Biloxi Hosts Southern Gaming Summit

The Mississippi Gaming & Hospitality Association will hold its Southern Gaming Summit May 3-6 at Beau Rivage in Biloxi. American Gaming Association President and CEO Bill Miller is the keynote speaker.

Biloxi Hosts Southern Gaming Summit

The Southern Gaming Summit, presented by the Mississippi Gaming & Hospitality Association (MGHA), will be held May 3-6, 2022 at MGM’s Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi.

Created by, for and about the gaming industry, this regional gathering is one of the original gaming conferences and trade shows, founded in 1994 to bring together commercial and tribal gaming leaders from the South and Midwest.

MGHA Executive Director Larry Gregory said Bill Miller, president and chief executive officer at the American Gaming Association, will present the keynote address on Wednesday, May 4. “Bill Miller has unique knowledge about our gaming industry and his presentation is sure to captivate attendees. We look forward to hearing about his many experiences in the gaming industry.”

A golf tournament at MGM’s Fallen Oak Golf Course will kick off the conference on Tuesday, May 3, followed by a welcome reception at the Beau Rivage.

On Wednesday, May 4 and Thursday, May 5, participants may attend a six-session conference program, including Regulatory Updates, iGaming and Sports Betting, Being a Responsible Operator in 2022, Doing Business as a Third Party Vendor and Tribal Sports Betting: Questions, Rules and Models; and the popular Operator & GM Roundtable Discussion. On May 4, the Gulf Coast Visitor and Tourism Bureau will offer A Taste of Coastal Mississippi.

During the evening gala on May 5, five gaming industry leaders will be inducted into the Mississippi Gaming Hall of Fame and past recipients also will be recognized. The 2022 class inductees are:

  • Industry Pioneer: Allan B. Solomon, principal and chairman, Foundation Gaming and Entertainment, and co-founder and former executive vice president and general counsel, Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. (2008) Industry Influencer: Virginia McDowell, non-executive director of Entain Plc. and retired chief executive officer, Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. (2016)
  • Commercial Gaming: Craig H. Neilsen, visionary and philanthropist, founded Ameristar Casinos, Inc. and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, North America’s largest private funder for spinal-cord injury research and programming
  • Manufacturer: Kagemasa Kozuki, founder, chairman and representative director, Konami Holdings Corp.
  • Regulator: John Hairston, president and chief executive officer, Hancock Whitney Corp., and former member and chairman, Mississippi Gaming Commission (2005-2015).