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Gambling in Oregon

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Gambling in Oregon relates to the laws, regulations, and authorized forms of gambling

Contents

  • 1 Authorized forms
    • 11 Race tracks
    • 12 Charitable gaming
    • 13 Social gaming
    • 14 Lottery
    • 15 Indian gaming
  • 2 Commercial casino proposals
  • 3 Addiction services
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Authorized formsedit

Race tracksedit

Portland Meadows, open since 1946, offers a full season of Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing Off-track betting, operated under the Portland Meadows license, is available at 11 sites throughout the state12

Horse racing is also held on the "Oregon summer fair circuit", consisting of several weekends at Grants Pass Downs in Grants Pass, plus 3- and 4-day meets in Union, Prineville, Tillamook, and Burns34 Races were a part of the Oregon State Fair through the 2000 season, after which they were discontinued due to low revenue and a deteriorating grandstand5

Greyhound racing was held from 1933 to 2004, first at Multnomah Stadium and later at Multnomah Greyhound Park,6 until the latter was closed due to the sport's declining popularity7

In 1997, Oregon was one of the first states to authorize betting "hubs" that accept wagers electronically from out-of-state bettors on horse and dog races nationwide8 As of 2011, there were 10 hubs operating in the state, including TVG and Churchill Downs's twinspires9

Charitable gamingedit

In 1971, the state legalized "casino nights" with blackjack, roulette, and craps, when organized by a nonprofit organization for fundraising, and played for non-cash prizes10 The act was dubbed the "Happy Canyon" law, in reference to a fundraiser traditionally held at the Pendleton Round-Up11 A constitutional amendment passed by voters in 1976 allowed bingo and raffles1012 Texas Hold 'Em was authorized for charitable fundraisers in 200513

Social gamingedit

Cities and counties may choose to allow social gaming to be conducted in businesses and private clubs, where the house does not take a cut or profit from the game13

The state first authorized social gaming in 197314 By 1995, 44 localities had passed ordinances enabling social gaming, and some coastal towns were attracting thriving weekend crowds to their blackjack tables15 An investigation by the Lottery Commission that year found that regulations were laxly enforced, with many dealers being paid for their services

Portland passed a social gaming ordinance in 1984, but it was not until around 2007 that licensed poker clubs began sprouting up around the city The clubs make money by charging a cover fee, and selling food and drinks Underground poker clubs have thrived as well, due to their higher profitability16

Lotteryedit

Oregon Lottery logo Main article: Oregon Lottery

The Oregon Lottery was enabled by an amendment to the Oregon Constitution approved by 66% of voters in the 1984 general election A statutory measure passed in the same election, and by about the same margin, providing for a state lottery1718 Prior to the measures, Oregonians were believed to be spending "a bundle" on the state lottery of neighboring Washington18 The lottery commenced operations the following year, initially offering two types of games: scratchcard tickets and a jackpot game called Megabucks

In 1989, the lottery added Sports Action, in which players bet on NFL football games19 Players would choose between 4 and 14 games in a given week, and had to pick the correct team, based on a point spread, in every game Congress later banned sports betting under the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, but a grandfather clause allowed Oregon to continue the game20 The state legislature ended Sports Action after the 2006-07 NFL season, as a condition of being allowed to host games in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship21

An illegal industry of video poker arose in bars and restaurants, with as many as 6,000 machines taking annual wagers of $100 million by 198922 Use of the machines for amusement purposes was legal, but illegal payouts by operators were common23 To capture some of that revenue, the legislature in 1989 authorized video lottery terminals to be installed in bars and taverns, with a maximum of five devices per location24 The plan was abandoned, however, due to opposition from county governments, which cited enforcement difficulties with the existing grey-market machines24 Only after the state banned private machines in 1991 did the Lottery move forward,24 turning on the first video poker games in March 199225 Line games, similar to slot machines, were added to the terminals in 200526 By 2011, over 12,000 terminals were deployed, earning $721 million in revenue after prizes were subtracted27

Indian gamingedit

In the 1980s, the Seminole and Cabazon decisions affirmed the rights of Native American tribes to run gambling operations28 The 1988 federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act codified the right of tribes to offer Class III gaming casino games, lotteries within the state, if the state permitted such type of gaming Between Oregon's lottery and charitable and social gaming laws, this meant that the state's nine federally recognized tribes could potentially run almost any kind of game29 The tribes were reluctant, though, citing fears of battles with state officials, cultural opposition to gambling, and for some tribes, remoteness from population centers29 By 1991, the only tribal gaming consisted of bingo halls run by the Coquille and Siletz tribes30

The Cow Creek band was the first tribe to successfully negotiate a compact with the state to allow casino-style gaming,31 adding video poker and blackjack to its bingo hall in 19933233 Another early proposal was made by the Siletz tribes, but their plan for a casino in the Salem area was killed by opposition from Governor Barbara Roberts34 By 1996, all nine tribes had compacts completed or in negotiations, and six tribal casinos were open35 In 2009, Oregon's nine casinos reported total net revenue of $574 million36

Tribes have made several proposals to build off-reservation casinos in or near the lucrative Portland market, to no effect The Warm Springs tribes, since 1999, have proposed a casino to be built in Cascade Locks in the Columbia River Gorge The Grand Ronde offered in 2003 to build a stadium to help the city attract a Major League Baseball team, in exchange for the right to open a casino in the area37 Later, they offered to build an 800-room hotel, with a casino, at the Oregon Convention Center38 Both plans were rejected by Governor Ted Kulongoski In 2005, the Grand Ronde considered buying Portland Meadows and converting it into a racino39 The Klamath Tribes applied in 2006 to build a casino on the French Prairie,40 but later withdrew the proposal41

Casino City Region Tribes VLTs42 Table
games42
Hotel
rooms42
Chinook Winds Casino Lincoln City Oregon Coast Confederated Tribes of the Siletz 1,121 26 227
Indian Head Casino Warm Springs Central Oregon Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs 50043 843 0
Kla-Mo-Ya Casino Chiloquin Southern Oregon Klamath Tribes 374 6 0
The Mill Casino Hotel North Bend Oregon Coast Coquille Indian Tribe 729 10 203
Old Camp Casino closed Burns Eastern Oregon Burns Paiute Tribe 110 0 0
Seven Feathers Hotel & Casino Resort Canyonville Southern Oregon Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians 1,356 20 298
Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Ronde Willamette Valley Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon 1,940 33 250
Three Rivers Casino Florence Oregon Coast Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians 700 11 93
Wildhorse Resort & Casino Pendleton Eastern Oregon Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation 809 12 99

Commercial casino proposalsedit

In 1972, John Haviland, owner of the Paramount Theatre in Portland, proposed converting it into a state-operated casino44

In 1978, a group proposed legalizing casinos on the Oregon Coast, which it said would stimulate jobs in the economically depressed area, while providing money for schools statewide45

The 1984 ballot initiative that authorized the lottery inserted the following language into the Oregon Constitution: "The Legislative Assembly has no power to authorize and shall prohibit casinos from operation" This has provided a foundation for some debate as to what, precisely, constitutes a "casino"46

A measure passed in the 1995 legislature would have allowed Portland racetracks to install up to 75 video poker machines each; then-Attorney General Ted Kulongoski ruled that the law violated the constitutional prohibition on casinos, prompting Governor John Kitzhaber to veto the bill47

Since 2005, two businessmen from Lake Oswego have proposed a casino to be built at the defunct Multnomah Greyhound Park48 A ballot measure to authorize the plan was defeated in 2010 with 68 percent of voters opposed49 The developers attempted another measure on the 2012 ballot, failing yet again with 71% opposed50 51

Addiction servicesedit

Investing more than $6 million annually to reduce and prevent the negative effects of gambling, Oregon's Problem Gambling Services attempts to "minimize gambling's negative impacts while recognizing the reality of gambling's availability, cultural acceptance, and economic appeal"52 Treatment services are available at no cost to Oregon residents with problems related to gambling, either as a problem gambler or as a friend or family member of one According to the Oregon Department of Human Services, "services are delivered through 29 outpatient clinics across the state, short-term crisis-respite centers in Grants Pass and St Helens, a residential treatment center in Salem, and a home-study program for people with less severe problems"52

In 1997, Spirit Mountain Casino led all casinos in the state in contributions to the newly established Oregon Gambling Addiction Treatment Foundation, with a contribution of $50,000 Leaders cited a desire to be "responsible actors" in the realm of gambling The Oregon State Lottery contributed $20,00053

See alsoedit

  • Oregon portal
  • List of casinos in Oregon
  • Gambling in the United States
  • Jim Elkins
  • United States Senate Select Committee on Improper Activities in Labor and Management

Referencesedit

  1. ^ "Off Track Betting" Portland Meadows Retrieved May 30, 2012 
  2. ^ "Off-Track Betting OTB" Oregon Racing Commission Retrieved May 30, 2012 All of the off-track betting sites in Oregon operate under the host race meet license, Portland Meadows 
  3. ^ Silow, Frank July 10, 2010 "GP Downs concludes season this weekend" Mail Tribune Medford Retrieved May 31, 2012 
  4. ^ "2012 Summer Fair Meet Schedule" PDF Oregon Racing Commission Retrieved May 31, 2012 
  5. ^ "Oregon fair opens with new focus on revenue" The Columbian Vancouver, WA: via HighBeam August 23, 2001 Retrieved May 31, 2012  subscription required
  6. ^ Cawood, Neil August 22, 1983 "Still going to the dogs" Eugene Register-Guard Retrieved May 31, 2012 
  7. ^ "W Coast greyhound racing likely over" Seattle Times AP December 26, 2004 Retrieved May 31, 2012 
  8. ^ Mayes, Steve August 1, 2001 "Racing industry bets on Oregon to renew draws" The Oregonian Portland: via NewsBank Retrieved May 31, 2012  subscription required
  9. ^ "2011 Quarterly Hub Handles" PDF Oregon Racing Commission Retrieved May 31, 2012 
  10. ^ a b Johnson, Wendy J 2001 "Tribal gaming expansion in Oregon" Willamette Law Review 37: 414–15 Retrieved 2012-06-03  subscription required
  11. ^ Smith, Steven July 29, 1974 "Legal deck's stacked against charities" Eugene Register-Guard 
  12. ^ Sellard, Dan January 15, 1977 "Bingo! The game goes on, but so does the law governing how it can be played" Eugene Register-Guard Retrieved 2012-06-03 
  13. ^ a b Oregon Department of Justice "Charitable Activities, FAQs" Retrieved 2012-06-03 
  14. ^ Reed, Kee July 30, 1987 "Social gaming sports laid-back image in CO towns" The Bulletin Bend, OR Retrieved 2012-06-06 
  15. ^ "Lottery panel targets social gaming" Eugene Register-Guard AP April 12, 1995 Retrieved 2012-06-06 
  16. ^ Law, Steve September 9, 2010 "Poker gamble fails to pay off" Portland Tribune Retrieved 2012-06-06 
  17. ^ "Oregon Blue Book: Initiative, Referendum and Recall: 1980-1987" Oregon Blue Book Oregon Secretary of State Retrieved November 13, 2008 
  18. ^ a b "Lotteries OK'd, but not casinos" The Register-Guard Guard Publishing November 8, 1984 Retrieved December 24, 2009 
  19. ^ Brandon, Steve September 7, 1989 "Sports Action game takes off slowly as state takes first football bets" The Oregonian Portland: via NewsBank Retrieved 2012-06-06  subscription required
  20. ^ Thompson, Courtenay November 19, 1997 "Oregon rules out casino sport bets" The Oregonian Portland: via NewsBank Retrieved 2012-06-06  subscription required
  21. ^ Peterson, Anne July 7, 2006 "NCAA to bring bit of Madness to Rose Garden" Eugene Register-Guard AP Retrieved 2012-06-06 
  22. ^ Meehan, Brian T September 26, 1989 "Video poker bid kept alive" The Oregonian Portland: via NewsBank Retrieved 2012-06-06  subscription required
  23. ^ Mapes, Jeff April 18, 1989 "Some see revenue royal flush in video poker" The Oregonian Portland: via NewsBank Retrieved 2012-06-06 
  24. ^ a b c Mapes, Jeff July 7, 1991 "Battle royal over video poker" The Oregonian Portland: via NewsBank Retrieved 2012-06-06  subscription required
  25. ^ Hill, Gail Kinsey March 24, 1992 "Video poker comes on line" The Oregonian Portland: via NewsBank Retrieved 2012-06-06  subscription required
  26. ^ Mosley, Joe May 17, 2005 "Gamblers give new video slots a spin" Eugene Register-Guard Retrieved 2012-06-06 
  27. ^ Comprehensive Annual Financial Report For the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2011 PDF Report Oregon State Lottery November 30, 2011 pp 29, 55 Retrieved 2012-06-06 
  28. ^ Kelly, Joseph M 1993–94 "Indian Gaming Law" Drake Law Review via HeinOnline 43: 501–545 Retrieved 2012-06-06  subscription required
  29. ^ a b Hamilton, Don June 23, 1991 "Oregon Indian tribes seek economic vitality" The Oregonian Portland: via NewsBank Retrieved 2012-06-06  subscription required
  30. ^ "Tribal economy" The Oregonian Portland: via NewsBank June 23, 1991 Retrieved 2012-06-06  subscription required
  31. ^ Hamilton, Don February 15, 1993 "Tribes in Washington, unlike Oregon, find casinos a good bet" The Oregonian Portland: via NewsBank Retrieved 2012-06-07  subscription required
  32. ^ "Tribe pleased with early results of gaming hall" Seattle Times via NewsBank AP December 27, 1992 Retrieved 2012-06-07 
  33. ^ Scott Sunde; James Wallace July 30, 1993 "Controversy squeezing law into new form" Seattle Post-Intelligencer via NewsBank Retrieved 2012-06-07 
  34. ^ Thompson, Courtenay December 16, 1997 "Siletz won't get casino in Salem" The Oregonian Portland: via NewsBank Retrieved 2012-06-07  subscription required
  35. ^ Thompson, Courtenay October 6, 1996 "Eight Oregon tribes have state gambling compacts" The Oregonian Portland: via NewsBank Retrieved 2012-06-07  subscription required
  36. ^ The Contributions of Indian Gaming to Oregon's Economy in 2009 PDF Report Oregon Tribal Gaming Alliance June 24, 2011 p 18 Retrieved 2012-06-07 
  37. ^ "Casino for stadium No deal, governor says" Eugene Register-Guard AP March 13, 2003 Retrieved 2012-06-07 
  38. ^ Senior, Jeanie January 30, 2004 "Dice on ice: Tribe pulls hotel bid" Portland Tribune Retrieved 2012-06-07 
  39. ^ Eric Mortenson; Jeff Mapes March 10, 2005 "Grand Ronde weights odds of casino at Portland racetrack" The Oregonian Portland: via NewsBank Retrieved 2012-06-07 
  40. ^ "Tribes seek off-reservation casinos" Eugene Register-Guard AP May 6, 2006 
  41. ^ Hu, Ev June 15, 2008 "French Prairie becomes next urban growth battleground" The Oregonian Portland Retrieved 2012-06-08 
  42. ^ a b c The Contributions of Indian Gaming to Oregon's Economy in 2009 PDF Report Oregon Tribal Gaming Alliance June 24, 2011 pp 5–6 Retrieved 2012-06-07 
  43. ^ a b Nogueras, David February 2, 2012 "New casino set to open along Highway 26" Oregon Public Broadcasting Retrieved May 31, 2012 
  44. ^ "Gambling casino idea suggested" The Bulletin Bend, OR UPI December 5, 1972 Retrieved 2012-06-08 
  45. ^ "Group urges casino gambling to aid Oregon Coast economy" Eugene Register-Guard UPI October 19, 1978 Retrieved 2012-06-08 
  46. ^ "From Keno to casino" The Oregonian Advance Publications July 28, 1991  |access-date= requires |url= help
  47. ^ Long, James October 23, 1995 "Indian casinos: what's in the cards" The Oregonian Advance Publications  |access-date= requires |url= help
  48. ^ "Developers eye dog track for nontribal casino" Lewiston Tribune AP March 13, 2005 Retrieved 2012-06-07 
  49. ^ Wells, Shannon November 2, 2010 "State voters deliver definitive ‘no’ to Wood Village casino" Portland Tribune Retrieved 2012-06-07 
  50. ^ Mapes, Jeff May 30, 2012 "Wood Village casino measures appear headed to Oregon ballot" The Oregonian Portland Retrieved 2012-06-07 
  51. ^ "Voters reject Wood Village casino proposal" FOX 12 News November 6, 2012 Retrieved January 11, 2017 
  52. ^ a b "Addiction Services: Problem Gambling Services" Oregon Department of Human Services 2009 Retrieved May 10, 2009 
  53. ^ Thompson, Courtenay August 29, 1997 "Casinos combat problem gambling" The Oregonian Advance Publications  |access-date= requires |url= help

External linksedit

  • Oregon State Police- Gaming Division
  • Oregon Tribal Gaming Alliance

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