To Oregon's credit, its laws on gaming are clear, leaving little room for misinterpretation. Unfortunately for residents of the state, this is not necessarily a good thing when it comes to sports gambling and playing cards. Placing a bet or playing in a game with someone who is collecting a fee is illegal and comes with a harsh penalty.
It isn't all bad in Oregon, however. Tribal compacts set the stage for casino gambling years ago, and social games in which the house is not collecting any money are completely legal. Bettors have options, but must bet online at their own risk.