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Reporter: Devin O'Connor

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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6063 stories by Devin O'Connor

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Petersburg, Virginia, Casino Odds Improve After Senator’s Key Endorsement

The odds of Petersburg, Va., becoming host to a commercial casino have shortened. That's after legislation seeking to designate the small city -- roughly 25 miles south of Richmond -- gained support from one of the more powerful state lawmakers in the...

Devin O'Connor January 16, 2024
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Murdered Gambler Indebted to Philadelphia Casinos Gets Cold Case Arrest

The family of a Philadelphia man who gambled extensively and who was reportedly indebted to several casinos when he was murdered in January 2013 might soon find justice. That's after law enforcement brought charges this week against a man believed to have...

Devin O'Connor January 15, 2024
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Maine Casino Accidentally Gives Out Free Slot Play, Then Rescinds Promo

A casino in Maine ruffled patrons' feathers after accidentally telling some guests that they had won a weekly drawing for $250 in free slot play. The Oxford Casino in Southern Maine conducts a weekly drawing where five customers are randomly drawn from...

Devin O'Connor January 15, 2024
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NFL Reportedly Mulling Ownership Stake in ESPN

The National Football League (NFL) is reportedly in advanced talks to acquire an ownership position in ESPN, the largest sports media conglomerate in the United States. The New York Post reported last week that the NFL is talking with Disney-owned ESPN about...

Devin O'Connor January 15, 2024
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Donald Trump Basically a Sure Thing for Iowa Republican Caucuses

Former President Donald Trump is expected to be Monday night's big winner when voters make their voices heard for the first time in the 2024 primary season. Iowa is the first state in the union to conduct its primary this presidential election....

Devin O'Connor January 15, 2024
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Arkansas Supreme Court Rejects Casino Appeal, License Returned to Board

The Arkansas Supreme Court will not hear an appeal petitioned by the Cherokee Nation Businesses (CNB) regarding its planned Legends Resort & Casino in Russellville. A year ago this month, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox ruled that the Arkansas Racing Commission...

Devin O'Connor January 13, 2024
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Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods Gaming Revenue Declines in 2023 Fiscal Year

Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods reported lower gaming revenues in their most recent fiscal years. In the tribal casinos' first full year of operating in conjunction with legal iGaming in Connecticut, the brick-and-mortar casinos saw play dwindle. Through financial disclosures, Mohegan Sun in...

Devin O'Connor January 12, 2024
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NCAA President Stresses Student-Athlete Safety as Sports Betting Continues to Expand

NCAA President Charlie Baker used his "State of College Sports" address at the NCAA Convention in Phoenix this week to highlight the ongoing critical importance of protecting student-athletes against rogue sports bettors. Sports betting is legal in almost 40 states. While Baker...

Devin O'Connor January 12, 2024
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New Jersey Racetracks Seek Slot Machines, Legislation Filed For Referendum

New Jersey racetracks that currently offer sports betting want privileges to house slot machines. A state senator has obliged the request and has introduced legislation that seeks to ask state voters to expand gaming at horse racing venues. New Jersey Sen. Joseph...

Devin O'Connor January 12, 2024
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Gambling Addiction Research Seeks Federal Funding

Federal legislation has been introduced in Congress to establish funding streams to research and study gambling addiction and provide better resources to afflicted individuals. Dubbed the Gambling Addiction Recovery, Investment, and Treatment (GRIT) Act, the bill was introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal...

Devin O'Connor January 12, 2024