PORTLAND, Ore. — Betting on professional sports from your couch is now available in Oregon.
After weeks of delay, late Wednesday afternoon the Oregon Lottery launched Scoreboard, a website and mobile app where users can place bets on their favorite professional teams and a wide variety of other sports including:
- Football – NFL and Canadian
- Basketball – NBA, Europe, Spain, Germany, France, etc.
- Soccer – US, England, Europe, Spain, Italy, etc.
- Motor Racing – Nascar, Formula 1
- Rugby Union
- Snooker & Pool
Sorry college sports fans, college games are not available to bet on.
Oregon legalized sports gambling shortly after the Supreme Court overturned a rule making sports gambling illegal in May of 2018.
Oregon is one of 13 states offering legalized sports betting and one of nine to offer both a sports book and an online or mobile option.
What makes Oregon unique is that it's one of the first to launch and operate a state-sponsored mobile app for sports betting. Washington, D.C. and Montana are also working on a similar app.
Users will need to be at least 21 years of age to bet and within the boundaries of Oregon to place a bet. A geo-fence will be placed around tribal lands in Oregon prohibiting online betting through the app.
The only sports book in the state is at Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City.
Android users will need to download the app through the website, Apple users can find the app in the app store.
Some worry that having an app at your fingertips will do more harm than good.
"Typically if someone was going to gamble, they would go to a bar or restaurant or casino to do that. Now that the app exists," said Philip Yassenoff, the Program Manager for Problem Gambling Services at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare. "That person will have a gambling mechanism on them virtually at all times, which increases the potential for them to compulsively keep betting and get out of control."