US Sports Betting Getting Legalized in More States: Oregon’s Status

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The US sports betting market is burgeoning, with more and more states legalizing it. Oregon is one of the latest states to join in, and this blog post will look at the situation. We’ll explore what types of bets are available, how easy it is to place them, and what the most popular sports are to bet on. So if you’re curious about sports betting in Oregon, here is what you need to know.

US sports betting is getting legalized in more states

Since the US Supreme Court upheld the repeal of the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018, sports betting has been slowly making its way onto the American landscape. While Las Vegas has been the traditional bastion for legal sports betting for decades, now more states are beginning to legalize or legalize and regulate sports betting within their own borders.

Whereas some states have made online betting easier than ever by allowing operators to license in several locations, other states allow professional teams and leagues to enter into partnership agreements with bookmakers, bringing a new economic windfall to both partners.

According to the American Gaming Association, last year was a big one for sports betting in America as citizens wagered close to $57 billion. This is especially impressive because it’s the highest amount of money ever bet on sports in the US. Legal Sports betting in Oregon is now allowed and the state has joined the list of 30 states where the government regulates and allow this activity in the US.

How many states have legalized sports betting in the US?

To date, 30 states and Washington D.C. have legalized gambling in some capacity, whether it be through retail outlets (such as those found in Las Vegas) or online mobile apps.

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Retail-Only Betting States

  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

Retail-Plus-Online States

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Virginia
  • Washington D.C.
  • West Virginia

Online-Only Sports Betting States

  • Tennessee
  • Wyoming

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The sports betting situation in Oregon

If you live in Oregon, you can legally bet on sports through the state lottery system. Mobile betting options were launched midway through the 2019 NFL season.

Further, Oregon residents can place bets on sports through online sportsbooks that are based outside the United States. No state or federal laws currently prohibit OR sports fans from enjoying offshore sports betting options at legal destinations, such as the sportsbooks listed below.

Oregon Sports Betting Laws

Oregon was already running a sports betting service when the 1992 PASPA law went into effect, meaning it was exempt from following the legislation. Previously, the state only allowed for very limited sports betting options. However, they have now legalized single-game sports betting online that can be accessed through a mobile app. Additionally, various tribal groups offer retail sports betting. College sports are not currently included in state-regulated sports gambling, which is overseen by the Oregon Lottery.

Unlike many other states, the gambling laws in this state do not restrict bettors from placing bets on sports at legally operating online sportsbooks that are based outside of US borders.

Oregon sports betting bills

The OR legislature does not have any pieces of legislation related to sports betting that are currently active or pending. Three bills from 2021 failed during their legislative session, and nothing new happened during the 2022 session. For the time being, Oregon’s local sports gambling market won’t see any changes.

What are the legal gambling activities in Oregon?

Gambling is a popular activity for many Oregon residents, and with the state’s legalized form of gambling, there are many opportunities to engage in this pastime. In Oregon, legal gambling activities include the state lottery, charitable raffles, pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing, tribal casinos, sports betting and cardrooms.

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Oregon State Lottery

If you’re looking for a more traditional approach to gambling than betting on horses or playing virtual slots at a casino, the Oregon State Lottery is your best bet. The lottery games available include Scratch-Its, Megabucks and Pick 4.

Charitable raffles

Charitable raffles are also a great way to contribute to worthy causes while having fun. However, these must be run by an eligible nonprofit organization which has been approved by the state’s Attorney General office. Furthermore, all licensed gambling establishments need to follow strict guidelines outlined by the Oregon Gambling Control Commission, which covers everything from age limits to operating policies and procedures. With these regulated activities as well as plenty of other forms of gambling entertainment readily available within the state lines of Oregon, players will surely find something that suits their fancy.


It is evident that the sports betting industry in Oregon is growing, and with it, more opportunities for people to place bets on their favorite teams. With the legalization of sports betting in more states, likely, the number of users will only continue to grow. As such, it is important for those who are interested in gambling on sports to be aware of the laws and regulations surrounding this activity.

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