LINCOLN CITY — At 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, Chinook Winds Casino became the first operator in Oregon to offer sports betting when football legend Ed ‘Too Tall’ Jones placed the first wager in the resort’s new bookmaking lounge.
Who did the former Dallas Cowboys lineman bet on?
“Ok, I’m going to put the big bucks on the Dallas Cowboys at 10-1 odds to win the Superbowl,” said Jones as he motioned to a large diamond and gold band on his finger. “This is my good luck Super Bowl ring and we need another one.”
He then placed the historic first sports bet in Oregon at Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Wagering opened to the public shortly after as eager fans wearing a plethora of team logos placed their bets on opening day.
The race to be first was decided after the Oregon lottery delayed the launch of its mobile app and dropped collegiate betting, news that caught on nationally intensified with the arrival Tuesday of television crews and reporters from around the state.
Casino officials say regular operating hours are seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., where the “Vegas-style” sports book includes a wide range of both professional and collegiate sports. Once a bet is placed, guests can watch the game in the Sports Wagering Lounge or in the Rogue River Steakhouse Lounge.
“The new addition of sports wagering is a fun, interactive way to enjoy sports and gaming at the same time,” reflected Will Robertson, Director of Casino Operations, who explained all betting is done in person. “We will have no online wagering options, so not only will guests be able to enjoy their favorite slot and table game, but now they’ll have the option to enjoy their favorite sports team in an exciting environment.”
Jones, 68, played 15 seasons for the Cowboys, broken only by a two-year stint as a professional boxer. He was the first player from a historically-black college to be the No. 1 NFL draft pick in 1974.
Chinook Winds Casino Resort, located at 1777 NW 44th St. on the beach in Lincoln City, is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. Enjoy 24-hour Las Vegas-style gaming, 18-hole golf course, headline entertainment from some of music’s most legendary stars, three full-service restaurants, secure childcare facility and arcade, and a 243-room ocean front hotel.