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 Casino.org in 2014. He lives in Pennsylvania, and is an avid marathoner, having completed 15 races to date. Email: devin.oconnor@casino.org

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William Hill Closing Three Online Casino Brands in Early 2022

William Hill, the UK and US sports betting giant that was acquired by Caesars Entertainment for GBP 2.9 billion (US$3.86 billion) in April, says it is shuttering three of its online casino brands in Europe. William Hill announced this week that come...

Devin O'Connor November 25, 2021
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World Cup 2022 Host Qatar Allegedly Hired Former CIA Official to Spy on FIFA

The World Cup 2022 host Qatar is being accused of contracting a former United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official to spy on the inner dealings of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, most commonly, FIFA. FIFA is the highest governing body...

Devin O'Connor November 25, 2021
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Wakayama Anti-IR Effort Can Force Referendum, Fourth City Mulls Casino

A group opposed to Wakayama bidding on one of Japan's three integrated resort (IR) casino licenses says it has gained enough resident signatures to force a local referendum on the matter. The citizens' group said this week that it has attained more...

Devin O'Connor November 25, 2021
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Waukesha Christmas Parade Suspect Darrell Brooks Has Lengthy Nevada Rap Sheet

UPDATE: An earlier version of this article reported on Darrell Brooks pleading guilty in 2007 to phoning in a bomb threat to the Nugget Casino in Sparks, Nv. Upon further review, the Darrell Brooks in that incident is not the same Darrell...

Devin O'Connor November 24, 2021
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President Joe Biden Says He’ll Run in 2024, Political Bettors Not Buying It

President Joe Biden is reassuring his supporters that he will indeed run for a second term in 2024. Amid declining job approval numbers, Biden, who turned 79 years old this week, is trying to provide a sense of calm among the Democratic...

Devin O'Connor November 24, 2021
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Casino Mask Mandates Back Ahead of Holidays, as COVID-19 Numbers Climb

Tens of millions of Americans are expected to travel this Thanksgiving after a nearly unthinkable 2020 holiday that resulted in most staying put at home. For those who are thinking about stopping at a casino during their 2021 travels, they should be...

Devin O'Connor November 24, 2021
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Macau Quarantine-Free for All of Mainland China, But Hong Kong Remains on Hold

Macau's borders are finally open without quarantine for people arriving from anywhere in mainland China. After nearly two years of such mandatory health observations - which typically required incoming travelers to quarantine for at least two weeks in either a government-approved medical...

Devin O'Connor November 24, 2021
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Matt Maddox to Explore Non-Gaming Ventures Post-Wynn Resorts Leadership

Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox, 46, shocked the gaming industry earlier this month when he announced he would depart the casino company at the end of January 2022. Wynn Resorts Chairman Phil Satre this week discussed Maddox's decision in a letter to...

Devin O'Connor November 23, 2021
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Slidell Casino Lawsuit Hearing Scheduled, as Delayed Louisiana Election Day Nears

Arguments will be heard next week in a lawsuit challenging a ballot measure that would ask St. Tammany Parish voters if they support a commercial casino for Slidell. Louisiana's 2021 general election day is December 11. It was originally scheduled for November...

Devin O'Connor November 23, 2021
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Detroit Casinos Reimplement Mandatory Face Masks, as COVID-19 Cases Rise

Detroit casinos are once again requiring guests to wear face masks while indoors. The operating changes come amid a fall surge of COVID-19 cases. MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino Hotel, and Greektown Casino-Hotel are requiring guests to don face coverings inside. The...

Devin O'Connor November 23, 2021