Nevada, Delaware, Montana, and Oregon. These states all had existing sports betting legislation on the books. The Sports Action game offered by the lottery provided Oregon with the necessary pre-dated legislation.

As a result, the Oregon Lottery did not need to wait for new legislation before proceeding with its sports betting plans. However, it has moved relatively slowly because it wanted to make sure there wouldn’t be any legislative opposition. No point in launching an expensive project only to have the state legislature pass a law against sports betting.

Online poker and casino games will need new legislation before they can be offered over the internet. There is no appetite for this yet, but a successful sports betting business will provide an impetus for future change.

I’m betting at an offshore sports betting site why should I stop?

Offshore sports betting sites such as Bovada are simply not legal in the U.S.

Not only is your money safer in the legal market, but the sports betting product is better, too.

Offshore sites do not have access to the legitimate league data that legal sports betting operators get. That means they can’t offer the same level of sports betting experience. For example, in-game betting is much richer with more options at legal sports betting sites.

The Oregon Lottery provides employment in Oregon and sports betting profits will go to projects in the state. Why send profits offshore to some disreputable company that flouts U.S. law?

So far US sports betting is offering odds at least as competitive as black market sites. The promotions and marketing offers are great. There is no reason to bet offshore anymore.


Is sports betting legal in Oregon?

Yes. Online and retail sports betting is legal in Oregon.

Can I bet online on my phone in Oregon?

Yes! Mobile wagering is live in Oregon. You must be within state lines to place a wager on a mobile app.

When will sports betting be legal in Oregon?

Sports betting is already legal and operational in Oregon.

Is any other form of gambling legal in Oregon?

Yes. Oregon offers licensed horse racing, as well as off-track and online wagering on these events. Oregon also has multiple tribal 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).

What is the legal gambling age in Oregon?

The legal age to wager on sports or gamble in casinos is 21 in Oregon. You can play the Lottery at 18.

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.


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