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Reporter: Devin O'Connor

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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6059 stories by Devin O'Connor

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Rochester Casino Details Remain Unknown, Local Leaders Enraged Over Seneca Deal

New York state officials with Gov. Kathy Hochul's (D) office are on damage control trying to cool enraged local leaders in Rochester and the state lawmakers who represent the Lake Ontario city after reports surfaced last week that the governor is ready...

Devin O'Connor June 16, 2023
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Nevada Congresswoman Dina Titus Writes Leagues About Sports Betting

US Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nevada) wrote the heads of professional and collegiate sports leagues and associations this week, seeking to gain their specific policies on sports betting. Titus, whose district encompasses the Las Vegas Strip, co-chairs the bipartisan Congressional Gaming Caucus in...

Devin O'Connor June 16, 2023
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Alabama Casinos Pivot From Electronic Bingo to Historical Horse Racing

The three Alabama casinos that were told last year that their electronic bingo machines violate state law aren't folding on their businesses or their hundreds of workers. Instead, the gaming venues in Macon and Lowndes counties have turned to other gaming devices...

Devin O'Connor June 16, 2023
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HeadWaters Resort & Casino Amends Development in Norfolk, Va.

HeadWaters Resort & Casino is pulling up the rear of the four commercial casinos in Virginia that were authorized in November 2020 through a ballot referendum. Nearly three years after Virginia voters signed off on a ballot referendum that qualified Norfolk as...

Devin O'Connor June 15, 2023
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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper Signs Sports Betting Bill

North Carolina sports betting off of tribal lands was legalized Wednesday afternoon. That's when Gov. Roy Cooper (D) signed legislation authorizing up to 12 commercial online sportsbooks. The law additionally allows the state's professional sports venues to seek retail sports betting privileges....

Devin O'Connor June 15, 2023
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Maryland License Plates URL No Longer Directs to Philippines Casino Website

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) says the website address listed on nearly 800K license plates that remain in use no longer directs to a Philippines-focused online casino website. Early this month, state officials became aware that the URL printed on one...

Devin O'Connor June 15, 2023
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Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund Investing Heavily in Esports, Video Games

A new report suggests the Saudi Arabian government continues to invest heavily in esports and video game development, production, and distribution. The kingdom is bankrolling the investment spree through its Public Investment Fund (PIF), which reportedly has $650 billion in assets under...

Devin O'Connor June 14, 2023
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Gateway Casinos Warn Employees that Their Personal Information ‘Likely’ Compromised

Gateway Casinos continues to deal with the repercussions of a crippling cyberattack on its Ontario properties that occurred earlier this year. On April 16, Gateway Casinos abruptly shuttered its 14 casinos in Ontario after company officials said a cyberattack rendered the resorts...

Devin O'Connor June 14, 2023
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Virginia Senator Doubles Down to Block Richmond Casino Vote Redo

Virginia state Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond, Petersburg) isn't giving up his fight to prevent Richmond officials from reasking city residents to approve a more than half-billion dollar casino resort. The Richmond City Council this week passed a measure by an 8-1 vote...

Devin O'Connor June 14, 2023
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Vernon Downs Lifelines Sent to New York Governor, Bills Would Reduce Racino Taxes

Vernon Downs Casino Hotel has been afforded the lifelines its owner, Jeff Gural, has sought from the New York State Assembly. The tax relief measures now await New York Gov. Hochul's (D) signature. Gural last month said he would be forced to...

Devin O'Connor June 14, 2023