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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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5463 stories by Devin O'Connor

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DraftKings Partners with Responsible Gaming Firm Gamres for Best Practices

DraftKings is teaming up with a leading responsible gaming consultancy and research firm based in Ontario to develop better safeguards to further limit excessive play on its iGaming and online sportsbook platforms. More than 70% of the legal sports betting market in...

Devin O'Connor January 25, 2023
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North Carolina Casino Effort to Resume as 40 New State Lawmakers Begin 2023 Session

North Carolina lawmakers commenced their regular session -- informally the "long session" -- in Raleigh on Wednesday. The long sessions are held in odd-numbered years and tend to be the assemblies when more controversial matters, such as gaming, are considered. Gaming expansion...

Devin O'Connor January 25, 2023
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Massachusetts Sports Betting House Rules Approved, Bet365 Drops Raynham Park

Massachusetts sports betting begins at the state's three commercial casinos next Tuesday, January 31. But before the first legal sports bets in the commonwealth can be wagered at Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield, and Plainridge Park, state gaming regulators needed to formally...

Devin O'Connor January 25, 2023
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Chinese New Year Unofficial Start to Macau Rebound, as Casinos Welcome Back Guests

The 2023 Chinese New Year -- the Year of the Rabbit -- officially began on January 22. One of the most important holidays in Chinese culture, the Spring Festival, as the weeklong celebration is known, marks the end of winter and the...

Devin O'Connor January 24, 2023
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Virginia Casino Bills Introduced to Qualify Fairfax as Gaming Location, Odds are Long

Virginia's first permanent casino opened this week in Portsmouth. Three additional casinos are in development in Norfolk, Bristol, and Danville. And if two state lawmakers have their way, a fifth gaming property could one day be authorized near the Silver Line in...

Devin O'Connor January 24, 2023
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Massachusetts Sports Betting Regulations Could Soon Include Player Protections

The first legal sports bet in Massachusetts will be placed next Tuesday, January 31. That's the start date for sports gambling in the commonwealth, with the state's three commercial casinos first debuting their retail sportsbooks. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) has been...

Devin O'Connor January 24, 2023
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Michigan iGaming and Sports Betting Won Nearly $2B in 2022

Michigan iGaming and online sports betting continued to grow in 2022. Gross gaming revenue (GGR) from internet gaming and sportsbooks totaled almost $2 billion. The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) reports revenue from interactive slots, table games, and poker rake totaled $1.58...

Devin O'Connor January 24, 2023
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Rivers Casino Portsmouth Celebrates Grand Opening in Virginia

Rivers Casino Portsmouth is officially open. The venue is the first permanent standalone casino to ever open in Virginia, which was ratified to the United States 235 years ago in June 1788. Rivers Portsmouth held a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning, with remarks...

Devin O'Connor January 23, 2023
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State College Community Speaks Out in Opposition of Bally’s Casino Near Penn State

If there are State College residents who support allowing Rhode Island-based Bally's Corporation to redevelop the former Macy's department store at the Nittany Mall into a casino, Casino.org hasn't heard from them. We have, however, fielded hundreds of comments from concerned Centre...

Devin O'Connor January 23, 2023
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Macau Government Begins Nongaming Marketing, Hypes Region’s MICE Capabilities

The Macau government has been instructed by Beijing to lessen its dependency on casino gambling. China President Xi Jinping believes the Special Administrative Region (SAR) -- the only place where commercial casinos are allowed to operate in the People's Republic -- should...

Devin O'Connor January 23, 2023