Oregon Sports Betting in 2021

Oregon’s legal sports betting history pre-dates the Supreme Court’s decision to abolish the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in May 2018.  

One of four U.S. states deemed exempt from the now defunct federal law, Oregon got back into the sports betting game when Chinook Winds Casino Resort’s Sports Wagering Lounge opened its doors on Aug. 27, 2019. The Beaver State also offers fully online sports betting via the Oregon Lottery’s Scoreboard sportsbook — a platform soon to be taken over by DraftKings.

Our guide to Oregon sports betting will keep you informed and updated on the latest news and promotions available to local bettors.

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Online betting in the Beaver State
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    Population: 4.2 million

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    Legal age for sports betting: 21

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    Online sports betting: Yes

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    Retail sportsbooks: Yes

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    Sports betting revenue: $20 million

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Is sports betting legal in Oregon?

Yes, sports betting has been legal in Oregon since 1989. Today, the state is home to two retail sportsbooks and a lottery-run online sportsbook.

Like the two sides of its state flag, Oregon’s gambling situation is one of a kind. The Oregon Lottery’s monopoly on all commercial operations has limited local bettors to just one online sports betting platform. Meanwhile, compacts permit tribal casinos to offer any type of gambling that’s legal elsewhere in the state. To that end, these casinos could strike up partnerships with third-party sportsbook operators at any point in the future.

Timeline of sports betting in Oregon

Oregon began offering regulated sports betting long before most other states were permitted to do so. After more than a decade-long hiatus, the Oregon Lottery re-introduced state-run sports wagering in the form of the Scoreboard online sportsbook.

Here’s a look at Oregon’s road to legal online sports betting:

  • September 1989: Sports Action, a highly criticized betting platform, is introduced in Oregon, allowing bettors to place parlay sports wagers.

  • October 1992: The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act is signed. ‘PASPA’ places a federal ban on sports wagering. Oregon, along with three other states, receives exempt status due to a grandfather clause.

  • July 2007: Sports Action’s 18-year run comes to an end after HB 3466 is passed by the Oregon State Legislature and signed into law. Pressure from the NCAA, and other professional sports leagues, led to the platform’s demise.

  • May 2018: SCOTUS overturns PASPA, opening the door for states to set their own sports betting laws.

  • August 2019: Chinook Winds Casino Resort opens a sports wagering lounge, marking the first time sports betting has been available in Oregon since 2007.

  • October 2019: The Oregon Lottery launches the Scoreboard sportsbook. Oregonians are able to place sports wagers online and from a mobile device.

Who can bet on sports in Oregon?

To place a legal sports bet, you must be physically located in Oregon — and at least 21 years of age. Wagers can be confirmed with a computer or mobile device or made in-person at one of two retail sportsbooks.

Here's a breakdown of everything you'll need to know before getting started.

21plus Legal age

Oregon sports betting is for adults 21 and older.

bank Retail sportsbooks

Bettors in the Beaver State don’t have many options when it comes to retail sportsbooks. Just two locations exist at the moment.

21plus Mobile betting

Oregonians can place mobile bets from anywhere in the state using the Scoreboard app. Bettors visiting Spirit Mountain Casino can also use the BetMGM sportsbook app from anywhere on the property.

21plus Remote registration

Oregon sports bettors can register, make deposits, and start betting from anywhere in the state. Unlike some other U.S. jurisdictions, Oregon does not require gamblers to visit a casino or another brick-and-mortar location before getting started.

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Bettors must confirm all mobile bets from within state borders. The Scoreboard website and app use geofencing software to ensure Oregon residents and visitors cannot place bets from outside of the state.

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The Oregon Lottery withholds 8% of all sports bet winnings over $1,500. Federal taxes apply here as well, with an additional 24% tacked onto gambling income exceeding $5,000.

 

The pros and cons of Oregon sports betting

The big win for Oregon sports bettors is the arrival of online and mobile betting. However, the one-provider model implemented by the Oregon Lottery removes all competition from the equation. As a result, the lottery-run Scoreboard sportsbook has little incentive to offer users enticing promotions or sharp betting lines.

Oregon sports betting
Pros
  • Mobile betting
  • Remote registration
  • Most betting markets available
Cons
  • Just one online sportsbook permitted statewide
  • Inconvenient retail sportsbook locations
  • Few bonuses and promotions

How to start betting in Oregon

Getting started with sports betting in Oregon is as straightforward as it gets. With the Oregon Lottery’s monopoly on commercial betting, bettors have a single option when wagering online.

1

Select a sportsbook

Oregon’s single-operator model takes the guesswork out of the equation for interested bettors. For better or worse, local gamblers have been saddled with a single online option. Scoreboard, Oregon’s sports betting app, will soon be migrated over to DraftKings.

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Register online

Oregon gamblers can register online via the Oregon Lottery Scoreboard website or mobile app.

3

Claim a bonus

The Oregon Lottery Scoreboard app has been known to offer promo codes for deposit bonuses, but these promotions are not always available. Keep an eye on current offers to capitalize on the top promotions and make the most of your bankroll.

4

Deposit funds

Oregon bettors can top up their Scoreboard account with Play+. Credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal accounts can be used to fund Play+ accounts. Remember to deposit the minimum amount required to ensure you qualify for relevant promotional offers.

5

Choose your bet types

The Scoreboard sportsbook offers Oregonians all of the popular bet types. Expect to find moneylines, Over/Unders (totals), point spreads, parlays, live betting, futures, and more.

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Start betting

Although Oregon bettors don’t have the luxury of shopping around for the most favorable odds, action can be taken to ensure you’re as prepared as possible before placing your first bet. Always make sure you understand the odds, payouts, and terms and conditions of your wager.

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Withdraw funds

Bettors can access their sports bet winnings by withdrawing to a Play+ or personal bank account. These transactions typically take a few days to process. Notably, credit cards cannot be used to access Scoreboard winnings in Oregon.

odds icon Reading the odds 

Oregon bettors will see American Odds as the default option for viewing betting odds in the Beaver State. American odds identify favorites and underdogs by using minus (-) and plus (+) signs, respectively. The number — shown in hundreds or thousands — indicates the amount of money that needs to be wagered to win $100 (favorites) or can be won from a $100 bet (underdogs).

For example, let’s say the Trail Blazers (-110) are hosting the Denver Nuggets (+120) at the Moda Center. Looking at the odds, you can see the Blazers are favored to emerge with the victory, and the Nuggets have been labeled as underdogs. A $100 bet on the visiting Nuggets would net the biggest return ($120), while Portland bettors would be required to lay down $110 to claim $100 in winnings.

While the riskier wager, underdogs always present the greatest opportunity for a larger payout. 

To view odds as decimals or fractions, head on over to our odds converter. There, you can easily switch between American, decimal, and fractional odds.

OR sports betting handle

Reported to have lost money in each of its first two years of operation, the Oregon Lottery hopes to increase its bottom line as it migrates the Scoreboard app to the DraftKings platform.

Oregon saw a dip in total handle for a second consecutive month in September 2021 (compared to August and September 2020 figures). Despite a population of over four million, the Beaver State has consistently produced lower sports betting numbers than less populous states.

Here's a look at Oregon's sports betting earnings to date (Note: these figures do not include tribal sports betting):

Yearly breakdown

Year

Total handle

Revenue

Hold percentage

2019

$45.2M

$2.9M

6.4%

2020

$218M

$20M

9.2%

2021

-

-

-

Monthly handle

Month

2021

2020

2019

January

$34.9M

$21.1M

N/A

February

$29.6M

$20.8M

N/A

March

$24M

$9M

N/A

April

$25.3M

$4.4M

N/A

May

$27.7M

$7.2M

N/A

June

$24.9M

$7.9M

N/A

July

$18.1M

$14M

N/A

August

$17.6M

$25.8M

N/A

September

$25M

$26.1M

N/A

October

$37.6M

$29.4M

$5.6M

November

-

$25M

$17.1M

December

-

$26.9M

$22.5M

Total

$264.6M

$218M

$45.2M

 

What you can't bet on in Oregon

Several betting opportunities have not yet made their way to the Scoreboard betting app. It remains to be seen if novelty bets and college wagering options will be available when DraftKings takes over in the not-too-distant future. The silver lining? Many of the bets that aren’t available online can be found at one of Oregon’s retail sportsbooks.

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Politics are off-limits in Oregon. In fact, you won’t find legal betting on politics anywhere in the U.S.

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Oregonians do not have the option of placing bets on the results of celebrity and pop-culture events, such as the Oscars and Academy Awards.

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Scoreboard has yet to add esports to its platform. It remains to be seen if this type of bet will be offered when DraftKings takes over in Oregon.

What about Oregon college sports?

Oregon’s lottery-run Scoreboard app does not offer college sports betting. However, Oregon’s tribal casinos do offer action on college sports.

Legal sportsbooks in Oregon

While some states boast lists of sportsbooks longer than the Oregon Trail, the same can’t be said for Oregon itself. Oregon has just two retail sportsbooks, both of which are located on tribal lands one to two hours southwest of Portland. 

The Oregon Lottery’s Scoreboard sportsbook stands as the only online sportsbook available statewide. The BetMGM sportsbook app can only be accessed from Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde.

Oregon's online and mobile sportsbooks

Online sportsbook operator

Mobile app

Odds provider

Online casino

Retail partner

Scoreboard

Yes

SBTech

No

N/A

BetMGM

Yes

BetMGM

No

Spirit Mountain Casino

Land-based Oregon sportsbooks

Sportsbook

Venue

Address

Phone number

Odds provider

BetMGM

Spirit Mountain Casino 27100 SW Salmon River Hwy, Grand Ronde, OR 97347 503-879-2350 BetMGM

Sports Wagering Lounge

Chinook Winds Casino Resort 1777 NW 44th St, Lincoln City, OR 97367 888-244-6665 LVDC

Home team advantage: Oregon sports

Oregon sports fans have stood by their lone professional franchise through thick and thin. Rip City is home to the Portland Trail Blazers, the NBA’s only team located in the Pacific Northwest.

While nothing beats the thrill of victory, bettors should always be wary of blindly placing sports bets on their hometown club. Always remain objective when betting on any team or sport. Our how to bet guides are a great place to begin your preliminary research.

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Portland Trail Blazers
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Seattle Seahawks
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Seattle Mariners

Other types of gambling

Oregon's gambling history dates back to the early 1930s — pari-mutuel betting has been permitted since 1933. Today, the Beaver State is home to nearly a dozen tribal casinos and a single horse racing track.

Aside from sports betting, all types of online gambling remain illegal in Oregon.

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Tribal casinos are the only facilities permitted to offer casino gambling in the state of Oregon. Unfortunately, none of these locations are located in or near downtown Portland.

Online casinos are illegal in Oregon, but sweepstakes models continue to operate in the state legally. Chumba Casino and LuckyLand Slots are among the most popular options.

poker Poker

Poker rooms can be found in Portland, Oregon’s largest and most populous city, and in many of the state’s tribal casinos. 

Horse and jockey Horse racing

Portland Meadows was Oregon’s main attraction for nearly three-quarters of a century before closing in December 2019. Grants Pass Downs, operating since 1968, now serves as the premier racing site in the Beaver State.

The Oregon Racing Commission oversees all pari-mutuel horse race betting in the state. This includes live-action at Grants Pass Downs and all betting activity at off-track betting sites. Gamblers can take in a live race or live-stream the action with TVG. 

Horse and jockey Daily fantasy sports

The legality of DFS contests has been a hot topic in Oregon for some time. During DraftKings negotiations to replace the Scorecard app as Oregon’s new online sportsbook, the company agreed to cease all DFS operations in the state as an act of good faith. Other DFS providers, such as FanDuel, continue to operate in Oregon.

Responsible gaming in Oregon

Problem gamblers in Oregon can turn to Oregon Problem Gambling Resource, an organization offering toll-free helplines, self-assessments, and additional resources to assist those struggling with gambling addictions.

Scoreboard, Oregon’s online sportsbook, provides its users with budgeting tools, such as deposit and loss limits, while allowing players to self-exclude themselves from all sports betting activity.

Legal U.S. sports betting markets

Oregon isn’t the only U.S. state to offer legal sports betting. The following states also offer regulated online and/or in-person sports wagering: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Sportsbooks to avoid in Oregon

Offshore sportsbooks may seem like enticing alternatives to legal Oregon sports betting, but trusting your bankroll with these websites can be a risky proposition.  We recommend you steer clear of the following operators:

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  • Allegations of withdrawal issues
  • No license information available on site
  • Poor customer service
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  • Multiple reports of slow payments
  • Allegations of non-payments
  • Risk of account closure simply for winning bets
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  • Reports of confiscated winnings
  • Slow customer support response times

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