Oregon Sports Betting
Legal online sports betting has arrived in Oregon.
Sports betting first went live in Oregon in Oct. 2019 when the Oregon Lottery rolled out its Scoreboard betting app. Then in Jan. 2022 the operation was handed over to DraftKings Sportsbook who became the official sports betting provider for the Oregon Lottery. While that remains the only online sports wagering option in Oregon, multiple tribal casinos in the state now have retail sportsbooks as well.
Read on for everything you need to know about both in-person and online sports betting in Oregon and how to place wagers in the state.
DraftKings Sportsbook Oregon is live
Unlike other states with legal online sports betting and other forms of online gambling, Oregon has a unique arrangement whereby only a single online sportsbook serves the entire state, DraftKings Sportsbook. DraftKings operates the sportsbook app and website for the Oregon Lottery.
Oregon first legalized sports betting in 2019, with the Oregon Lottery initially partnering with SBTech to operate its Scoreboard online sportsbook. In Aug. 2021, the Oregon Lottery Commission voted to switch to DraftKings as a sports betting provider. Then on Jan. 18, 2022 the new DraftKings Sportsbook Oregon went live.
As a leading online sportsbook brand in the US, DraftKings already operates in nearly every state that has legal online sports betting. Indeed, at the time DraftKings Sportsbook went live in Oregon, it was already up and running in 15 other states. Oregon sports bettors have responded positively to the change and now having access to DraftKings’ wide variety of betting options and markets.
Speaking of the available markets, betting on college sports is only allowed at retail locations in Oregon. That means you will not find any college sports among the available options at DraftKings Sportsbook Oregon.
How to bet online with DraftKings Sportsbook Oregon
Setting up an account at DraftKings Sportsbook Oregon is a fast and simple process. You can access DraftKings Sportsbook on your desktop or laptop computer via any web browser and register a new account there. You can also download the DraftKings Sportsbook mobile app which is available for both Android and iOS devices and similarly create an account.
Creating an account involves sharing some personal information. You’ll need to provide your name, email address, physical address, phone number, date of birth and the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Keep in mind that you need to be at least 21 years old, the minimum age to bet on sports in Oregon.
Providing this information helps DraftKings Sportsbook ensure the security of your account. It also helps the site know you are who you say you are. You don’t have to be a resident of Oregon to create a DraftKings Sportsbook Oregon account. However, be aware that when you begin placing wagers, you’ll need to be physically located within Oregon in order to make your bets. Both the website and mobile app use geolocation technology to make certain you are inside the state lines when making any bets.
When signing up for your account you will additionally create a username and password and additionally agree to the site’s terms and conditions. This will also be the time to enter any bonus code you might have in order to take advantage of any new user promotions.
From there you can look through the lobby and see all of the available games on which to bet. When you are ready to start placing wagers, you’ll need to make a first deposit which will require you to set up your banking preferences with DraftKings Sportsbook Oregon.
Banking at DraftKings Sportsbook Oregon
When it comes to banking options, you’ll find several different ways to deposit funds into your DraftKings Sportsbook account. The minimum deposit is $10. Available depositing options include:
- ACH transfer
- Play+ Prepaid account
- credit and debit cards (Visa, MasterCard)
There are multiple ways you can withdraw fund from your DraftKings Sportsbook account as well. These include:
- ACH transfer
Each banking method comes with certain limits, and when withdrawing you’ll find some methods take longer than others. For example, if you use PayPal you can generally get your money within a half-hour, but if withdrawing by check that might take 10-14 days.
Retail sports betting at Oregon tribal casinos
Currently there are four Oregon tribal casinos with retail sportsbooks:
|Casino||City||Sportsbook||Hours of operation|
|Chinook Winds Casino Resort||Lincoln City||Sports Wagering Lounge||M-Th 10 a.m.-11 a.m.; F-Su 8 a.m.-11 p.m.|
|Spirit Mountain Casino||Grand Ronde||BetMGM Spirit Mountain Sportsbook||M-F 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sa 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su 8 a.m.-7 p.m.|
|Three Rivers Casino Resort||Florence||Sportsbook at Three Rivers Casino Resort||M-Su, 24 hrs.|
|The Mill Casino & Hotel||North Bend||Sports betting kiosks on the casino floor||M-Su, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.|
As noted above, you can bet on college sports at retail sportsbooks in Oregon, but not online at DraftKings Sportsbook Oregon. For online sports betting, you can only bet on professional sports.
There are other Oregon tribal casinos that could also open retail sportsbooks in the future. These include:
- Indian Head Casino (Warm Springs)
- Kla-Mo-Ya-Casino (Chiloquin)
- Seven Feathers Hotel & Casino Resort (Canyonville)
- Three Rivers Casino (Coos Bay)
- Wildhorse Resort & Casino (Pendleton)
What sports can I bet on in Oregon?
You can bet on a number of different sports in Oregon, including:
- Auto Racing
- MMA / UFC
In some cases, including online on the DraftKings Sportsbook, you’ll also find less common offerings like Aussie Rules football, cycling, cricket and rugby union.
Again, remember that you can only bet on college sports at Oregon’s retail sportsbooks, as the online sportsbook can only offer pro sports markets. That means when betting online you can bet on the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and other professional sports, but you can only bet on the Oregon Ducks, the Oregon State Beavers and other college teams at retail locations.
Oregon sports betting basics
If you are not terribly familiar with sports betting, you may want to so some learning before placing a bet.
What do the odds mean?
In the list of available bets shown in your sportsbook, you will see a positive or negative number by each team. These are the moneyline odds. For example
- Green Bay Packers +220
- Chicago Bears -150
When there is a minus (-) you bet that amount to win $100; when there is a plus (+) you win that amount for every hundred dollars you bet. This means that if you want to bet on the Packers, you have to bet $100 to win $220.
If you want to make a smaller bet you just scale down the winnings proportionally. If you only bet $20, then a winning bet would pay you 20/100 x 220 = $44. Plus you get your original stake of $20 back.
The negative numbers work slightly differently. If you want to bet on the Bears, you have to bet $150 to win $100. In this game the Bears are the favorites and the Packers are the underdog. For this wager a $20 winning bet would pay out 20/150 x 100 = $13.33 plus your $20 stake money back..
What are the different bet types?
There are many different ways to bet on sports. Of course you can simply bet which team will win, but there are other options. You can bet on the winning margin, the total number of points, how particular players do individually and more. Here are some of the most common bet types:
- Moneyline bets: Moneyline wagers are the simplest form of sports wagering. You simply bet on which team will win a particular match.
- Spread bets: Spread bets act as a form of handicapping so that despite the odds, each team has the same chance of winning. The sportsbook sets a spread based on the final score of a match. Obviously the favorite is expected to win, so the bookmaker sets a line. This is stated as a negative figure such as -120 for an NBA game. The underdog also gets a line but this is expressed as a plus figure, such as +130. If you bet on the favorite and they win by more than the spread, you win; if you bet on the underdog and they lose by less than the spread you win. The spread figure is always accompanied by the odds for each team beating the spread. You use these odds to calculate your potential winnings.
- Totals or Over/Under bets: With a total bet the winners don’t matter. The bet is on the total score of the game. The bookmaker quotes two prices, one for the “over” and one for the “under.” You win if you predict the score correctly to be over or under the quoted number.
- Parlay bets: Parlays tie together several individual wagers. In a standard parlay, you select the winner for several games taking place on a specific day. You only win your bet if you predict every game correctly. The more matches there are in your parlay, the bigger the odds against winning. But you can win a large sum for a small outlay — and if you lose you’ll have had a lot of fun, especially if you win the first few legs of the bet.
- Teasers: The teaser bet is similar to the simple parlay, but no moneyline bets are allowed. All the components of a Teaser bet are either totals, or spread bets. With a Teaser, the bettor gets to adjust the point spread or the total up or down a certain number of points. That makes each part of the bet easier to win, so the odds are lower and the potential pay out is less. Although Teaser bets can change the totals or spreads, each leg of the bet must use the same number of points. The elements of the teaser parlay can go in either direction—you don’t have to have all bets on the favorites or the underdogs. As with all parlay bets, the more teams included in the Teaser the longer the odds and the higher the potential winnings.
- Round Robin bets: If you want to lay several parlay bets at the same time, a round robin is the way to do it. You make a list of for example eight teams and select maybe three of them to make each parlay bet. The round robin then creates a list of all the combinations of parlays for those three teams. It is hard to calculate all the odds manually, but modern technology means the website or mobile app will do all the work for you.
- Futures: If you want to bet on who will win the next Super Bowl, a futures bet is the one for you. But again, the technology means that you can bet on many different things. Futures bets can be on who will win a league, or even on how many points a player might score over a season. Each operator offers different varieties to bet on.
- Proposition bets: Also called “props,” these are bets on various team or individual results that aren’t necessarily related to the game’s result, but instead concern other aspects of the game such as statistical performances, partial results (e.g., for a quarter or half), or other events. For example, you can make a prop bet on a player to score over or under a certain number of points.
- In-game betting: In-game betting or “live betting” has become a popular option for online sportsbooks. In-game bets are wagers made after a game has started and can include traditional moneyline, spread or totals bets as well as all sorts of prop bets.
Oregon sports betting law and history
The existing law gives the Oregon Lottery broad authority to determine what games of chance it will provide, including with regard to sports betting. As a result, any restrictions on sports betting come more from the Lottery’s policies rather than from legislation.
The Lottery has a history of moving forward with caution. Back when Sports Action was the only sports betting game offered, the local NBA team, the Portland Trail Blazers was excluded from the parlay cards. Sports Action started in 1989. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) then entered into law in 1992.
PASPA banned sports betting in all states where there wasn’t already legal provision. Four states met the carve-out, Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon, and were therefore “grandfathered” in and allowed to offer sports betting while it was prohibited everywhere else in the US. As a result, Sports Action was permitted to continue in Oregon, although it finally closed down after the state legislature passed a bill to disallow it in 2007.
When the Supreme Court overturned PASPA in May 2018, states like New Jersey rushed to pass new laws to allow sports betting. While Oregon’s previous carve-out status meant it didn’t necessarily need new legislation to authorize sports betting, a bill was passed that clarified how sports betting revenue would be spent should the Oregon Lottery choose to offer sports betting again.
Sports betting officially returned to Oregon in August 2019 with the opening of the sportsbook at Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Then in Oct. 2019 the Oregon Lottery launched its Scoreboard online sportsbook which since the start of 2022 has been operated by DraftKings. Lawmakers have recently proposed the possibility of opening up Oregon sports betting to allow additional operators, but such efforts have yet to gain enough momentum to advance.
FAQ about Oregon sports betting
Can I play online poker and casino games?
Besides sports betting, Oregon has no other legal online gambling, and there are no plans at present for the launch of online casinos or online poker. Assuming sports betting succeeds as well as it has in New Jersey and Nevada, Oregon legislators may be open to expanding their offer to include online poker and casino games. However, this is unlikely for the next few years.
How old do you have to be to bet on sports in Oregon?
The minimum legal age for betting in Oregon is 21 years old.
What are new player bonuses and free bets?
In states where there is plenty of competition, sports betting operators offer attractive introductory offers to new customers. These take the form of free-bets or some form of bonus wagering that matches your initial deposit. These really are free money, but they can take some effort to earn. Given the Oregon Lottery’s quasi-monopoly position in the market, it has less need to offer big bonuses. That said, DraftKings Sportsbook Oregon does have sign-up offers, so be sure to take advantage of them when creating a new account.
How do player loyalty programs work?
Most sports books offer customer loyalty or VIP schemes. These act as marketing incentives to reward regular players and encourage players to continue sports betting at their brand. They work very much in the same way across all operators. Every $1 bet earns points in the loyalty scheme. The sportsbook gives high volume bettors higher VIP levels offering extra benefits. Loyalty points can be converted into branded merchandise or used to buy extra bonuses or free bets. When the sportsbook is connected to a land-based casino, there are often linked rewards. A typical offer might be for free meals or accommodation at the casino, all earned by online sport betting. When betting on sports at Oregon tribal casinos, be sure to inquire about the property’s loyalty programs and how your sports wagering contributes to it.
Can I use my sports betting account when I’m out of state?
Federal legislation prohibits sports betting across state lines, so you can only use your online sports betting account when you are in Oregon. The geolocation technology is so good that the moment you cross the border your sportsbook will stop accepting bets. You also won’t be able to bet on DraftKings Sportsbook Oregon while on tribal lands in the state.
Are the odds at Oregon sportsbooks the same as those in Las Vegas?
Everything we have seen from online sports betting so far says that the odds you will get in Oregon will be substantially the same as the odds you would get if you were betting in Las Vegas. Theoretically, sportsbooks could set different odds for different state markets. This doesn’t seem to be happening. Of course, charging different prices for the same product in different states would be bad PR. Perhaps more importantly it could also lead to sophisticated bettors gaming the system. You should find Oregon sports betting odds very much in line with the odds available in Las Vegas.
I’m betting at an offshore site. Why should I switch?
Offshore sports betting sites are illegal under US law. If that isn’t reason enough to switch to the legal market there are many others. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) made it illegal for the US financial system to process transactions to gambling sites that don’t comply with US law. All online gambling sites that are not licensed by a US state are breaking the law if they serve US customers. No matter how well known or how apparently reliable an offshore operator appears, you have no legal recourse if anything goes wrong with your account. Great reasons to leave your offshore operator and join the legal regulated market include:
- Better betting options and software.
- In-game betting is rarely available at offshore sites.
- Introductory bonuses are generally better at US sites because players’ average spend is higher.
- Deposits and withdrawals are fast and certain.
- You have legal protection for your funds.
- Revenues that flow offshore do nothing for the local economy
- Your money is not safe offshore! Many sites have gone bankrupt leaving no way for customers to get their money back.
Who regulates legal sports betting in Oregon?
The five-member Oregon Lottery Commission (OLC) oversees the governance of the Oregon Lottery. The governor appoints commission members for four-year terms. The State Senate confirms the appointments and then members serve at the pleasure of the governor. In the event of any dispute with the Oregon Lottery over a sports betting issue, customers can seek help from the OLC to resolve the matter.