Last updated: June 1, 2020
Status: Sports betting is legal in Oregon as of August 2019. The only way to bet on sports in the state is via a lottery run app which was launched in October 2019.
The app is currently only available for iOS but will soon be available for Android too.
ETA: Sports betting is legal as of August 2019.
By far the most significant event in the history of gambling in Oregon came in 1992. Due to a carve-out, Oregon was permitted to offer pool betting (parlay wagers) following the advent of PASPA. This dynamic continued a sports betting tradition that started back in the 1930s…
1933– Greyhound racing and betting becomes popular. Multnomah Stadium becomes the state’s main venue until the sport fell out of favor in 2004.
1946– Portland Meadows began offering a full season of racing in 1946. Buoyed by this, off-track betting was available at 11 venues throughout the state under the Portland Meadows license.
1980s– Oregon’s Native American tribes begin to explore the possibilities of betting and gaming under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Bingo halls started to emerge in the early '90s before the Cow Creek band moved to offer blackjack and video poker.
1984– An amendment to the Oregon Constitution is approved, meaning the state can host its first official lottery. In setting up the Oregon State Lottery, the commission assumed control of all betting and gaming activity within the state (except tribal activities).
2000s– Attempts to legalize brick-and-mortar casinos have been rebuffed since the '70s. The most recent attempts to build a casino at the defunct Multnomah Greyhound Track were voted down in 2010 and 2012. Subsequently, the only live gaming venues in Oregon are located on tribal land.
2019– Sports betting legalized and lottery run app launched.
All forms of betting in the state are controlled by the Oregon State Lottery.
To bet on sports in Oregon you have to be 21 or older.
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The Oregon State Lottery is the home of sports betting within the state. Using its digital platform (called Scorecard), it is the state’s official online sportsbook.
No, but it will be. Because there are no state-regulated casinos, the natural way to roll out full sports betting is via the Oregon State Lottery app.
As yet, it’s unclear how much sports betting revenue Oregon will be able to generate. It is estimated the figure could be around $100 million.
It’s not yet clear how much tax any legal sports betting entities in Oregon will have to pay.
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