Oregon Sports Betting: 2020 Updates
Oregon officially joined the list of states with legal sports betting back in August of 2019. A month later, the first sportsbook in the state officially opened at the Chinook Winds tribal gaming facility. While Chinook Winds is currently the only tribal casino with a physical sportsbook, legal sports betting is available statewide via one mobile app. The Oregon Lottery operates the Scoreboard app, the state’s only legal online sportsbook, which launched in October of 2019.
How Sports Betting Became Legal in Oregon
Oregon was one of the four states (Delaware, Nevada and Montana) that were exempt from the PASPA decision back in 1992. The state had a parlay form of sports betting, called Sports Action, available from 1989 until 2007 that the Oregon Lottery offered. In 2007, Oregon stopped all state-regulated sports betting after the NCAA threatened to withhold championship sports events from taking place in the state.
After the PASPA ruling in 2018 that gave states the power to decide on whether or not to legalize sports betting, Oregon started to bring sports betting back. As sports betting began to grow in popularity across the country, Oregon followed suit. The first, and currently only, retail sportsbook opened at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in August of 2019. Just two months later, the Oregon Lottery launched the state’s only legal and regulated mobile sportsbook called Scoreboard.
Sports betting was technically never “illegal” in Oregon. However, once the PASPA ruling in 2018 happened and sports betting came out of the dark, Oregon went back to embracing the previously taboo version of gambling.
Oregon Lottery and SBTech
The Oregon Lottery chose SBTech as its partner to help operate the Scoreboard sports betting app. With the Oregon Lottery having a monopoly over the mobile sports betting market in the state, SBTech was granted a very coveted partnership. However, Oregon ended up shooting itself in the foot with the contract they agreed to with SBTech.
According to Willameete Week, the state of Oregon is actually losing money thanks to their contract with SBTech. It turns out, the state is losing over half of the revenue they gain to their operators. To make matters worse, Oregon is already invested in a multi-year contract with SBTech, meaning this financial nightmare isn’t going to end any time soon.
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Oregon agreed to a very bad contract with SBTech. The Oregon Lottery originally said that SBTech was receiving 9 to 11 percent of revenue from net profits on sports betting. After three years, that number would increase to 12 percent. However, it turns out that the number was a little higher than what the Lottery revealed.
After the release of the low profit margins, the public began to question what exactly the contract with SBTech entailed. After requests from the Oregon Lottery to release the details of the contract, SBTech began to fight back. SBTech filed a lawsuit due to confidentiality reasons in an effort for them to conceal specific trade secrets that they didn’t want their competitors to know about. In January, SBTech attempted to sue the Oregon Lottery because the lottery was going to release the contract details to the public.
SBTech originally released what was essentially a censored version of the contract with the Oregon Lottery. However, the courts decided to force SBTech to release the full original contract and its documents in full. Once that happened, the public finally saw just how bad this contract between the Oregon Lottery and SBTech really was.
What Was Really in the Contract Between SBTech and the Oregon Lottery?
SBTech stands to gain more from the contract with the Oregon Lottery than the lottery itself does. The lack of profits that Oregon has been seeing from sports betting was finally realized by the public when the full contract between SBTech and the Oregon Lottery was finally released.
That 9 to 11 percent of sports betting revenue that the Lottery claimed SBTech was receiving turned out to be 16 percent with a jump to 17% after three years. Not only that but SBTech also receives a minimum payment of $300,000 per month until April 2020. Then, that payment will jump to $350,000. All of this falls under what the contract calls “Managed Service Fees”.
With all of the combined fees, SBTech stands to gain up to 29 percent of profits with an extra $350,000 a month in bonus payments. Add those fees in with the rest of the fees associated with the Scoreboard app and the Oregon Lottery is losing as much as 51 percent to SBTech and other companies. That means that Oregon stands to make less than half of the revenue it actually earns from sports betting during this contract. Half of the $6 million in revenue has been lost in payments in the five months that the Scoreboard app has been operational.
To make matters worse, SBTech was granted the lone contract with the Oregon Lottery to operate its sportsbook back in May of 2019. SBTech won the contract despite some backlash. Some believed that the company shouldn’t have even been allowed to apply for a contract due to their illegal operations in some countries where gambling is banned. However, even after an investigation by the Oregon Lottery in which they claim they couldn’t find anything worthy of a disqualification, they still chose to partner with SBTech to operate their lone sportsbook. Despite concerns from other parties, the Oregon Lottery still chose a questionable operator and they, as well as the state of Oregon as a whole, are now paying for it financially.
The Scoreboard Sports Betting App
The Scoreboard is Oregon’s lone mobile sports betting app. The app is available on both Android and iOS. Altogether, the Scoreboard is a solid sportsbook that has everything that a good mobile sportsbook needs.
When it comes to funding your account, Scoreboard allows for both credit cards and online banking deposits, two of the most popular methods. There is even a Play Plus option for those who have or wish to create a Play Plus account. When it comes to withdrawing your money, you can withdraw either through online banking or Play Plus.
The Scoreboard app also has an excellent selection of betting options for its customers. All of the common sporting events are there to bet on but there are also some smaller niche sports available too. Some sports that you will find at the Scoreboard that you may not find at some other books across the country include Snooker, Handball, Table Tennis, Cycling and Volleyball.
Tribal Sports Betting in Oregon
Under compacts with the state of Oregon, tribes are the only ones that are allowed to offer casino gaming. They are also allowed to provide any type of gaming that is available elsewhere in the state and that includes sports betting. Currently, Chinook Winds is the only casino that is offering sports betting in Oregon. Other tribal casinos in Oregon that can offer sports betting include:
– Indian Head Casino
– Kla-Mo-Ya Casino
– Old Camp Casino
– Seven Feathers Hotel & Casino Resort
– Spirit Mountain Casino
– The Mill Casino & Hotel
– Three Rivers Casino – Florence
– Three Rivers Casino – Coos Bay
– Wildhorse Resort & Casino
Oregon officially joined the list of states with legal sports betting back in August of 2019. A month later, the first sportsbook in the state officially
Oregon Lottery Scoreboard app: Beginner’s guide to sports betting, understanding odds, lines, bet types and more
A look at the login page for the Oregon Lottery’s Scoreboard App, which is the state of Oregon’s first and only legal online sports betting option for Oregonians who are 21 and over. Tim Brown | The Oregonian/OregonLive.
The Oregon Lottery Scoreboard App is live, and despite more than a few hiccups before and during the early days of the launch, the app has seen quite a rush of action as Oregonians over the age of 21 got their first chance to bet on sports in real time with their smartphones.
Through the first weekend since its launch on Oct. 16, the Scoreboard app had seen 18,116 registrations and 55,880 bets with over $1 million wagered. The NFL’s Week 7 Sunday Night Football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys was the most popular event of the weekend and 62 percent of all wagers were on football while soccer (10 percent), basketball (9 percent), baseball (8 percent), hockey (7 percent) and other sports (4 percent) made up the rest.
With the World Series underway, the NFL nearly at the midway point of the regular season and the Portland Trail Blazers’ 2019-20 NBA season getting underway, we’ve put together a quick guide on how to get started with the Oregon Lottery’s Scoreboard app, what you need to know about it and then some quick betting terms, explanations and basics you should know before you start throwing your hard-earned dollars at bets on your favorite teams.
Download the Oregon Lottery Scoreboard app on iOS (for iPhone) or Android, or sign up online with your desktop computer.
Select the “Join Now” button to create a Scoreboard account: For this, you’ll need to input an email address and some personal information including the last four digits of your social security number. (I found this to be easier on a desktop computer).
Fund your account: You can sign up for a Play+ account through the app or on your desktop. You may want to refer to the signup guide that walks you through those steps. From there, you will have several options to fund the Play+ account including entering your bank account or debit/credit card information, or by using Paypal.
Deposit funds into your Scoreboard account: The funds you just added to your Play+ account will now be reflected on the deposit page. From here, you can enter the amount you want to transfer from your Play+ account into your Scoreboard account within the available field and then select the deposit button. Within a few moments your deposit amount should be reflected in the upper right-hand corner of the of the page on your app or web browser. You can now make wagers.
- Navigate to and choose your game, match or event
- Select your bet type (single, parlay, live, etc) and add it to the bet slip
- From the Bet Slip, choose the amount you’d like to wager (it will automatically display your potential winnings based on the odds offered for the event and the amount you have selected to wager)
- Double check your wager and understand how much you stand to win or lose
- Select “Place Bet” and your bet should be accepted immediately
HOW DO I GET MONEY OUT OF MY SCOREBOARD ACCOUNT?
If you won and want to cash out, or if you simply want to withdraw some or all of the money from your account, there are a couple of ways to do this. You can get a complete rundown from the Oregon Lottery’s “How to transfer” funds section on the Scoreboard website. There are two ways you can go about it, but in both cases you will have to move your desired funds out of your scoreboard account and back into your Play+ account before you can withdraw them.
From your Play+ account, you can withdraw funds through the following methods:
- You can transfer funds from your Play+ account to a preferred bank account of your choosing by logging into your Play+ account at playplus.mycardplace.com. The Scoreboard Play+ FAQ’s page has details that can help walk you through that process, but it involves providing your bank account information, verifying your identity through email and further verifying a micro deposit
- The other option available is getting a personalized Scoreboard Play+ Discover card that will be sent to you in the mail. With that you can use it as a debit card at retailers, or at ATMs to withdraw cash, etc. The card will be limited to spend the only funds you have available in your Play+ account, so you will have to remember to move your desired funds from your Scoreboard account into the Play+ account before you can withdraw them.
UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS OF SPORTS BETTING
Before you get started throwing your hard-earned money around, you should probably know a few things, like what all those odds mean, and what you can expect in terms of a return on your wager if you win. We’re just going to cover some of the basics.
What is a money line?
A money line bet is one of the most simple bets you can make. You’re just picking the winner, The money line is simply the odds of a team winning the game outright, meaning you are just picking the winner of a game or event. The money line is presented as a three-digit number. For example, a money line of +100 would mean that you would make a profit of $100 if you bet $100 and were correct. . A negative money line represents the amount that you would have to bet to win $100 if you were correct. For example, a -200 money line means you would win $100 if you bet $200 and won.
What is a point spread?
These are one of the most popular kinds of sports bets, and have become especially popular with basketball and football fans. A point spread is the margin of points in which the favored team must win the game by, or the set number of points the underdog will need to not lose by for the wager to pay out. When a team has a point spread line with a plus sign (+), it indicates that the team is the “underdog,” and they must win the game outright or lose the game by fewer number of points than what is indicated in the line. When a team has a point spread line with a minus sign (-), it indicates that the team is the “favorite” and must win the game by a greater number of points than what is indicated in the line.
For example, let’s take a look at what a Portland Trail Blazers point spread might look like for an NBA game. (This is not for an actual game, this is only to be used as an example): Portland Trail Blazers +2.5 at Los Angeles Clippers -2.5
With a point-spread line of 2.5, the Blazers would have to win the game outright or lose by two points or less to cover the spread and be graded as a win. On the other side, if you bet on the the Clippers -2.5, the Clippers would have to win by at least three points to “cover the spread” and be graded as a win.
What are “futures” bets?
If you want to bet on a future result or outcome, like how many wins a NBA or NFL team will have by the end of the season, or which team will win the World Series in 2020, there are several options to choose from offered by a sports book.
What kind of odds should I use?
Unless you have previous experience with another style of odds, you should select “American odds” as they are the most commonly used format in the United States, though you can also select the “decimal” and “fractional” odds views on your account.
There are several places you can find more detailed information and explanations of different bet types, understanding odds and more. Odds Shark has a very comprehensive online sports betting guide that includes video tutorials and gives examples of the various bets you can make. You can also drill down in those guides to find out more about money lines, point spreads, over/under betting, and for the more advanced bettors, details about how parlay betting and teasers work.
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