Devin O'Connor

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Gaming Legislation, Politics, Casino Business, 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

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Alan Lapidus casino architect Donald Trump

Donald Trump Casino Architect Alan Lapidus Dead at 85

Alan Lapidus, the designer who became known as "Donald Trump's architect," has died. He was 85 years old. Lapidus envisioned numerous buildings for an array of high-profile figures. Along with the future president of the United States, Lapidus worked with everyone from...

Devin O'Connor October 22, 2021
Virginia casino Bristol Hard Rock

Virginia Casino Resort in Bristol Proceeding as Planned, Hard Rock Developers Say

A Virginia city that authorized the development of a single casino resort at a former shopping mall says the project is still a go. Bristol was one of four cities in Virginia that passed a local casino ballot referendum in the November...

Devin O'Connor October 22, 2021
Pope County Arkansas casino gaming lawsuit

Pope County Casino Dispute Unsettled Despite Arkansas Supreme Court Ruling

Pope County in Arkansas was allocated a single casino license by way of a 2018 legislative effort. But nearly three years later, the county home to Russellville remains without a commercial gaming facility. The Arkansas Supreme Court today ruled in favor of...

Devin O'Connor October 21, 2021
Connecticut casino theft Michael DiMassa

Connecticut Lawmaker Allegedly Stole Over $600K to Cover Mohegan Sun Casino Trips

A Connecticut lawmaker is facing a federal wire fraud charge. Law enforcement alleged that he stole more than $600,000 to fund his gambling excursions. Connecticut Rep. Michael DiMassa (D-West Haven) was arrested yesterday and charged with one count of wire fraud. He...

Devin O'Connor October 21, 2021
Chicago casino South Suburbs Illinois gaming

Chicago South Suburbs Casino Race Down to Two, as State Rejects Proposals

The bidding process for the lone Chicago casino license earmarked for the South Suburbs is down to two. That's after the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) yesterday rejected two proposals. On Wednesday, gaming regulators disqualified casino pitches targeting Calumet City and Lynwood. The...

Devin O'Connor October 21, 2021
Elon Musk Boring Company Las Vegas Loop

Elon Musk’s Boring Company Gains Initial Approval for Underground Las Vegas Loop

Elon Musk wants to further change how people move about in Las Vegas. Musk's Boring Company has already improved the flow of people at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) by way of an underground tunnel system. But the planet's second-richest man...

Devin O'Connor October 21, 2021
NFL sports betting responsible gambling NCPG

NFL Commits $6.2M to Responsible Gaming, as Sports Betting Continues Expansion

The National Football League (NFL) today announced the launch of its first responsible gambling public awareness program. The campaign is designed to educate fans who choose to become sports bettors, as legal outlets continue to expand across the United States. Developed in...

Devin O'Connor October 20, 2021
Pennsylvania casino gaming revenue sports betting

Pennsylvania Gaming Revenue Tops $415M in September

Pennsylvania gaming revenue in September topped $400 million for the sixth time in the previous seven months. The monthly statistics reveal that the state gaming industry is alive and well, winning more from gamblers each month than it did prior to the...

Devin O'Connor October 20, 2021
MGM Resorts vaccination mandate COVID-19

MGM Resorts Employees Heed Vaccination Call, 98 Percent of Salaried Workers Inoculated

MGM Resorts gave the vast majority of its salaried US employees an October 15 deadline to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In a letter to staff this week, CEO Bill Hornbuckle said nearly all of those team members have complied. In a...

Devin O'Connor October 20, 2021
Minnesota casino Fortune Bay embezzlement theft

Minnesota Casino Thief Who Stole $315K From Tribe Receives Prison Sentence

A woman formerly employed at a Minnesota casino owned and operated by a Native American tribe will spend the next eight months in prison. She was convicted for embezzling funds from the resort property. Jennifer Lynn Boutto, 33, pleaded guilty in March...

Devin O'Connor October 19, 2021