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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2115  stories by Devin O'Connor

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Private London Casino Iconic for James Bond Film Says Saudi Sheikh Owes $2.5M Debt

Private London casino Les Ambassadeurs says one of its high rolling members, Saudi Sheikh Salah Hamdan Al Balawi, owes the club millions of dollars in gambling debts. Les A, as the ultra-exclusive private club is known, argues in court documents that Al...

Devin O'Connor May 27, 2020
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Japan Betting on IR Development to Fuel Economic Recovery Post-COVID-19

Japan will not slow its progression of three integrated resort (IR) casinos because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the country plans to use the licensing process of the multibillion-dollar complexes to help restart its economy in the post-coronavirus world. Joji Kokuryo, managing...

Devin O'Connor May 27, 2020
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Can Casino Buffets Survive COVID-19? Hospitality Experts Have Varying Views

The casino buffet has been an integral part of the Las Vegas experience for decades. But COVID-19 is threatening to put a fork in the Strip amenity staple. Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (D) confirmed last night that Silver State casinos can begin...

Devin O'Connor May 27, 2020
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Rush Street Gaming Partners with Portsmouth to Build Virginia Casino

Chicago-based Rush Street Gaming has been named by officials in Portsmouth, Virginia, as the preferred company to build, own, and operate a casino resort in the Hampton Roads city. Last month, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed off on the state legislature's...

Devin O'Connor May 27, 2020
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Iowa Casinos Can Reopen June 1, Gaming Floor Limited to 50 Percent Capacity

Iowa casinos are being allowed to reopen on June 1, but under a series of strict regulations designed to protect employees and guests. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R) ordered the state's 19 commercial casinos to suspend their operations effective March 17. Several...

Devin O'Connor May 26, 2020
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Nevada Economy One of Hardest-Hit by Coronavirus, Unemployment Rate Highest in Nation

The Nevada economy has been one of the hardest-hit by the coronavirus because of the state's large dependency on tourism and hospitality. Nevada's unemployment rate of 28.2 percent in April is the highest in the nation. It's also one of the worst...

Devin O'Connor May 26, 2020
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Las Vegas Casino Hotel Rooms ‘Heavily Discounted’ During Summer Reopening

Las Vegas casinos are set to reopen Thursday, June 4, and analysts say hotel room rates will be greatly reduced in the months ahead. Last week, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (D) announced a June 4 target date to reopen casinos. All gaming...

Devin O'Connor May 26, 2020
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WinStar Casino, All Chickasaw Nation Casinos in Oklahoma, Reopening May 27

WinStar World Casino and Resort in Oklahoma, along with all gaming properties owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation, are reopening tomorrow, May 27. The Chickasaw Nation announced the reopenings of their 20 casinos and gaming facilities last week. The Native American...

Devin O'Connor May 26, 2020
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Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder Part III in Macau? Boxing Promoters Campaigning for Far-East Showdown

Heavyweight boxing stars Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are considering a third showdown, and the fight could go down in Macau – the world's richest gambling hub. While boxing is immensely popular in Asia, Macau hasn't hosted a major bout since 2014,...

Devin O'Connor May 25, 2020
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Chicago Casino Tax Structure Amended by Illinois General Assembly

A change to the Chicago casino tax structure was part of an approximately $40 billion budget plan passed over the weekend by the Illinois General Assembly. The casino measure – House Bill 516 – was included in the budget package. In June...

Devin O'Connor May 25, 2020