UNLV International Gaming Institute

A Global Intellectual Capital

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For 25 years, UNLV International Gaming Institute has provided cutting-edge research and insights to global gaming leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors throughout more than 50 jurisdictions across the globe.

IGI’s areas of expertise include responsible gaming, esports and emerging technologies, gaming and hospitality innovation, executive leadership training programs, regulatory best practices, and diversity and community outreach initiatives. Every three years, UNLV IGI also hosts the largest and oldest Gambling & Risk Taking Conference—the next conference will be held in Summer 2022.

IGI’s aim is that our research, programs, and classes will help inform the industry, academic faculty, and both graduate and undergraduate students in understanding all that comprises this unique global business.

For more information about what we do, please explore the tabs below, or click through our 25 Milestones in 25 Years brochure to learn more about our growth, journey, and major achievements over the last 25 years.

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Gambling & Risk Taking Conference

Dating back to 1974, the Gambling & Risk Taking Conference is held every three years in Las Vegas, NV. Industry professionals and academic researchers of all ages come together to share their knowledge with conference attendees who are interested in gaming and hospitality.

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IGI conducts research that bridges the applied and academic worlds, focusing on multi-disciplinary studies that have introduced academic rigor to real-world settings in cultures and communities around the globe. 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, emerging technologies, esports, responsible gambling, and gambling policy.

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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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Centers & Labs

At the heart of IGI’s efforts are its “Centers of Excellence,” each of which have been developed to address a strategic problem that an academic institution’s unique spaces and structures can solve. Areas addressed include regulation and compliance as well as innovation in gaming and hospitality.

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Diversity & Community Outreach

IGI’s Young Executive Scholars (YES) program provides Core Academy high schoolers the chance to discover the opportunities that the hospitality and tourism industry provide and learn how college creates pathways to reach executive-level careers in the industry.

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What's Happening at IGI


  • Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Director of Research, International Gaming Institute
  • Professor, Sociology and Hospitality


The founders of the International Gaming Institute envisioned it becoming exactly what it’s become—an answers center for the global gaming industry.

Bo Bernhard, Executive Director, UNLV International Gaming Institute