International Center for Gaming Regulation

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


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

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

Call for Research Fellowship Applications

The UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation (ICGR) is offering up to two 6-month non-resident fellowships to support impactful research on important gambling regulatory issues. These fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis via a peer-review process.

Upcoming Events

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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

Bookies News
Jul. 30, 2019

Determining the worst call in sports history is a subjective exercise. There are multiple filters to consider, even after stripping away obvious bias such as fandom or betting interest.

Rhode Island Monthly
Jul. 12, 2019

It’s suppertime, two days before Easter, and the Sportsbook, a two-level lounge on the second floor of Twin River Casino in Lincoln, is slowly filling. A ragged line of men bend over their sheets or scan the odds displayed on monitors as they inch to the tills. The walls flash with color and movement from 103 flat screens wrapping the room, like the facets of a fly’s compound eye. At least twenty professional athletic contests are being waged in hockey, basketball and baseball, and everybody hopes it will be a good Friday.

SoloAzar International
Jul. 3, 2019

ACA 16 was introduced last week by Sen. Bill Dodd and Assemblyman Adam Gray, which is a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow a regulated sports betting market in the state. In order to get the issue on the ballot next year, the bill needs to capture a two-thirds majority vote in both houses of the legislature.

Gambling News
Jul. 2, 2019

California has become the latest state to open debates about the legalization of sports betting. Following up on last year’s PASPA ruling, state legislators proposed a ballot on Thursday, looking to create a legal framework for the Golden State.

Jul. 2, 2019

Lawmakers in California introduced legislation that could bring legalized sports betting to the Golden State after the 2020 election cycle.

Los Angeles Times
Jul. 1, 2019

Joining a national wave, California lawmakers on Thursday proposed a ballot measure that would legalize sports betting in the state in response to last year’s Supreme Court ruling allowing states to permit wagering.

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