Through a partnership with ROAR Digital, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde will introduce BetMGM Sportsbook at Spirit Mountain Casino, Oregon’s largest casino. A mobile, on-reservation app is forthcoming, and the Tribe and ROAR will take digital sports betting statewide once approvals are in place. Spirit Mountain Casino, pictured, reopened its doors on June 1st after being closed for 74 days due to the coronavirus.
Oregon legalized sports betting in August 2019, and the state’s first sportsbook launched at Chinook Winds, run by the Siletz Tribe, in September 2019. Weeks later, the Oregon Lottery took sports-betting statewide in October 2019 with its Scoreboard app, through a sports betting contract with SBTech.
Now, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde is joining the league of operators that offer mobile and retail sports betting through a partnership with ROAR Digital, the joint venture between MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings.
As exclusive sports betting partners, the alliance kicks off with the opening of a BetMGM Sportsbook at Spirit Mountain Casino, the largest casino in Oregon. Along with retail sports betting, ROAR Digital will roll out an on-reservation mobile sports betting app, as well as an eventual state-wide online sports betting offering, as it becomes available to the Tribe, pending regulatory approval.
Stan Dillon, General Manager of Spirit Mountain Casino, said the joint venture brings “a world class sports betting offering to Oregon.”
Adam Greenblatt, CEO of ROAR Digital, also welcomed the tie-up, adding: “We have found a great partner in the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde and Spirit Mountain Casino and look forward to working with the Tribe to bring a leading retail and online sports betting experience to Oregon.”
Meanwhile, Oregon is considering becoming the second state to add online virtual sports to its portfolio of sports betting options. News from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and ROAR Digital did not touch on the potential of launching virtual sports betting, if and once Oregon approves it.
Nine federally recognized Tribes have gaming compacts with the state of Oregon. Beyond the aforementioned Siletz Tribe-owned Chinook Winds and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde-owned Spirit Mountain Casino, the other Tribally owned casinos in Oregon include the following. These Tribal casinos have the authority to proceed with sports betting, but have yet to announce plans to enter the market.
- Indian Head Casino, owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
- Kla-Mo-Ya Casino, owned and operated by the Klamath Tribes
- The Mill Casino & Hotel, owned and operated by The Coquille Indian Tribe
- Old Camp Casino, owned and operated by the Burns Paiute Tribe
- Seven Feathers Hotel & Casino Resort, owned and operated by the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians
- Three Rivers Casino, (locations in Florence and Coos Bay), owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians
- Wildhorse Resort & Casino, owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation