Will Oregon regulate online gambling in the future?
At present, there does not appear to be much interest from Oregon lawmakers to expand online gambling and regulate online casino sites in Oregon any time soon. During the 2021 legislative session, a sports betting bill was introduced that, if passed, would have transformed Oregon from a single-operator sports betting state to one that would accept multiple online sportsbooks. The bill gained no momentum, however, and did not advance.
Oregon would need for the state’s lawmakers, its tribes, and the Oregon Lottery all to find common ground in order for any expanded online gambling legislation to have a fighting chance of moving forward.
Legal OR online gambling sites vs. offshore sites
As we noted earlier, gambling online in Oregon is limited to sweepstakes casinos, horse betting, the lottery sportsbook app, and DFS contests of a sort. Anything beyond that is not permitted. But a quick search online might yield links to sites that accept players from Oregon and that purport to offer “legal” real money online gambling. These sites operate outside of the US and do not abide by US or Oregon laws. Often called offshore gambling sites, they are not licensed to operate in Oregon nor are they under the oversight of any regulatory body in Oregon.
That means if people from Oregon deposit money and play on these sites, they are taking a significant risk, multiple risks in fact. Should there be any problems involving their funds, improprieties with the games, or other types of fraudulent activity, the players would have no legal recourse. They would just have to hope the site responded to their complaints or queries satisfactorily, and if the site did not, there would be nothing the players could do.
Players in Oregon should be wary of such sites and avoid risking their money by playing on them.