Oregon is the latest state with sports betting
On Tuesday, Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, Oregon opened its sports wagering lounge becoming the first casino in the state to offer sports betting.
The opening of the casino’s sports wagering lounge makes Oregon the twelfth state to offer some form of legal sports wagering.
The sportsbook opening ceremony was held at 9 am on Tuesday, with former Dallas Cowboys star Ed “Too Tall” Jones placing the first bet.
What does the sportsbook look like?
The Chinook Winds sports lounge is open between 8 am and 11 pm seven days a week and is powered by Las Vegas-based oddsmaker, Las Vegas Dissemination Company.
In a press statement, Will Robertson, Director of Casino Operations said: “In our search for a service provider, LVDC stood out from the start. Their professionalism and experience have been on display from day one. We are excited to have them by our side as we begin offering sports wagering for our guests.”
The lounge is 600 square foot in size and features 15 televisions, a seating area, odds boards and a teller station. TV channels available at the sports wagering lounge include several popular sports channels such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET, MLB Extra Innings and The Big Ten Network.
Sports wagering at Chinook Winds will be limited to in-person land-based wagering.
Robertson added: “All of our wagering will be done in person. We will have no online wagering options.”
What about the Oregon Lottery?
While Chinook Winds is the first venue in the state to offer sports betting, it will not be the only venue where residents can bet on sports.
The Oregon Lottery plans to launch its sports betting offering, Oregon Lottery Scoreboard, in the coming weeks.
Scoreboard will be available on a desktop website and via a mobile app. The platform will be geo-fenced which means that users will need to be located within state lines and not on tribal lands to place a bet.
The Oregon Lottery initially planned to launch the platform in time for the start of the NFL season, but that timeline will not be met.
In an interview with Oregon Live, Oregon Lottery spokesman Matt Shelby said that the Lottery will not meet its goal for launch in time for the start of NFL season. Shelby is quoted as saying, “it will likely be two, three weeks into the season.”
Sports betting in Oregon
Prior to the passage of the professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), Oregon, Nevada, Montana 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 sports betting offering came in the form of its Sports Action parlay game which was shut down in 2007.