Oregon Hub Loses Handle to Power Outage

An eight-hour power outage Sept. 14 shut down an Oregon wagering hub and cost three online wagering services about $100,000 in handle.

The Oregon Call Center, which handles the wagering for AmericaTab, Oneclickbetting.com (formerly The Racing Channel), and U.S. Off-Track, went dark between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. PDT due to a burned out switch. Power was not restored until 11 a.m. PDT, according to Steve Roden, supervisor of pari-mutuels for the Oregon Racing Commission.

The hub has a backup generator, but it only lasts for five hours, according to Steve Young, a supervisor at the Oregon Call Center, which is managed by U.S. Off-Track, a Greyhound wagering service.

"By the time we got here it had been running almost four hours," Young said.

Once power was restored, Amtote had to reload information on every racetrack into the computer system.

"We were crippled until 12:30 p.m.," Young said. "I don't know why these things can't happen on Tuesday."