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Reporter: Devin O'Connor

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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6059 stories by Devin O'Connor

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Culinary Union Strikes Deal with MLB A’s in Anticipation of Las Vegas Move

The Culinary Union's Local 226 chapter in Las Vegas says it has reached an agreement with Major League Baseball's (MLB) Oakland A's that would potentially allow stadium workers to organize. A's ownership seems intent on relocating from San Francisco's Bay Area to...

Devin O'Connor May 13, 2023
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Kansas Casino Employees Unite to Ban Indoor Smoking at Four Properties

Kansas casino employees working at the state's four brick-and-mortar commercial gaming properties have formed a coalition to urge lawmakers in Topeka to close the indoor smoking loophole. Kansas' Indoor Clean Air Act prohibits smoking in most public indoor places. The state law,...

Devin O'Connor May 12, 2023
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Donald Trump’s 2024 Odds Shorten Following Contentious CNN Town Hall

Former President Donald Trump is seeking the nation's highest office for a third consecutive presidential election cycle. The 76-year-old Trump is seeing his 2024 odds slightly improve following his town hall appearance on CNN this past Wednesday with host Kaitlan Collins that...

Devin O'Connor May 12, 2023
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Shreveport Casinos Could Soon Reintroduce Smoking as City Council Mulls Flip-Flop

The Shreveport City Council is considering a resolution that would repeal an indoor smoking ordinance that the local government agency passed only in 2020. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Shreveport local officials in June 2020 passed Ordinance No. 51, the Smoke-Free Air Act,...

Devin O'Connor May 12, 2023
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Vernon Downs Threatens Closure, Says State Tax Cuts Could Improve its Odds

Vernon Downs Casino Hotel in Upstate New York is warning state officials that its potential closure could result in the layoffs of all 249 of its employees. The racino this week submitted a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) filing with the...

Devin O'Connor May 12, 2023
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Lake Charles Casino Guests Shocked to Find Alligator in Resort Pool

Lake Charles casinos love to welcome whales, an informal term for VIPs and high rollers. But one of the Louisiana town's three casinos recently welcomed a different kind of creature that typically resides in marshland. Guests and resort officials at L'Auberge Casino...

Devin O'Connor May 11, 2023
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Jay-Z Hypes Times Square Casino Bid with Caesars, NYC Landlord SL Green

Jay-Z and his Roc Nation business empire are partnered with Caesars Entertainment and New York City real estate investment trust SL Green to bring an integrated casino resort to Manhattan's Times Square. But with plenty of local opposition, including from the Theater...

Devin O'Connor May 11, 2023
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Atlantic City Casinos Sued Over Alleged Conspiracy to Jack Up Room Rates

Several Atlantic City casinos have been named in a proposed class action lawsuit. The action accuses the resorts of conspiring to increase their nightly hotel room rates. In a federal lawsuit filed this week in New Jersey's US District Court, two plaintiffs...

Devin O'Connor May 11, 2023
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Caesars Danville Casino Opens Monday, Locals Eager for Business Boom

Caesars Entertainment plans to open its Danville Casino just north of the Virginia-North Carolina border next week on Monday, May 15. The 40,000-square-foot temporary gaming space is located inside a large pavilion tent. The Danville Casino is the precursor to the forthcoming...

Devin O'Connor May 10, 2023
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Las Vegas Casinos Generating Record Room Revenue for Destination’s Marketing Arm

Las Vegas casino hotels are generating record room tax revenue, as the resorts have been able to jack up their nightly rates amid surging inflation and strong demand. Much of that tax benefit goes toward the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority...

Devin O'Connor May 10, 2023