Oregon will soon launch mobile sportsbooks

Oregon Lottery is preparing Scoreboard, a new sports gambling app to bet on mobile devices.

Scoreboard is a sports gambling app that will be run and managed by the Oregon Lottery and which will allow wagers on professional sports, baseball, basketball, soccer, NASCAR and golf. It has been running tests of the platform and, so far, everything has checked out. The Lottery will have its app ready for use no later than October 7th. The final step is to work out payment options with banking partners before the app can be officially introduced.

The original plan was to have the app ready before the start of the NFL season at the beginning of September. However, since the Oregon Lottery has never tackled sports gambling before, there were unknowns that arose during development that ultimately led to delays. Oregon has legally had the ability to offer sports gambling for some time and the Lottery previously offered a game called Sports Action for parlay bets on NFL games. However, that app was pulled in 2007 when the state let its sports gambling industry die.

Different states have approached sports gambling in various ways, and Oregon is one of a few that has decided college-level sports don’t need to be included in the activity. When in last August, Oregon became the 12th state in the U.S. to approve legal sportsbooks, the Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City was the first in the state to offer sports wagers.