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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Macau Casino Forced to Reimpose COVID-19 Regulations Amid Guangdong Outbreak

Macau casinos, effective today, June 9, must reinstate numerous health safety protocols to combat the spread of COVID-19. The Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) said the regulatory requirements are in response to an outbreak of new coronavirus cases in the neighboring province...

Devin O'Connor June 9, 2021
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Richmond Mayor Received Campaign Money From Organization Founded by Investor in Casino Project

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney (D) is denying any allegations that political contributions to his 2020 reelection campaign had any bearing on his preference in selecting a winning casino bid for the Virginia capital city.  Stoney, who easily won reelection last year with...

Devin O'Connor June 9, 2021
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Analysts Predict Full Singapore Casino Revenue Recovery Won’t Occur Until 2026

The two casinos in Singapore will not see their gaming revenues fully recover until sometime in 2026. That's according to a new note from gaming analysts at Bernstein. Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa remain deeply impacted by COVID-19. Singapore continues...

Devin O'Connor June 9, 2021
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Las Vegas Sands Again Sued Over Macau Casino License, Plaintiff Seeking $12B

Las Vegas Sands is once again facing a multibillion-dollar lawsuit brought by a man who claims the company wronged him in 2001.  The case stems from when Sands initiated its campaign to win licensure in Macau after Portugal handed back the enclave...

Devin O'Connor June 9, 2021
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Virgin Hotels Las Vegas Opening Celebration Headlined by Christina Aguilera

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, the former Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, opened in March to little fanfare because of ongoing limitations caused by the pandemic. But with most restrictions now lifted, and Las Vegas returning to its typical Vegas ways, Virgin is...

Devin O'Connor June 8, 2021
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Brick-and-Mortar Detroit Casino Revenue Remains Lower Than Pre-Pandemic

Detroit commercial casino revenue remains below pre-COVID-19 levels.  The three brick-and-mortar gaming floors won $109.7 million last month, $16.1 million less than what they did in May of 2019.  MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity, and Greektown were closed throughout May 2020 because of...

Devin O'Connor June 8, 2021
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Wakayama Casino Developer Taps Former Sands Executive William Weidner

The company behind the Wakayama integrated casino resort proposal has brought on a longtime gaming industry executive with global development experience. William Weidner served as president and chief operating officer of Las Vegas Sands for 15 years before his departure in March...

Devin O'Connor June 8, 2021
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St. Tammany Residents to Vote on Louisiana Casino During October Election

Residents in Louisiana's St. Tammany Parish will decide whether to authorize a $250 million casino resort in Slidell during the November 13 election. After months of political jockeying, lobbying, and confrontational public meetings between casino proponents and religious opposition, the Louisiana Senate...

Devin O'Connor June 8, 2021
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Full House Resorts Urges Rejection of $250M Slidell Casino, Pitches $500M Lake Charles Project

Full House Resorts, perhaps feeling threatened by an effort to build a new $250 million casino resort in Slidell, Louisiana, is encouraging state lawmakers to reject allowing St. Tammany Parish voters to decide whether to lift a prohibition on gaming. Peninsula Pacific...

Devin O'Connor June 7, 2021
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Upstate New York Video Lottery Casino Targets Early 2022 Opening

A new casino in Upstate New York at the Newburgh Mall is targeting an early 2022 opening.  Empire Resorts, the parent company that owns and operates Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, N.Y., says it hopes to begin construction on a video lottery...

Devin O'Connor June 7, 2021