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Introduction to Oregon Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2020

Oregon slot machine casino gambling consists of nine tribal casinos and many bars, taverns and pari-mutuel wagering sites with video lottery terminal (VLT) style slot machines.

There is a theoretical payout limit for non-tribal VLTs but none for video slot machines at the tribal casinos. No return statistics are publicly available.

This post continues my weekly State-By-State Slot Machine Casino Gambling Series, an online resource dedicated to guiding slot machine casino gambler to success. Now in its third year, each weekly post reviews slots gambling in a single U.S. state, territory, or federal district.

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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in Oregon*

The minimum legal gambling age in Oregon depends upon the gambling activity:

  • Land-Based Casinos: 21
  • Poker Rooms: 18
  • Bingo: 18
  • Lottery: 18
  • Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 18

Oregon state law says bars and taverns can have up to six VLT-style slot machines, along with a restriction on how close together these businesses may be relative to one another.

Pari-mutuel wagering sites may have up to ten VLT-style slot machines.

At non-tribal locations, the maximum bet is $2.50 while the maximum jackpot is $600.

*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws might apply to various forms of gaming. It is not legal advice.

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Slot Machine Private Ownership in Oregon

It is legal to own a slot machine privately in the state of Oregon if it is 25 years old or older.

Gaming Control Board in Oregon

The Oregon Lottery regulates VLT-style gaming machines at non-tribal retailers. The Lottery’s 1992 video poker lottery terminal network was the first centrally controlled gaming system in the U.S. In 2005, the VLT network added Class III Vegas-style line games for slots.

Eight out of Oregon’s nine federally-recognized American Indian tribes have negotiated tribal-state gaming compacts. Regulation of tribal gaming in Oregon is by the Oregon State Police and the Tribal Gaming Commissions of each individual tribe.

The Oregon Tribal Gaming Alliance (OTGA) is a coalition of these tribes which own and operate casinos in Oregon. In 2015, tribal gaming accounted for less than 32% of all gaming conducted in Oregon. Nearly two-thirds of gaming takes place at 2,550 commercial sites.

Casinos in Oregon

There are nine American Indian tribal casinos in Oregon.

The largest casino in Oregon is Spirit Mountain Casino with 2,000 gaming machines.

The second-largest casino is Wildhorse Resort & Casino with 1,200 gaming machines.

Commercial Casinos in Oregon

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Statewide, Oregon has 2,550 retailers operated by the Oregon Lottery.

Tribal Casinos in Oregon

The nine tribal casinos in Oregon are:

  1. Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, 89 miles southwest of Portland on Route 101 along the Pacific Coast.
  2. Indian Head Casino in Warm Springs, 104 miles southeast of Portland.
  3. Kla-Mo-Ya Casino in Chiloquin, 105 miles southeast of Portland.
  4. Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville, 202 miles south of Portland.
  5. Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde, 64 miles southwest of Portland.
  6. The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park in North Bend, 220 miles south-southwest of Portland on Route 101 near the Pacific Coast.
  7. Three Rivers Casino Resort Florence, 170 miles southwest of Portland near Route 101 on the Pacific Coast.
  8. Three Rivers Casino Resort Coos Bay, 223 miles southwest of Portland near Route 101 on the Pacific Coast.
  9. Wildhorse Resort & Casino in Pendleton, 215 miles east of Portland.

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Other Gambling Establishments

As an alternative to enjoying Oregon slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. Bordering Oregon is:

  • North: Washington Slots
  • East: Idaho Slots
  • South: California Slots and Nevada Slots
  • West: The Pacific Ocean

Each of the links above will take you to my blog for that neighboring U.S. state to Oregon.

Our Oregon Slots Facebook Group

Are you interested in sharing and learning with other slots enthusiasts in Oregon? If so, join our new Oregon slots community on Facebook. All you’ll need is a Facebook profile to join this closed Facebook Group freely.

There, you’ll be able to privately share your slots experiences as well as chat with players about slots gambling in Oregon. Join us!

Payout Returns in Oregon

For Oregon’s tribal casinos, no payout limits have been set nor are actual return statistics publicly available.

For non-tribal sites controlled by the Oregon Lottery, theoretical payout limits are available within the game’s menu for each individual VLT-style gaming machine.

A payout range is due to potential bonus rounds or other game features. The maximum theoretical payout is 96%. Extended play games may exceed this maximum.

These payout percentages by game theme are also online at the Oregon Lottery. For example:

  • Five Times Pay Line Game has a payout percentage of 91.99%
  • Dragon Fire Keno has a payout percentage range of 91.84% to 92.42%

Summary of Oregon Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2020

Oregon slot machine casino gambling consists of nine tribal casinos and 2,550 commercial sites including pari-mutuel wagering facilities. Retailers can have six gaming machines while racetrack betting sites can have ten machines.

There is no theoretical payout limit for video slot machines at Oregon’s tribal casinos, nor are return statistics publicly available. However, non-tribal VLTs each show their theoretical payout limit within the game theme menu as well as online at the Oregon Lottery. The maximum theoretical limit for these non-tribal VLTs is 96%.

Annual Progress in Oregon Slot Machine Casino Gambling

In the last year, there has been little to no change in the Oregon slots gaming industry.

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