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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4423 stories by Devin O'Connor

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Richmond Councilmember Not Ready to Fold on City Casino, Seeks 2022 Referendum

Richmond voters made their voices heard in November when they rejected a proposed commercial casino development in the Virginia capital. But a city official believes residents should nonetheless be asked again about the issue. Urban One and Peninsula Pacific Entertainment (P2E)'s proposed...

Devin O'Connor December 13, 2021
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South Dakota’s Deadwood Sportsbooks Issued Many Fines Months After Launch

Deadwood sportsbooks began taking bets in mid-September. Less than three months later, oddsmakers are facing an array of fines for violating state regulations. Sports betting is presently operating on the premises of five Deadwood casinos -- Cadillac Jack's Gaming Resort, Tin Lizzie...

Devin O'Connor December 13, 2021
Crown Sydney casino NSW Australia

Crown Sydney Casino Plans Early 2022 Opening, Works on Government Grievances

Crown Sydney hopes to open its stalled casino spaces sometime in early 2022. In an investors' update today on the resort's operations, Crown brass said its Sydney casino is expected to be up and running as early as January. The $1.6 billion...

Devin O'Connor December 13, 2021
Louisiana casino Slidell St. Tammany

Louisiana Casino Rejected, as St. Tammany Voters Say ‘No’ to Slidell Resort

A Louisiana casino project called Camellia Bay Resort on the Lakeshore Marina in Slidell met its fate yesterday. And it wasn't one developers of the proposed $325 million mission had hoped for. Voters in St. Tammany Parish faced only a single question...

Devin O'Connor December 12, 2021
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Blackstone Eyeing Another IPO Try of Spanish Gaming Operator Cirsa

Private equity behemoth Blackstone Group is considering another initial public offering (IPO) of its fully owned Cirsa Gaming Corporation. Blackstone acquired the Spanish casino and gaming operator in 2018 for an undisclosed sum. But the company prior to the acquisition said it...

Devin O'Connor December 12, 2021
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Fitch Ratings Forecasts Macau Rebound Mid-2022, But Cautious on Casino Giants

Fitch Ratings believes the Macau gaming and tourism industries will begin recovering from more than two years of economic hardship at some point next year. The credit rating agency in its report, 2022 Outlook: Greater China, suggests a meaningful gaming activity rebound...

Devin O'Connor December 11, 2021
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Macau and Hong Kong Quarantine-Free Travel Approaching, as Beijing Signals Approval

Macau is in desperate need of some good news, and the Chinese Special Administrative Region (SAR) received a bit this week by way of pending border openings in nearby Hong Kong. The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reports that People's Republic officials...

Devin O'Connor December 10, 2021
Hard Rock Bristol Virginia casino resort

Hard Rock Bristol Casino Plans Mid-2022 Opening for Temporary Gaming Space

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Bristol held a ceremonial groundbreaking this week of its temporary 30,000-square-foot gaming space inside the former Bristol Mall. Company officials told attendees that they should expect the first legal bet to be placed in the Virginia-Tennessee border...

Devin O'Connor December 10, 2021
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Clark County Buys Land to Protect McCarran Airport, as Strip Southern End Booms

It's a good time to be a landowner on the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip. Acreage is going for premium prices amid a development boom. Just a few of the reasons why Clark County is snagging up vacant land in...

Devin O'Connor December 10, 2021
North Carolina Cherokee casinos smoking

North Carolina Cherokee Casinos Implementing Indoor Smoking Safeguards

North Carolina's two Cherokee casinos -- Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee and Harrah's Cherokee Valley River in Murphy -- will soon welcome back smokers. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians' (EBCI) Tribal Council today voted in favor of an ordinance that...

Devin O'Connor December 9, 2021

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