Legal Sports Betting in Oregon, at a Glance

Promulgated by House Bill 2288, Oregon’s Legislative Assembly announced that the Oregon State lottery shall separately records and account for the costs and net proceeds of sports betting.  Although mobile sports betting apps have not yet entered the arena, there are already a variety of tribal casinos where sportsbooks have begun.

Oregon’s oversight body, the Oregon Lottery, already possesses broad legal authority to move forward with sports betting, derived from the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).  Oregon State initially rolled out a multi-game parlay game from 1989 to 2007. Though the state lottery commission discontinued the game under pressure from the NCAA, there still was never any explicit prohibition of Oregon’s sports betting activities on the federal level.


Q: Who oversees Oregon sports betting?

A: The Oregon Lottery will administer sports betting once it begins within the state.

Q: Where can I bet on sports in Oregon?

A: Assuming that mobile sports betting will kick off soon, still it appears sports wagering will be available to Oregon residents and visitors.  Besides betting online, any lottery retailer will likely be a potential location for sports betting.

Q: Can I bet on any sports in Oregon?

A: While all pro sports should be available for wagering, there will not be any betting on college teams at all in the short term.

Q: Who can bet on sports in Oregon?

A: Anyone 21 years or older will be able to bet via the Lottery sportsbook, although there are likely to be restrictions on athletes betting on their own sports and teams.

Q: Who can apply for an Oregon sports betting license?

A: No one can, at this point. However, given the Lottery’s comments about its commitment to its retailers, it is likely the gaming locations in the state will be able to offer sports betting via kiosks. These aren’t so much “licenses” as places allowed to offer the lottery product.


For more information about the intricacies about this new development in the State of Oregon, please feel free to contact Jesse D. Conway at (360) 906-1007 or at info@conwaylaw.net


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