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The Mississippi Gaming Commission Meeting Minutes: August 18, 2016

The Mississippi Gaming Commission held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, August 18, 2016, 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:


No new licenses were issued at this meeting. 


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

  • Akihiro Harada, Director of Glory LTD.

  • Makoto Iwabuchi, Director of Glory Global Solutions, Inc.

  • LuAnn Pappas, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Land Holdings I, LLC d/b/a Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort

  • Timothy A. Hill, Vice President of Gaming Operations of Land Holdings I, LLC d/b/a Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort

  • Victor Duarte, Global Chief Product Officer of IGT


The Mississippi Gaming Commission approved the following: 

  • Boyd Tunica, Inc. d/b/a Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall and Boyd Biloxi, LLC d/b/a IP Casino Resort Spa received approval for 

    • Pledges of Equity Interests or Securities and

    • Imposition of Equity Restrictions including Negative Equity Pledges.

  • Gulfport Gaming Development, LLC received approval of a new gaming site.


The Commission approved the recommendation of the Executive Director to accept the Hearing Officer’s decision to revoke the work permit of Jeremy L. Smith. 



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About this Author

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...