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Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association
  Another successful year for MS gaming industry
   Official Newsmagazine of the Mississippi Gaming Industry
SUMMER 2024 Volume XXI Issue 2
W. Michael Sunderman
Lori Beth Susman
General Manager / Executive Editor
Mary Sunderman
Associate Publisher
David Grisham
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Amy Chataginer
Business Manager
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 By Larry Gregory
I am pleased to have the opportunity in this column to reflect on another successful year for Mississippi’s gaming industry. I
also want to take the time to recognize the role of our casino GMs and look ahead to
a great industry event. As I write this, we are winding down to the final days of the 2024 legislative session. Most bills are
in conference
and are being
debated by
the House and
Senate as they
work to come up
with a bill that
both chambers
can call law.
MGHA, with its partner M2 Media, recently produced the 2024 Annual Report (read more about the report on page
8). This report gives a recap of gaming revenue, taxes, and visitors for 2023.
The cover page features individual photos
of general managers at our 26 casinos. They play a crucial role in shaping each property’s success and future direction; I knew it was time to showcase the significant role they play in our industry by placing them front and center. They have paved the road to where we are today in terms of success.
Our casino GMs are where the rubber meets the road for our industry. Their primary responsibilities include:
• Strategic decision making
• Overall operations management
• Public presentation
• Strategic Vision
We are fast approaching MGHA’s largest
event of the year: the 2024 Celebration of Gaming and 6th Annual Hall of Fame Dinner Gala, set for Thursday, June 27, at Beau Rivage in Biloxi. The 2024 class of outstanding honorees are:
Industry Pioneer: Tim Hinkley
Industry Influencer: Jon Lucas
Industry Regulator/Government Official:
William “Bill” Gresham, Jr.
Industry Regulator/Government Official:
Thomas “Tom” Gresham
Our industry continues to serve as an economic engine driving Mississippi’s economy while also driving tourism, the fourth largest industry in the state. By continuing to utilize ingenuity, vision, hard work, and genuine care for our guests, together we can only imagine what the future holds for gaming. We look forward to another great year ahead.
Larry Gregory is the executive director of the Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association. He can be reached at
 Here are a
couple of bills
we have been
tracking at the
Gaming & Hospitality Association (MGHA):
• SB2780 deals with the Secretary of State and his authority to approve leases located on public trust tidelands, as well as the authority to determine sites allowed
to have authorized gaming, assuming Mississippi Gaming Commission approval.
• HB774, the Mississippi Mobile Sports Wagering Act, which would authorize off- premise mobile sports wagering in the state, whereas currently it can only be conducted on the premises of a licensed gaming establishment.
As of April, both bills are in a conference committee, and we should know soon whether these will become law.
We are thankful for the leadership provided by our public officials, especially Gov. Tate Reeves, Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann, Speaker of the House Jason White, House Gaming Chairman Casey Eure and Senate Gaming Chairman David Blount.
Larry Gregory
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