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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Jerry Sandusky Penn State casino Bally's

Wife of Convicted Sex Offender Jerry Sandusky Voices Opposition to Penn State Casino

Dottie Sandusky, the wife of convicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky, is stepping up to voice her opposition to a casino being built near the Penn State University campus. The 78-year-old recently submitted comments to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) to express...

Devin O'Connor September 18, 2021
Japan Tokyo casino IR integrated resort

Tokyo Odds of Entering Japan Casino Pool Remain Long, Leading Observer Says

Tokyo would be a most ideal setting for a multibillion-dollar integrated resort (IR) casino development. But Japan's capital city has thus far remained on the sidelines. Japan is slowly inching towards becoming a nation with legal commercial casinos. The country passed its...

Devin O'Connor September 18, 2021
MGM Resorts Japan Osaka casino

MGM Resorts Secures Osaka Casino Rights, $9B Project Moves Forward

MGM Resorts and its Japanese partner Orix have secured Osaka's lone integrated resort (IR) development opportunity. With the prefecture and city blessing, the group will work with government officials to finalize its pitch to Japan's central government for licensure. According to Japanese...

Devin O'Connor September 17, 2021
Caesars Virginia Danville casino resort

Caesars $500M Virginia Casino Will Preserve Elements of Historic Dan River Mills Factory

Caesars Entertainment this week unveiled its casino resort blueprint for Danville, Va. The half of a billion-dollar project will result in Caesars Virginia, a casino destination featuring a 500-room hotel, casino floor with 1,400 slot machines and 75 table games, 16-table WSOP...

Devin O'Connor September 17, 2021
Rhode Island casinos Twin River Bally's IGT

Rhode Island Casinos Rebranded, Bally’s Lincoln Resort Details $100M Expansion

The two Rhode Island casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton are adding the Bally's brand to their names. The Bally's Corporation is the newly formed, Rhode Island-headquartered entity created from Twin River Worldwide Holdings' 2020 acquisition of the iconic Bally's casino moniker from...

Devin O'Connor September 17, 2021
Hurricane Ida Louisiana election Slidell casino

Hurricane Ida Postpones Louisiana Elections, Slidell Casino Vote Rescheduled

Hurricane Ida has delayed Louisiana voters in St. Tammany Parish voicing their stance on a proposed casino resort on the Lakeshore Marina. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) signed an executive order last week that postponed the state's fall elections. The general...

Devin O'Connor September 17, 2021
Atlantic City casinos gaming revenue

Atlantic City Casinos Win $262.4M in August, Down Eight Percent From 2019

Atlantic City casinos won $262.4 million on their nine brick-and-mortar gaming floors last month. August gross gaming revenue (GGR) from retail slot machines totaled a little more than $198 million, with table games accounting for just shy of $64.4 million. The land-based...

Devin O'Connor September 16, 2021
North Carolina sports betting Raleigh

North Carolina Sports Betting Bill Odds Long as Lawmakers Hurry to Adjourn

North Carolina sports betting gained Senate approval in August after lawmakers there passed Senate Bill 688 by a vote of 26-19. This week, nearly a month later, legislation has been referred to the House Committee on Commerce for initial review. SB 688...

Devin O'Connor September 16, 2021
Deadwood casinos sports betting South Dakota

Deadwood Casinos Optimistic About Future with Legal Sports Betting

Deadwood casinos debuted legal sports betting last week. The expanded gaming is delivering an influx of new visitors to the remote historic Black Hills Gold Rush town. September is halfway over, and the cold, long winter will soon set in. For Deadwood's...

Devin O'Connor September 16, 2021
Life is Beautiful downtown Las Vegas

‘Life is Beautiful’ Downtown Las Vegas Concert Has Casino Hotel Rooms at Ultra-High Rates

The "Life is Beautiful" annual music and arts festival is back in downtown Las Vegas following a year off due to pandemic closure. The festival brings more than 100,000 music fans to downtown Las Vegas each year. Tickets remain for the three-day...

Devin O'Connor September 16, 2021