he sports betting market in Oregon will begin on August 27, when the Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City launch its new sportsbook operations. The Oregon State Lottery is starting up its own sports betting business, but spokesman Matt Shelby said Wednesday that the agency will not meet its goal of starting up in time for opening of the NFL season.
“It’ will likely be two, three weeks into the season,” when the state sports games are ready, Shelby told The Oregonian. “Testing is going fine.” He said the delay was caused by the need to design interfaces between the games and different purchase technologies developed in recent years.
The state will offer an app that allows customers to play anywhere. The Chinook Winds sports betting will only be available at the casino, owned by the Siletz tribe. The state has opted not to allow betting on college games, while Chinook Winds will allow NCAA betting.
“We’re expecting it to be pretty busy,” said Will Robertson, Chinook Winds director of casino operations. “There may be lines to get your bets in.” Robertson did not speculate what the casino’s early handle will be. It has set aside a 600-square space as its “sports wagering lounge.” It’s been equipped with 15 televisions so that players can see the game they bet on.
Both Shelby and Robertson said it’s important for sports betting to be easy and seamless, particularly in the first couple months, as customers try it out.
Chinook Winds hired Las Vegas Dissemination Co. (LVDC) as its sports betting technology provider. The company is best known as a national leader in pari-mutuel betting. “In our search for a service provider, LVDC stood out from the start,” Robertson said.
“We are grateful to the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians for this opportunity and are looking forward to sharing our Las Vegas style of sports wagering with the customers of Chinook Winds Casino Resort,” Jay Vaccaro, LVDC, said. “The support and cooperation we have received has been outstanding and together we will bring additional fun and excitement to this great property.”
The opening date is Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 9 a.m. The regular operating hours will be seven days a week 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. offering a fully array of professional and collegiate sports. "This is an exciting time for the Siletz Tribe being the first Oregon Casino to launch live sports wagering in the state of Oregon," the casino's statement said.
Once the bet is placed the guest can watch the game in the Sports Wagering lounge or just down the way in the Rogue River Steakhouse Lounge where the games will be available for viewing.