November 28, 2022

Volume XII, Number 332


Mississippi Gaming Commission Posts Meeting Minutes for May 2019

Minutes for the Mississippi Gaming Commission’s meeting held on May 16, 2019

The Mississippi Gaming Commission held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, May 16, 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 a license to the following:

  • Slovenian Institute of Quality and Metrology (a/k/a SIQ Ljubljana) approved for a Permit as an Independent Testing Laboratory


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

  • Charles P. Cohen, Vice President, IGT PlayDigital Sports Betting

  • IOC-Vicksburg, L.L.C. as a Limited Partner of Rainbow Casino-Vicksburg Partnership, L.P.

  • Wanda Jean Young-Wilson, Member, Board of Director, Twin River Worldwide Holdings

  • Barry L. Cottle, President and CEO of Scientific Games Corporation (Bally Gaming)

  • James Sottile IV, Executive Vice President of Scientific Games Corporation (Bally Gaming)

  • Igor Likar, Managing Director of Slovenian Institute of Quality and Metrology

  • Zoran Svetik, Deputy Managing Director of Slovenian Institute of Quality and Metrology

  • Gaylon M. Lawrence, Jr., Landlord of SW Gaming LLC d/b/a Harlow’s Casino Resort

  • Miles Arnone, Chairman and Co-Founder of Gamblit Gaming, LLC

  • Himbert Jayson Sinopoli, General Manager (RIH Acquisitions MS I, LLC, RIH Acquisitions MS II, LLC, HWCC-Tunica, LLC d/b/a Resorts Tunica, 1st Jackpot Casino, Hollywood Casino-Tunica)


The Commission approved the recommendation of the Executive Director to accept the hearing officer’s decision with respect to each of the following:

  • Hearing Held and Decision Rendered on March 12, 2019 (9:00 a.m.), in Jackson, Mississippi – Tamara Bankhead

  • Hearing Held and Decision Rendered on March 12, 2019 (1:00 p.m.), in Jackson, Mississippi – Otha L. Samuels

Next Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Mississippi Gaming Commission will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, 875 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39530, Camellia Room beginning at 9:00 a.m. The deadline for submission of agenda items for this meeting is May 31, 2019.

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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...