Oregon Bettors Excited to Give Scoreboard app a Run
The Oregon Lottery has announced that its sports betting app, called the ‘Scoreboard‘, will launch the second week of October.
Plans to launch the app before the start of the NFL season were shelved due to delays in the designing of interfaces between the games and the various payment technologies, as well as ensuring player accounts are fully functional and secure prior to release.
“It’s taken longer to test the game than expected,” said Oregon Lottery Spokesman Chuck Baumann. “This is the first time that the lottery has entered into an e-commerce game,” Baumann added. “This will be the first time we’ve offered a game – an Oregon lottery game – available online.”
Legal sports betting already taking place in Oregon
Not that Oregonians have been completely starved of legal betting opportunities in the meantime, thanks to the tribal-owned Chinook Winds Casino, which opened the doors to its sportsbook on August 27th.
The problem being, of course, that bettors have to physically trek to the he Pacific Ocean-front casino to place their bets in person.
In that respect, the opportunity to place bets online through the ‘Scoreboard‘ can’t come soon enough, and it could be worth waiting for as it will allow users to bet on a wide range of professional sports, both through the lottery’s website and a mobile app.
What to expect from the Oregon Scoreboard
Here’s what we know about the new sports betting app:
- It will take bets on professional football, basketball, soccer, NASCAR and golf.
- There will be live wagering options for games currently in play.
- All the usual mainstream markets will be offered, so moneylines, spreads, totals, parlays etc.
- Players must be 21+ and all bets must be placed in Oregon.
- The minimum bet will be $1.
- It will be available for Apple users through the app store.
- Android users will be able to download it through a direct link provided by the Oregon Lottery at launch.
- Bettors will also be able to wager through desktop computers and laptops.
One Oregonian recently took to Twitter to express his excitement over the impending launch.
My Grandfather used to bet NFL winners/losers every week in Vegas. Want to try to walk in his shoes this season. See how little I know. @oregon_lottery when’s the Scoreboard app going to be ready? Excited to give the Scoreboard app a run.
— Gregory DeGroat (@GregDeGroat) September 18, 2019
Retail the only option for NCAA sports
What won’t be possible through the Scoreboard is wagering on college sports markets, with the Lottery having succumbed to pressure from the anti-gambling NCAA, who threatened to withhold championship events in any states that permitted wagering.
So, for the time being at least, any bettors wishing to wager on the Oregon Ducks or the Oregon State Beavers, must travel to the Lincoln City casino. Looks like NJ is still ahead of all the states with their online sportsbook offerings, but it is good to see other states taking steps to introduce apps to players.
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