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Oregon Lottery Scoreboard app: Beginner’s guide to sports betting, understanding odds, lines, bet types and more

A look at the login page for the Oregon Lottery’s Scoreboard App, which is the state of Oregon’s first and only legal online sports betting option for Oregonians who are 21 and over. Tim Brown | The Oregonian/OregonLive.

The Oregon Lottery Scoreboard App is live, and despite more than a few hiccups before and during the early days of the launch, the app has seen quite a rush of action as Oregonians over the age of 21 got their first chance to bet on sports in real time with their smartphones.

Through the first weekend since its launch on Oct. 16, the Scoreboard app had seen 18,116 registrations and 55,880 bets with over $1 million wagered. The NFL’s Week 7 Sunday Night Football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys was the most popular event of the weekend and 62 percent of all wagers were on football while soccer (10 percent), basketball (9 percent), baseball (8 percent), hockey (7 percent) and other sports (4 percent) made up the rest.

With the World Series underway, the NFL nearly at the midway point of the regular season and the Portland Trail Blazers’ 2019-20 NBA season getting underway, we’ve put together a quick guide on how to get started with the Oregon Lottery’s Scoreboard app, what you need to know about it and then some quick betting terms, explanations and basics you should know before you start throwing your hard-earned dollars at bets on your favorite teams.

GETTING STARTED

Download the Oregon Lottery Scoreboard app on iOS (for iPhone) or Android, or sign up online with your desktop computer.

Select the “Join Now” button to create a Scoreboard account: For this, you’ll need to input an email address and some personal information including the last four digits of your social security number. (I found this to be easier on a desktop computer).

Fund your account: You can sign up for a Play+ account through the app or on your desktop. You may want to refer to the signup guide that walks you through those steps. From there, you will have several options to fund the Play+ account including entering your bank account or debit/credit card information, or by using Paypal.

Deposit funds into your Scoreboard account: The funds you just added to your Play+ account will now be reflected on the deposit page. From here, you can enter the amount you want to transfer from your Play+ account into your Scoreboard account within the available field and then select the deposit button. Within a few moments your deposit amount should be reflected in the upper right-hand corner of the of the page on your app or web browser. You can now make wagers.

  • Navigate to and choose your game, match or event
  • Select your bet type (single, parlay, live, etc) and add it to the bet slip
  • From the Bet Slip, choose the amount you’d like to wager (it will automatically display your potential winnings based on the odds offered for the event and the amount you have selected to wager)
  • Double check your wager and understand how much you stand to win or lose
  • Select “Place Bet” and your bet should be accepted immediately

HOW DO I GET MONEY OUT OF MY SCOREBOARD ACCOUNT?

If you won and want to cash out, or if you simply want to withdraw some or all of the money from your account, there are a couple of ways to do this. You can get a complete rundown from the Oregon Lottery’s “How to transfer” funds section on the Scoreboard website. There are two ways you can go about it, but in both cases you will have to move your desired funds out of your scoreboard account and back into your Play+ account before you can withdraw them.

From your Play+ account, you can withdraw funds through the following methods:

  1. You can transfer funds from your Play+ account to a preferred bank account of your choosing by logging into your Play+ account at playplus.mycardplace.com. The Scoreboard Play+ FAQ’s page has details that can help walk you through that process, but it involves providing your bank account information, verifying your identity through email and further verifying a micro deposit
  2. The other option available is getting a personalized Scoreboard Play+ Discover card that will be sent to you in the mail. With that you can use it as a debit card at retailers, or at ATMs to withdraw cash, etc. The card will be limited to spend the only funds you have available in your Play+ account, so you will have to remember to move your desired funds from your Scoreboard account into the Play+ account before you can withdraw them.

UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS OF SPORTS BETTING

Before you get started throwing your hard-earned money around, you should probably know a few things, like what all those odds mean, and what you can expect in terms of a return on your wager if you win. We’re just going to cover some of the basics.

What is a money line?

A money line bet is one of the most simple bets you can make. You’re just picking the winner, The money line is simply the odds of a team winning the game outright, meaning you are just picking the winner of a game or event. The money line is presented as a three-digit number. For example, a money line of +100 would mean that you would make a profit of $100 if you bet $100 and were correct. . A negative money line represents the amount that you would have to bet to win $100 if you were correct. For example, a -200 money line means you would win $100 if you bet $200 and won.

What is a point spread?

These are one of the most popular kinds of sports bets, and have become especially popular with basketball and football fans. A point spread is the margin of points in which the favored team must win the game by, or the set number of points the underdog will need to not lose by for the wager to pay out. When a team has a point spread line with a plus sign (+), it indicates that the team is the “underdog,” and they must win the game outright or lose the game by fewer number of points than what is indicated in the line. When a team has a point spread line with a minus sign (-), it indicates that the team is the “favorite” and must win the game by a greater number of points than what is indicated in the line.

For example, let’s take a look at what a Portland Trail Blazers point spread might look like for an NBA game. (This is not for an actual game, this is only to be used as an example): Portland Trail Blazers +2.5 at Los Angeles Clippers -2.5

With a point-spread line of 2.5, the Blazers would have to win the game outright or lose by two points or less to cover the spread and be graded as a win. On the other side, if you bet on the the Clippers -2.5, the Clippers would have to win by at least three points to “cover the spread” and be graded as a win.

What are “futures” bets?

If you want to bet on a future result or outcome, like how many wins a NBA or NFL team will have by the end of the season, or which team will win the World Series in 2020, there are several options to choose from offered by a sports book.

What kind of odds should I use?

Unless you have previous experience with another style of odds, you should select “American odds” as they are the most commonly used format in the United States, though you can also select the “decimal” and “fractional” odds views on your account.

There are several places you can find more detailed information and explanations of different bet types, understanding odds and more. Odds Shark has a very comprehensive online sports betting guide that includes video tutorials and gives examples of the various bets you can make. You can also drill down in those guides to find out more about money lines, point spreads, over/under betting, and for the more advanced bettors, details about how parlay betting and teasers work.

Oregon Lottery Scoreboard app: Beginner’s guide to sports betting, understanding odds, lines, bet types and more A look at the login page for the Oregon Lottery’s Scoreboard App, which is the

Canzano: Oregon Lottery Scoreboard is hamstrung with college sports wagering ban

The Oregon Lottery Scoreboard app doesn’t allow wagering on games such as the College Football Playoff. (AP Photo, Gerald Herbert, File) AP

It’s no shocker, but our state managed to turned a sure-thing sports venture into a losing proposition.

The Oregon Lottery will lose money on the agency’s new mobile sports wagering proposition in the first fiscal year, as Willamette Week first reported this week. The fiscal year ends June 30. And what was once projected as a $6.3 million windfall at the launch will instead be a $5.3 million loss.

How did it happen?

• The rollout for Scoreboard was delayed until October, cannibalizing the early part of the NFL season and getting the operation off to a crawling start.

• Glitches with the rollout (technology, sign-ups, deposits, etc.) caused some initial user frustration. Most of that has since been ironed out, but still.

• Launch expenses were higher than anticipated and included $6.2 million in initial vendor charges.

But the biggest reason?

Our state’s ban on college wagering.

Scoreboard will eventually become profitable and lottery officials will be able to keep some of the promises they made about funding some struggling causes in our state. But the biggest obstacle that the Oregon Lottery faces is curious opposition from the State Legislature when it comes to wagering on college sports.

To date, the Scoreboard app won’t allow users to wager on college games. No bets on the College Football Playoffs. No men’s basketball tournament. And no college football next season. So unless you’re into betting on the NBA, darts, cricket, badminton or International basketball, it means that the Oregon Lottery won’t ever really be able to maximize its profitability.

Years ago, the NCAA refused to hold its championship sporting events in states that allowed legal wagering. But the governing body of college athletics has since relaxed that policy, but the politicians in Salem just aren’t with it.

House Bill 4057 was introduced earlier this month in Salem. It seeks to ban gambling on college sports in our state. It was introduced by the House Interim Committee on Education at the request of president Michael Schill at the University of Oregon and Dr. Edward Ray at Oregon State.

The Ducks and Beavers took an understandable position. They won’t benefit a red cent from sports wagering. It only stands to complicate their lives. But House Bill 4057 should be a slam-dunk losing position with lawmakers. They’re obligated, after all, to serve more than the universities and tribal casinos.

Without college wagering available, the Oregon Lottery is left trying to generate revenue for the state pension fund and education without one of the largest gambling revenue streams in the land. The tribal casino sports books and off-shore gambling sites have to be snickering at the absurdity. In fact, they have to out-right support the bill as it will ultimately drive some healthy business their direction.

The Super Bowl didn’t just signal the end of the NFL season, it brought the revenue stream with sports wagering in our state to a crawl. If the Scoreboard app allowed wagers on college basketball games, the money would still be flowing through the system.

Imagine the money that could be wagered on the men’s and women’s NCAA Basketball Tournaments. Imagine how much handle (total money wagered) the state lost by not being able to take bets on the College Football Playoff. It’s absurd. Other states with legalized sports wagering allow a full menu of bets and it created a windfall for their respective state coffers.

New Jersey, for example, generated $4.58 billion in total handle in 2019. That generated revenue of $300 million, and a profit of $36 million to the state of New Jersey. Oregon got a late start, with no college wagering allowed, and is projected to do only $178 million in handle in the first fiscal year of operation. That generated revenue of almost $11 million. But with the start-up expenses, even operating as a virtual monopoly, sports wagering with the Oregon Lottery ended up a loser.

Bottom line, Oregon is only dabbling in sports wagering. And unless lawmakers see how they’ve hamstrung their own coffers, it’s never going to be the winner it could have been.

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Canzano: Oregon Lottery Scoreboard is hamstrung with college sports wagering ban The Oregon Lottery Scoreboard app doesn’t allow wagering on games such as the College Football Playoff. (AP Photo,