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Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association
Biggest names in MS gaming make for big success at SGS
Official Newsmagazine of the Mississippi Gaming Industry
SPRING 2018 Volume XV Issue 6
W. Michael Sunderman
Lori Beth Susman
General Manager / Executive Editor
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By Larry Gregory
We can say goodbye to the 2018 Southern Gaming Summit (SGS). This year’s event was particularly meaningful — it was a show
the American Gaming Association Geoff Freeman on our first day. To have the leader of our industry at the national level kick things off spoke volumes about the caliber of this year’s conference.
His primary focus was on legalization
of sports betting. As the ruling on its legalization neared he cautioned us to be prepared and said that partnerships would be a key to success.
After the keynote and its emphasis on sports betting, we offered a sports betting panel to discuss the salient issues surrounding this topic. We wanted to provide as much information as we could to our attendees knowing sports betting will begin to move very quickly in the marketplace.
Expansion is on the minds of many in our southern region gaming market. We offered a panel focused on the possibility of the legalization of gaming in Georgia. The panel featured Georgia State Rep. Ron Stephens, the sponsor of a bill
that would do just that, along with other panelists who voiced their opinions about the interest of the legislature.
Global Gaming Women conducted another sold out luncheon. It was a complete success. We were honored to have Chief Phyliss Anderson, the first female chief of the Mississippi Band
of Choctaw Indians, as the keynote speaker. She credited her mentor, Chief Phillip Martin, who transformed the tribe for 32 years. Chief Anderson stated that Chief Martin often said, “If you want to get something done, get a woman on it.”
As our conference was winding down, we had a closing night reception at Beau Rivage. This event was tastefully done and provided a well-attended ending to our conference. As previously mentioned, the highlight of this year’s
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created for the industry by the industry. The highlight of the show was the induction of the first class of the Mississippi Gaming Hall of Fame. We’re very pleased with the inaugural class.
Larry Gregory
In addition to
that, exhibitors
got to meet their customers in a very relaxed setting, and attendees got to mingle with speakers, creating a unique and powerful networking opportunity. If you contributed to the success in any way, we say thank you. I would like to give you a glimpse into the activities
we presented this year. All events
for the SGS took place at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi. Their expertise in conventions coupled with their beautiful facility made it a perfect venue for this year’s show.
For our opening night, we had a wonderful reception sponsored by VizExplorer and Rymax Marketing. The Golden Nugget allowed us to have the reception at their gorgeous pool area. The beautiful weather allowed all guests time to enjoy eating and networking. Golden Nugget General Manager Chett Harrison and his superb staff made
it a wonderful event to kick off the conference.
We were honored to have as our keynote speaker President and CEO of
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