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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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6055 stories by Devin O'Connor

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State College Community Speaks Out in Opposition of Bally’s Casino Near Penn State

If there are State College residents who support allowing Rhode Island-based Bally's Corporation to redevelop the former Macy's department store at the Nittany Mall into a casino, hasn't heard from them. We have, however, fielded hundreds of comments from concerned Centre...

Devin O'Connor January 23, 2023
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Macau Government Begins Nongaming Marketing, Hypes Region’s MICE Capabilities

The Macau government has been instructed by Beijing to lessen its dependency on casino gambling. China President Xi Jinping believes the Special Administrative Region (SAR) -- the only place where commercial casinos are allowed to operate in the People's Republic -- should...

Devin O'Connor January 23, 2023
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Caesars Sportsbook, Raynham Park Partner for Massachusetts Sports Betting

Caesars Sportsbook has struck a second partnership in Massachusetts for market entry into the state's forthcoming sports betting industry. Caesars Entertainment doesn't operate a casino in Massachusetts. But the Las Vegas-based casino operator wants to bet on Massachusetts' newly liberalized sports betting...

Devin O'Connor January 23, 2023
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Squirrels are Amazing Gamblers, University of Michigan Research Discovers

North American red squirrels, new research finds, are quite skilled at gambling. University of Michigan biopsychology research fellow Dr. Lauren Petrullo recently discovered that North American red squirrels living in highly variable environments, such as the Canadian Yukon, regularly make big bets...

Devin O'Connor January 23, 2023
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Rivers Portsmouth, Virginia’s First Permanent Casino, Opens With BetRivers Sportsbook

Rivers Portsmouth will become the first permanent casino to open in Virginia next week on Monday, Jan. 23. The casino's first guests will be able to gamble on slot machines and table games -- and as announced today -- sports. Rivers Casino...

Devin O'Connor January 21, 2023
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Fanatics Opens First In-Stadium NFL Sportsbook at Commanders’ FedExField

The NFL's first in-stadium sportsbook has been opened by an entity that wasn't even engaged in gaming or sports betting only a couple of years ago. Fanatics, the global brand best known for its licensed sportswear, collectibles, and other sports merchandise, made...

Devin O'Connor January 20, 2023
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Massachusetts Sports Betting Approvals: DraftKings, FanDuel, Four Others

Massachusetts sports betting is expected to begin before the end of the month. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) concluded its marathon review of applications on Thursday by signing off on six additional operators. Since early December, the MGC has been spending most...

Devin O'Connor January 20, 2023
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Nevada Casinos Report Net Income Record of $4.12B in 2022 Fiscal Year

Nevada casinos had their best business year in 2022,as net income from gaming, hotel rooms, food and beverage, and entertainment hit a new high. The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) on Thursday released its annual Gaming Abstract. The yearly report provides a...

Devin O'Connor January 20, 2023
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Maryland Sportsbooks Submit Diversity Plans, but Licenses Can’t Be Revoked on Regulatory Condition

Under state law, Maryland sportsbooks are required to submit diversity plans to the state's Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC). The blueprints of how each operator will increase diversity among its organization must be received by the state within 30 days of...

Devin O'Connor January 19, 2023
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Detroit Casinos Win $1.28B in 2022, Brick-and-Mortar Play Shrinks

Detroit casinos combined to win $1.276 billion in 2022, 1.4% lower than what MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity, and Hollywood Casino at Greektown won in 2021. The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) said the state's three commercial casinos won $983.7 million on their...

Devin O'Connor January 19, 2023