Another state is officially set to allow sports betting. It’s been confirmed that sports betting in Oregon is launching at the Chinook Winds Casino on August 27th. It’s great news for sports fans throughout the state.
More US states are beginning to embrace the sports betting industry. Today, we’re going to look at the current set of casino and sports gambling laws in Oregon. We’ll also talk about the state’s decision to allow sports betting. Let’s get started!
Gambling Laws in Oregon, Explained
Oregon is thought of as one of the most liberal states in the US. Over the past few decades, lawmakers here have embraced most forms of gambling. Casino-style gambling was legalized in 1992. Today, there are nine land-based casinos in the state, all of which are operated by Native American Tribes.
Sports betting has taken longer to open up here. Oregon is one of the states that was grandfathered into the Federal ban on sports gambling in the early 90s. For decades, the only state legally allowed to offer sports betting in the US was Nevada. This changed in May of 2018 when the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA.
Once this happened, every state had the ability to set laws on the sports gambling industry. Many different states quickly presented sports gambling legislation, including Oregon, which presented a bill to legalize the industry in 2019. Sports betting in Oregon is now legal and is set to launch in a few days.
Unfortunately, Oregon’s laws on internet gambling are restrictive. This is one of the few states that states it’s illegal to accept payments from internet gambling websites. Many analysts feel these laws don’t apply to online casinos in Oregon, as they are based in other countries. Hope is that online casino gambling will become regulated here within the next few years.
Sports Betting in Oregon is Coming to the Chinook Winds Casino
Lawmakers in Oregon realize the huge revenue earning potential from the sports gambling industry. Many states with legal sports betting markets are earning millions of dollars a month from this industry. Politicians here were quick to approve the sports gambling bill presented earlier this year and have been working on plans to officially launch it.
Starting on August 27th, Oregon sports fans can finally begin making wagers on their favorite teams and players. The Chinook Winds Casino, located in Lincoln City, is the first gaming establishment to offer sports betting odds. Over the next several months, more of the land-based casinos in this state are set to begin operating sportsbooks, as well.
Will Roberston, director of casino operations at Chinook Casino, expects the new sportsbook to be a major hit with Oregonians.
“We’re expecting it to be pretty busy,” he said. “There may be lines to get your bets in.”
Interestingly, Oregon is also preparing to launch a state-run online sports betting platform through the lottery. The goal was to have the app up and running by the start of the 2019/2020 NFL season. Based on what’s being said by state officials, this isn’t likely to happen.
Oregon Sports Betting Lottery Gets Delayed
Part of the new sports betting laws in Oregon allow the state to run a lottery that offers sports betting. The lottery will launch an app that’s available throughout the state. Unlike the sportsbook at Chinook Casino, this app will not allow players to bet on NCAA games.
It seems unlikely that this app will be ready by the start of this year’s NFL season. Based on numerous reports, the app won’t launch until mid-September. Lottery spokesman Matt Shelby confirmed this to the media this week.
“It’ will likely be two, three weeks into the season,” Shelby said. “Testing is going fine.”
Shelby also commented on the reason that the app is being delayed. He claims that the lottery needs more time to design interfaces between the games and different payment technologies developed in recent years. Fortunately, online sports betting in Oregon will be completely available for the majority of the football season.
Sports fans in Oregon can begin placing bets on their favorite teams next week. In time, every state may begin offering legal sports gambling options. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on US sports gambling law changes over the next few weeks!