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Mississippi Gaming Commission Meeting Minutes: September 28, 2017

The Mississippi Gaming Commission held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in the Jackson office 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 Mississippi Gaming Commission approved a license for the following:

  • Licensure as an Operator - Boyd Biloxi, LLC d/b/a IP Casino Resort Spa


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

  • Ralph J. Nicoletti, Chief Financial Officer of Newell Brands Inc. (The United States Playing Card Company)

  • Bradford R. Turner, Chief Legal & Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary of Newell Brands Inc. (The United States Playing Card Company)

  • Neil E. Walkoff, Executive Vice President of Operations of Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (PNK Vicksburg, LLC d/b/a Ameristar Casino Vicksburg)

  • Johan P. Finley, Chief Executive Officer of  PDS Gaming LLC (PDS Gaming—Mississippi, LLC; PDS Special Purpose I—Mississippi, LLC; PDS Special Purpose II—Mississippi, LLC; PDS Special Purpose III—Mississippi, LLC)

  • Lona Mae Finley, Executive Vice President of PDS Gaming LLC

  • Peter D. Cleary, President of  PDS Gaming LLC

  • Michael D. Galle, General Manager, BSLO, LLC d/b/a Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast and BTN, LLC d/b/a Boomtown Casino Biloxi

  • Karl O. Stingily, Sr. Vice President and Chief Audit Executive of Caesars Entertainment (Grand Casinos of Biloxi, LLC d/b/a Harrah's Gulf Coast; Robinson Property Group Corp. d/b/a Horseshoe Casino and Hotel; Tunica Roadhouse Corporation d/b/a Tunica Roadhouse Casino & Hotel, and Casino Computer Programming, Inc.)


  • Straw Poker - Approved.


Transfers of Equity Interests or Securities of Majestic Holdco, LLC — Majestic Mississippi, LLC d/b/a Fitz Casino and Hotel


The Commission approved the recommendation of the Executive Director to accept the hearing officer’s decision to revoke work permits for the following:

  • Chung Thanh Nguyen

  • Elvin Antonio Frye



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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...