Oregon bettors finally have a way to legally place bets on NFL football games and other professional sports after the launch of the Oregon Lottery’s mobile betting app last week.
The first online bets were officially finally made in Oregon, and it appears bettors in the state were glad to have a mobile betting option. According to Portland ABC TV affiliate KATU, Oregonians placed over $500,000 in bets through the first Sunday of action via the state’s Oregon Lottery Scoreboard app.
That same report said 16,500 people had already registered for the service during its first week of operation.
Oregon bettors were probably getting pretty antsy about not having a legal option to place bets online as each week of the NFL season continued to roll by with no Scoreboard app in sight.
The Lottery had initially planned to launch its state-run mobile betting app before the NFL season started at the beginning of September. However, delays began to mount after the state discovered the capabilities of the technology it was using couldn’t properly interface with other newer systems needed to offer all the betting options it intended according to an AP News report from Aug. 24.
Because of those kinds of issues, as well as the required testing processes that had to happen after the updates to the app were completed, the Lottery’s Scoreboard app wasn’t available to Oregon bettors until week 7 of the NFL football season.
Regardless, mobile bettors in Oregon certainly seemed excited to make their first mobile bets last week, and users are likely to continue to bask in the warm glow of making bets from the comfort of their pajamas, or however else they might choose to do it, now that they can legally place bets on professional sports for the rest of the year and beyond.
Oregon was the 12th state to legalize sports betting, but the path forward stakeholders took toward legalization in the state limited mobile betting to just one option. That choice didn’t lead to a robust online betting environment like the one found in New Jersey and several other states, but at least there now exists a way for Oregonians to make bets from the comfort of their homes.
So Oregon’s Lottery-run Scoreboard app doesn’t have any competition in the form of another mobile betting platform. That’s probably one of the reasons the state didn’t feel like it had to rush its app to market earlier in the season. Additionally, Oregon’s Scoreboard app only offers bets on professional sports, so bettors hoping to bet on college events will still have to travel to a physical sportsbook in Oregon at a casino to place those kinds of bets.
Still, half a million in online handle in just the first week isn’t a bad start for Oregon’s new mobile betting app. Whether more competition eventually becomes legal in the state or not, Oregon is still far ahead of other states in the U.S. market where sports betting still isn’t legal in any form.