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Devin O'Connor is a senior reporter for Casino.org, 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 Casino.org in 2014. He lives in Pennsylvania and is an avid marathoner, having completed 15 races.

Contact Devin at devin.oconnor@casino.org.

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4947 stories by Devin O'Connor

Macau casinos face masks China COVID-19

Macau Ends COVID-19 Mask Policy, but Residents and Guests Continue to Wear Them

Macau health authorities over the weekend largely ended the enclave's COVID-19 mask policy as epidemic conditions remain stable in the casino hub. Macau's local government had encouraged all city residents and visitors to cover their faces with protective masks since the onset...

Devin O'Connor February 27, 2023
Cordish Bally's State College Penn State

Cordish Appeals Bally’s State College Casino License to Pennsylvania Supreme Court

The Cordish Companies isn't folding on its fight in Pennsylvania to prevent a gaming license from being issued to the Bally's Corporation for a Category 4 satellite casino in State College near Penn State University's main campus. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board...

Devin O'Connor February 25, 2023
CDC casino smoking cigarette smoke

CDC on Casino Smoking: ‘What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Your Lungs’

New research from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that even supposedly smoke-free sections of a casino floor still present considerable health dangers. MGM Resorts amid the COVID-19 pandemic announced that Park MGM -- formerly the Monte Carlo...

Devin O'Connor February 24, 2023
Emerald Queen Casino Puyallup Tribe Washington

Emerald Queen Casino Riverboat Sold, Vessel Solidified Puyallup Tribe Sovereignty

The original Emerald Queen Casino riverboat that helped assure the economic sovereignty of the Puyallup Tribe in Washington more than a quarter-century ago has been sold. One of 29 federally recognized tribes in Washington, the Puyallup Tribe, like so many other Native...

Devin O'Connor February 24, 2023
WinStar World Casino Resort Oklahoma Lucas Oil

WinStar World Casino Resort Partners With Lucas Oil for Expansion

WinStar World Casino Resort in Thackerville, Okla., is already one of the world's largest casinos. It's about to get bigger. Spread across numerous casinos, each with a distinct theme, WinStar offers nearly 10,500 slot machines and electronic gaming positions, plus more than...

Devin O'Connor February 24, 2023
Missouri sports betting VLT skill gaming legislation

Missouri Sports Betting Bills Move Forward, VLT Legislation Dead

Missouri sports betting bills progressed out of their respective legislative committees in Jefferson City this week. House Bill 556, House Bill 581, and Senate Bill 30 all found favor in their committees on Thursday. HB556 and HB581 both unanimously passed the House...

Devin O'Connor February 24, 2023
Majestic Star Casino Indiana Gary SWAT police training

Shuttered Majestic Star Casino Hotel Serving as SWAT Training Ground Before Demolition

The former Majestic Star Casino Hotel in Gary, Ind., is set for demolition. But before the 300-room, four-story structure is brought down, the property is being utilized for SWAT and police training exercises. Organized through US Sen. Mike Braun's office (R-Indiana) in...

Devin O'Connor February 23, 2023
Biden resort fee junk casino American Gaming Association

President Biden’s Resort Fee Crackdown Opposed by American Gaming Association

President Joe Biden is targeting resort fees and other so-called "junk" charges that hotels and casinos often tack on to an advertised rate at the end of the booking process. But the nation's leading casino lobbying group -- the American Gaming Association...

Devin O'Connor February 23, 2023
Albany County Sheriff's Office theft crime civil forfeiture

Albany Sheriff’s Employee Allegedly Stole $68K in Civil Forfeiture Funds to Gamble

A former employee with the Albany County Sheriff's Office in New York has been charged with grand larceny in the second degree and five counts of forgery -- all felonies -- for allegedly stealing $68K to cover his gambling habit. A recent...

Devin O'Connor February 23, 2023
Mega Millions lottery jackpot Maine Powerball

$1.35B Mega Millions Winner Comes Forward in Maine, Picks One-Time Cash Option

The Mega Millions winner of the $1.35 billion jackpot hit on Jan. 13 has come forward in Maine, but they're utilizing a newly formed limited liability company (LLC) to limit their public exposure. The January 2023 drawing was only the fourth time...

Devin O'Connor February 22, 2023