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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Florida Racino Measures Seek to End Jai Alai and Racing Requirements

A powerful Florida lawmaker is trying a last-minute effort to allow racinos throughout the state to be free of their current live horse racing or jai alai requirement.  Three pieces of legislation are set to be considered next week by the Senate...

Devin O'Connor April 9, 2021
Fonner Park Nebraska casino gambling

Fonner Park Selects Development Firm to Build $100M Casino Resort

Fonner Park in Nebraska has selected a development firm headquartered in Iowa to transform the storied racetrack into a $100 million casino resort.    Last November, voters in Nebraska passed three ballot initiatives to authorize casino gambling at the state's six licensed...

Devin O'Connor April 9, 2021
Alabama Lottery legislation gaming

Alabama Lottery Efforts Ongoing in Divided State Senate, Sponsor Says Votes Lacking

Alabama is one of only four states without a lottery or commercial casino. Efforts have been made in the Montgomery capital for more than two decades to change that, but to no success. With casinos and sports betting continuing to expand across...

Devin O'Connor April 8, 2021
Las Vegas casino union right to return

Las Vegas Casino Union Tells Nevada Lawmakers to Provide ‘Right to Return’

Las Vegas casino union members told state lawmakers this week to back legislation that protects their right to return to their jobs.  Nevada Senate Bill 386, introduced at the end of last month by the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, is an...

Devin O'Connor April 8, 2021
OJ Simpson Cosmopolitan Las Vegas lawsuit

O.J. Simpson and Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Settle Legal Dispute

O.J. Simpson and The Cosmopolitan casino resort in Las Vegas have settled their lawsuit regarding a 2017 incident involving the notorious celebrity.  In November of 2017, The Cosmopolitan removed the former NFL star from the Strip property on grounds that the then-70-year-old...

Devin O'Connor April 8, 2021
Ohio casino racino gross gaming revenue

Ohio Casinos Join Maryland in Posting Record Revenue, March Win Totals $215M

Ohio's seven racinos and four casinos experienced record play last month, as the gaming properties collectively won $215.8 million. March 2021 was the state gaming industry's best-ever gross gaming revenue (GGR) month.  The racinos, which are regulated by the Ohio Lottery and...

Devin O'Connor April 8, 2021
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Gaming Industry Places 28 Billionaires on Forbes World Richest People List

Of the 2,775 billionaires on Earth, Forbes says the global gaming industry is responsible for 28. Dr. Miriam Adelson tops the list as the planet's richest casino tycoon.  Dr. Miriam Adelson moved to the first place position following the January 2021 death...

Devin O'Connor April 7, 2021
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Barstool Sports Founder Dave Portnoy Claims Sex Tape Damaging Penn National Stock

Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy claims Penn National Gaming (PNG) shares are down dueto a recently leaked sex tape of his.  PNG acquired a 36 percent ownership stake in Portnoy's Barstool media and sports betting empire in January of 2020 for $163...

Devin O'Connor April 7, 2021
Maryland sports betting Baltimore

Maryland Lawmakers Back at Sports Betting Drawing Board as Session Nears End

The Maryland Senate is greatly overhauling the lower chamber's approved sports betting bill. That's following backlash from entities that plan to participate in the expanded gaming. House Bill 940 passed Maryland's House of Delegates last month. But the bill was quickly lambasted...

Devin O'Connor April 7, 2021
Wyoming sports betting mobile

Wyoming Sports Betting Officially Legal Following Gov. Mark Gordon Signature

Wyoming is the second state in 2021 to formally pass legislation that authorizes sports betting.  Gov. Mark Gordon (R) signed House Bill 133 into law on Monday. The mobile-only sports betting law permits up to five internet sportsbook licenses to be issued...

Devin O'Connor April 7, 2021