The first legal sportsbook on the West Coast is set to open the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 27 at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort, a Pacific Ocean-front property in Lincoln City, about 85 miles southwest of Portland.
The lounge will operate in partnership with the Las Vegas Dissemination Company (LVDC), which provides the hardware, back-end technology and software support, and risk-management experience.
“The lounge will open with Nevada-style sports wagering, opening with three teller terminals and one self-serve kiosk,” Jay Vaccaro, Director of Sales, told US Bets on Tuesday. “It will be retail betting. Right now the [tribal-state] compact only allows” for brick-and-mortar sports wagering, Vaccaro said.
Oregon sportsbook set to go live before football season
In New Mexico, where LVDC powers the sportsbook at the Sante Fe-based Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino, state officials have interpreted the tribal-state compact similarly, allowing retail but not (yet) mobile sports wagering.
Oregon’s legal situation is unique because it’s one of the four states that was “grandfathered” under PASPA, which permitted the continuation of a limited form of parlay wagering — “Sports Action” — through the Oregon Lottery. The Lottery offered it for 18 years, ending in 2007.
Now that PASPA is history, state officials, including Lottery brass, determined that no new legislation is needed for the state to proceed with full-fledged sports wagering offerings through the Lottery. The rollout of the Oregon Lottery’s new sports betting game, “Scoreboard,” an online sportsbook and mobile app, is coming soon. The goal is a launch before the NFL season begins on Sept. 8, but the menu of sports bets won’t include collegiate games.
“As we’ve been looking to get back into the sports betting market — it’s been more than a decade since we’ve had any — we’re kind of easing into it,” Matthew Shelby, public information manager for the Oregon Lottery, told Sports Handle recently. “Professional sports is an easier sell to the broader audience. We may revisit [wagering on collegiate events] later on. It’s a business decision for us right now. There is concern on our commission about adding colleges, never say never, but we thought it best to shy away from colleges right now.”
Perhaps the Lottery revisits that, but at least for now, that’s an advantage for Chinook Winds or anyone in the state looking to legally get down a bet on the Ducks or another Pac-12 contest.
Regular operating hours for the sportsbook will be seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., where the sportsbook will offer a full array of wagering on professional and collegiate sports.
“This is an exciting time for the Siletz Tribe being the first Oregon casino to launch live sports wagering in the state of Oregon,” said Will Robertson, Director of Casino Operations. “Once the bet is placed the guest can watch the game in the sports wagering lounge or just down the way in the Rogue River Steakhouse Lounge where the games will be available for viewing.”
Once the ribbon is cut, Oregon will become the 12th state to house a legal, operational sportsbook. The others are Arkansas, Delaware, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico (tribal), New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Nevada, Iowa, and West Virginia.
Sportsbooks are also poised to open in Indiana Sept. 1.