Devin O'Connor

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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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Atlantic City Casino Smoking Debate Gets Ugly, Advocacy Demands Apology From Hard Rock Boss

The Atlantic City casino smoking debate boils down to this: the health of employees versus claims from the industry that extinguishing indoor cigarettes could result in as many as 2,500 jobs being eliminated. With such grand consequences on the line, the continued...

Devin O'Connor February 24, 2022
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West Virginia Casino Satellite Bill Advances, Legislation Could Help Malls

West Virginia casinos would be afforded satellite gaming location opportunities under new legislation that is making progress in the state legislature. Senate Bill 100 was introduced last month by state Sen. Eric Nelson (R-Kanawha). The statute seeks to allow the state's five...

Devin O'Connor February 24, 2022
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Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak Wins Over Some Bettors, as Reelection Odds Improve

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (D) is facing the biggest election of his more than two-decade political career in 2022. Sisolak gave an informal "State of the State" virtual address yesterday from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The governor up for reelection discussed...

Devin O'Connor February 24, 2022
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Russia Invasion of Ukraine Has World Peace in Peril, Casinos Shutter on Martial Law

Russia began its invasion of neighboring Ukraine early this morning, Eastern European Standard Time. Many foreign policy experts believed Russian President Vladimir Putin would command his military forces to enter Ukraine's eastern regions, where pro-Russian separatists have gained power. But the attack...

Devin O'Connor February 24, 2022
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Atlantic City Casinos Commission Smoking Ban Impact Study, Critics Rebuff Findings

The Casino Association of New Jersey (CANJ) says a smoking ban indoors on its nine Atlantic City gaming floors would have devastating consequences to the industry and region as a whole. Spectrum Gaming Group, a Pennsylvania-based independent research firm focused on the...

Devin O'Connor February 23, 2022
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Virginia Budget Proposal Would Block Richmond Casino Revote Until 2023

A Virginia budget proposal approved by the Senate Finance & Appropriations Committee would prevent Richmond from again asking residents for at least a year whether they support bringing a casino to the capital region. The 2022 Budget Bill -- as the cluster...

Devin O'Connor February 23, 2022
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World Series of Poker Announces 2022 Dates, Strip Debut Features ‘Housewarming’

The 53rd installment of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) will run May 31 through July 20. And for the first time in history, poker's most prestigious tournament series will take place on the Las Vegas Strip. After a 17-year run at...

Devin O'Connor February 23, 2022
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Peninsula Pacific Acquisition Adds Uncertainty to DiamondJacks Casino

Churchill Downs Inc. announced yesterday that it will spend nearly $2.5 billion to acquire most of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment's (P2E) assets. One exemption from the takeover is P2E's shuttered DiamondJacks Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana. Headquartered in Los Angeles, P2E is a...

Devin O'Connor February 23, 2022
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Maryland Casinos Offer Slots, Tables, Sports Betting, and COVID-19 Boosters

Maryland casinos recently expanded their gaming operations with the introduction of sports betting. But that isn't all that's new at the six casinos. Last week, the state's casinos began offering guests on-site COVID-19 booster shots. The vax initiative is part of Governor...

Devin O'Connor February 22, 2022
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Macau Regulators Meet With Junket Trade Group to Discuss Future VIP Operations

Macau gaming regulators met recently with representatives of the enclave's primary junket trade group. The topic was how such VIP trip organizers will operate under the region's next governing environment. Key officials with the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) sat down...

Devin O'Connor February 22, 2022

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