Devin O'Connor

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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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4065 stories by Devin O'Connor

North Carolina Senate odds election

Sexting Scandal Alters US Senate Race Odds in North Carolina

Former North Carolina State Senator Cal Cunningham's sexting scandal is greatly lengthening his odds of winning the US Senate seat for North Carolina that's up for grabs on November 3. Cunningham, the Democratic challenger to Republican incumbent Thom Tillis, has admitted to...

Devin O'Connor October 6, 2020
Chicago mob sports betting illegal

Convicted Illegal Bookmaker with Ties to Chicago Outfit Faces New Federal Charges

A Chicago man who in 2002 was sentenced to 3½ years in federal prison for operating an illegal gambling ring under the protection of the mob is facing new charges. The US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois alleges Gregory...

Devin O'Connor October 6, 2020
Illinois casinos gaming revenue tax

Illinois Casinos Deliver State Education $74M Less in 2020 Fiscal Year

Illinois casinos experienced a gross gaming revenue (GGR) decline of 30 percent during the 2020 fiscal year. The dip resulted in fewer tax dollars for education. In the Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CGFA) monthly briefing report, the agency relays...

Devin O'Connor October 6, 2020
Nebraska casino gambling Tom Osborne

Nebraska Football Legend Tom Osborne Opposes Casinos, Urges Voters to Reject November Referendums

Tom Osborne is leading a campaign to defeat three ballot referendums that seek to legalize gambling. He previously coached the Nebraska Cornhuskers to three college football national championships and later served the state as a US representative in Congress. On November 3,...

Devin O'Connor October 5, 2020
Las Vegas top casinos Foxwoods

Indigenous Casinos Grab Five Spots on Top 10 List of Resorts Outside Las Vegas

For the second consecutive year, Indigenous tribes own and operate five of the top 10 casinos not in Las Vegas, as ranked by USA TODAY's 10Best. Each October, USA TODAY recruits gaming industry experts to compile a list of the 10 best...

Devin O'Connor October 5, 2020
James Packer Crown Resorts Sydney

James Packer to Testify From Superyacht in Crown Resorts Suitability Inquiry

Australian billionaire James Packer will testify tomorrow in New South Wales (NSW) regarding Crown Resorts' suitability to hold a casino license in Sydney. He'll do so remotely from aboard his $200 million superyacht. On Tuesday, the world will be able to see...

Devin O'Connor October 5, 2020
Sheldon Adelson Donald Trump endorsement

Sheldon Adelson-Owned Las Vegas Review-Journal Endorses President Donald Trump

Las Vegas casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson wants President Donald Trump to stay in office for another four years. Now, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, owned by the Adelson family empire, has come out in support of the 45th Commander-in-Chief. The RJ is only...

Devin O'Connor October 5, 2020
North Carolina casino gambling skill gaming

North Carolina Authorities Raid Six Alleged Illegal Gambling Dens

Law enforcement in North Carolina raided six alleged illegal gambling businesses last week and confiscated unlicensed gambling machines, weapons, cash, and drugs. The Randolph County Sheriff's Office says federal, state, and local officials conducted a two-day operation investigating suspected illegal casinos. The...

Devin O'Connor October 4, 2020
Zynga Rollic social games hyper-casual

Zynga Closes $180M Acquisition of Rollic, Marks Company Entrance Into ‘Hyper-Casual’ Games

Zynga continues its acquisition spree, as the San Francisco-based social gaming giant has purchased a majority position in Rollic Games, a hyper-casual mobile game developer and publisher. Zynga announced in a press released that it's spending approximately $180 million in cash to...

Devin O'Connor October 3, 2020
Star Gold Coast Australia casino

Australia’s Star Gold Coast Casino Suing Singapore VIP Gambler Over $30M Debt

The Star Gold Coast casino resort in Queensland, Australia, is suing a gambler from Singapore that it claims owes a nearly $31 million debt. The Stars Entertainment Group, which owns and operates Star Gold Coast, The Star Sydney, and Treasury Casino in...

Devin O'Connor October 2, 2020