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Mississippi Gaming Commission Meeting Report October 15

October 15 Meeting

The Mississippi Gaming Commission held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, October 15, at 9:00 a.m. by teleconference. Executive Director Allen Godfrey, Chairman Al Hopkins and Commissioners Jerry Griffith and Tom Gresham all participated by phone. The following matters were considered:


The Commission approved the issuance of licenses to the following:

  • Genesis Gaming Solutions, Inc., as a Manufacturer and Distributor 


The Commission approved findings of suitability for the following persons:

  • Paul Richard Avery, Rainbow Casino-Vicksburg Partnership, L.P.

  • Randall Lee Knust, Genesis Gaming Solutions, Inc.

  • Alton Eric Schoppe, Genesis Gaming Solutions, Inc.

  • Richard Patrick Garza, Genesis Gaming Solutions, Inc.

  • George Lamar Hutcherson, Genesis Gaming Solutions, Inc.

  • Virginia Anna Vasilakos, DiTronics Financial Services, LLC

  • George James Vasilakos, DiTronics Financial Services, LLC

  • George Steven Vasilakos, DiTronics Financial Services, LLC


The Commission approved requests for approval for the following:

  • Casino Vicksburg, LLC d/b/a WaterView Casino & Hotel Vicksburg and Majestic Mississippi, LLC d/b/a Fitz Casino & Hotel Tunica, for Pledges of Equity Interests or Securities and Imposition of Equity Restrictions Including Negative Equity Pledges

  • DiTronics Financial Services, LLC


The Commission approved the recommendation of the Executive Director to accept the decision of the hearing officer with respect to the work permit hearing held on February 6, 2019, regarding Debarrion Conner.

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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 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.