Sports gambling in Oregon slowly moves forward
Delays are coming as the Oregon Lottery adds the final touches
Legal sports gambling is definitely coming to Oregon, one of the latest states to approve its existence, but the rollout may not happen as quickly as bettors may like. There’s almost no chance that a full launch will be seen before the start of the NFL regular season on September 5, but Oregon isn’t worried. It wants to make sure it introduces a solution that works properly, instead of one that needs to be fixed and frustrates gamblers.
Sports gambling in Oregon will be overseen by the Oregon Lottery, which is already well into getting things tweaked. Phase One will be launched first, bringing the Oregon Lottery Scorecard to gamblers across the state. It will allow sports wagers on all major sports activity – no college-level action – and will be available through mobile platforms and a dedicated website. It will allow in-game wagers and single-game and parlay bets, and the Oregon Lottery is using geo-fencing to ensure that only in-state individuals can gamble.
This first phase will need to be tested and tweaked before more sports gambling options are offered, but Oregon prefers to be methodical with its rollout. According to a representative of the Lottery, “Once we are satisfied with everything, we’ll move it into a production environment. Then we do one more round of security testing to ensure everything performs the same in the live environment as it did in testing. The testing will drive our launch date, as opposed to cutting corners to hit the first kickoff.”
That testing will lead to Phase Two, which will include gambling kiosks. These machines will be located at retail locations controlled by the Oregon Lottery and will also offer all forms of wagers. If the Lottery’s predictions are accurate, the activity will result in multimillion-dollar winnings for the state and an industry that will rival that of both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.