Oregon September Sports Betting Handle Up, Revenue Down

Oregon September Sports Betting Handle Up, Revenue Down
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With the introduction of pro football to the sports betting landscape in September, Oregon had a surprising up-and-down month to the beginning of fall.

Oregon, which doesn’t give bettors options beyond its lottery-run Scoreboard app, set another total sports betting handle record of $26,174,303 in September, according to figures posted Thursday on the Oregon Lottery website.

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That is a mild increase of $135,163, up 1.3% over August ($25,845,403). However, September’s sports betting revenue — $1,527,243 — was down 8.1% from August’s number of $1,662,406.

Despite the Portland Trail Blazers’ early ouster by the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference’s first round, basketball was the most-bet sport in September with $8,015,883 in handle. But that was a 43.8% decrease of close to $6 million ($5,981,714) from August’s strong $13 million-plus number.

Football, which took in the highest number of bets (223,771), debuted in the revenue report with $7,156,970 in handle. But Oregon actually reported a loss of $147,948 in revenue on football betting. Scorebook paid out more than it took in from football, and had an issue with its app at the start of the NFL season.

Baseball ($4,136,994, -6.5% from August), soccer ($2,136,743) and tennis ($1,387,578) rounded out the top five sports, according to the state report.

With 21 sports to bet on, bettors placed an average single bet of $31.19, with table tennis leading the way with an average bet of $63.09. In September, 4,364 new registrations were signed up, lifting its current client base to 66,727 since inception in October 2019.

Oregon Sports Betting Revenue & Handle, September vs. August

September$26.174M $1.527M
August$25.845M $1.662M
ChangeUp 1.3%Down 8.1%

NFL Issues Resolved

With the start of the NFL season last month, some customers had issues and technical problems accessing Scoreboard and placing bets within the Scoreboard app.

An Oregon Lottery spokesperson said via email Thursday morning that they have been able to clear up the issues that they had encountered with Scoreboard just at the start of the season.

In August, some bettors had trouble signing in on the Scoreboard app and earlier in the year the SBTech-powered Scoreboard had to be taken offline because of the cyberattack that hit SBTech. An Oregon Lottery spokesman at the time would not say how long the site was down and that no customer data was compromised.

Oregon has seen some of the same problems that states with lottery-run sports betting operations offering one option for consumers have had to deal with.

No College Football Betting

Although some Power 5 football conferences have been in action in September, the Pac-12, home to the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers, won’t return until the weekend of Nov. 6-7.

It joined the Big Ten in making a late decision to play an abbreviated schedule in this fall.

But college sports aren’t available for betting on the Scoreboard app. College wagers can be placed at sportsbooks in the state’s tribal casinos.