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Legal Oregon Online Gambling, Poker & Casinos

Oregon's gambling scene is not one of the best-known across the US, but it does offer its residents a plethora of gambling options.

Although traditional casino gaming is illegal, tribal casinos are permitted, along with poker, horse and dog racing betting, state-operated lotteries and charitable and social gambling.

Oregon Gambling Laws - Summary and Look to the Future

Despite Oregon's largely liberal legislature, online gambling is surprisingly outlawed here.

Nevertheless, many offshore iGaming operators appear to have disregarded the state's restrictive stance against the industry. This is surprising when you consider brands are running the risk of Class C felonies in doing so.

Fortunately, Oregon residents can play online at US-friendly iGaming platforms.

Oregon Gambling Laws - A Brief History

  • 1933 - Pari-Mutuel Wagering Act passed, with Oregon's greyhound racing industry beginning in the same year.
  • 1973 - Portland Meadows opens its doors as state's inaugural horse racing track.
  • 1973 - Social gambling among friends and family permitted.
  • 1976 - Bingo and raffle games permitted for charitable gambling purposes.
  • 1984 - Oregon State Lottery established.
  • 1989 - NFL parlays permitted as part of Sports Action lottery game.
  • 1991 - Private lottery machines prohibited by state.
  • 1992 - Oregon exempt from federal law (PASPA) which banned all forms of sports betting.
  • 1994 - Cow Creek Tribe becomes the first tribal casino brand in Oregon.
  • 2004 - Greyhound racing ceases to exist in Oregon.
  • 2005 - Texas Hold'em poker permitted for charitable gambling purposes.
  • 2007 - State agrees to abolish Sports Action parlay gaming.
  • 2012 - Residents throw out proposals to legalize commercial casinos in Oregon.

What Types of Gambling are Legal in Oregon?

  • Casino Gambling – Casino gambling is legal in Oregon and all of their casinos are on tribal land and offer all of the traditional casino games. Oregon also has video lottery machines which come in several forms and are common in bars and restaurants.
  • Sports Betting – Sports betting was legal in the form of parlay cards as Oregon was exempted from the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act but the Oregon Sports Lottery was repealed by the state legislature. Simulcast horse race betting is legal in bars across the state. You can follow news on Oregon sports betting here.
  • Online Betting – Most of the horse racing betting sites accept players from Oregon. We will be following all online betting news in Oregon here.
  • Daily Fantasy – The DFS sites like Fanduel and Draft Kings accept players from Oregon as the claim DFS isn’t a game of chance.
  • Poker – Poker is legal in Oregon at the 17 poker rooms located in the state.
  • Bingo – Bingo is legal in Oregon for Charities but they cannot have more than 2 Bingo Nights per year and the prizes may not exceed $10,000.
  • Lottery – Lottery tickets are available in Oregon and they sell tickets for the large interstate lotteries but lottery machines that include video poker, keno, and slots.
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