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Reporter: Devin O'Connor

Devin O'Connor is a senior reporter for Casino.org, 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 Casino.org in 2014. He lives in Pennsylvania and is an avid marathoner, having completed 15 races.

Contact Devin at devin.oconnor@casino.org.

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5118 stories by Devin O'Connor

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Maryland Sports Betting Bill Passes General Assembly at Session Deadline

Maryland sports betting could become operational as early as this fall. That's after state lawmakers finally came to terms on how to regulate the expanded gambling. With just hours before the General Assembly was set to adjourn, the Maryland Senate made sweeping...

Devin O'Connor April 13, 2021
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IMF Expresses Money Laundering Concerns for Philippines Casinos

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says casinos in the Philippines remain susceptible to be used to launder money. In the IMF's Financial System Stability Assessment of the country, the international financial institution concludes that the Philippines government and its ever-expanding gaming industry...

Devin O'Connor April 12, 2021
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Macau Begins Issuing Wealth Partaking Payments Early in Effort to Mitigate COVID-19 Impact

The Macau government is issuing its annual revenue sharing payments to citizens and part-time residents early in an effort to alleviate financial impacts caused by COVID-19.  Typically distributed in July, officials in the Chinese Special Administrative Region say automatic bank transfers began...

Devin O'Connor April 12, 2021
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Ocean Casino Resort is Atlantic City’s Top Operating Performer in Most Difficult 2020

Ocean Casino Resort fared better than the eight other casinos in Atlantic City during the pandemic-stricken 2020 year. Financial statistics released by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) reveal that Ocean managed to turn in a nearly $21.9 million gross...

Devin O'Connor April 12, 2021
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Hideki Matsuyama Masters Win a Major Victory for Oddsmakers

Hideki Matsuyama is the 2021 Masters winner. He is the first Japanese man to win one of golf's four majors, and his historic victory at Augusta National was also a major victory for US oddsmakers.  Dating back to his first appearance in...

Devin O'Connor April 12, 2021
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New UNLV Medical School Named After Las Vegas Casino Pioneer Kirk Kerkorian

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas -- more commonly known as UNLV -- announced plans today regarding a new medical school facility that will be named after the late Las Vegas visionary Kirk Kerkorian. The state university says construction will begin in...

Devin O'Connor April 9, 2021
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Melco Resorts Awards Billionaire Founder and CEO Lawrence Ho $10M Bonus

Melco Resorts, a Hong Kong-based casino operator with properties in Macau, Philippines, and Cyprus, has awarded its founder, Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho, with restricted stock compensation valued at approximately $10 million. Melco said in securities filings that it's issuing the stock...

Devin O'Connor April 9, 2021
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Florida Racino Measures Seek to End Jai Alai and Racing Requirements

A powerful Florida lawmaker is trying a last-minute effort to allow racinos throughout the state to be free of their current live horse racing or jai alai requirement.  Three pieces of legislation are set to be considered next week by the Senate...

Devin O'Connor April 9, 2021
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Fonner Park Selects Development Firm to Build $100M Casino Resort

Fonner Park in Nebraska has selected a development firm headquartered in Iowa to transform the storied racetrack into a $100 million casino resort.    Last November, voters in Nebraska passed three ballot initiatives to authorize casino gambling at the state's six licensed...

Devin O'Connor April 9, 2021
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Alabama Lottery Efforts Ongoing in Divided State Senate, Sponsor Says Votes Lacking

Alabama is one of only four states without a lottery or commercial casino. Efforts have been made in the Montgomery capital for more than two decades to change that, but to no success. With casinos and sports betting continuing to expand across...

Devin O'Connor April 8, 2021