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Devin O'Connor

Devin O'Connor

Senior Reporter: Gaming Legislation and Politics, Casino Business, Gaming Financials, Entertainment. Devin O’Connor’s passion for politics and background in the world of pop culture television give him insight into the gaming industry backstories that often drive news these days. After graduating from Penn State University with a theater arts degree, he worked at MTV Networks/Viacom from 2005 to 2010 as a writer and producer, where his credits included Total Request Live, New Year's Eve specials, and a special featuring poker superstar Daniel Negreanu. He later moved on to the HGTV/DIY Network, where he created, wrote, and produced three series specials: That's So House Hunters, That's So 80s, and That's So 90s. Devin came on board with Casino.org in 2014. He lives in Pennsylvania, and is an avid marathoner, having completed 15 races to date.

Encore Boston Harbor Accepting Reservations, Opening Night Rooms Begin at $777

Encore Boston Harbor opening Wynn

The $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor has begun accepting reservations for its June opening. The Wynn Resorts integrated casino resort will hold its grand opening celebration on Sunday, June 23. Rooms for the first night start at $777 – the number commonly used on slot machines to identify a jackpot. The $777 rate is for…Read More

State Sports Betting Regulations Complicate March Madness Odds for Sportsbooks

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State sports betting regulations that vary from one jurisdiction to the next are complicating the NCAA March Madness oddsmaking process for sportsbooks operating in legal markets. The first round of the men’s basketball tournament tips off tomorrow, with games being played across the country. Duke is the favorite to win it all at 9/4, followed…Read More

Venetian Resort Las Vegas Offers Guests ‘The World’ Starting at $450K

Venetian Resort Las Vegas Offers Guest Package 'The World' Starting at $450K

The Venetian Resort Las Vegas has unveiled a new package that takes VIP service to a new level, with rates starting at $450,000. The Venetian’s “Want the World” package is described by parent company Las Vegas Sands as “a luxurious over-the-top suite” bundle that “provides an experience where no whim is too wild and every…Read More

New Hampshire Lawmakers Pass Sports Betting Bill, Legislation Would Allow 10 Retail Sportsbooks

New Hampshire sports betting bill

The New Hampshire House of Representatives has passed a sports betting bill that would allow as many as 10 retail sportsbook locations to take wagers on athletic competitions. House Bill 480 was approved by a vote of 269-82, and now moves to the New Hampshire Senate. The legislation – if passed by the upper chamber…Read More

Bellagio Conservatory Unveils Japanese Spring Exhibit, as MGM Resorts Continues Japan Campaign

Bellagio Conservatory MGM Resorts Japan

The Bellagio Conservatory’s 2019 Spring Show is titled “Japanese Spring,” a dazzling display of botanicals and replicas of iconic buildings and landmarks that – MGM Resorts says – allows guests to experience “the beauty of spring in Japan.” Bellagio owner MGM Resorts is focused on obtaining one of the three forthcoming integrated resort (IR) licenses…Read More

NCAA March Madness First Round Upset Alerts Issued for Wisconsin, Iowa State, Marquette

March Madness tournament NCAA odds

March Madness officially tips off tonight with the First Four play-in games, but the real actions gets underway on Thursday when the First Round begins the craziness that is the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament. A total of 68 teams have reached the tourney. Calculating odds of a seeded sports tournament isn’t an exact science,…Read More

Suffolk Downs Uninterested in Boston Casino Regardless of Wynn Resorts Suitability Outcome

Suffolk Downs Encore Boston Wynn Resorts

Suffolk Downs CEO Chip Tuttle tells the Boston Herald that the company won’t be rebidding for the Boston-area casino license regardless of whether the state determines Wynn Resorts is unsuitable to conduct gaming operations. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) is reviewing a report from its Investigations and Enforcement Bureau detailing evidence into whether Wynn Resorts…Read More

Casino Lobbyists Make Pitch for New York City Gaming Venues, Pledge to Help Struggling Upstate Resorts

New York City casino Sands MGM

Lobbyists for the gaming industry want New York City badly, and in an effort to convince state lawmakers to allow them to build full-scale commercial casinos in the five boroughs, the special interest reps are pitching the economic benefits such venues would provide. Las Vegas Sands, MGM Resorts, and the Genting Group – parent to…Read More

Showboat Atlantic City Owner Bart Blatstein Pitches Standalone Casino Next to Resort

Bart Blatstein Showboat Atlantic City casino

Showboat owner Bart Blatstein has gained a “certificate of compliance” from the New Jersey Casino Control Commission (CCC) to become eligible to operate a gaming venue. Acquired in January of 2016 for $23 million, Blatstein’s Showboat was one of four casinos that closed in the New Jersey beach town in 2014. Caesars Entertainment shuttered the…Read More

Former US District Attorney Preet Bharara Moves From Poker Prosecutor to Post-Trump Job Author

Preet Bharara online poker black Friday

Preet Bharara, the former US attorney for New York’s southern district, was responsible for online poker’s so-called “Black Friday” in April of 2011. Now, the ex-federal prosecutor has written a book detailing his career trials. It was nearly eight years ago that the Department of Justice (DOJ) seized the dot-com domains and assets of online…Read More

Duke Heavy Favorite Entering NCAA March Madness, Majority of Money on Blue Devils Winning It All

Duke NCAA odds March Madness

The Duke Blue Devils (29-5) haven’t lost since star Zion Williamson returned. They cruised through the ACC tournament in beating Syracuse, North Carolina, and Florida State, and in doing so solidified their standing as the overall No. 1 seed for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament – aka March Madness. The ACC champs are the Las…Read More

Resorts World Catskills Loses Nearly $140M in 2018, Casino Wants Sports Betting and Internet Gambling

Resorts World Catskills casino revenue

Resorts World Catskills in Upstate New York delivered its parent company a nearly $140 million loss last year, as the integrated casino resort continues to struggle. One of four upstate commercial casinos, Empire Resorts – the owner of Resorts World Catskills – says in filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that the…Read More

Las Vegas Raiders Stadium Fueling Southern Strip Investment, Developer Unveils New Casino Resort

Las Vegas Raiders stadium Mandalay Bay

The $1.8 billion Las Vegas Raiders stadium being built across Interstate 15 from the Strip’s southern end is fueling investments in what’s otherwise been a largely vacant area. The Las Vegas Review-Journal broke the news in July that the 8 Motel across from Mandalay Bay had changed hands. The buyer – Israeli hotelier Asher Gabay…Read More

Showboat Atlantic City Readying to Anchor Casino Floor, State Decision Coming Monday

Showboat Atlantic City casino

Showboat Atlantic City owner Bart Blatstein is taking steps to obtain the appropriate licenses to return his non-gaming Boardwalk property to a full-scale casino resort. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has determined that the Philadelphia-based real estate developer is suitable for licensure. The DGE’s superior – the Casino Control Commission (CCC) –…Read More

Kazuo Okada Launches Strange Social Media Campaign to Regain Universal Control, Pledges $890K Giveaway

Kazuo Okada Manila Universal YouTube

Japanese-born billionaire Kazuo Okada is turning to social media in an effort to regain control of Universal Entertainment, the gaming conglomerate he founded 50 years ago. Worth an estimated $2 billion by Forbes, Okada, a Hong Kong resident, launched a YouTube channel and Twitter account this week. His first video begins in a “Terminator” stylized…Read More