Oregon Online Sports Betting

The Northwest has welcomed legalized sports betting, courtesy of Oregon.

While the mass majority of the other states in the US had to propose, deliberate and pass legislation legalizing the industry, Oregon did not. In fact, the Beaver State was one of four states (alongside Nevada, Delaware and Montana) that were exempt from the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992.

Oregon’s parlay-style game Sports Action ran from 1989 to 2007 but dissolved after the NCAA threatened to withhold staging championship events in the state. Following the repeal of PASPA, and as states on the East Coast eagerly integrated legalized sports betting, the Oregon Lottery elected to bring regulated wagering back to Oregon.

Chinook Winds Casino Resort, a tribal-owned casino on the Oregon Coast, opened the state’s first retail sportsbook in August 2019. It beat the lottery to the punch as the first sports betting operator in Oregon. The Oregon Lottery-backed app, dubbed Scoreboard, became the region’s first online sportsbook when it launched Oct. 16, 2019.

Oregon online sports betting: open for business

In early 2019, a spokesman with the Oregon Lottery detailed how the organization aimed at unveiling the organization’s betting app by opening week of the NFL season. Just a few weeks later, the lottery selected SBTech as its sports betting provider to power the Scoreboard app.

The lottery’s timeline certainly appeared realistic. Yet opening kickoff came to pass, and the app remained on the sideline. The Oregon Lottery delayed launching the state’s sole mobile wagering option.

That cautiousness stemmed from its attempt at ensuring the app — available for iOS, Android and desktop — contained a few hiccups.

By mid-October, the app hit the market, bringing online the lone mobile sportsbook in Oregon and the first on the West Coast.

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Scoreboard app: how it works and how to download

The Oregon Lottery has remained adamant that its online sportsbook will revolve around professional sports only. Its lines, for the time being, do not include NCAA sports.

Additionally, aside from requiring users to be at least 21 years old, Scoreboard is geofenced to only operate within state lines and not on tribal lands.

Users of Scoreboard can register via the Scoreboard app or on desktop. Obviously, the app will feature major professional sports like NFLNBANHL and MLB. In addition, it will include:

  • Australian rules football
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Darts
  • Golf  
  • MLS and NWSL soccer
  • MMA
  • Motorsports
  • Rugby
  • Snooker
  • Tennis

Bettors can place single-game wagers as well as parlay bets, and they will also have access to in-play wagering. To boot, Scoreboard offers a cash-out option for bettors to capitalize on early payouts or to salvage potential losses.

The Northwest’s lone online sportsbook (for now) is available in the Apple App Store and for download from the Oregon Lottery site for Android users. That is in addition to the lottery featuring a desktop version of its online sportsbook.

How to deposit and withdrawal

The first step in participating in Oregon online sports betting is setting up an account. Also included is setting up a way to fund your account.

After registering for a Scoreboard Play+ account, users can deposit funds with which to wager. The app allows bettors to do so in the following ways:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Discover
  • PayPal
  • PayWithMyBank ACH

Users can set limits on the size of deposits, bets and losses.

As for withdrawals, bettors can transfer funds from their “wagering account” to their Play+ accounts. After initial registration, users receive Play+ cards in the mail, which ATMs and retailers that accept Discover card will take them.

Take advantage of bonuses and rewards

While many states launched with and still push promotions, bonuses and rewards, Oregon did not.

That said, lottery officials emphasized that the marketing team is working diligently toward rolling out such incentives.

The intent, the OR Lottery said, is to have bonuses and rewards ready as soon as possible. Stay tuned for more updates.

Virtual sports betting in Oregon

During an Oregon State Lottery Commission meeting June 26, committee members discussed the possibility integrating online virtual sports betting to its catalog.

As it stands, only New Jersey offers such a product.

The Oregon Lottery’s sports betting tech provider, SBTech, already has agreements with several virtual sports providers: Golden RaceInspired Entertainment and Leap Gaming.

Such a suggestion emerged as the lottery seeks ways to maintain engagement with Oregon residents. A temporary administrative order from the lottery outlined how virtual sports would be key to accomplishing that feat.

With handle clocking in at $4.4 million, resulting in a mere $383,000 in revenue, April 2020 stood as the worst month in that category for the Scoreboard app since launching in fall 2019.

With virtual sports, users would have the ability to wager on simulated sports contests. The results of these events are dictated by random number generators that assign odds throughout the contest.

Virtual sports include basketball, football, soccer, horse racing and car racing.

Retail sports betting in Oregon

Interestingly, the Oregon Lottery was not first to the sports betting scene in its state.

That honor went to Chinook Winds Casino Resort, a tribal-owned casino located in the coastal town of Lincoln City. By Halloween, that retail crowd grew to two sportsbooks, as The Mill Casino & Hotel in North Bend, also on the coast, debuted self-service kiosks.

Several other tribal-owned casinos have expressed interest in opening retail sportsbooks, though the state still only features one brick-and-mortar.

Other properties that could potentially join Chinook Winds in the sports betting world include:

  • Indian Head Casino, Warm Springs
  • Kla-Mo-Ya Casino, Chiloquin
  • Old Camp Casino, Burns
  • Seven Feathers Hotel & Casino Resort, Canyonville
  • Spirit Mountain Casino, Grand Ronde
  • Three Rivers Casino, Florence
  • Three Rivers Casino, Coos Bay
  • Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Pendleton

Theoretically, tribes could revisit their compacts with the state and negotiate the authorization for them to offer online sportsbooks. For now, though, Scoreboard runs unopposed.

Pro teams to bet on for Oregon sports betting

Collegiate betting may not exist on the betting app, and only at Chinook Winds (for now). However, Oregon boasts an active group of fans for local and even regional, professional teams.

  • Basketball: Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)
  • Soccer: Portland Timbers (MLS)
  • Soccer: Portland Thorns (NWSL)

To boot, because of traditional and storied rivalries in the Northwest, Oregon is also home to fans who favor out-of-state teams. Specifically:

    • Baseball: Seattle Mariners (MLB)
    • Basketball: Seattle Storm (WNBA)
    • Football: Seattle Seahawks (NFL)
    • Hockey: Unnamed Seattle NHL team (coming 2021)
    • Soccer: Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)
    • Soccer: Reign FC (NWSL)
    • Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB)
    • Baseball: Los Angeles Angels (MLB)
    • Baseball: Oakland Athletics (MLB)
    • Baseball: San Francisco Giants (MLB)
    • Basketball: Golden State Warriors (NBA)
    • Basketball: Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
    • Football: Oakland Raiders (NFL)
    • Football: San Francisco 49ers (NFL)

What do the different types of bets mean?

The betting jargon can undoubtedly be intimidating. Fear not; we have you covered:

  • Moneyline: The basic single bet, which is essentially picking the outright winner of an event. Books offer lines based on a $100 wager. Favorites are shown in a negative form (how much you’d need to bet to win $100), and underdogs show how much you’d win off a $100 wager.
  • Totals: Another simple single bet, wherein you predict if the two teams will score more or fewer points than the set total.
  • Spreads: We know about favorites and underdogs, and this is where sportsbooks tell bettors how much of a favorite one team is. This method theoretically creates a level playing field. Bettors can choose to bet on the favorite to win by more than the set spread or for the underdog to lose by less than the spread or even win outright.
  • Parlays: This involves multiple bets. Potential winnings increase with more wagers, or “legs,” but the risk is higher, as well. One loss prevents a parlay from paying out.
  • Teasers: A form of a parlay that revolves around point spreads, which can be adjusted by the bettor but could result in a lower return.
  • Props: Any wager that is based on player output is known as a proposition bet, e.g., rushing yards, points scored, Super Bowl MVP, etc.
  • Futures: These bets are long-term. At the start of the season, or any time during, bettors can wager on which team will win the league championship or even MVP award.
  • In-play betting: In-game wagering features all the above, but odds are adjusted based on how the game plays out. Bettors can watch a game, see a trend or momentum and bet on certain outcomes.

Oregon sports betting FAQ

When can Oregon residents start placing bets?

Right now. The state’s lone retail sportsbook resides at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City. The Oregon Lottery debuted the state’s lone sports betting app, Scoreboard, on Oct. 16, 2019.

Will more tribal casinos integrate sports betting?

We can’t say for sure, but interest has certainly been shown. Casinos can offer the same gaming opportunities that the lottery has, and that includes sports betting. Tribes must stick to retail sportsbooks but can renegotiate compacts with the state to potentially allow for mobile betting.

Other casinos in the state that could bring on sports betting include:

  • Indian Head Casino, Warm Springs
  • Kla-Mo-Ya Casino, Chiloquin
  • The Mill Casino & Hotel, North Bend
  • Old Camp Casino, Burns
  • Seven Feathers Casino Resort, Canyonville
  • Spirit Mountain Casino, Grand Ronde
  • Three Rivers Casino, Florence
  • Three Rivers Casino, Coos Bay
  • Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Pendleton

Will Oregon sports betting expand in other ways?

Aside from tribal casinos potentially integrating legalized wagering, the Oregon Lottery itself has plans to expand its side of the industry. Part of those intentions includes implementing self-service kiosks at lottery retailers throughout the state. That process could begin as soon as early 2020. On top of that, the lottery also expects to bring back the Sports Action parlay game.

Do I have to live in Oregon to bet online?

In order to place wagers via the Scoreboard app, you must be physically located within state lines, either as a resident or visitor. The app is also geofenced so as not to operate on tribal lands.

Is it legal to wager on Oregon sports teams?

While states such as New Jersey have prohibited legal wagering on colleges and collegiate events within state lines, the Oregon Lottery banned them altogether. Chinook Winds, however, does offer lines on in-state universities such as Oregon and Oregon State.

Professionally, retail and online sports betting in Oregon allows for wagering on hometown teams like the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA), Portland Timbers (MLS) and Portland Thorns (NWSL).

How old do I have to be to bet in Oregon legally?

As is commonplace with states rolling out legalized sports betting, Oregon requires you to be at least 21 years old.

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