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Mississippi Gaming Commission Posts Meeting Minutes for January 2020

The Mississippi Gaming Commission held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Janaury 23, at 9:00 a.m. 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:


The Commission approved the issuance of licenses (or permits) to the following:

  • Gaming Partners International USA, Inc. as a Manufacturer and Distributor

  • Novomatic AG as a Manufacturer and Distributor

  • Novamatic Americas Sales LLC as a Distributor

  • Gaming Laboratories International, LLC as an Independent Testing Laboratory


The Commission approved findings of suitability for the following persons:

  • Davis Alan Handler, Chairman of the Board of Penn National Gaming, Inc.

  • Jonathan Ross Kaplowitz, Chief Executive Officer of Penn Sports Interactive, LLC

  • Jordan Ellis Levin, Executive Vice President, Chief Executive Officer, Digital of Scientific Games Corporation

  • David Benjamin John Lopez, President and Chief Executive Officer of PlayAGS, Inc.

  • Richard David Meitzler, President of Novomatic Americas


  • Registration of Novo Invest GmbH as a Holding Company of Novomatic AG and Novomatic Americas Sales LLC

  • Registration of Novomatic AG, Novomatic Americas Holdings Inc., and Novomatic Americas Investments Inc. as Holding Companies of Novomatic Americas Sales LLC


  • The Commission approved the recommendation of the Executive Director to accept the hearing officer’s decision rendered on September 9, 2019, with respect to Clifton Glen Wilson.


  • Biloxi Capital, LLC’s request for Site Approval was tabled until the February 20 meeting.

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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.