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UNLV International Gaming Institute

Knowledge. Research. Innovation.


For more than 25 years, IGI has provided research-based solutions, insights, and executive education to the gaming industry. IGI houses several centers and initiatives focused on key needs in the global gambling world, including responsible gaming initiatives, the Center for Gaming Innovation, the International Center for Gaming Regulation, and the Expanding the Leaderverse initiative.

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IGI's research bridges the applied and academic worlds, focusing on multi-disciplinary studies that introduce academic rigor to global real-world settings. Stakeholders trust IGI's research to provide independent, objective answers to complex questions. Over the years, IGI has advised 50+ national and international jurisdictions on emerging topics in the industry, including: sports betting, esports, responsible gambling, and policy and regulation.

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Applied Knowledge & Executive Education

IGI’s Executive Development Program is one of the gaming industry’s most prestigious executive education programs. EDP offers industry executives the opportunity to come together and learn about gambling best practices and implementation in integrated resorts.

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Our Center for Gaming Innovation class enables students to create their own intellectual property, including gambling games and other casino/gambling-based innovations.

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International Center for Gaming Regulation

Our International Center for Gaming Regulation is the world’s first academic center dedicated to gaming regulatory research and education, guiding the world’s policymakers as they make decisions that govern the industry. This Center was launched in 2016 in partnership with UNLV’s Boyd School of Law.

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Expanding the Leaderverse

UNLV IGI’s “Expanding the Leaderverse” initiative promotes diversity and inclusion in the hospitality, gaming, and tourism industries at the K-12, university, and industry levels. By bridging the gap between university and industry, UNLV IGI aims to also shrink the gender gap that presently exists within the hospitality and gaming industry’s executive representation.

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What's Happening at IGI


  • Distinguished Fellow in Gaming and Leadership, International Gaming Institute
  • Vice President of Economic Development
  • Distinguished Fellow in Responsible Gaming, International Gaming Institute
  • Director, Hospitality and Esports Laboratory at UNLV International Gaming Institute
  • Executive Director, International Gaming Institute

In The News


The founders of the International Gaming Institute envisioned it becoming exactly what it has become—the go-to for academic expertise on the global gaming industry.

Bo Bernhard, Vice President of Economic Development