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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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5459 stories by Devin O'Connor

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Richmond City Officials Say Casino Could Support Early Childhood Programs

Richmond city officials last week got their first look at the redesigned casino resort from a development group led by nationally known racing and gaming firm Churchill Downs, Inc. and Black-focused media conglomerate Urban One. With optimism high that this November's local...

Devin O'Connor September 7, 2023
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Grand Island Casino Resort Construction at Nebraska’s Fonner Park to Soon Begin

Work on the $100 million Grand Island Casino Resort at Fonner Park in Nebraska is expected to begin sometime next month, project officials say. With the Nebraska State Fair over as of Labor Day, the focus at Fonner Park turns to the...

Devin O'Connor September 6, 2023
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Betr Sportsbook Launches in Virginia, Third State Entry for Sports Betting Platform

The Betr Sportsbook is officially live in Virginia. The launch marks the company's third sports betting state entry following its debut in Ohio and Massachusetts earlier this year. Betr Holdings, Inc., founded last year by sports betting exec Joey Levy and social...

Devin O'Connor September 6, 2023
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Hard Rock Bristol Construction ‘Moving Fast,’ Early Summer 2024 Opening Targeted

When Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Bristol construction began on the permanent resort property in early December 2022, company officials said they expected the $400 million development to take about 18 months to complete. That timeline hasn't changed roughly halfway into the...

Devin O'Connor September 6, 2023
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North Carolina Republicans Don’t Have a Consensus on Casinos, as Talks Continue

North Carolina Republicans, which control majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly, continue to discuss the merits of legalizing commercial casinos. But House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) says the party is only beginning to caucus its members to gauge support for...

Devin O'Connor September 6, 2023
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Responsible Gaming Messages Resonating With US Public, New Survey Finds

September marks Responsible Gaming Education Month (RGEM), an annual initiative from the American Gaming Association. The preeminent casino lobbying group in DC kicked off the month that promotes gaming literacy and consumer education -- the 25th RGEM installment -- with insights into...

Devin O'Connor September 5, 2023
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Barron Trump’s 6’7″ Frame Spurs Prospective College Basketball Odds

Barron Trump is former President Donald Trump's youngest and only child with former First Lady Melanie Trump. The 17-year-old largely avoids the public eye, but recent reports that he's sprouted to 6'7" have spurred some oddsmakers into taking bets on where the...

Devin O'Connor September 5, 2023
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Southland Casino Donates $150K to West Memphis Police Department

The parent company of Southland Casino Hotel in West Memphis has made its largest donation in the gaming property's 67-year history. New York-headquartered hospitality and gaming firm Delaware North acquired Southland in the early 1970s. Then, a parimutuel greyhound racetrack, the facility...

Devin O'Connor September 5, 2023
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Barstool Sports Layoffs Begin After Dave Portnoy Resumes Control

Barstool Sports is trimming its staff. The layoffs come after the media entity that intersects sports and bro culture was returned to founder Dave Portnoy last month following a financially disastrous relationship with Penn Entertainment. Penn operates 43 casinos in 20 states....

Devin O'Connor September 5, 2023
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Crystal Cruises Bringing Back Casinos for 2024 Excursions

Crystal Cruises is no longer as focused on gaming as was the cruise liner's previous owner, Genting Hong Kong. Crystal Cruises' two-vessel portfolio fell into bankruptcy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Genting Hong Kong, a subsidiary of Genting Group, which owns integrated resort...

Devin O'Connor September 2, 2023