Oregon Casinos

Oregon Casinos & Gambling
  • Horseracing (1946), Bingo (1976), Lottery (1984), Video Lottery (1992), Casinos (1993), Poker Clubs (2007)
  • $280 million
  • $1.2 billion
  • 18, except for casinos that serve alcohol and video lottery, which are 21
  • Smoking is banned in all public buildings but does not apply to reservations
  • Horseracing is the only form of legal online gambling

Oregon casinos offer a wide variety of gambling options to players. It ranges from full-scale gaming resorts on tribal lands to a state lottery and everything in between. Charities may offer bingo and raffles.

Oregon gambling laws permit low-stakes betting on card games. Poker clubs can offer variants of the game. There is also a large video lottery industry that takes in nearly $1 billion a year for the state. The Oregon Lottery even spread sports betting but the state legislature put them out of that business last decade.

Types of Oregon Online Gambling Allowed

Horseracing iconThe only form of online gambling legal in Oregon is off-track horse racing. This may be done through sites like TVG, TwinSpires, and BetAmerica.

Daily fantasy sports sites may be legal in Oregon. The sites claim to not involve chance so they are not gambling. Oregon officials have not acted on the topic so for now the sites’ opinions are considered to be correct.

Types of Oregon Casino Gambling Allowed

Popular games iconPopular Games
  • Slots: Yes
  • Blackjack: Yes
  • Poker: Yes
  • Craps/Roulette: Yes
  • Horses: Yes
  • Lottery: Yes

There are many forms of live Oregon gambling available to players and residents. A state lottery sells scratch-off and lotto tickets. This includes interstate drawings like Powerball and Mega Millions. These types of lottery products are not as popular in Oregon as other states. That is because Oregon has a video lottery. These are video poker, real money keno, and slot machines that are spread in bars and restaurants.

Poker is available in card clubs. Most of these are in Portland. Social gaming is legal. This is low stakes gambling games, typically including cards or board games, participated among players where the house has no interest in the outcome.

There is a horse racing industry in Oregon. It is small, even by today’s standards. Portland Meadows casino is the only live track. There are 10 taverns that offer off-track betting that is in addition to Portland Meadows.

There are 10 Oregon casinos that offers all types of gambling. All are on tribal land. Permitted casino games include slots, video poker, live poker, electronic table games, off-track betting, blackjack, craps, roulette, and house-banked poker games.

Oregon gambling lawsOregon casinos offer many forms of legal gambling, but it has harsh penalties for those convicted of operating illegal businesses. As per Oregon gambling laws, felony convictions require a $50,000 fine. This is for most business operators. There are misdemeanor charges for some players and lower level employee. The fines for this can run as high as $5,000 and start at $1,000.

Oregon permits charities to operate up to two bingo nights per year. The prize may not exceed $10,000 per event. Monte Carlo nights are legal. Fake money must be used for these games. Prizes are awarded based on the placing of the participants.

Oregon is exempted by the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. That is because the lottery once sold parlay tickets for NBA and NFL games. The law that allowed the Oregon Sports Lottery was repealed by the state legislature.

Oregon is one of the few states that have a specific law that covers online gambling. An internet gambling conviction is a Class C felony. The law states:

(1) A person engaged in an Internet gambling business may not knowingly accept, in connection with the participation of another person in unlawful gambling using the Internet:

(a) Credit, or the proceeds of credit, extended to or on behalf of such other person, including credit extended through the use of a credit card;

(b) An electronic funds transfer or funds transmitted by or through a money transmission business, or the proceeds of an electronic funds transfer or money transmission service, from or on behalf of the other person;

(c) Any check, draft or similar instrument that is drawn by or on behalf of the other person and is drawn on or payable at or through any financial institution; or

(d) The proceeds of any other form of financial transaction that involves a financial institution as a payor or financial intermediary on behalf of or for the benefit of the other person.

The state lottery may sell scratch-off and lotto tickets. They may not be sold over the Internet. There is a video lottery where slots, keno, and video poker are spread. These are installed in hundreds of bars throughout the state. The maximum payout is 96 percent. No more than five games may be installed in any business.

Poker clubs are legal enterprises. It is up to each local jurisdiction to approve the card clubs. Portland is the only major one that has.

Oregon casinos are legal but only if the gaming occurs on tribal land. Tribes must be federally recognized. Permitted games include slots, video poker, live poker, electronic table games, blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, Pai Gow, Three Card Poker, Four Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold’em. Taxes are only paid on table games. Slots and video poker fall under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act exemption because of the state’s video lottery.

List of Oregon Casinos

There is one horse racing track that acts as an Oregon casino. It is Portland Meadows. Live and off-track betting are legal there. Simulcast wagering on horses is available at taverns throughout the state. The Portland Meadows casino offers a variety of games, including slot machines.

There is a state lottery that sells tickets at thousands of convenience stores. There are hundreds of taverns that spread video lottery machines that offer video poker, keno, and slots.

There are nine tribal Oregon casinos currently operating within the state. The Oregon casinos and locations are:

Chinook Winds Casino – Lincoln City1,200 Slot Machines1777 NW 44th St.www.chinookwindscasino.com
Indian Head Casino – Warm Springs500 Slot MachinesUS-26www.indianheadgaming.com
Kla-Mo-Ya Casino – Klamath Falls300 Slot Machines34333 Hwy 97www.klamoyacasino.com
Seven Feathers Resort – Canyonville900 Slot Machines146 Chief Miwaleta Ln.www.sevenfeathers.com
Spirit Mountain Casino – Grand Ronde1,900 Slot Machines27100 Salmon River Hwywww.spiritmountain.com
The Mills Casino – North Bend700 Slot Machines3201 Tremont St.www.themillcasino.com
Three Rivers Casino – Coos Bay250 Slot Machines1297 Ocean Blvd.www.threeriverscasino.com
Three Rivers Casino – Florence700 Slot Machines5647 Highway 126www.threeriverscasino.com
Wildhorse Resort – Pendleton1,200 Slot Machines46510 Wildhorse Blvd.www.wildhorseresort.com

Oregon Gambling History

Oregon casinos historyThe Oregon horse racing industry was first regulated in 1946. This was after the activity operated in an unregulated manner for much of Oregon’s existence. The industry boomed but declined after the state rolled out video lottery games and Oregon tribal casinos opened. Most fairgrounds and smaller tracks failed in the 1990’s and 2000’s. Portland Meadows casino is the only remaining track in the state.

The video lottery made several attempts at legalization. Video poker machines were always legal but cash could not be paid to winners. Many operators ignored this law. The state legislature banned the gray machines in 1992 while legalization the lottery to operate ones.

Sports Betting through Lottery

The Oregon Lottery introduced Sports Action in 1989. This was an NFL parlay card system. NBA was added a year later. This caused massive controversy among sports leagues. While Sports Action did not allow betting on Portland Trailblazers games, the NBA was still not amused. The NFL stated it would never award Portland a team while Sports Action existed. The NCAA stopped permitting tournaments in Oregon even though its games were not the subject of betting.

The NBA parlay cards only lasted one year after the NBA filed a lawsuit, one the lottery ultimately settled. NFL parlay cards attracted more than $2 million a year in revenue. The NFL parlay cards were discontinued after 2006 due to repeal by the state legislature. Oregon’s exemption under the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act remains. The state could reenter the NBA and NFL parlay card business if the state legislature revived the previous law.

Oregon Casinos & Gambling FAQ

What is the minimum Oregon gambling age?

The minimum Oregon gambling age is of 18 years of age. The exceptions are casinos with alcohol and video lottery where the minimum gambling age is 21.

What games are available in Oregon casinos?

Slots, video poker, live poker, electronic table games, blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Four Card Poker, Three Card Poker, Mississippi Stud and Ultimate Texas Hold’em are among the games spread at Oregon casinos.

Are poker clubs legal in Oregon?

Yes. Most are in the city of Portland.

Why is Oregon exempted from the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA)?

Oregon is exempted from PASPA because its state lottery once sold parlay cards for NFL and NBA games. The sales ended after the 2006 NFL season.

Is sports betting legal in Oregon?

There are no forms of sports betting currently legal in Oregon.

Are daily fantasy sports sites legal in Oregon?

Yes, according to the companies that operate the sites.

What daily fantasy sports sites operate in Oregon?

DraftKings, FanDuel, CBS Sports, and Yahoo! are the major daily fantasy sports sites that operate in Oregon.

What is Oregon video lottery?

Oregon video lottery machines in bars that offer video poker, slots, and keno.

What is the maximum payout on Oregon video lottery machines?

The Oregon video lottery games may return no more than 96 percent to players.

Is horse racing legal in Oregon?

Yes. Portland Meadows is the only track still in operation.

Is off-track betting legal in Oregon?

Yes. Bets may be placed at Portland Meadows, at licensed websites, and 10 taverns with simulcast racebooks.

Cliff Spiller

Cliff Spiller Online Casino and Game Expert

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