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Legal Sports Betting Begins in Oregon as Chinook Winds Casino Opens Wagering Lounge

Chinook Winds Casino opened its sports wagering lounge in Lincoln City on Tuesday, with former Dallas Cowboys star Ed “Too Tall” Jones placing the first bet.

Jones put down a $5 wager for the Cowboys to win the Super Bowl, The News Guard reports, to kick off the first legal sports wagering in the state since 2007, when the NFL parlay game Sports Action ended an 18-year run.

The Oregon State Lottery plans to launch a sports betting app, but it won’t be up and running for a few more weeks, spokesman Matt Shelby told The Oregonian/OregonLive last week.

The lottery’s app will allow customers to play anywhere, while Chinook Winds’ sports betting is available only at the casino. Chinook Winds, which is owned by the Siletz tribe, allows betting on college sports, while the lottery app will not include NCAA betting.

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