Tribal casino in Oregon plans to launch sports betting

It looks as if the Oregon Lottery might have some competition when it comes to sports betting.

The Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, Oregon plans to offer sports betting “soon.”

The casino resort has recently added “sports wagering” to the list of casino games on its website.

Chinook Winds’ sports wagering page reads: “Add excitement to nearly every pro sport by laying a wager at Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Our new Sports Wagering Lounge is soon to open!”

The tribal casino has yet to set a date for the opening of its land-based sportsbook.

What’s the Oregon Lottery working on?

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. Now, with the spread of sports betting across the US, the Oregon Lottery plans to relaunch sports betting in the Beaver State.

The State Lottery’s platform, Oregon Lottery Scoreboard, will be available on a desktop website and via a mobile app. Scoreboard will be geo-fenced meaning that bettors will need to be located within state lines and not on tribal land to place a bet. Bettors will be able to place single-game bets, parlays and in-game wagers.

The Oregon Lottery planned to have its sports betting product ready for the start of 2019 NFL season, but it might launch later than that.

According to a report from The Oregonian, a lottery spokesperson said that the Lottery is currently testing the app and website and the Lottery’s ability to support users. The Lottery Spokesperson is quoted as saying: “The testing will drive our launch date, as opposed to cutting corners to hit the first kickoff.”

Up until now, the Lottery was the only organization in the state that expressed an interest in launch sports wagering. With the news that Chinook Winds Casino is planning to offer sports betting, the Oregon Lottery might find itself competing with the casino for business.

Tribal casinos and sports betting

Chinook Winds is not the first tribal venue to signal an interest in sports betting.

In 2018, New Mexico’s Santa Ana Star Casino launched sports betting operations under its existing state-tribe compact for gambling operations. Since then two other tribal venues in the state have launched sports betting operations in New Mexico.

In early August, the Oneida Indian Nation launched sports wagering in New York at Turning Stone Casino in Verona and at Point Place Casino in Bridgeport.

Towards the end of July, North Carolina’s Governor Roy Cooper signed a bill that allows the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to operate land-based sportsbooks at two casinos located in the Appalachian Mountains.

Elsewhere in the US

The world of US sports betting has been moving incredibly fast. Last Thursday sports betting went live in Iowa, with eight land-based sportsbooks opening for business.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s (PGCB) sports wagering figures for July indicate that mobile is the most popular way for bettors to wager on sports in Pennsylvania. New Jersey’s sports betting revenue also saw an increase in July despite fewer wagers being placed.

BettingUS also caught up with FanDuel Sportsbook’s Chief Product Officer, Nik Bonaddio to discuss the launch of FanDuel’s app in Pennsylvania and what’s next for the company.

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