Oregon is among the ever-growing list of states where you can legally bet on sports. Those in Oregon who do want to place a bet on the Portland Trail Blazers or on any other team or game would likely have done so using the Oregon Lottery Scoreboard app. But now, the Oregon Lottery has switched to the DraftKings Sportsbook app and website.
Oregon is essentially a “single-sportsbook” state, in which the lottery operates online sports betting. That being said, a couple of Oregon tribes have also introduced sports betting, although only on site at their casinos.
Here is an overview of how sports betting in Oregon works, including some background on the history of sports betting in the state and further information regarding what you can bet on and where.
Is sports betting legal in Oregon?
Yes, sports betting is legal in Oregon. In fact, it has technically been legal in some form since the late 1980s, albeit in a limited way.
The Oregon Lottery operated a parlay form of sports betting called Sports Action since 1989. After PASPA became law in 1992, the Oregon Lottery was allowed to continue offering Sports Action and would do so into the mid-2000s. But once PASPA was ruled unconstitutional, the doors opened wide for states to offer all forms of sports betting if they wished.
Many states’ lawmakers promptly began passing sports betting legislation. However, thanks to Oregon having been “grandfathered” in already, the Oregon Lottery determined it didn’t need a new law to offer sports betting once again. After partnering with SBTech as a provider, the lottery launched its new Oregon Lottery Scoreboard app in October 2019. However, by August 2021 the lottery had switched over to DraftKings.
Six weeks earlier, in August 2019, the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City opened a retail sportsbook, becoming the first place in the state to offer full-scale sports betting. Unlike the lottery sportsbook, the sportsbook at Chinook Winds offers betting on college sports. Other tribal casinos followed suit and opened sportsbooks as well.
None of the tribal casinos’ sportsbooks are online, with sports betting only available on site. Oregon thus joins other states such as New Mexico and North Dakota where tribes have struck out on their own to interpret their compacts as permitting them to offer sports betting even without any explicit sports betting legislation.
Does Oregon have legal online sportsbooks?
Yes, just one — the Oregon Lottery DraftKings Sportsbook. DraftKings is available statewide but only allows wagering on professional sports, with no betting on college games. It remains the only Oregon sports betting app available in the state.
In early 2021, it appeared as though DraftKings was about to replace SBTech as a new provider for the Oregon Lottery’s online sportsbook. However, those negotiations appeared threatened when the Oregon Lottery raised questions about DraftKings already offering its daily fantasy sports site to Oregon players. There are no Oregon sports betting laws either authorizing or forbidding daily fantasy sports.
In order to smooth things over, DraftKings chose to eliminate that point of contention and stopped accepting Oregon entries into its DFS contests starting July 26, 2021. Discussions continued, and in late August 2021, the Oregon Lottery Commission unanimously approved a provider switch from SBTech to DraftKings.
Which online sportsbooks could launch in Oregon?
When it comes to major online sportsbooks operating elsewhere in the country, only DraftKings Sportsbook appears poised at present to launch in Oregon. The Oregon Lottery Commission has already approved changing operators from SBTech to DraftKings for its sportsbook. DraftKings actually acquired SBTech in 2020. However, those with Oregon Lottery Scoreboard accounts will likely still have to create new accounts once the change happens.
Lawmakers have proposed legislation to open sports betting up to additional companies in Oregon, but the move has failed to gain any support. With no movement in the state Legislature, it is likely DraftKings will be the sole operator for a while.
Now, you might encounter other online sportsbooks purporting to be “legal” in Oregon, but these are in fact sites located outside the US that do not abide by US or Oregon law. Such “offshore” sites are risky for Oregon sports bettors and not recommended. If you deposit and wager on such sites and encounter problems with your funds or your account, have issues with the grading of bets or suspect any sort of fraudulent activity, you would have no legal recourse.
Oregon sports bettors are much better off sticking with the DraftKings Sportsbook. Even with its limits (i.e., no college betting), doing so is preferable insofar as bettors are protected against fraud and can be certain their accounts are secure.
Where can I legally bet on sports near me?
In truth, with the lottery sportsbook app you can bet anywhere in the state and sign up for an account anywhere, too. So legal Oregon online sports betting is as simple as logging in, depositing funds, and placing a bet. If you want a change of pace, Oregon does have a handful of retail sportsbooks but they require a drive to tribal casinos. Two locations are on the Oregon Coast.
- Chinook Winds Casino Resort: 1777 NW 44th St., Lincoln City 97367
- Mill Casino: 3201 Tremont St., North Bend 97459
- Spirit Mountain Casino: 27100 SW Salmon River Hwy, Grand Ronde 97347
For a longer drive, Oregonians could travel north. Washington legalized sports betting in 2020, though only at the state’s tribal casinos. Most of the casinos in Washington are located near Seattle, Tacoma or Spokane. Not all of the Washington tribes renegotiated their compacts to offer sports betting either. The closest one to Oregon that did was the Shoalwater Bay Tribe, whose casino is located on the coast in Tokeland, about a two-hour drive from the state line and about a three-hour drive from Portland.
For an even longer drive to bet on sports in person, one could head into Nevada, which has had legal betting for decades and online betting since 2010. While there are a few casinos in the northern part of NV, the largest cluster near Oregon is in Reno, still quite a drive from much of the state.
But with online sports betting legal in Oregon, the only reason to make a drive is if you are just hankering for a weekend road trip.
What sports can I bet on in Oregon?
Anyone 21 or older in Oregon can bet on sports from anywhere in the state on the DraftKings Sportsbook app. Even though there is no betting on college sports at the online-only sportsbook, there is a large selection of sports available:
- Australian rules football
- Mixed martial arts
- Motor racing
- Rugby league
- Rugby union
- Snooker and pool
- Table tennis
The tribal casinos in Oregon that currently offer sports betting each have a smaller range of sports on which to bet, although they do allow betting on college sports. Note that sports betting in tribal casinos is on-site only.
Sports team favorites in Oregon
As far as betting on Oregon sports teams is concerned, the state boasts a couple of professional franchises with pretty big fan bases. The Portland Trail Blazers have competed in the NBA for decades, winning one championship and reaching the NBA Finals on two other occasions. Meanwhile, the Portland Timbers have been competing in Major League Soccer since 2009 and nearly finished atop the Western Conference standings in 2020.
On the college level, the Oregon Ducks, Oregon State Beavers and Portland State Vikings all have NCAA Division I men’s basketball teams and football teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision. The Oregon Ducks basketball team has been especially competitive recently, reaching the Final Four in 2017. The Portland Pilots also have an NCAA Division I men’s basketball team.
However, those using the DraftKings app will not be able to place bets on college sports or teams. College betting is not allowed on the app, but you can find college sports bets at the tribal casinos.
What bets are available at Oregon sportsbooks?
When betting on teams from Oregon or anywhere else, you’ll find all the usual bets, including the following:
- Moneyline — A classic bet on one side or the other to win a game outright.
- Spread — A bet that takes into account the point spread. For example, if the Portland Trail Blazers are a 2.5-point favorite, they’ll need to win by three or more in order for you to win your bet.
- Total — A bet on whether the total score in a game will go over or under a set line. This is also known as an “over/under” bet.
- Prop — A bet on an event or outcome not necessarily related to the game’s results, such as on how many points a player will score or which team will gather the most assists.
- Period/quarter/half betting — A bet on a specific part of a game rather than the entire game. You can place moneyline, point spread and total bets on just a quarter or half, if you like.
- Parlay — A single wager that incorporates multiple bets, each of which has to be correct for your overall bet to win.
- Teaser — A type of parlay in which you can alter or “tease” the lines for your bets to be more favorable, with the change then also affecting the odds and payout of the overall parlay.
- Futures — Bet on an event or outcome that will not be settled until a future date, such as a preseason or mid-season bet on which team will win the Super Bowl.
- Live betting — Bet on events and outcomes in games while they are in progress. This includes placing moneyline, spread and total bets during the game with the odds and payouts changing in response to how the game progresses.
FAQ on Oregon sports betting
Who oversees sports betting in Oregon?
At present, the Oregon Lottery oversees its DraftKings sports betting app. Regarding the tribes that have started offering limited sports betting at their casinos, all gambling in tribal casinos in Oregon falls under the regulation of both the tribes and the state.
If lawmakers were to expand sports betting in the state, the state-run lottery could continue to provide oversight, or another regulatory body such as the Oregon Racing Commission could take over.
How old do I have to be to bet on sports in Oregon?
You need to be 21 or older to bet on the DraftKings Sportsbook website or app. The Chinook Winds Casino Resort, the Mill Casino and the Spirit Mountain Casino have also all made 21 the minimum age to bet on sports.
Can you play daily fantasy sports in Oregon?
Yes, you can. Oregon is like a number of states where daily fantasy sports exists in a kind of legal gray area, neither authorized by law nor explicitly prohibited. In 2017, a House bill was introduced that would have explicitly legalized daily fantasy sports in Oregon, but the bill failed to advance. DFS sites continue to operate in Oregon, including FanDuel, Yahoo Fantasy Sports and FantasyDraft.
Is DraftKings in Oregon?
No… and not yet. It’s an odd way of saying that the DraftKings DFS app does not allow Oregon players to participate in its contests at this time, although it may start doing so again in the near future. But, since the Oregon Lottery is switching providers to DraftKings for its sports betting app, you will likely soon need to create a DraftKings Sportsbook account anyway.
Can I bet on the Oregon Ducks?
If you are using the Oregon DraftKings app, the answer is no. The state lottery prohibits bets on all college sports, including the Ducks. However, if you are visiting one of the tribal casinos with retail books, the answer is yes. Mill Casino, Spirit Mountain Casino, and Chinook Winds Casino all offer bets on Oregon Ducks and other college sports events.
History of sports betting in Oregon
Unlike some states where sports betting only recently became legal and thus has a very short history, Oregon has offered some form of legal sports betting for several decades.
Sports Action: The lottery’s first sports betting game
In 1984, Oregon voters approved a ballot referendum to introduce a state-run lottery, and the first lottery tickets went on sale a year later. In 1989, the lottery added a game called Sports Action that enabled a limited form of parlay betting on NFL games. Betting on NBA games joined soon after, although games involving the Portland Trail Blazers were not available for betting. Sports Action was originally created as a way for the Oregon Lottery to generate funds for college athletic programs in Oregon.
Sports Action presented players a list of games and point spreads. For example, for the NFL, it would be all of the games for that week. For the NBA, it would be all the games on a particular night. Bettors picked anywhere from three to 14 games against the spread, and if they got all of their picks correct, they would win. Getting more picks right yielded higher payouts. Prizes used a pari-mutuel system, meaning the available prize pool (money wagered) was divided among the winners.
When NBA games were added in late 1989, that caused the NBA to file a lawsuit against the Oregon Lottery in federal court. The NFL hadn’t originally objected to Sports Action, but it supported the NBA’s lawsuit. The NBA argued that the game hurt its reputation, threatened its games’ integrity and infringed on its trademark and property rights. The NBA ultimately dropped its lawsuit in 1990 when the Oregon Lottery agreed to stop including NBA games, but Sports Action continued thereafter each NFL season.
When PASPA became federal law in 1992, Oregon was able to continue offering its sports betting game, making it one of very few states outside of Nevada with any sort of sports betting at all. Controversy continued, however, and in fact Oregon found itself being excluded from hosting March Madness games because of Sports Action. Finally, Oregon lawmakers voted to abolish Sports Action in 2005, and following the 2006-07 NFL season the game was discontinued.
Oregon Lottery Scoreboard and switch to DraftKings: The lottery brings back sports betting
When the US Supreme Court overturned PASPA in 2018, Oregon got back into the sports betting game with the Oregon Lottery again leading the charge. The Oregon Lottery Scoreboard website and app launched in October 2019, offering a traditional menu of sports betting options (excluding college sports) in an online-only format.
Soon after, a couple of Oregon tribes also began offering sports betting at their casinos in a limited fashion and only in person.
In August 2021, the Oregon Lottery Commission unanimously approved the switch from the Scoreboard app to DraftKings.
At the start of 2021, a new sports betting bill was introduced with the support of Gov. Kate Brown designed to move Oregon away from its limited, lottery-sponsored version of sports betting to a more competitive model accepting multiple sportsbooks. The bill, HB 2127, would have authorized the Oregon Racing Commission to regulate sports wagering in the state.
The new Oregon sports betting legislation would have allowed sportsbooks to apply for licenses, would have mandated the use of official league data to grade live bets, and would have permitted betting on college sports. The bill lacked other particulars, however, including listing a tax rate on revenue. After being read in the House, HB 2127 never proceeded any further.
In any case, Oregon does have legal sports betting and, unlike the short-lived history of Sports Action, it is almost a certainty to remain in place from now on.