Oregon Lottery Starts Mobile Sports Betting Operations
Sports betting continues to launch seemingly left and right across the US. State after state are approving legislation to legalize the industry, putting regulations in place and setting up infrastructure to ensure players are safe and can take part in betting with ease. Just this week, the Oregon Lottery finally announced that their sports betting app titled Scoreboard has launched. The start of services come after a year of prep work.
The Scoreboard is an application that allows players to wager on professional sports from their mobile devices like Smartphones and tablets. Users of Apple devices can find the application in the App Store while a direct link is offered on the Oregon Lottery site for Android users. With iOS and Android options, players of all mobile devices will be able to take part in the gaming option.
The Scoreboard can be used via mobile devices, desktops or laptops via the website of the Oregon Lottery. When the app launched, it was bombarded with activity. So much so that registration was taking some time as player after player were trying to open accounts and start betting while on the go.
An interesting fact about Oregon is that the state is one of four in the US that was grandfathered in under the former Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. They did not need legislation to get started. The lottery decided to partner with SBTech for platform operations and has worked slowly to ensure the app would be perfect before going live.
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When viewing the platform, players will find the site is set up well and easy to navigate. The top bets are located on the left-hand side with sports listed right below. Players can find today’s games as well as highlights, live and upcoming events on the middle of the platform screen. The simple design is perfect for players in Oregon, as most essentially have no experience placing sports bets.
Newbies to sports betting can click on a tab at the top of the platform titled How to Bet to learn more about the process.
The mobile offering is the first in the region of the US and a first for the state. However, Oregon has already been offering sports betting in land-based format since August. The Chinook Winds Casino of Lincoln offer services and it is the only area close to Nevada where players can find sports betting.
According to Chinook Winds Assistant Operations Manager Matthew Pond, the casino was allowed to start sports betting due to their compact when other casinos were not allowed to do so. The amenity allows the casino to have a leg up on the competition.
The land-based and online options in Oregon puts the state at a top position in this portion of the nation. With only Nevada as a competitor and no other state seemingly close enough to launching this year, Oregon should continue to be a leader in the sports betting industry for now in this area of the country.