DraftKings Nearing Full Online Sportsbook Launch in Oregon
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DraftKings is coming to the state of Oregon.
The betting company announced Wednesday it will incorporate its full online sportsbook beginning on Jan. 18.
Oregon originally launched online sports betting in August of 2019. Under the state’s lottery, bettors were limited to the ScoreBoard app.
Now, DraftKings will be the sole, legal mobile sportsbook in Oregon.
“DraftKings is thrilled to embark on this journey with the Oregon Lottery as we build out a coast-to-coast presence with our top-rated online sportsbook for these fans to experience ahead of the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl,” said Paul Liberman, co-founder and President Global Technology and Product, in a statement.
“The Oregon Lottery shares our innovative spirit as one of the most progressive organizations in the real-money gaming sector, and together we look forward to delivering the exceptional online sportsbook products that Oregonians have been anticipating.”
DraftKings is also live in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.
DraftKings setting up roots in Oregon has been in the works for a while.
Talks circulated roughly a year ago hinting at a switch, before the Oregon Lottery Commission unanimously voted to flip from the SB Tech-based Scoreboard app to DraftKings in August.
Oregon, which launched its first ever sportsbook in Sept. 2019 at Chinook Winds, didn’t allow its users to bet on college football.
“We’re excited about the improved experience for our players – including the ability to make same game parlay bets. DraftKings is a premier provider in the US,” added Oregon Lottery Director, Barry Pack. “We see benefits for Lottery too, as the shift to DraftKings means fewer third-party service providers and a simpler financial structure for player accounts.”