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Mississippi Gaming Commission Posts Meeting Minutes for March 2019

The Mississippi Gaming Commission held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, March 28, 2019, 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 to the following:

  • Beau Rivage Resorts, LLC d/b/a Beau Rivage as an operator.

  • PNK Vicksburg, LLC d/b/a Ameristar Casino Vicksburg as an operator.

  • SportsHub Games Network, Inc. as a fantasy contest operator.


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

  • Yoshihiro Iuchi, Director, Senior Operating Officer of JCM American Corporation, Japan Cash Machine Co., Ltd.

  • AP Gaming VoteCo, LLC as a Greater than 5% Shareholder of PlayAGS, Inc.

  • Penny S. Bankston, General Manager of Casino Vicksburg, LLC d/b/a Waterview Casino and Hotel.

  • Luke K. Orchard, SVP Chief Compliance and Risk Management Officer of IGT.

  • Lawana L. Low, Owner, New Palace Casino, LLC.

  • Robert E. Low, Owner, New Palace Casino, LLC.


The Commission approved the following:

  • De-Registration of AP Gaming VoteCo, LLC as a Holding Company of AGS LLC.


The Commission approved adoption of the following rules to become effective 30 days after filing with the Mississippi Secretary of State:

            13 Mississippi Administrative Code Pt. 3, R. 10.4

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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.