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The Scoreboard sports betting app launched in October 2019, allowing Oregonians to wager statewide via a mobile phone. The first sportsbook launched at Chinook Winds, a tribal gaming facility, in September 2019.
Welcome to your Oregon Sports Betting Guide! We provide you with the current gambling environment, discuss the difficulties of legalizing sports betting in Oregon, what will it take to become legalized and where to play in the mean time.
If you are looking to join in on the sports betting action then read on!
Top 3 Oregon Sportsbooks Online
Sports Gambling Laws and Legislation
Oregon had begun offering a parlay card system for the NFL called Sports Action beginning in 1989. NBA games were made available as well beginning in 1990, with the home-state Portland Trail Blazers being exempt. The basketball component was discontinued after one year due to lack of public interest. (Dissatisfaction on the part of both the NFL and NCAA led to the eventual passing of a bill to outlaw Sports Action, making the 2007 NFL season its swan song.)
Oregon Online Sports Betting
Unbeknownst to many, online sports betting has been occurring for many years. Oregon sports betting turnover for 2019 was $61 million, wagered via online sport betting sites. These online sport betting sites are offshore and are open to accepting US players.
Is this illegal?
It is a gray area. The current state laws do not clearly articulate whether gambling offshore online is illegal or not. Therefore, you will find many online sports books (and online casinos) accepting US players from states that have ambiguous gambling laws – Oregon is one of those states.
Is it dangerous?
There are two aspects to this question.
Firstly, will you get caught or fined?
I highly doubt it. Till this day, there has been no precedence of anyone being charged with breaking the law for playing at offshore online sports betting books or offshore online casinos.
Secondly, are offshore sports betting books trustworthy and reliable?
Very much so. They have been operating in the market for many years and sports betting is a clear cut outcome (when compared to online casino games). It’s therefore extremely difficult to argue that an outcome of a sports bet is wrong.
How can I find an online Sports Book?
The most popular offshore sports book is Bovada. It is the largest and has a long standing history of operating a sports book for US citizens.
Do NOT place a bet at an unlicensed sports book operating offshore. Unlicensed sportsbooks may not be reliable. Although they may offer great Welcome Bonuses, their promise to pay any winnings may be empty. Keep with the trusted, big brand names.
How can I place a Sports Bet onshore?
It is illegal to run a sports book or place a sports bet within the borders of Oregon. Other than placing a sports bet at an offshore online sports book the only other option is to travel interstate to Nevada where sports betting has been legalized.
Popular Oregon Sport Bets
- NBA – Oregon has one NBA basketball team, the Portland Trail Blazers.