Oregon online sports betting laws
Oregon represents the westernmost point of the spread of sports betting across the US to date. The people of the Beaver State have only one retail casino and one mobile app so far, but there are hopes that this will increase in 2021 and beyond.
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Is sports betting legal in Oregon?
Yes, Oregon retail sports betting is legal – but only in-person, at one location at present, the Chinook Winds Casino Resort.
Is online sports betting legal in Oregon?
Yes, Oregon online sports betting is legal – but only through the Scoreboard app, which is run by the Oregon lottery.
How old do I have to be to place a bet in Oregon?
Whether you are betting in person or through the app, you need to be 21 to place a sports bet in Oregon.
You may wager in person at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort sportsbook, or you may download the Scoreboard app on your desktop or mobile. You don’t have to be in a casino to register or bet via the Scoreboard app.
Work your way through the registration process. You’ll need to prove your identity and location.
Use one of the banking options available to put funds in your account.
Familiarize yourself with the app and the bet slip and start betting.
Oregon sports betting was legalized in 2019, the year after the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was ruled unconstitutional.
Unlike other states that rushed to introduce sports betting in the aftermath of that ruling, however, for Oregon this was a less significant step.
Along with Nevada, Delaware and Montana, Oregon was specifically excluded from the full force of PASPA. This was because Oregon had begun to offer a sports betting facility in 1989, three years before PASPA was introduced.
That product, an Oregon Lottery game called Sports Action, offered NFL (and, briefly, NBA) parlay bets, caused massive controversy because of opposition from the NCAA – even though college sports weren’t included in the game.
Sports Action came to an end in 2007 as a result of that opposition. But the exemption from PASPA meant Oregon had a leg up when the tide turned in favor of sports betting in 2018. Despite that, it has taken up the opportunity in a very limited way.
As things stand, there is only one physical location in a state of more than four million people where you can place a sports bet.
That’s the Chinook Winds Casino Resort, the only tribal casino in the state that offers the facility to bet on sports – although more locations are expected to follow suit in the near future.
Most sports betting these days is carried out on mobile devices – especially in a state with only one retail location to bet on sport. However, bettors in Oregon currently have no choice of sportsbooks available to them. The only sports betting app that works in the state is the Scorecard app, operated by the Oregon Lottery in association with SBTech.
The lottery suggested in February 2021 that it was seeking to upgrade the current system to one powered by DraftKings, which purchased SBTech, the current Scorecard app platform, and which has extensive experience in the US Daily Fantasy Sports and sportsbook markets.
However, this would still mean only one option was available for Oregon online sports betting.
Overall, the state’s handle is moving in the right direction – January 2021 was a record month, with a handle of nearly $35 million – however Oregon’s sports betting market remains limited by its current singular sportsbook and sportsbook app options.
Yes, they are. The IRS views the proceeds of sports betting as taxable income, and you will be expected to pay up accordingly.
The Oregon Lottery, which administers the state’s only mobile betting app, stipulates that it will hold back eight per cent of any win over $1,500 for state tax. It will also keep 24 per cent of any win over $5,000 for federal tax.
It’s always worth keeping an accurate record of all your winnings, though the sportsbook should issue you with a form W-2G for any sports betting win of more than $600.
Unlike some other states, the law when it comes to Oregon sports betting is quite simple; you need to be aged 21 or more before you can take part.
When you sign up for Oregon online sports betting, it’s important you have your geolocation tools switched on.
The Scorecard sports app has geofencing technology that means you must be within the state of Oregon to play. The app will check your location frequently to make sure you are still within state lines, or your bets will not be placed.
You can bet on the exploits of Oregon’s college teams at a retail betting location. However, possibly in a throwback to the state’s long-running row with the NCAA, you can’t bet on college sports through the state’s Scorecard app.
Betting on politics is banned across the US. No licensed sportsbook, retail or mobile, is allowed to offer odds on political events, including local, state, national, or international elections.
No legislation specifically legalizing, regulating, or outlawing Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) has been passed to date in Oregon.
In 2017, a bill was brought before the state government to legalize and regulate DFS through the state lottery. But that bill was adjourned and never revisited.
All the main DFS operators, including the big two, DraftKings and FanDuel, offer games to sports fans in the state. The big four sports are popular here, but so are soccer and the busy college sports scene.
Basketball is the top choice when it comes to Oregon sports betting, largely because of the exploits of the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers have always had a massive local following, as have the four college programs that have teams in Division I of the NCAA.
For most people, sports betting is, like any form of gambling, a relaxing and entertaining activity. For a small minority, however, it can lead to addiction and major family problems.
Oregon maintains a strong focus on responsible gambling in an attempt to minimize the impact of betting on people’s emotional and financial health.
The Oregon Lottery, which is responsible for online gambling in the state, offers advice on gambling responsibly. This includes practical steps and guidance, as well as links to other agencies.
The Oregon Problem Gambling Resource has a deep well of information designed to prevent problems arising and to confront them if they do. They also have a long list of Prevention Co-ordinator Locations where you can get direct help.
The Oregon Health Authority has a long list of resources and also provides $7.5 million a year in funding for prevention and treatment programs.
Oregon Problem Gambling Services focuses on providing resources for the people and dedicated teams who deliver support to people with issues.
Oregon passes a law allowing pari-mutuel betting on horse racing, establishing a tradition of sports betting in the state.
Oregon launches Sports Action, which enables people to place parlay bets on NFL (and, briefly, NBA) action.
Oregon is made exempt as PASPA is passed, although only to the limited extent it offered sports wagering in the state at the time of PASPA’s passage.
PASPA is struck down and Oregon begins to plan for the launch of sports betting in the state.
2019 - August
The Chinook Winds Casino Resort starts accepting sports bets at its retail sportsbook.
2019 - October
The Scoreboard betting app is launched.
There is at present only one retail sports betting outlet in the whole of Oregon. Chinook Winds Casino Resort is on the coast on the north side of Lincoln City - some distance from Portland.
|Casino/Retail Sportsbook||Retail Sportsbook Partner||Address|
|Chinook Winds Casino Resort||Siletz Tribe||1777 NW454th Street, Lincoln City OR 97367|
Yes, but the only way to enjoy Oregon online sports betting legally is through using the state-wide Scoreboard app. There are no other Oregon betting sites or mobile offerings licensed to operate in the Beaver State.
Yes, Daily Fantasy Sports with DraftKings is available in Oregon. However, at present DraftKings is not licensed to offer sportsbook services in Oregon. There are moves, though, to allow DraftKings to take charge of the state-wide Scoreboard app in the near future.
No, not legally. Oregon online sports betting is allowed legally only through the state lottery-run Scoreboard app. You may be able to access sportsbooks offered by other providers, but it is advisable to restrict your betting activity to operators with a license to offer services in your state.
No, MyBookie is not licensed or legal in Oregon. It is recommended that you enjoy Oregon online betting only through licensed and regulated sources. Other offshore services may be available, but you are taking a far greater risk betting with them, and you have no legal recourse to recover your funds if there is a dispute, for instance.