Oregon Gambling Laws & Online Poker in Oregon

Oregon still doesn’t have any online poker legislation in place.  However, changes have been discussed and there could be progress made in the next couple of years.

Type/Code Summary
State Code Section(s) 4.167.108-167; 11.462-464
Definition of Internet Gambling Prohibition A person engaged in an internet gambling business may not knowingly accept, in connection with the participation of another person in unlawful gambling using the internet, credit, an electronic funds transfer, any check, draft or similar instrument through any financial institution or any other form of financial transaction that involves a financial institution as a payor or financial intermediary on behalf of or for the benefit of the other person.
Definition of Internet An interactive computer service or system or an information service, system or access software provider that provides or enables computer access by multiple users to a computer server and includes, but is not limited to, an information service, system or access software provider that provides access to a network system commonly known as the Internet, or any comparable system or service and also includes, but is not limited to a World Wide Web page, newsgroup, message board, mailing list or chat area on any interactive computer service or system or other online service.
Definition of Gambling A person stakes or risks something of value upon the outcome of a contest of chance or a future contingent event not under the control or influence of the person, upon an agreement or understanding that the person or someone else will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome, excluding social games.
Definition of Contest of Chance Any contest, game, gaming scheme or gaming device in which the outcome depends in a material degree upon an element of chance, notwithstanding that skill of the contestants may also be a factor therein.
Online Poker/Gambling There have been no serious proposals by legislators seeking to legalize online poker. The prohibitive language in the current Oregon code indicates a strong stance against online gaming.
Live Poker There are live poker rooms in many of the Native American casinos. There are other card clubs in large cities in Oregon that operate as membership clubs per their assertion that poker is a game of skill and exempted from current laws that prohibit games of chance. The courts are likely to decide the issue in the end.
Casinos There are several Native American tribes that signed compacts with Oregon per IGRA to operate casinos, and many of them offer table games as well as slots.
Sports Betting No lawmakers have attempted to legalize sports betting.
DFS A bill to exempt daily fantasy sports from current gambling prohibitions in 2017 failed to pass the legislature.
Other Forms of Gambling Licensed horse racing and mutuel wagering, off-track pari-mutuel betting, lottery, charitable gambling, social games.