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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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt Believes Gaming Compacts Should Vary

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (R) doesn't believe gaming compacts should be universal for the state's 35 federally recognized tribes that operate casinos. The three most powerful Native American groups in Oklahoma – the Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations – sued Stitt on...

Devin O'Connor May 5, 2020
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First African American Woman to Lead Atlantic City Casino Appointed by MGM Resorts

MGM Resorts has named Melonie Johnson the next president of Borgata. She is the first Africa-American woman to lead an Atlantic City casino. Johnson arrives in town from MGM National Harbor, where she was president and chief operating officer. She's served in...

Devin O'Connor May 5, 2020
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Casino Workers Express Concerns About Returning to Work, Question Guest Sanitation Habits

Las Vegas casino workers are in no rush to return to work, as they remain concerned for their personal safety in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Unite Here, the union that represents workers in the US casino, hotel, and food service...

Devin O'Connor May 4, 2020
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Melco Resorts’ Cyprus Casinos Remain Closed Through Mid-July Despite Limited Number of Coronavirus Cases

Melco Resorts will not be permitted to reopen its five casinos in Cyprus until at least mid-July, as the Mediterranean island country continues aggressive measures to combat COVID-19. Cyprus Casinos (C2) is a joint venture between Melco and ICR Cyprus Holdings. The...

Devin O'Connor May 4, 2020
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Atlantic City Might Never Recover From Coronavirus Destruction, Councilman Predicts ‘Armageddon’

"The house always wins" might not ring true for Atlantic City casinos. After all, the house has to be open to win, and with no definitive time line for the nine beachfront casinos to resume operations, there are growing concerns that the...

Devin O'Connor May 4, 2020
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Nevada Coronavirus Task Force Focused on Testing Capabilities, Reopening Businesses

Nevada's coronavirus task force led by former MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren is pivoting its focus from obtaining personal protective equipment (PPE) to testing capabilities and developing business reopening plans. Murren, who expedited his planned departure from the casino operator in March...

Devin O'Connor May 4, 2020
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Post COVID-19 World Could Result in States Legalizing Online Gaming, Mobile Sports Betting

The post COVID-19 world will be different in many ways, and could result in state lawmakers passing legislation to authorize online gambling and mobile sports betting. That was the takeaway at Friday's "Sports Betting in America" discussion at the inaugural SBC Digital...

Devin O'Connor May 3, 2020
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Massachusetts Casinos Remain Closed Through May 18, Marks Third Extension

Massachusetts casinos will remain closed through at least May 18, the state gaming commission voting unanimously Friday to extend the order. The five-member Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) all backed a decision to keep MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor, and Plainridge Park closed...

Devin O'Connor May 1, 2020
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Joe Biden 2020 Odds Lengthen Following Sexual Assault Denial

The odds of former Vice President Joe Biden taking occupancy of the White House have lengthened. That's after he publicly denied sexual assault allegations made against him by a former aide who worked in his Senate office in 1993. Tara Reade alleges...

Devin O'Connor May 1, 2020
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Atlantic City Casinos Reopenings Advised by AtlantiCare Healthcare on Best Practices

Atlantic City casinos are partnering with the AtlantiCare healthcare system to form best practices to allow the gaming resorts to reopen safely once permitted by the state. The Casino Association of New Jersey (CANJ) and AtlantiCare announced the collaboration on Thursday. Once...

Devin O'Connor May 1, 2020