Oregon Sports Betting: Lottery Delays Launch, Tribal Casino to Start Soon
Oregon will be the first state on the West Coast to launch sports betting after PASPA, but it will be slightly delayed. The original plan was to launch sports betting in Oregon through the state lottery by the beginning of the NFL season. Unfortunately, there are some glitches still being worked out that could push the launch back a few weeks. Furthermore, the Oregon Lottery won’t have a monopoly on sports betting as there are other players entering the fray. Since sports betting in Oregon was legalized a few months ago, one tribal casino could potentially beat the state lottery to the punch.
The Oregon Lottery Sports Betting App
Much has been made about the Oregon Lottery’s sports betting app called the “Oregon Lottery Scoreboard,” and rightfully so. It’s a digital sportsbook created by SBTech on a mobile app platform. The app will allow users 21 years or older to wager on all professional sports. Bettors can choose from single game bets, parlays, and in-game betting. However, there will be no options to bet on college sports.
The state lottery felt that a mobile app was the best way to launch sports betting in Oregon at first. Phase two of their plan will be to implement kiosks at major retail locations. The Scoreboard app will be geo-fenced to prevent residents outside the state border from betting.
With all of the excitement, most bettors and state lottery officials assumed that things would be ready to go by September 5th as planned. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. In other words, don’t bet on it.
The app appears to have experienced some glitches which will require additional testing before residents can start using it. An unnamed lottery official commented on the additional testing and launch delay, according to The Oregonian:
“Once we are satisfied with everything, we’ll move it into a production environment. Then, we do one more round of security testing to ensure everything performs the same in the live environment as it did in testing. The testing will drive our launch date, as opposed to cutting corners to hit the first kickoff.”
The Chinook Winds Casino Resort
Meanwhile, with the Oregon Lottery testing their app and delaying the launch, a tribal casino appears to be on the verge of rolling out their own sportsbook. The Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, Oregon, announced on their official website that they will have sports wagering coming soon:
“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!”
After PASPA was overturned in 2018, new regulations for sports betting in Oregon were approved. It opened up the possibility for tribal casinos to start taking wagers. The Chinook Winds Casino Resort, owned by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, isn’t wasting any time to capitalize on a lucrative venture.
It’s unclear when the Siletz Tribe will launch their sportsbook, but it will be interesting to see if they can beat the Oregon Lottery to the punch. Stay tuned for updates and more information about sports betting in Oregon.
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