At the moment, laws strictly prohibit any Oregon online casino gambling within the state. Commercial casinos are also expressly banned from operating by the Oregon Constitution.
The only online gambling activities available in the state come from Tribal Casinos, Fantasy Sports Betting, and the Oregon Lottery. With not much activity is seen within the gambling landscape of Oregon, it remains unclear when the state will legalize online casinos.
Oregon Gambling Landscape
Oregon gambling laws, namely the Oregon Constitution, ban all online gambling activities and commercial casinos. Unlike most other states, Oregon’s constitution is explicit on the process for a constitutional revision. A revision would require a simple majority of the legislature to vote in favor of an amendment. Even with a simplified process, Oregon has not shown much interest in legalizing gambling since the repeal of PASPA. However, the Oregon lottery has recently announced that it is in the process of developing a sports betting app.
At the moment gambling can be found in Oregon through tribal casinos, the state-sanctioned lottery, horse racing industry, and fantasy sports betting.
Tribal casino gaming is governed by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act at both a state and federal level. There are currently nine Indian casinos in Oregon, each run by a different tribe or confederation. Tribal casino games are divided into three classes, all of which are available in Oregon. In should be noted that due to a clause in the IGRA, tribal casinos are permitted to offer any game available elsewhere in the state.
The other major player in Oregon gambling is the state lottery. On top of local and national lottery draws, the Oregon Lottery also provides video lottery terminals throughout the state. It is expected that the lottery will also be the first to enter the online market with regulated online games, instant ticket games, and keno. As mentioned above, the lottery might be the first to launch online sports betting in the state.
Live race betting is hosted at Portland Meadows, while off-track betting and simulcasts are available at other locations around Oregon. Bettors located outside of the state can even place bets electronically through ‘hubs’ operated in various locations.
Fantasy sports betting is unregulated in Oregon, although its activity is not expressly legal. Fantasy sports betting sites, Fanduel and DraftKings are currently the most popular in the state.
Best Casinos in Oregon
There are nine tribal casinos available in Oregon, eight of which have can provide all three classes of tribal gaming. Another tribal casino, the Columbia Gorge Casino in Hood River has been proposed but has not yet been approved.
Casino games available at tribal casinos include blackjack, roulette, baccarat, craps, slots and multiplayer poker. Due to the clause in the IGRA, tribal casinos also have the authority to offer any game available elsewhere in the state. Thus, video lottery terminals and lottery games can be found in many of the tribal casinos.
The best casinos in Oregon include:
- Chinook Winds Casino
- Indian Head Casino
- Kla-Mo-Ya Casino
- The Mill Casino & Hotel
- Seven Feathers Hotel & Casino Resort
- Spirit Mountain Casino
- Three Rivers Casino
- Three Rivers Casino Coos Bay (Class II)
- Wildhorse Resort & Casino
If online casino gaming does make its way into Oregon, expect tribal casinos to set the framework. Most states across the US require land-based casinos to be present before any online casino licenses can be acquired. If this is the case in Oregon, only tribal casinos will have the potential to go online, to begin with.
Oregon State Lottery
The Oregon State Lottery currently provides state-sanctioned lottery and video lottery terminals in licensed locations. The state lottery is also authorized to provide online games including instant ticket games and Keno but is yet to do so. These games will not technically be ‘casino’ games, although sharing a large resemblance to them.
Recently, the lottery has announced plans of launching the first Oregon online sportsbook. If the current status of online casino gaming continues to subsist, the lottery could be Oregon natives’ only recourse for online gambling.
Online Gambling Oregon: The Future
Oregon stands firm on its position of banning online casinos and online poker. Online sports betting, however, has seen some developments which may lead to legalization by the end of the year.
Neighboring states may play a large role in determining when online casinos enter the state. As more and more states across the US begin to legalize online casino gaming, Oregon will most likely follow suit.
Oregon Online Casinos FAQ
Use the following FAQ section to answer any commonly asked questions regarding Oregon online casinos:
Are there any Oregon online casinos available at the moment?
No, unfortunately, there are no Oregon online casinos available due to the prohibition of online gambling by the Oregon Constitution.
What types of online gambling is legal in Oregon at the moment?
Online gambling Oregon has to offer at the moment includes only fantasy sports betting. Popular fantasy sports betting providers include DraftKings and FanDuel.
Is online poker Oregon available?
Playing online poker in Oregon is still illegal but live poker games can be found in many of the tribal casinos across the state.
What land-based casinos are available in Oregon
There are currently 9 tribal casinos available for land-based casino gameplay in Oregon. Some of the notable tribal casinos include Three Rivers Casino, Seven Feathers Hotel & Casino Resort and Wildhorse Resort & Casino.
What is the future of Oregon online gambling?
The future of Oregon online gambling is still up in the air. The legislature has shown no signs of overturning the current laws banning online gambling. The next six months or so will be pivotal in the direction of the state’s online gambling status.