International Center for Gaming Regulation

Founded by the International Gaming Institute and the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law

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With the expansion of gaming across the globe, the need for a strong, knowledgeable voice in the area of gaming regulation has become critical. The International Center for Gaming Regulation is positioned to be that centralized voice. ICGR promotes international best practices in gaming regulation through:

  • Conducting cutting-edge research and regulatory evaluation
  • Disseminating data and information
  • Providing world-class educational programs for the world’s regulators

A Message from our Executive Director

The ICGR is a partnership between UNLV’s International Gaming Institute (IGI) and the William S. Boyd School of Law, building on the unique expertise of these two premier academic institutions. For more information about the ICGR, please visit our “About” page or contact

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ICGR facilitates independent, nonpartisan, evidence-based research on issues that cover the wide-ranging topics surrounding regulated gaming. We encourage scholarship in gaming regulation through fellowships targeting key areas in industry and academy.

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Through our cutting-edge programs, we strive to help regulators to analyze current issues, use progressive problem-solving skills, exchange ideas with other regulators specific to their areas of interest, and obtain a wider spectrum of knowledge in their fields.

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To streamline and guide the mission of the center, ICGR has developed strict research and funding policies, which are outlined on this page.

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One of ICGR’s objectives is to provide stakeholders with resources on current issues impacting the gaming industry and supportive of promoting best international regulatory practices. ICGR-related articles, white papers, and presentations can be found on this page.

In the News

El Tiempo
Apr. 29, 2020

Several casino operators on the Las Vegas Strip have outlined the precautions they will take once they reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Las Vegas Review Journal
Apr. 29, 2020

Several Las Vegas Strip casino operators have outlined the precautions they will take once they reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Apr. 16, 2020

The Eldorado Resorts/Caesars Entertainment deal (it’s also a merger and an acquisition, depending on who you talk to) is moving forward, despite the fact that the coronavirus has the gaming world in a headlock. The process was never going to be easy – regulators in each state where the two companies have operations have to agree to the arrangement before the final checks are signed and delivered.

CDC Gaming Reports Inc.
Apr. 13, 2020

Despite the current closure of the nation’s casino industry due to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the former chairwoman of Nevada’s Gaming Control Board said she doesn’t see a material reason why regulators would block the $17.3 billion merger between Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment, “based on publicly available information.”

Vegas Inc
Mar. 9, 2020

Staying on top of the ever-evolving gaming world can be tricky, even for industry experts. And with technological advances—think facial recognition applications or learning-based robot card dealers—comes an entire set of challenges in adapting.

Feb. 27, 2020

Joe Bertolone, a longtime chief executive in both the governmental and private sectors, was named the new executive director of the UNLV (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) International Center for Gaming Regulation (ICGR). This appointment follows an unprecedented global search that yielded applicants in leadership positions from around the world.

The establishment of the International Center for Gaming Regulation bodes well for gaming regulation across the globe. With the complexity of the gaming industry, brought about primarily by the rapid technological advancement, such a central repository of knowledge and expertise presents a perfect solution for gaming regulators to tap into, both in terms of best practices as well as capacity building through training of regulators.

Bheki Mlambo, Former President, International Association of Gaming Regulators