IGT strikes sports betting partnership with Oregon tribe

IGT has officially entered the Oregon sports betting market through a deal with one of the state’s Native American tribes.

On Tuesday, International Game Technology (IGT) announced that it will power land-based sports betting operations at The Mill Casino in North Bend, Oregon.

Patrons of The Mill Casino, which is owned by the Coquille Indian Tribe, can now place sports wagers at a counter or via one of IGT’s PlaySports Kiosks.

Terri Porcaro, CEO of The Mill Casino, said: “We are extremely pleased to be the only casino in Southern Oregon to provide our guests access to the excitement of sports betting through IGT’s PlaySports technology. This new option perfectly complements our slots and table games offering and gives our customers even more reasons to visit our waterfront destination.”

Enrico Drago, IGT PlayDigital Senior Vice President, said: “Enabling The Mill Casino in Oregon to offer world-class sports betting experiences is another important milestone in the expansion of IGT’s position in the US sports betting market.”

Another tribal casino offering sports betting in Oregon

With this announcement, The Mill Casino is the second tribal casino to offer sports betting in the Beaver State.

In August, Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, Oregon opened its sports wagering lounge becoming the first casino in the state to offer sports betting.

Sports betting in Oregon

When Chinook Winds launched its sports betting lounge, Oregon became the twelfth state to offer some form of legal sports wagering following the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).

On October 16 2019, the Oregon Lottery launched its mobile betting app and website, Scoreboard, marking the first time a mobile betting app launched before a commercial land-based sportsbook in the US.

According to figures from the Oregon Lottery, Oregon bettors wagered a total of $5.6m on sports via the state lottery’s betting app in October. In terms of revenue, the Oregon Lottery managed to hold on to just $218,000.

Prior to the passage of PASPA Oregon, NevadaMontana and Delaware already offered a form of legal sports betting. The existing sports betting laws were ‘grandfathered’ in under PASPA allowing Oregon, and the other states, to continue to offer sports betting even after PASPA became law in 1992.

Oregon’s initial sports betting offering came in the form of its Sports Action parlay game, but this was shut down in 2007.

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