HomePublicationsCurrent NewsletterVolume 24Issue 13MGHA ANNOUNCES FIRST CLASS OF THE MISSISSIPPI GAMING HALL OF FAME

On April 6, the Mississippi Gaming & Hospitality Association (MGHA) announced the inaugural class of the Mississippi Gaming Hall of Fame. The honorees include local developers, industry pioneers, gaming influencers and risk takers. The awards will be presented at a Gala Dinner presented at the close of the Southern Gaming Summit on May 3.

“These inductees of the first class to the Mississippi Gaming Hall of Fame truly played crucial roles in the development of our industry in the state,” said Larry Gregory, executive director of the MGHA. “Without any one of these gentlemen, there might not have been an industry or at least one as successful as we see today. We’re proud to recognize them as the initial members of the Hall.”

The honorees in the three categories are:

INDUSTRY PIONEER

· Lyle Berman is the Co-Founder of Grand Casinos. Mr. Berman played a major role in both development of the Mississippi Gaming industry and Indian gaming in Minnesota.

· Bernie Goldstein is the founder of Isle of Capri Casinos and opened the first riverboat casino in the Gulf Coast.

INDUSTRY INFLUENCER

· William S. Boyd is the Executive Chairman of Boyd Gaming and developer of Sam’s Town Casino in Tunica. Mr. Boyd also helped to develop Indian gaming in Mississippi.

· Tommy Gollott is a Senator in the Mississippi State Senate, District 50 – Harrison County. Senator Gollott was instrumental in writing and promoting the passing of casino gaming legislation in Mississippi, including the dockside element.

COMMERCIAL GAMING 

· Jack Binion is the founder of Horseshoe Gaming Corporation recognized the potential for gaming in the South. His Horseshoe casino in Tunica is the most successful casino in the state.

· Rick Carter and Terry Green are the co-founders of the Island View Casino Resort. The developers also were pioneers in the industry when they converted a cruise ship into the Copa Casino in the early 1990’s.

To view full bios on the honorees, please visit  http://www.sgsummit.com/gaming-hall-fame/.

 

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