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Gulf States Gaming - Commission Meeting Minutes July 18, 2019

Commission Meeting Minutes

The Mississippi Gaming Commission held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. at the Jackson offices of the Mississippi Gaming Commission. Executive Director Allen Godfrey, Chairman Al Hopkins, and Commissioners Jerry Griffith and Tom Gresham were in attendance. The following matters were considered:


The Commission approved the issuance of a license to the following:

  • Crescent City Ventures, Inc. d/b/a Cresent City School of Gaming and Bartending approved as a gaming school.

Findings of Suitability

The Commission approved findings of suitability for the following persons and entities:

  • Zachary Scott Bergman, Director of Finance, PNK Vicksburg, LLC d/b/a Ameristar Casino Vicksburg

  • Jeffrey William Rollins, Member, Board of Director of Twin River Holdings, Premier Entertainment Biloxi, LLC d/b/a Hard Rock

  • Christopher George Strano, Key Employee, Lightning Slot Machines, LLC

Site Approval 

The Commission granted site approval to the proposed gaming site of Cure Land Company, LLC.

Work Permits

The Commission adopted the hearing officer’s decisions to revoke the work permits of the following:

  • Ontarius Johnson

  • Paul Nicoletta

Player Disputes: 

The Commission approved the recommendation of the Executive Director to accept the hearing officer’s decision rendered on June 11, 2019 with respect to the following:

  • Willie E. Smoke vs. Gulfside Casino Parnership d/b/a Island View Casino Resort

Other Approvals: 

The Commission approved the following:

  • IGT

    • Transfer of the Equity Interests or Securities of De Agostini S.p.A.

    • Issurance of the Equity Interests or Securities of B&D Holding S.p.A

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Thomas Shepherd, Gaming Attorney, IAGA President, 2014, Jones Walker Law FIrm

Tommy Shepherd is a partner in the firm’s Business and Commercial Transactions Practice Group. As an accomplished gaming attorney, he served as President of the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) in 2014.

Tommy represents major casino companies, Native American tribes, manufacturers, suppliers, and financial institutions regarding all matters relating to the development, financing, licensing and operation of gaming and resort facilities. His extensive experience in such matters includes public-private leases, financings, land use approvals, statutory and regulatory...

Chris Pace, Business, Commercial Transactions Attorney, Jones Walker Law FIrm

Chris Pace is an attorney in the firm's Business & Commercial Transactions Practice Group and practices from the firm's Jackson office. He concentrates his practice in the areas of project finance and economic development law, state and local government law, economic development incentives and gaming law.

His clients include both county and municipal governmental bodies, as well as new and expanding business concerns such as a large steel company investing over $1 billion in a new facility, and a new regional beverage supplier investing millions of dollars to expand its existing operations. Mr. Pace has negotiated and documented various economic incentives including property, sales, use, income, and franchise tax incentives, and other incentives related to tax exempt and taxable bond financing. In the course of his work, he has assisted clients in negotiating and implementing incentives with the Mississippi Development Authority, the Mississippi Department of Revenue, and other state and local governmental entities. Mr. Pace has also negotiated and implemented economic incentives with numerous county and city governments, including the implementation of complex fee-in-lieu of property tax agreements which are available only for projects involving investments of $100 million or more.