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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. Email: devin.oconnor@casino.org

Kentucky Derby $600K Win Voided by William Hill Sportsbook, Bettor Appealing Nevada GCB

William Hill Kentucky Derby payout

The Kentucky Derby will long be remembered for its historic disqualification, but one bettor who was denied a $600,000 payout will remember it for another reason, too. Earlier this month, stewards at Churchill Downs ruled that Maximum Security — the first horse to cross the finish line — caused interference coming out of the last…Read More

MGM Springfield GGR Plummets 15 Percent in April, Casino Nearly $100M Short of Expectations

MGM Springfield casino revenue

Massachusetts’ MGM Springfield reported a month-to-month 15 percent gross gaming revenue (GGR) decline for April, but company officials aren’t overly concerned with the $960 million integrated casino resort’s performance. Financial data supplied by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) shows that the casino won more than $21.8 million. Slot machines generated a $14.5 million win for…Read More

US William Hill Sports Betting Operations Keep UK Bookmaker in the Black

William Hill sports betting revenue

William Hill would have recorded a net revenue loss January through April if it hadn’t been for the company’s operations in the recently liberalized US sports betting market. Retail revenue at William Hill’s 2,372 betting shops throughout the United Kingdom fell seven percent, the UK Gambling Commission’s new £2 stake limit on fixed-odds betting terminals…Read More

MGM China CEO Grant Bowie Confident in Macau Despite US-China Trade War

MGM China US trade war

MGM China CEO Grant Bowie told reporters this week that he remains bullish on Macau’s economy and gaming industry despite the ongoing trade war between the United States and China. Speaking with reporters at the Nam Van Lake Nautical Center where regional executives and employees will compete in dragon boat races next month, Bowie said…Read More

Caesars Entertainment CEO Tony Rodio Tenure Could Be Short, as Potential Suitor Eldorado Resorts Wants Corporate Costs Reduced

Caesars Entertainment CEO Eldorado Resorts

Caesars Entertainment CEO Tony Rodio’s days leading the casino giant could be short-lived, as potential buyer Eldorado Resorts wants to slash corporate costs if an acquisition is made. Sources close to the negotiations who spoke with the New York Post claim Eldorado CEO Tom Reeg is set on finding a way to cut $500 million…Read More

PGA Championship Odds Offer Something for Every Sports Bettor, Tiger Woods Remains Favorite

PGA Championship golf odds

The PGA Championship tees off tomorrow at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course on Long Island, New York, and Las Vegas oddsmakers have a bounty of lines on every golfer in the 156-player field. Tiger Woods is the favorite at the Westgate SuperBook at 8/1. Chief oddsmaker Jeff Sherman says more money has been wagered on…Read More

Gaming Industry CEOs Receive Reduced Pay in 2018, as Stocks Tumbled in Second Half of Year

gaming industry CEO pay

The CEOs of the gaming industry’s largest players in the US saw their salaries decrease last year, as their stocks took a hit in the latter half of 2018. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that five of the six examined companies paid their chief executives fewer dollars last year. But, of course, no one should…Read More

Atlantic City Casinos Win $250.7M in April, MGM Resorts Developing Marina District Condos

Atlantic City casino revenue condo

Atlantic City casinos won more than $250.7 million in land-based, online, and sports betting gross gaming revenue (GGR) last month, which is a nearly 17 percent year-over-year gain. The beachfront town’s nine brick-and-mortar casinos reported GGR of $207.58 million from slots and table games, $36.58 million from online play, and $6.54 million in sports betting…Read More

MGM Resorts Officially Announces Japan IR Partnership With Orix

Japan IR MGM Resorts Osaka casino

The first Japan IR (integrated resort) consortium has officially been unveiled, and comes from MGM Resorts and financial services firm Orix. News of the partnership surfaced in late March, but it was only this week that MGM Japan CEO Ed Bowers officially announced the news. The man tasked with making sure the casino giant obtains…Read More

Caesars Entertainment Named in Antitrust Probe, Lawsuit Claims Expedia Coordinated Hotel Advertising Conspiracy

Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas casino hotel

Caesars Entertainment has been named in an antitrust lawsuit that alleges Expedia conspired with hoteliers including the casino giant in an online advertising scheme. Four state attorneys general allege that Expedia Group and several hotel chains orchestrated a scenario that banned certain advertisements depending on what an online user originally searched for. In the court…Read More

Blackstone Planning IPO for Spanish Casino Giant Cirsa, Private Equity Group Invests in Superbet

Blackstone Group Cirsa casino IPO

The Blackstone Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms that has long been invested in the gaming industry, is considering an IPO offering for its Spanish casino giant Cirsa. The New York-based asset management and investment firm acquired Cirsa in April 2018 for an undisclosed sum, but the casino operator’s asking price was…Read More

US Gaming Industry Exposure to China Drives Stocks Down Amid Trade War

US gaming industry China trade war

The US gaming industry is feeling the consequences of the escalating trade war with China, as both countries impose hundreds of billions of dollars in tariffs. With China unwilling to compromise on a trade deal with the US, President Donald Trump elevated tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods effective May 10. The increase…Read More

Tiger Woods PGA Championship Favorite, 15-Time Major Winner at 10/1 to Win at Bethpage Black

Tiger Woods golf odds PGA Championship

Tiger Woods arrives on Long Island, New York, this week as the Las Vegas favorite to win the 101st PGA Championship. Played at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course, the 15-time major winner is at 10/1 to hoist the Wanamaker Trophy come Sunday evening. The difficult track was the site of Woods’ 2002 US Open victory…Read More

Macau Official Says Enclave Government Considering New Gaming Licenses

Macau casinos gaming license

The Macau government is considering issuing new gaming concessions through a public tender process that could expand the number of casino operators throughout the enclave. Macau Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac broke the news to GGRAsia, the online media outlet focused on Asian gaming matters. Leong told reporters that the Special…Read More

Wynn Resorts Contemplating Appeal Over $35.5M Fine Levied by Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Wynn Resorts MGC fine Boston casino

Wynn Resorts officials say they are reviewing an appeal of their $35.5 million in fines issued against the company by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC). The state gaming regulator announced the fines earlier this month for the company’s alleged failure to properly disclose knowledge of sexual misconduct claims against its founder and former CEO during…Read More