On Wednesday of this week, the Michigan Gaming Control Board Executive Director Richard S. Kalm issued an order granting Xpress Bet a conditional temporary third-party facilitator license under the Horse Racing Law of 1995.   Sports bettors in Michigan now can place bets on live and simulcast pari-mutuel horse races using mobile wagering through Xpress Bet in addition to the already licensed and authorized third-party facilitators TVG Network and TwinSpires/Churchill Downs. 

“Michigan horse racing fans now have a third option for betting on horse races from anywhere in the state using mobile wagering,” Kalm said. “It’s a win for horse racing fans who want more choices in convenient mobile wagering providers, and the horse racing industry hopes to tap additional funding through this betting format.”

In December 2019, Michigan's Horse Racing Law was amended to allow a race meeting licensee to use contracted third-party firms to facilitate wagering on live and simulcast pari-mutuel racing. A bettor creates an account with the third-party facilitator and can use a mobile device or computer to place wagers on pari-mutuel races using the money on deposit. A simulcast wager is a bet on a horse race occurring outside of Michigan, such as the Kentucky Derby. The MGCB approved mobile wagering on horse races in June 2020.

The approval of Xpress Bet comes just in time for the resumption of live racing at Michigan’s only track, Northville Downs.  The track is holding live race meetings on Fridays and Saturdays starting April 2 continuing through June 26th.  Further information on the full live racing schedule is available on Northville Downs’ website.  http://northvilledowns.com/100-years-of-racing-in-northville/live-racing/

Northville Downs’ resumption of Live Racing will be in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.  http://northvilledowns.com/100-years-of-racing-in-northville/covid-19-guidelines-for-customers-employees/