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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China casino blacklist gambling

China Casino Blacklist Expands, But Public in Dark Regarding Banned Destinations

The China casino blacklist of gaming resort destinations that the People's Republic wants its citizens to avoid has expanded. But to where remains unknown. Chinese officials in August of 2020 first announced the formation of a so-called blacklist of countries that market...

Devin O'Connor July 19, 2021
South Carolina horse racing betting

South Carolina Horse Racing Betting Supported by State Lawmakers

South Carolina horse racing is a long-cherished and widespread sport in the state, but wagering on such races remains prohibited. A committee reviewing how to expand the economic benefits of horse racing believes allowing betting might be one solution to grow the...

Devin O'Connor July 19, 2021
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore Ravens Orioles

Horseshoe Baltimore Casino Betting Stadium Corridor Investments Pay Off

Horseshoe Baltimore Casino and local economic officials are betting big on infrastructure investments being made. Those will, ideally, overhaul the corridor between the Caesars Entertainment venue and the city's professional sports stadiums.  Known as the Warner Street District, the presently industrial, uninviting...

Devin O'Connor July 17, 2021
Atlantic City casino revenue GGR

Atlantic City Casino Revenue Down Nine Percent in June Compared with 2019

Atlantic City casino brick-and-mortar gross gaming revenue (GGR) totaled $214.5 million in June 2021. That's a loss of nine percent, or $21.5 million, compared with June 2019.  The headlines are reading as if the gaming market in New Jersey's casino town is...

Devin O'Connor July 16, 2021
Yokohama mayor Fumiko Hayashi casino

Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi Committed to Casino Resort

Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi has formally announced her reelection campaign for what would be a nearly unprecedented fourth term. Her Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which controls the National Diet in Japan's central government as well as the Yokohama City Council, has opted...

Devin O'Connor July 16, 2021
Los Angeles Las Vegas Nevada coronavirus

Southern Nevada Reimplements Mask Recommendation, Los Angeles Warns Against Las Vegas Travel

Southern Nevada health officials are urging both vaccinated and unvaccinated people to once again wear face masks while in public. The US Centers for Disease and Prevention reports that Nevada, Missouri, Florida, Arkansas, and Louisiana are all experiencing worrisome seven-day new case...

Devin O'Connor July 16, 2021
Maryland sports betting regulations

Maryland Sports Betting Regulatory Draft Released, Public Comment Period to Come

Maryland sports betting licensing fees and associated taxes were proposed today by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed House Bill 940 -- a measure to legalize and regulate sports betting -- in May. The shell...

Devin O'Connor July 15, 2021
St. Tammany casino Slidell Louisiana

St. Tammany Casino Challengers Contend Process Legally Flawed

The effort to build a $325 million casino resort in Louisiana's St. Tammany Parish is meeting opposition, and some of the project's critics are taking their case to court.  On November 13, parish voters are set to decide whether they wish to...

Devin O'Connor July 15, 2021
Cordish Companies Live! casino sports betting

Cordish Companies Paying Pennsylvania Another $10M for Second Sports Betting License

The Cordish Companies has been approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) to acquire a second $10 million sports betting license.  The PGCB this week agreed to allow Cordish to purchase a second sports wagering permit. The Baltimore-based casino and hospitality...

Devin O'Connor July 15, 2021
Japan integrated resort casino law Suga

Japan Integrated Resort Bill Becomes Law July 19, Bidding Begins in October

Japan's integrated resort casino law will go into effect on Monday, July 19, 2021. The law was passed in July of 2018 by the National Diet. Known as the IR Implementation Act, the legislation decriminalizes commercial gaming for operators who obtain a...

Devin O'Connor July 15, 2021