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Mississippi Gaming Commission Meeting Report: June 17 Meeting

The Mississippi Gaming Commission held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. at the Jackson office. Executive Director Allen Godfrey, Chairman Al Hopkins, and Commissioners Franc Lee and Tom Gresham all participated. The following matters were considered:


Chairman Hopkins announced that Executive Director Allen Godfrey would be retiring effective August 31, 2021, and that the Commissioners had selected Deputy Director Jay McDaniel to become the next Executive Director of the Commission.


The Commission approved the issuance of licenses to the following:

  • SG Gaming, Inc., as a Manufacturer and Distributor

  • SG Gaming, Inc., as a Multi-Site Wide Area Progressive Operator

  • Silver Slipper Casino Venture LLC d/b/a Silver Slipper Casino, as an Operator 


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

  • BetMGM, LLC – Ryan Daniel Spoon 

  • SW Gaming LLC – Jimmy Carroll Word, Jr.  


  • Scientific Games Corporation – Renewal of Shelf Offering Approval

  • Recommendation Regarding Work Permit Hearing Held and Decision Rendered on March 4, 2021 for Marilyn Lewis

    • The Commission accepted the decision of the hearing officer to revoke the work permit for Marilyn Lewis. 

  • End of other approvals 

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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...