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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Japan Delaying Integrated Resort Timeline Comes as Little Surprise

The Japan central government has confirmed it's reviewing the possibility of introducing changes to its integrated resort (IR) time line because of COVID-19. A leading analyst on the forthcoming gaming industry -- once expected to be the world's second or third largest...

Devin O'Connor August 11, 2020
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Pennsylvania Casino Closures Cost State $424M in Lost Taxes

Pennsylvania casinos were closed for nearly three months this year by the coronavirus, and the government-ordered shutdowns of the gaming operations was a costly decision for all parties involved. Brick-and-mortar table games and slot machines missed out on nearly $1 billion in...

Devin O'Connor August 11, 2020
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What Pandemic? Indiana Casinos Bounce Back to Near Pre-COVID Revenue Levels

Indiana casinos began reopening on June 15 following a mandatory three-month shutdown, and gamblers have quickly returned, and along with them, revenue. The Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) this week released casino revenue data for July, and the state's 13 commercial gaming venues...

Devin O'Connor August 11, 2020
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President Donald Trump on Mount Rushmore? Odds Give Slim Chance

President Donald Trump responded to media reports this week that his administration has reached out to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) about being added to Mount Rushmore. Trump last month celebrated the country's Independence Day by holding a rally below the...

Devin O'Connor August 11, 2020
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Number of Las Vegas Visitors Testing COVID-19 Positive Rises

More people visiting Las Vegas are testing positive for the coronavirus, the latest alarming statistic regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in tourism-dependent Nevada. The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports a substantial increase in the number of out-of-staters who are...

Devin O'Connor August 10, 2020
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Oklahoma Tribes Seek Federal Intervention in Dismissing New Gaming Compacts

Four tribes in Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit in DC asking federal officials to intervene in the gaming compact dispute in their home state. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's (R) mission to collect more tax revenue from tribal gaming operations has led to...

Devin O'Connor August 10, 2020
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Collin Morikawa PGA Championship Win Major Victory for Oddsmakers

Collin Morikawa captured his first major victory in just his second start, a dazzling feat that few saw coming -- and that means good news for oddsmakers. The 23-year-old appeared to be a seasoned veteran Sunday at TPC Harding Park in San...

Devin O'Connor August 10, 2020
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President Donald Trump Asks Las Vegas Tycoon Sheldon Adelson Why He’s Not Doing More to Help Reelection Campaign

President Donald Trump reportedly grew angry with Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson during a phone call last week for not better supporting his reelection campaign. The 87-year-old founder of the Las Vegas Sands empire, currently estimated to be worth some $30 billion...

Devin O'Connor August 9, 2020
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Las Vegas Casinos Are Open, But Visitors Staying Away

Las Vegas casinos reopened in early June after they were forced to temporarily shutter in March because of the coronavirus. But the gaming floors have remained relatively deserted since the slots were turned back on. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority...

Devin O'Connor August 9, 2020
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Danville Casino Referendum Will Go Before Local Virginia Voters in November

A judge in Danville, Va., issued an order that will place a ballot referendum before local voters in November asking them whether they approve of authorizing a commercial casino resort in their city. Danville Circuit Court Judge Joseph Milam issued the order...

Devin O'Connor August 9, 2020