Devin O'Connor

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Devin O'Connor is a senior reporter for, covering politics, casino business, entertainment and gaming news on the East Coast.

Devin's passion for politics and background in the world of pop culture television gives 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. 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 in 2014. He lives in Pennsylvania and is an avid marathoner, having completed 15 races.

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4178 stories by Devin O'Connor

Harrah's Pompano Beach Isle Casino Caesars Florida

Harrah’s Pompano Beach Expansion Project Raises Owl Population Concerns

Isle Casino Pompano's multimillion-dollar expansion project and rebranding to Harrah's Pompano Beach could threaten the South Florida property's burrowing owl population, former racetrack workers contend. Caesars Entertainment acquired the Isle Casino some 35 miles north of Miami through its merger with Eldorado...

Devin O'Connor June 24, 2022
Kazuo Okada Manila casino TRLEI Tiger Resort

Kazuo Okada Group Denies $36.4M Payment to Newly Installed Okada Manila Chairman

Another day, another controversy stemming from Kazuo Okada's May 31 forcible takeover of his namesake integrated resort, Okada Manila in the Philippines. Reports surfaced this week that the Kazuo-led group that took control of the $2.4 billion casino late last month has...

Devin O'Connor June 24, 2022
Massachusetts developers casino gambling

Massachusetts Developers Seek to Rewrite State Gaming Allow, Create New License

The Massachusetts Expanded Gaming Act passed in 2011 and signed into law by then-Governor Deval Patrick (D) authorized as many as four commercial casino properties. More than a decade later, only three casinos have been licensed and since opened for play. A...

Devin O'Connor June 24, 2022
Deadwood casino poker South Dakota Exclusion List

Deadwood Casino Regulators Uphold Ban on Poker Player Appealing Blacklist Inclusion

The gaming agency that regulates Deadwood casinos has refused a poker player's request to be removed from the regulator's involuntary Exclusion List. The South Dakota Commission on Gaming yesterday rejected Rick Burleson's plea that he be restored entry privileges to Deadwood's 18...

Devin O'Connor June 23, 2022
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Macau Casinos Sign Contract Extensions, New COVID-19 Cases Climb to 115 Infections

Macau's six casino operators have each signed six-month extensions that allow them to continue facilitating games of fortune through December 31, 2022. Macau is finalizing its next regulatory law that will govern gaming ops from 2023 through at least 2033. The rulemaking...

Devin O'Connor June 23, 2022
Atlantic City casino union Unite Here

Atlantic City Officials Urge Casinos to Increase Wages, Avoid Union Strike

The Atlantic City Council this week passed a resolution calling on the town's nine casinos to adhere to the union's primary demand of higher wages for resort workers. The City Council last night approved Resolution No. 423, a motion in support of...

Devin O'Connor June 23, 2022
Geoff Freeman American Gaming Association AGA

Geoff Freeman, Former American Gaming Assn. CEO, to Lead US Travel Assn.

Former American Gaming Association (AGA) CEO Geoff Freeman helped transform the US gaming industry by successfully petitioning the Supreme Court to review the longstanding federal sports betting ban in 2018. The nation's high court in May of that same year overturned the...

Devin O'Connor June 23, 2022
Georgia charity illegal gambling Little Kings & Queens

Georgia Charity Accused of Running Illegal Gambling Den, Director Arrested

A Georgia charity running poker tournaments and casino nights on the claim that funds raised would benefit nonprofits has been accused of harboring an illegal gambling den. The Gwinnett County Police Department, the second-largest police agency in the entire state, has levied...

Devin O'Connor June 23, 2022
North Carolina sports betting bills

North Carolina Sports Betting Bills Give Lawmakers Options, as Session Nears End

Two North Carolina sports betting bills gained favor in a House committee this week. The committee vote cleared the way for what's expected to be a last-minute Hail Mary effort by the General Assembly to  legalize gambling on sports. The North Carolina...

Devin O'Connor June 22, 2022
Atlantic City casino union strike New Jersey

Atlantic City Casino Union Negotiations Continue, as Strike Looms

The Atlantic City casino union Unite Here Local 54 has authorized a walkout at any time after July 1, 2022, should new collective bargaining agreements with the nine resorts not be reached. Just a week remains before Atlantic City's busiest weekend of...

Devin O'Connor June 22, 2022