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Mississippi Gaming Commission Meeting Report: July 15

July 15 Meeting

The Mississippi Gaming Commission held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, July 15, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. at the Jackson office. Executive Director Allen Godfrey, Chairman Al Hopkins, and Commissioners Franc Lee (by phone) and Tom Gresham all participated. The following matters were considered:

LICENSING

The Commission approved the issuance of licenses to the following:

  • American Wagering Inc. d/b/a William Hill Race and Sports Book, as a Manufacturer and Distributor

  • SBTech Malta Limited, as a Manufacturer and Distributor

FINDINGS OF SUITABILITY

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

  • Colin Richard Skidmore – Lighthouse Point, LLC 

  • Jason Roy deGrandmaison – Modern Gaming, Inc. 

OTHER APPROVALS

  • IGT – Transfer of the Equity Interests or Securities of B & D Holding S.p.A.

  • Penn National Gaming, Inc. (BSLO, LLC d/b/a Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast; BTN, LLC d/b/a Boomtown Casino Biloxi; HWCC—Tunica, LLC d/b/a Hollywood Casino & Hotel Tunica; RIH Acquisitions MS II, LLC d/b/a 1st Jackpot Casino Hotel Tunica; PNK Vicksburg, LLC d/b/a Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg; and Penn Sports Interactive, LLC)

    • Continuous Approval of Public Offerings and/or Private Placements

    • Pledges of Equity Interests and Securities

    • Imposition of Equity Restrictions including Negative Equity Pledges

    • Guarantee of Securities and Hypothecation of Assets

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

  • Sportradar Solutions LLC

    • Transfer of the Equity Interests or Securities of Sportradar Holding AG to Sportradar Group AG

    • Request for Approval of Initial Public Offering of Sportradar Group AG

    • Registration of Sportradar Group AG as a Publicly Traded Corporation of Sportradar Solutions LLC

    • Request for Approval of Waiver of Legend Requirement

    • Continuous Approval of Public Offering and/or Private Placements

    • Pledges of Equity Interests and Securities

    • Imposition of Equity Restrictions including Negative Equity Pledges

    • Guarantee of Securities and Hypothecation of Assets

  • Recommendation Regarding Work Permit Hearing Held and Decision Rendered on March 4, 2021 – Edward Beale vs. MGM Resorts, Inc. d/b/a Goldstrike Casino Resort, MGC No. 20-00203 (ND). The Commissioners voted to accept the decision and findings of the hearing officer.

  • Recommendation Regarding Player Dispute Held and Decision Rendered on March 4, 2021 – Edward Leach vs. IOC Lula d/b/a Isle of Capri Hotel Lula, MGC No. 20-00175 (ND). The Commissioners voted to accept the decision and findings of the hearing officer.

  • Recommendation Regarding Work Permit Hearing Held and Decision Rendered on June 3, 2021 – Sharonica Singleton. The Commissioners voted to accept the decision and findings of the hearing officer.

APPROVAL OF NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

While the Commission announced previously its intention to select Deputy Director Jay McDaniel as the next Executive Director, the Commission formally appointed Jay McDaniel to the post, effective upon the retirement of current Executive Director Allen Godfrey.

© 2021 Jones Walker LLPNational Law Review, Volume XI, Number 196
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Thomas Shepherd, Gaming Attorney, IAGA President, 2014, Jones Walker Law FIrm
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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...

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

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