UNLV International Gaming Institute

A Global Intellectual Capital


The UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) is committed to providing cutting-edge insights to the global gaming industry. IGI provides research and programs to more than 50 jurisdictions across the globe—to leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

In addition to our research and executive education offerings, the International Gaming Institute’s “Centers of Excellence” help us to achieve our status as the global intellectual capital of gaming. Each of these Centers has been developed to address a strategic problem that an academic institution’s unique spaces and structures can solve.

Together, we are the International Gaming Institute—a global intellectual capital.

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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


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


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