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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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Mega Millions Climbs to $685M, Recent Winner Claims Dead Dad Told Him to Play

The final Mega Millions drawing of the year is just hours away. And the lottery game's largest drawing in the final week of the year continues to balloon. Mega Millions is experiencing a surge in play, as the clock ticks to a...

Devin O'Connor December 30, 2022
Rivers Casino Des Plaines Paychecks Allegedly Intercepted By Mail Thief, Employees Made Whole

Rivers Casino Des Plaines Paychecks Allegedly Intercepted By Mail Thief

Rivers Casino Des Plaines in Illinois believes more than a dozen employee paychecks were intercepted in the mail and illegally cashed. Coowned by Churchill Downs and Rush Street Gaming and fully operated by the latter, the payroll department at Rivers Casino Des...

Devin O'Connor December 30, 2022
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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul Signs Jake’s 58 Casino Expansion Bill

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) signed legislation this week that allows Jake's 58 Casino on Long Island to significantly expand its gaming operations. Hochul signed Assembly Bill 2210/Senate Bill 7685 on Wednesday night. The governor's office disclosed the legislation's signing to...

Devin O'Connor December 30, 2022
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CES Attendees From China Must Test Negative to Enter Las Vegas Tech Show Early

The 2023 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is only a week out. The largest and most economically important annual exhibition in Southern Nevada, Las Vegas Strip casinos are eagerly anticipating the return of the first full in-person CES show since the pandemic. Planning...

Devin O'Connor December 29, 2022
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Former New York Police Commissioner Says Times Square Casino a Safe Bet

William Bratton is the only person to lead the police departments of the US' two largest cities -- New York and Los Angeles. Bratton, who also served as commissioner of the Boston Police Department, headed the NYPD during two stints, the first...

Devin O'Connor December 29, 2022
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Nevada Casinos Flutter in November, Set New Annual Gaming Revenue Record

Last month, Nevada casinos managed to win more than $1 billion on their gaming floors, their 21st consecutive month topping that mark. November's results delivered a new annual gaming revenue record, but otherwise presented little to celebrate. The Nevada Gaming Control Board...

Devin O'Connor December 29, 2022
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Mega Millions Year-End Record Jackpot Climbs to $640M for Dec. 30 Drawing

The Mega Millions jackpot for the game's final drawing of 2022 will be its richest ever offered in the last week of any year prior. The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday night's drawing is an estimated $640 million, making it the 13th-largest...

Devin O'Connor December 29, 2022
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US to Require COVID-19 Tests for Travelers Arriving From China Beginning Jan. 5

The US announced today that beginning next week all travelers arriving from China will be subject to COVID-19 testing. With COVID-19 running rampant across China after President Xi Jinping decided to end his draconian "zero-COVID" policy, the US is reimposing testing requirements...

Devin O'Connor December 28, 2022
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Delaware Casino Harrington Raceway Closes Amid Undisclosed Technical Difficulties

A Delaware casino has been closed for nearly 48 hours after the property encountered unspecified technical difficulties. The Harrington Raceway and Casino unexpectedly shuttered on Tuesday with no notice. Arriving guests were turned away, with the casino simply saying it is closed...

Devin O'Connor December 28, 2022
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Rhode Island Casino Workers Reignite Anti-Smoking Campaign, Legislation Forthcoming

Rhode Island casino workers at the state's two casinos hope to gain smoke-free workplaces in 2023. Employees at Bally's Twin River Lincoln and Bally's Tiverton -- the only casinos in Rhode Island -- continue to be subjected to secondhand smoke at the...

Devin O'Connor December 28, 2022