How to Play Online Poker in Oregon
Poker players who live in Oregon have it good. They can play and/or host home games, play online or live in one of several casinos. There are very few, if any limitations for players in the Beaver State. For more details, please continue reading.
** Disclaimer: It is your responsibility to know the laws in your state. Use of this article is at your own risk.**
Playing Home Games in Oregon
Hosting and/or playing in home poker games in Oregon is perfectly acceptable. The reason why it’s fine is because the law doesn’t consider “social games” a form of gambling. And poker falls into the category of social games, which is interpreted from the following snippets:
(a) A game, other than a lottery, between players in a private home where no house player, house bank or house odds exist and there is no house income from the operation of the social game; and
(b) If authorized pursuant to ORS 167.121, a game, other than a lottery, between players in a private business, private club or place of public accommodation where no house player, house bank or house odds exist and there is no house income from the operation of the social game.
The one exception is that you cannot charge players for playing, whether it’s by charging an entry fee or raking the pot. So as long as you’re not doing that and/or running a lottery, home games in Oregon are fine.
Online Poker in Oregon State
“Internet gambling” is specifically mentioned in Oregon’s laws. But the law doesn’t target players; it targets businesses. It’s against the law to run a gambling business where you accept payments from players partaking in illegal gambling activities. So accepting payments in the form of checks, credit cards and advances are violations of the law which is considered a class C felony.
So in short, it’s fine to play online poker in Oregon. And with that said, we suggest that you check out Lock Poker. They offer all the game formats such as holdem, omaha and stud. Lock also receives quite a bit of traffic — around 10,000 players on a regular basis. So there are plenty of games running. And for new players, they’re offering a 200% deposit bonus, good up to $1,200. Visit www.LockPoker.com now to get started. Alternatively, you can read our Lock review.
Live Casino Poker in Oregon
You can find live casino poker in Oregon, amongst other games. Most of them will be along the coast though, so for many residents of Oregon it’ll be a road trip. Below is a list of the few that offer live poker along with the games they offer and any promotions they may be running.
Chinook Winds Casino: Chinook Winds hosts both cash games and tournaments. A few interesting promotions include KO bonuses for knocking out casino personal, dealer appreciation bonuses and royal flush bonuses.
Seven Feathers: At Seven Feathers you can play both limit and no limit holdem as well as omaha. They’re open 7 days a week and offer a $4 side table menu.
Spirit Mountain: Spirit Mountain spreads holdem, omaha and stud cash games. Limits include $3/$6 to $40/$80 limit and $1/$3 to $5/$10 no limit. Spirit Mountain hosts weekly tournaments and has a bad beat jackpot.
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Written by Matt Geer