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Oregon daily fantasy games are legal and operational. Top DFS sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel are available to players within state lines.
Oregon legalized real money DFS games in 2017, becoming one of the earlier states to codify these games into state law. This ensures players can set lineups for all their favorite daily fantasy games.
Oregon online sports betting launched in October 2019. Gambling.com is tracking any further developments in Oregon, so follow along for all the key details concerning regulated online betting in the state.
Sports betting in Oregon via mobile devices and computers is run by the state lottery. Known as “Oregon Lottery Scorecard,” eligible residents and visitors can place a legal sports bet from almost anywhere in the state. The are no plans or authorizations currently for other third-party operating sites, or “skins,” so the lottery’s offering is the only source of legal online sports betting for the foreseeable future.
The lottery’s sports betting platform offers a full array of professional sports for bettors, allowing players to wager on in-state teams such as the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers or the Portland Timbers of MLS. Players won’t initially be able to bet on college sports online, so there’s still no legal mobile betting on the Oregon Ducks or Oregon State Beavers.
Oregon sports bettors can also wager at the state’s Native American tribal casinos. Along with Chinook Woods Casino Resort, which took its first bet in August 2019, Oregon’s other tribal casinos are expected to open sportsbooks as well. These casinos can take bets on collegiate competitions. However, the Oregon Lottery has blocked its sports betting games from tribal lands, so bettors will only be able to wager in person while at one of these facilities.
Previously granted exemptions from the federal sports betting bans, Oregon has capitalized on its gaming history to become just the 12th state to take a legal sports bet. Though it will only have one, government-run online option for the foreseeable future, Oregon is still one of the earliest states to take an online wager and will go down in history as the first one to do so on the West Coast.
Oregon online casino gambling is not legal. Unlike online sports betting in Oregon, which is set to begin in 2019, there is no timeline for legal real-money casino gaming in the state.
Aside from sports betting, which existed legally in some form in Oregon from 1989 until 2007, there has been little push for most forms of casino gambling. The state has no commercial casinos and there seems little interest in one for the Beaver State.
Despite the dearth of commercial casinos, Oregon residents and visitors can check out one of nine gaming centers on Native American grounds. Spread across the state, the tribal casinos present a wide variety of themes as well as popular games such as blackjack, roulette and slots.
In-person casino visits will likely be the only legal means to play these games for years to come. The launch of online and mobile sports betting later in 2019 could lead lawmakers to rethink their aversion to casino games. But long odds remain for any significant developments outside the existing Native American gaming facilities.
There are no legal online poker games in Oregon. Real-money online poker games are illegal in Oregon, a prohibition that is unlikely to change.
Like online casino games, internet-based poker has not galvanized much support in the legislature. The state’s Native American casinos can offer poker, so players can enjoy in-person poker action. There are also a host of poker rooms and clubs, including several in and around the Portland area. But there aren’t any legal options for real-money online play.
Attitudes toward gaming of all forms, including poker, continue to evolve. Five states have legalized real-money poker, and several more have seriously considered following suit. Oregon isn’t among that group of early adopters, but its recent support for online sports betting may push poker forward.
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With a state-sanctioned lottery, horse racing industry and Native American casinos, Oregon has kept pace with many of the most significant gambling entities of the past hundred years.
Oregon’s “Sports Action” helped introduce legal sports betting to the country and jumpstarted the Beaver State’s own industry. The game itself had far more restrictions than its recent single-game sports betting market and ceased operations more than a decade ago. But it gave Oregon a head start to become one of the first states with legal sports betting.
Sports Action allowed limited parlay bets on NFL games beginning in 1989. Though it had only minimal participation and no impact on the outcome of the games themselves, America’s sports leagues pressured Oregon to outlaw the games almost as soon as they were introduced. Oregon was one of four states granted an exemption from the sweeping federal sports betting ban enacted in the early 1990s, which allowed Oregon to continue offering the games, though explicitly banning any future expansion. The sports leagues still pressured Oregon to drop the games.
State officials finally capitulated in 2007. But the existing foundation for legal sports betting helped Oregon adopt its own sports betting market more than a decade later. Because of the exemption from the federal ban, Oregon already had legal authorization to begin taking bets, meaning the legislature wasn’t required to take any further action. The state lottery, which had run Sports Action, also had a basis to conduct sports betting.
Though the lottery is so far the only online and mobile sports betting purveyor, the state’s Native American casinos were actually the first facilities to take sports bets. An existing compact between the tribes and the state government allowed the casinos to offer virtually everything overseen by the lottery. Once the lottery announced sports betting plans the Native American casinos gained authorization as well.
Historic Oregon gambling staples such as horse racing and lottery scratch-off tickets remain, as do Native American casinos with a full array of table games, slots and poker. But now Oregon will have a robust sports betting market to complement its other offerings. Once among a wide group of states to embrace new gambling forms, Oregon has become an early leader in sports betting, the newest major growth opportunity in gambling.
In-person sports betting begins in August at Native American casinos. The state-lottery run mobile sports wagering platform is expected to launch shortly after.
Lawmakers legalize commercial poker clubs.
The state’s final remaining greyhound track closes.
Officials authorize Portland Meadows, the state’s most prominent horse racing track, to create off-track betting "hubs."
The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians opens the state’s first casino-bingo hall. The state has nine operational Native American casinos as of 2019.
"Sports Action," the state lottery’s parlay-card game, begins. It allows a max bet of $20. Pressure from professional sports leagues helps pressure the lottery to shut down the games in 2007.
The state lottery sells its first ticket.
Social gaming is expressly allowed under state law as long as players don’t win cash prizes.
Pari-mutuel betting on horse races is legalized. Portland Meadows opens 13 years later.
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