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UNLV International Gaming Institute

Knowledge. Research. Innovation.


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. For more information about what we do, please explore the tabs below. 

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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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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 and Hospitality Lab class enable students to create their own intellectual property, including gambling games and innovations to enhance the guest room experience. To date, more than 50 patent applications have been filed between the classes and numerous student innovations are beginning to hit casino floors.

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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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Community Relations

Through Young Executive Scholars (YES) and Battle Born Girls Innovate (BBGI), IGI is committed to making a difference in the Las Vegas community and beyond.

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What's Happening at IGI


  • Professor, Sociology and Hospitality
  • Sports Betting Fellow, International Center for Gaming Regulation
  • International Gaming Institute Professor of Law
  • Director of Research, International Gaming Institute
  • Director, Hospitality and Esports Laboratory

In The News


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