Devin O'Connor

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Gaming Legislation, Politics, Casino Business, Entertainment----Devin O’Connor’s passion for politics and background in the world of pop culture television give 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, where 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 to date. Email:

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Virginia Casino Developers Celebrate Passage of Gaming Bills, Ready to Move Forward

Virginia casino developers behind several proposals are rejoicing following the state's passage of commercial gambling laws earlier this week. On Wednesday, the Virginia General Assembly signed off on amendments made by Gov. Ralph Northam (D) to the state's casino legislation and sports...

Devin O'Connor April 26, 2020
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Kim Jong Un Reportedly Dead, Online Bookmakers Refrain From Offering Odds

North Korea Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un is rumored to be dead or in a vegetative state following a botched surgery. But reports regarding the hermit kingdom's dictator are wildly varying. A senior executive at HKSTV Hong Kong Satellite Television said today...

Devin O'Connor April 25, 2020
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Some Atlantic City Hotels Forced to Reopen to House Homeless, Mayor Says State Overruled Him

Certain Atlantic City hotels are being forced to reopen on state orders and take in homeless people during the COVID-19 pandemic. During a press conference this week, Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. (D) confirmed that the state had overruled his executive...

Devin O'Connor April 25, 2020
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Small Casinos Score Big Win, as Companies Now Eligible for Payroll Protection Program

Small casinos can now apply to receive funds through the Small Business Administration's Payroll Protection Program (PPP) after the agency issued new regulations. Under the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Congress set aside $349 billion for...

Devin O'Connor April 24, 2020
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Bally’s Atlantic City Sold for Just $25M, as Twin Rivers Snags Three US Casinos

Bally's Atlantic City has been sold to Twin River Worldwide Holdings for the discount rate of just $25 million, as Caesars Entertainment and Eldorado Resorts continue to reduce their portfolio ahead of their merger. Twin River, a casino operator based in Rhode...

Devin O'Connor April 24, 2020
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Alaska Native Corporations to Receive Coronavirus Relief Earmarked for Indian Tribes

Alaska Native Corporations (ANC), for-profit enterprises that are owned by Native Americans, will receive coronavirus stimulus money designated for sovereign Indian tribes. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), $8 billion was set aside for Native American communities...

Devin O'Connor April 23, 2020
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Phil Ruffin Readying His Las Vegas Casinos to Reopen May 15, Odds Long It Will Happen

Billionaire Phil Ruffin plans to reopen his Las Vegas casinos, Treasure Island and Circus Circus, on May 15. But the odds seem long that gaming will be permitted to resume operations on that date. On the Treasure Island website, the property says...

Devin O'Connor April 23, 2020
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Hard Rock International CEO Jim Allen Gives Grim Outlook for Casino and Hospitality Business

Hard Rock International CEO Jim Allen says it will take a least a year for the company's businesses to recover once they're allowed to reopen. Appearing on CNBC Wednesday, the chairman of the corporation owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida said...

Devin O'Connor April 23, 2020
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Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning Favored Against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady

Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning are the favorites in a charity golf match against their sport rivals Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. The event is set to take place next month. Turner Sports, which will air the event live on TNT next...

Devin O'Connor April 23, 2020
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Joe Biden Enjoys Best Fundraising Month, But Trump Campaign Has Nearly $250M to Spend

Former Vice President Joe Biden raised $46.7 million in March, his best month ever. But his campaign is still at a serious disadvantage compared to President Donald Trump. Filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) disclose that Biden's campaign received a surge...

Devin O'Connor April 22, 2020