It has been a long time of absence felt by many punters in Oregon when the legislation came into place prohibiting any gambling or sports betting in the state. Those days are gone now as Oregon became the eighth state in the US this week to launch an online mobile betting app, Scoreboard. After weeks of testing and many delays, this finally became a reality for Oregonians. The excitement about the app finally being rolled out is also the reason for the expected figure which the Oregon Lottery estimates will be the total amount of money placed in wagers only in the first year after launch, a total of $300 million.
Final testing was done over the past weekend on three different betting platforms. Participants in this testing procedure each received $100 to play either on iOS, Android or desktop and the purpose was to see if withdrawals, deposits, and placing bets were all going seamlessly. Their remuneration for their time and effort was to keep all the winnings of the testing session. The process ran perfectly, and after a visit from Oregon State Lottery Director, Barry Pack, the green light for the launch was shining brightly.
SBTech will run the application. They are also the name behind Church Hill Downs and was appointed due to their long and extensive history of providing excellent support in the industry as well as their reputation of increasing player experiences. Since players are required to set up a funding account to be able to play, insurance of these accounts have been handed to FDIC. They will provide coverage for accounts up to the max limit of $250 000. Nothing more than that will be allowed to remain within these funding accounts. Matt Shelby, spokesperson for the lottery also stated that they would be vigilant in security and safety. If any wagers raise any red flags of suspicion, they won’t accept it. He also emphasized that they are by no means forced to receive all the bets which come their way.
Partnership with the Trail Blazers
Punters will have access to various in-game betting options, also on the state’s NBA team and the Portland Trail Blazers. The Oregon Lottery and the Portland Trail Blazers are already in a sponsorship agreement, and CEO of the Trail Blazers expressed their excitement regarding the app. They are hoping that through sports betting, they will be able to increase the team’s fan base and be able to gather more enormous crowds once again.
Geofencing a Vital Feature Included
The application relies on geofencing to maintain a significant relationship between the Oregon State Lottery and tribal-owned casinos in the state. The geofencing is set up in such a way that nobody will be able to place wagers from any of the tribal-owned lands in the country. Those living on the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians will though be able to put their sports wagers at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort, in person, since they are accepting sports bets since last month.