An Oregon casino will open the state’s first sportsbook next week.
Chinook Winds announced Monday that they plan on opening a brick-and-mortar sportsbook Aug. 29. Its sportsbook will allow wagering on both professional and collegiate athletics.
The announcement comes a couple of weeks after the Oregon Lottery announced that it would be launching online sports betting, just in time for the start of the NFL season. The online app run by the lottery, however, will only allow betting on professional sports. Chinook Winds will not have a mobile app.
Unlike many other states in 2019, Oregon didn’t need to pass legislation to authorize a sports betting operation. Farshad Allahdadi, chief gaming operations officer for the Oregon Lottery, told media outlets at the start of 2019 that the lottery already the authority needed to run sports betting once the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was overturned by the Supreme Court in May 2018.
When PASPA was passed in 1992, Oregon, Nevada, Delaware, and Montana were allowed to continue to offer the same forms of gambling it offered prior to the passage of the law. The carve out is the main reason the Oregon Lottery doesn’t need voter input to offer sports wagering.
From 1989 until 2007, Oregonians had a form of sports betting in their state. The Oregon Lottery ran a sports betting game called Sports Action. The game allowed gamblers to wager on NFL games in a parlay format where they would have to pick the correct outcome of at least three games.
In 2007, the state banned the game when the NCAA would not allow Oregon to host an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game unless they scrapped the app, according to a 2018 NBC Sports Northwest report.
Chinook Winds’ sportsbook will be the first traditional sportsbook in state history and the first sportsbook in the country west of Nevada. Under the current compact with the state, the tribal casino is authorized to offer retail sports betting. A mobile app would require a renegotiation of their license.
The mobile betting app will be called the Oregon Lottery Scorecard. It still does not have a launch date. The Oregonian reported that a source with the state lottery said the app will go live after another round of testing and complete satisfaction with the app. The newspaper also said that 53 percent of all lottery revenue goes to state education funding.
Eventually, the group hopes to have in-person kiosks set up at Oregon Lottery retail locations by mid-2020. Gamblers must be 21 or older to wager in Oregon.