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 in 2014. He lives in Pennsylvania, and is an avid marathoner, having completed 15 races to date. Email:

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Golden Nugget Richmond casino Virginia

Golden Nugget Threatens Legal Action Against Richmond for Casino Rejection

A casino proposal from Golden Nugget was one of three bids that the City of Richmond, Va., rejected in March. Now, the casino company is threatening legal action against the Virginia capital. In late March, Richmond Mayor Levar Stone's office announced that...

Devin O'Connor May 7, 2021
UK online gaming casino UKGC

UK Online Gaming Revenue Totals $759M in March, as Britain Remained in Lockdown

UK online gambling continued to flourish in March, as the vast majority of Brits were continued to be locked down on stay-at-home orders. The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) this week reported record online slot machine revenue for a single month. Interactive gaming...

Devin O'Connor May 6, 2021
Maryland casinos GGR gaming revenue

April Maryland Gaming Industry’s Third-Best Month Ever, Casinos Win $162.1M

Maryland casinos won more than $162.1 million from gamblers last month. The haul is the state gaming industry's third-highest gross gaming revenue (GGR) monthly performance in history. Maryland's first casino opened in September of 2010. The six licensed commercial casinos followed up...

Devin O'Connor May 6, 2021
Pennsylvania casino online gambling Wolf

Pennsylvania Casinos Can Return to 100 Percent Capacity on Memorial Day

Pennsylvania casinos, for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020, will soon be free of reduced operating capacity restrictions. On the same day that New Jersey announced that Atlantic City casinos can return to 100...

Devin O'Connor May 6, 2021
Seneca Nation casinos slot revenue compact

Seneca Nation Argues 25 Percent Slot Machine Revenue Share Too High

The Seneca Nation of Indians says sharing 25 percent of its slot machine revenue with New York no longer allows its three casinos resorts the same economic benefits that the gaming facilities once did. Seneca President Matthew Pagels opined this week that...

Devin O'Connor May 6, 2021
Florida gaming expansion DeSantis Seminole

Poll Concludes Florida Voters Want Say in Seminole Gaming Expansion

A new poll finds that a majority of Florida voters want a say on whether the state should allow the Seminole Tribe to expand its gaming privileges. Last month, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and the Seminole Tribe inked a deal that...

Devin O'Connor May 5, 2021
Macau Adriano Ho DICJ casino regulator

Macau Gaming Boss Extended Two Years, Will Oversee License Renewals

The Macau government is retaining its chief gaming boss for at least another 24 months. Adriano Marques Ho became the director of Macau's Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau -- stylized DICJ -- on June 10 of 2020.  The one-year term is being...

Devin O'Connor May 5, 2021
Slidell casino Louisiana resort St. Tammany Parish

Time Ticking on Slidell Casino Bid, as Louisiana Legislative Session Ends June 10

If voters in Slidell and St. Tammany Parish are to face a local ballot referendum this November regarding a potential casino resort, state lawmakers in Baton Rouge must act quickly. The Louisiana Legislature's 2021 session is set to end on June 10....

Devin O'Connor May 5, 2021
Grand Lisboa Palace SJM Macau Cotai Strip

Grand Lisboa Palace to Focus on Macau VIP, $5B Resort SJM’s Biggest Bet to Date

The $5 billion Grand Lisboa Palace, SJM Holdings' first integrated casino resort on the Cotai Strip in Macau, hopes to open before the end of June.  During the company's first-quarter 2021 earnings call this week, executives said they are still waiting on...

Devin O'Connor May 5, 2021
Nevada online casino Las Vegas sports betting

Could Full Online Casino Gaming Come to Nevada? State Regulators to Discuss

Nevada is synonymous with casinos, but the state currently bans nearly all forms of gambling via the internet. That could soon change. Many outsiders who only casually visit Las Vegas are often surprised to learn that Nevada is one of only five...

Devin O'Connor May 4, 2021