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Oregon Online Gambling Laws

Oregon gambling law defines gambling as risking something of value on the result or outcome of a contest of chance where the result or outcome is beyond the person's control or influence with the expectation that some thing else of value can be gained in the event of a particular result or outcome. This is more or less the standard definition of gambling in most states. To be classified as a contest of chance, the outcome or result must depend in a material degree upon an element of chance. It does not matter if the skills of the contestants are also a factor. Participating or engaging in an unlawful gambling activity as a player is a misdemeanor offense.

State Based Online Gambling Laws In Oregon

Oregon gambling law specifically addresses online gambling. It is a felony offense to accept payments in relation to the participation of another individual in an unlawful gambling activity using the internet. The law seems to focus on operators of illegal gambling sites instead of players. The law makes exceptions for social and charitable forms of gambling including bingo and casino style table games. Charities can offer bingo to raise revenue. Clearly it would be illegal to operate an unlicensed online gambling site within Oregon state borders. However this does not necessarily mean that Oregon online gambling that is regulated and located outside of the US is prohibited because those licensing jurisdictions have legalized online gambling and many of them do accept players from Oregon.

Oregon Land Based And Online Poker Gambling Laws

Poker is a contest of chance under Oregon gambling law. Playing poker for money is illegal in Oregon but one can legally play real money poker at social games and tribal casinos that offer poker. A social game of poker is one that takes place between players and is conducted in a home, private business or in a commercial setting. There are many card clubs across the state where one can legally play a game of real money poker. As long as the house does not rake the pot, the game is legal. Players can legally be charged a fee to participate in the game. The Oregon charitable gambling guidelines permit Texas Hold'em tournaments with a maximum buying limit of $200. This limit includes all addons and rebuys. There are no state based online poker options at this time, however there is legally licensed and certified Oregon online poker sites which are regulated and located outside of the United States that welcome players from OR and all over the U.S.A.

Land Based Casino Gambling Laws In Oregon

In 2012, the voters in Oregon voted to reject a proposal to amend the laws to allow commercial casinos to be set up across the state. This was not the first time that the state voters rejected casinos. All three referendums held earlier also saw the voters rejecting casinos. As a result, there are no commercial casinos in Oregon. However tribal casinos operate on the Indian reservations in the state. The first tribal casino in the state opened in 1994. Presently there are 10 such tribal casinos in Oregon, each having its own betting limits. These casinos offer various games including poker, craps, blackjack, roulette, slot machines and video poker. Oregon residents and visitors also have the option of Oregon online casinos which are legally licensed and regulated outside of the U.S.

Oregon State Lottery Gambling Laws

The Oregon state lottery was started in 1985. The state lottery offers scratch off and lotto tickets. The lottery is a member of multi-state lotteries including the popular Powerball. In 1991 it became the first state lottery to offer Keno games every 5 minutes. In 2004 the state lottery started offering Keno every 4 minutes. The state also has a video lottery. The state video lottery was launched in March 1992 and is offered at racetracks and bars across the state. A bar can have 6 video lottery machines while each racetrack can have up to 10 such machines. There are more than 12,000 video lottery machines in the state. The maximum permitted bet is $2 with a maximum prize of $600. The video lottery offers a range of video poker and line games.

Pari-Mutuel Gambling Laws In Oregon

Pari-mutuel wagering is legal in Oregon. Oregon legalized horse racing way back in 1933. Besides horse racing, dog racing is also legal in the state. Live and off track betting is permitted on simulcast races. Internet wagering on horse racing is also permitted in Oregon.

Oregon Sports Betting

When the Bradley Act was passed, the state of Oregon offered a form of sports gambling through its state lottery. As a result the state is exempt from the federal law that bans sports gambling. In fact it is one of the only four states that can offer legal sports betting. The state started offering sports betting in 1989. The negativity involving sports related gambling resulted in the state passing a law in 2005 that prevented the lottery from offering sports gambling. Oregon sports bettors do have access to legally licensed and certified online sports betting sites that accept Oregon players. These sites are licensed and regulated outside of the United States and they welcome players from OR and the United States in general.

Federal Laws Concerning Oregon Gambling

Federal laws do not prohibit Oregon residents from playing online poker or other types of online gambling. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 does not prohibit players from participating in online gambling activity, but rather places stringent regulatory oversight on how online gambling transactions can be processed. The law is directed at gambling site operators and payment processors and not players.

Oregon Gambling Laws

Oregon residents or visitors who are interested in viewing the official documents which contain the original language and context of the statutes and laws for the state of Oregon can visit the official Oregon State Legislature Website. This site contains all the statutes and laws for Oregon, both gambling and non-gambling related.

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