Oregon legalized sports betting in 2019, and the Oregon Lottery launched the Scoreboard app to allow bettors to bet on sports online.
Since then, Oregon has moved on from the Scoreboard app and made DraftKings the sole provider of online sports betting in the state. Individuals can also bet at retail sportsbooks at the state’s tribal casinos.
Here’s everything you need to know about online sports betting in Oregon, including where you can bet, who can bet, and how to bet responsibly.
Details About Sports Betting in Oregon
- Oregon online sports betting went live in 2019 with the Scoreboard app operated by the Oregon Lottery. But in 2022, Oregon made DraftKings the sole provider of online sports betting in the state, requiring Scoreboard users to move to DraftKings to continue betting.
- Oregon’s tribes operate all casino gaming in the state. They are also allowed to provide retail sports betting at their casinos.
- Oregon does not allow bettors to place wagers on college sports games. This is likely because the Oregon Lottery uses sports betting revenue to fund higher education.
- Currently, Oregon does not accept applications from sportsbooks for licenses to operate in the state. As a result, it’s unlikely any new sportsbooks will launch in the near future.
- Compared to other states with legal sports betting, Oregon’s sports betting industry is relatively small, taking in less revenue than states with significantly smaller populations, such as New Hampshire.
Recent Sports Betting News in Oregon
Oregon sports betting began in 2019 shortly after the Supreme Court overturned PASPA, but due to limited availability of sports betting platforms, the state hasn’t generated as much revenue compared to other states with legal sports betting. Here are some of the most recent developments in the Oregon sports betting industry:
- May 16, 2022: The Oregon Lottery reports a $42.9 million handle for April, marking an increase of 18.5% from $36.2 million in March 2022 and a 69.6% increase from April 2021. DraftKings generated $3.8 million in revenue from the April handle.
- March 2, 2022: The Oregon Lottery raises awareness for Problem Gambling Awareness Month in a continued effort to combat gambling addiction. Greta Coe, Problem Gambling Services manager, states that problem ambling awareness is particularly important as the COVID-19 pandemic caused many to turn to gambling during periods of isolation.
- Jan. 18, 2022: The Oregon Lottery’s Scoreboard app is reduced to limited functionality as users are instructed to transfer their accounts to DraftKings to continue betting on sports online. DraftKings will be the sole provider of online sports betting in Oregon.
- Aug. 27, 2021: The Oregon Lottery approves the transition from Scoreboard to DraftKings for online sports betting. The Oregon Lottery Commission unanimously approves this switch.
- July 26, 2021: DraftKings announces it plans to halt DFS contests in Oregon as a show of good faith as it continues negotiations to become the sole provider of online sports betting in the state.
- Jan. 12, 2021: Gov. Kate Brown backs a new bill that would transition online sports betting in Oregon from the state-sponsored Scoreboard app to a more competitive sports betting marketplace.
- June 2, 2020: As the COVID-19 pandemic causes many major sports to shut down, Oregon regulators work to allow individuals to bet on virtual sports to increase engagement. Virtual sports are simulated sports that use software to assign odds to virtual teams and determine a winner.
Online Sports Betting Apps Available in Oregon
DraftKings is currently the sole provider of online sports betting in Oregon. The Oregon Lottery previously provided sports betting services through its Scoreboard app, but the state decided to transition away from this app in favor of DraftKings. It’s unlikely that Oregon will introduce any other online sports betting apps in the near future.
|Sportsbook||Partner||Tech Supplier||Venue||Launch Date|
|DraftKings||Oregon Lottery||SBTech||N/A||Jan. 18, 2022|
Are Daily Fantasy Sports Apps Legal in Oregon?
Daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests allow users to create fantasy teams and compete with other users in daily or weekly contests to earn cash and other prizes. Users must depend on their sports knowledge to perform well in these contests, and as a result some states view them as games of skill and separate them from sports betting platforms. However, some states consider DFS contests to be gambling and ban them under their gambling laws.
DFS apps are legal and live in Oregon. Oregon residents 18 or older can register with popular platforms like FanDuel to participate in daily fantasy sports contests. DraftKings no longer offers DFS contests in the state, though, in favor of being the state’s sole provider of online sports betting.
How to Place Responsible Sports Bets in Oregon
If you are 21 or older and located within Oregon state lines, you can bet on sports online by registering with DraftKings. After verifying your age, identity, and location, you can deposit funds and begin placing bets immediately.
Those interested in betting on sports online should follow responsible gambling practices to reduce their chances of developing a problematic gambling habit.
Responsible sports betting practices include:
- Only using DraftKings to place bets, as it’s the only legal online sports betting app in Oregon
- Setting and sticking to a strict gambling budget to avoid overspending
- Taking breaks from sports betting or quitting altogether if it’s starting to impact other aspects of your life
- Never placing bets while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
- Treating sports betting as a form of entertainment, not a legitimate source of income
Problem gambling is a serious issue that can impact your personal life, career, relationships, and mental health. If you believe you might be addicted to gambling, contact the National Council on Problem Gambling hotline at 1-800-522-4700 for assistance. Oregon residents can also go to Oregon Problem Gambling Resource at opgr.org for more information about problem gambling treatment.
Oregon Sports Betting FAQs
|Is online sports betting legal?||Yes|
|Is mobile sports betting legal?||Yes|
|Is betting legal at retail locations?||Yes|
|Minimum legal gambling age||21|
Editor’s Note: Information accurate as of June 2022.