The biggest winner in Oregon Lottery history might just be DraftKings Sportsbook.
The renowned sports betting operator officially assumed control of mobile wagering in the Beaver State in early 2022, the culmination of more than two years of preparation following DraftKings’ acquisition of the Oregon Lottery’s sportsbook platform. And if the early 2022 numbers are any indication, DK is headed for a big year (and beyond).
While some states offer a selection of top-tier sportsbooks for your perusal, it’s quite likely you’ll only see one atop this list for the foreseeable future.
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Caesars is proving to be one of the most aggressively expanding brands in sports betting. Unfortunately, like all major U.S. sportsbooks, they are quick to limit you if you go on a tear and their odds boost promos offer low maximum bet limits.
BetMGM is one of the top-rated sportsbooks in the U.S. offering some of the best live betting odds in the industry. They’re also the largest iGaming operator across the U.S.
FanDuel reigns supreme right now as the No. 1 betting site in America. And it has largely earned that spot on the strength of superior brand recognition, an easy-to-use product, an overwhelming number of markets for North America’s most popular sports, and representation in every state in which it is permitted to offer legal sports betting.
DraftKings had a solid reputation as the leading DFS provider in the country, so the shift to legal sports betting felt natural. They offer one of the most voluminous collections of ongoing promos and odds boosts in the industry as they cater to the beginner crowd. However, their reputation has dwindled as outspoken CEO Jason Robins leads the charge of the anti-profitable bettor mentality that runs rampant amongst sportsbooks that are quick to limit winning players.
bet365 is one of the largest and most popular sportsbooks globally. With a well-received mobile app, popular same-game parlays, and a wide variety of sports leagues to bet on it’s no wonder 80 million sports bettors worldwide continue to use bet365.
Online since: 2015
PointsBet’s innovative nature shows that they don’t want to just be another book you place typical bets. Unfortunately, they are quick to limit bettors on a hot streak and limit the number of promos you’re able to take advantage of, making it necessary for you to shop at other books regularly.
With a large variety of ongoing promos and contests featuring Barstool personalities, Barstool Sportsbook is a solid option available for casual bettors.
While this book won’t wow you with its design, you won’t find many apps easier to navigate – or with the sheer volume of sports markets Betway offers. And although you'll find more generous signup offers elsewhere, Betway remains a strong global sports betting brand that deserves to be mentioned among the second-tier sportsbook options in the U.S.
Just about everyone loves free stuff, and folks from Oregon are certainly no different. Here are the top bonuses and signup offers available:
DraftKings: 20% Deposit Match up to $1,000
At DraftKings OR, you will receive a $50 free bet with a minimum deposit of $5. If you don’t have the bankroll to make a more extensive first deposit, this is a humble offer. Still, this is far from generous, considering that DK is a multi-billion dollar industry giant.
The more significant offer DraftKings features is a 20% first deposit match up to $1,000. In this case, you must deposit $5,000 to be eligible to receive the maximum possible bonus amount of $1,000. This is not a reasonable offer for the casual bettor.
|🚀 Launch Date||Jan. 18, 2022|
|💰 # of Betting Sites||One|
|📱 Online Sports Betting||✅ Yes|
|🎰 Retail Sports Betting||✅ Yes|
|🖥️ Online Casino||❌ No|
|🃏 Retail Casino||✅ Yes|
|🏈 College Sports Betting||❌ No|
|🌎 2022 Population (est.)||4.2 million|
|💵 2021 Betting Handle||$331.5 million|
|💸 Tax Rate||2.3 percent|
We can’t really punish DraftKings for ranking at or near the industry standard when it comes to offers, interface and seamless transition between the betting app and the DFS app. But with low bet limits on most boosts and massive play-through requirements on bonuses, there’s room to improve here.
Check out our DraftKings sportsbook review.
Registration requirements vary slightly by sportsbook, but most follow the same protocols. Be sure to have your personal information (name, address, phone number) and credit card details (number, expiry date, CVV) handy.
Once you’re comfortable with how your sportsbook’s new signup bonus works, it’s time to make your initial deposit and claim whatever bonus might be available (though the pickings are slim when it comes to inducements at Oregon sportsbooks).
Congratulations! You’re ready to place a wager. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the app, kiosk or physical sportsbook setup before diving in. Most operators make it easy for new sports bettors to navigate, but it’s still good to know where everything is.
From there, you can place any type of wager you like; the most popular bet types are the moneyline, spread or total. You can also dive into team or player props, or even kick things off with a futures bet.
Once you have the desired wager(s) in your betting card, take one last look to ensure you’ve made the selections you want. If everything is good, simply select “Bet” on your app or at your kiosk, or sign off on your bet at a retail location – and you’re off!
Gather ‘round the fire, kiddies! Did you know that Oregon has a sports betting history that predates the creation of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act?
Oregon’s first sports betting platform, Sports Action, was launched in 1989 and allowed for residents to make parlay bets (no single-game wagering allowed). Despite being wildly unpopular, it managed to survive until July 2007, when Bill HB 3466 (fueled by concerns from the NCAA and pro sports leagues) brought an end to the platform.
Here’s a look at the rest of Oregon’s sports betting history:
Just over a year after the Supreme Court repealed PASPA, Oregon lawmakers pushed forward legislation that would allow for legal sports betting within state lines.
Excitement followed, but the legislation came with a major catch. It prohibited mobile wagering on any collegiate sports – meaning that Oregonians couldn’t place online bets on either NCAA football or college basketball of any kind.
In August 2019, Chinook Winds Casino Resort made history as the site of the first legal single-game wager in the state. Two months later, Oregon’s sports betting reach expanded significantly with the introduction of the state lottery-regulated Scoreboard sportsbook app, which allowed players to make wagers from their mobile devices.
Just as Oregon had begun to see real headway with regard to monthly sports betting handle, the COVID-19 pandemic sent the entire industry – along with the world at large – into turmoil.
Oregon saw its handle drop below the $10 million mark in four consecutive months before finally bouncing back in July with a $14-million showing. That kickstarted an impressive stretch for the state, which put together four straight months of $25 million or more in handle to finish out the calendar year.
With the sports world moving closer to normal amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Oregon’s sports betting handle remained remarkably consistent. New records were established in January ($34.9 million) and again in October ($37.6 million), helping the state rake in a whopping $331.5 million for the year.
Big news greeted Oregon bettors in the opening month of 2022, as DraftKings formally took over sportsbook operations from the Sportsbook app. And bettors wasted little time acquainting themselves with the well-known operator; February saw a 33 percent year-over-year increase in handle, while March produced a 51.7-percent boost.
Early 2022 also saw lawmakers attempt to eliminate the state’s ban on mobile college sports wagering. Senate Bill 1503 moved into committee following a public hearing in which both tribal representatives and gambling opponents criticized the proposal.
Like most U.S. states, Oregon has put safeguards in place to ensure that bettors have a way out of any potential trouble spots.
The Oregon Problem Gambling Resource site offers players a wealth of resources to help with their gambling issues. Resources include access to help lines, live chat or text functions and a page devoted to problem gambling prevention strategies.
Visit the Oregon Problem Gambling Resource site.
It will come as no surprise to see a rather extensive list of major professional and amateur sports available to Oregon bettors – a list that includes (but is not limited to):
That doesn’t leave much off the table, but there are four major markets in which wagering in Oregon is prohibited:
Sports fans in the Pacific Northwest are a passionate lot – and while Oregon has just one major professional sports franchise to speak of, you won’t find many fan bases more into their team than Oregonians.
In addition to having an NBA presence, the state boasts two notable Pac-12 teams in the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers; their annual NCAA football showdown (formerly known as the “Civil War”) is among the most anticipated sporting events in the state every year.
Here’s a look at the only major pro sports franchise to play its home games in Oregon:
With DraftKings Sportsbook likely to remain the only mobile sports betting operator in the state, you can understand why outside sportsbooks might be hesitant to enter into any partnership. That said, many sports betting companies will use agreements in states where they don’t operate to increase exposure through signage and branding.
If you’re placing an online wager in Oregon, DraftKings is your only option – but you have two other choices if you’re planning on making in-person bets. Unfortunately for residents who don’t live nearby, both retail locations are just 25 miles apart in the northwest quadrant of the state.
Here are the places where you can bet in person in Oregon:
Chinook Winds Casino Resort (Chinook Winds Sportsbook, 1777 NW 44th St, Lincoln City, OR, 97367)
Spirit Mountain Casino (BetMGM Sportsbook, 27100 SW Salmon River Hwy, Grand Ronde, OR, 97347)
Will the switch to DraftKings invigorate Oregon’s sports betting handle? The early returns are promising. Here’s a look at Oregon’s monthly sports betting handle beginning in 2019:
The Beaver State was blessed with one of the most consistent monthly handles of any state in the country from August 2020 to August 2021, surpassing the $24 million plateau in 11 of 13 months while coming in at a respectable $18.1 and $17.6 million, respectively, in the other two. And now that DK Sportsbook is running the online show, Oregonians should expect even better numbers moving forward.
Yes! Chinook Winds Casino Resort took Oregon’s first legal sports wager on Aug. 27, 2019, with the Oregon Lottery launching its Scoreboard sportsbook app less than two months later.
You can create an account, deposit, make bets and even withdraw using any active sportsbook in Oregon, as long as you are within state borders. Be sure to complete all of your transactions before you leave; once you’re outside the state, you will no longer be able to access your account(s).
Esports wagering is currently prohibited in Oregon.
Oregon sits near the middle of the pack in population among U.S. states, ranked 27th overall at 4.33 million people (2022 estimate).
The Oregon Lottery oversees sports betting regulation in the state. You’ll find plenty of info on the website, including a detailed list of lottery-funded programs and initiatives, press releases and access to responsible gaming resources.
It sure looks like Oregon is one-and-done when it comes to space for mobile sports betting operators. In going from an Oregon Lottery monopoly to … well, a DraftKings Sportsbook monopoly, the state is quite comfortable with limiting mobile licenses. You might see more notable sportsbooks in the retail space, but that’s it.