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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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5922 stories by Devin O'Connor

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Commercial Gaming Revenue Tops $60B as 2022 Sets Another Annual Win Record

Commercial gaming revenue in the United States eclipsed $60 billion for the first time ever in 2022. It marks the second consecutive year that the US gaming industry reached a new yearly revenue benchmark. The numbers come from the American Gaming Association...

Devin O'Connor February 15, 2023
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Virginia ‘Casino Lady’ Sen. Louise Lucas Says State Has Enough Casinos, at Least for Now

Virginia Senate Pro Tempore L. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) successfully championed legislation in 2020 that ended the state's long prohibition of commercial casino gambling. Dubbed the "Casino Lady" for her repeated attempts to allow slot machines and table games in the commonwealth, Lucas...

Devin O'Connor February 15, 2023
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Missouri Lawmakers Consider Sports Betting After Chiefs Fans Prohibited from Super Bowl Wagering

Missouri lawmakers are hoping 2023 will be different than previous legislative sessions when it comes to authorizing sports betting. The Missouri General Assembly came close to legalizing gambling on sports last year. The House of Representatives passed two sports betting measures during...

Devin O'Connor February 15, 2023
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Atlantic City Casino Smoking Hearing Reveals Strong Divide Between Industry, Workers

Atlantic City casino smoking is allowed on up to 25% of the nine gaming floors in town. But many casino workers say it's long past time to end the smoking allowance in order to protect employee health. Two identical pieces of legislation,...

Devin O'Connor February 14, 2023
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Mississippi Gaming Chair Al Hopkins Dead, Backed Sports Betting

Mississippi Gaming Commission (MGC) Chair Al Hopkins died Sunday evening at the age of 81, the state has confirmed. Hopkins, a longtime Gulfport attorney, oversaw the state gaming commission since 2015. Hopkins retired from the military and Mississippi National Guard with the...

Devin O'Connor February 14, 2023
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Nevada Oddsmakers 30-2 in Super Bowls After Winning $11.2M on Kansas City Chiefs

Nevada oddsmakers won Sunday's Super Bowl LVII against their bettors, as sportsbooks kept $11.28 million of the $153.18 million wagered. It marks the 15th consecutive Super Bowl in which the house came out on top of the big game. The Nevada Gaming...

Devin O'Connor February 14, 2023
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Pennsylvania Skill Gaming Manufacturer Secures Legal Victory

The maker of Pennsylvania Skill gaming cabinets has secured a court victory in its ongoing claim that its products don't run afoul of the state's commercial gaming laws. Pace-O-Matic (POM), a leading manufacturer of skill gaming machines, is a Duluth, Ga.-based gaming...

Devin O'Connor February 14, 2023
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FanDuel Super Bowl Commercial with Rob Gronkowski Panned by Bettors

FanDuel's big bet on Sunday's Super Bowl was a major bust, many sports bettors said after the sportsbook's prime-time commercial aired. FanDuel announced before Super Bowl LVII that it bought a 30-second commercial for $7 million. The sportsbook and iGaming operator hyped...

Devin O'Connor February 13, 2023
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Atlantic City Casinos Will ‘Pay Fair Share,’ New Jersey Governor Assures

Atlantic City casinos were dealt a winning hand by the New Jersey Legislature in 2021 when the state agreed to significantly lower the nine resorts' annual property tax. Atlantic City casinos have paid a collective property tax since 2016. The tax arrangement,...

Devin O'Connor February 13, 2023
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Super Bowl Prompts 100M Sportsbook Geolocation Checks During Chiefs Thrilling 38-35 Win

Super Bowl LVII between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles was one for the ages, a thrilling back-and-forth between the NFL's top two teams. A fourth quarter holding call on Eagles cornerback James Bradberry on Chiefs wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster turned out...

Devin O'Connor February 13, 2023