Scoreboard, the online gaming site of Oregon launched through the Oregon Lottery, could be worth a lot of money to players. According to the news outlet for the Williamette Week, the initial bettor deposit limit will be set at $250,000 when it opens next week, and while the cap does not mean that $250,000 wagers will have to be made, some high-priced bets will almost certainly be seen.
Since New Jersey has proposed a $5 million cap and Nevada has no ceiling, the actual $250 K appears to be relatively mild. Oregon, however, will also enforce certain wagers-related limits and their numbers.
Within the next few days, the scoreboard is supposed to be online, meaning that bets could be seen just as the Portland Trailblazers take on the Denver Nuggets in two weeks time. Nevertheless, sports fans should only be used to placing bets on pro games, as sports wagers at the college level are not allowed.
Oregon also plans to change a sliding scale of the $250,000 limit. The Lottery states that the cap could be reduced by certain games with the sport-based limit itself, as well as chances, risk tolerance, and other factors.
The mobile app will also require users to select a deposit cap that the user can change. For example, if the gambler lost $50,000 on a game and wants to try again, the cap could be set at $50,000 and then changed later that day to $100,000. It’s not that easy, though.
Every change requires a cool-down period of 24 hours between deposits and two or more changes in a given week will trigger a Lottery alert to the consumer. Through the device, the gambler will also be able to self-exclude as well as configure delays that will stop them from playing for certain periods of time.
The proposals are well-designed measures to help try to control problem gambling, according to a spokesman for Governor Kate Brown, Charles Boyle, but it was necessary to offer a solution that would be creative and advanced. Boyle explains: “The Oregon Lottery provides an important revenue stream for our state, funding a variety of key services from education to state parks to job creation.
“In order to preserve this revenue stream, the lottery is modernising to serve new players while still promoting responsible gaming.”
Matt Shelby, spokesman for Oregon Lottery, says: “We believe informed players make more responsible choices about their play. While not required, players may also establish a loss limit.
“If a player determines they can’t responsibly have access to Scoreboard, we offer timeouts and self-exclusion. Pop-up and email messages [will be] sent to high-risk players” and “players deemed high-risk will not receive marketing messages.”
Of course not everyone is on board, with some claiming the big cap is reckless. Individuals must be responsible for their own actions, though, and society can only do so much to save someone from their own acts.