EUGENE, Ore. -- With the recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court that paves the way for sports gambling, Oregon will now be the 12th state to allow its casinos to offer this entertainment.
With the Pew Research Institution estimating illegal wagers on the National Football League (NFL) and college football to be near $100 billion, Oregon is going to be the next state to tap into this market. The Chinook Wind Casino in Lincoln City became the first casino in Oregon to open a sports wagering lounge, and local casinos are planning to do the same.
Katherine Hoppe, the Tourism and Content Manager for the Mill Casino near Coos Bay, says her casino will be offering sports betting in the coming weeks.
“Right now, this is so new for all the state of Oregon. We're kind of going through all of the logistics and getting it all figured out,” Hoppe said. “So in about a couple of weeks, we'll send out a much larger announcement because we know all of our customers want the details.”
When it comes to playing responsibly, Emergence, an addiction counseling center, said these two questions can help understand a gambling problem: Am I gambling more than I intended? And am I lying about how much I gambled?
However, Michael Grof, a gambling counselor at Emergence says most people play responsibly.
"Sports gambling is going to be very entertaining for a lot of people. Most people who gamble don't have a problem with gambling,” Grof said. “Some people are going to find it very destructive in their life.”
Hoppe echoed the same sentiment that her casino encourages anyone who has gambling problem to find help.
“For us it is our desire that when costumers come to us that gaming is a form of entertainment and that when it stops being fun there are other resources that many experts in the state provide,” Hoppe said. “So we make sure those pamphlets are available and all of our staff knows where they’re located.”