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Center for Gaming Innovation

UNLV Harrah Hotel College Center for Gaming Innovation student Taylor Ross, center, and UNLV Gaming Entrepreneur Mark Yoseloff play 40 Times Double Down blackjack, a game invented by Ross.


The International Gaming Institute’s Center for Gaming Innovation is an incubator that seeks to create innovative and commercially viable casino games. In its first 18 months, the Center filed 23 patent applications and commercialized five games. Several of these games are available to play in Nevada casinos today!

CGI has also been showcased in national media outlets such as CBS Morning News, ABC News, Global Gaming Business, and Casino Enterprise Management, all highlighting UNLV and Nevada as a world leader in gaming innovation.

The center was established in 2013 with a grant from Governor Sandoval’s Office of Economic Development.

Gaming Innovation Class

The annual gaming innovation class is a one-of-a-kind educational and entrepreneurial experience where world-class industry and faculty experts help students to develop their ideas. The class offers a unique learning environment for students from both the campus and the community/industry to develop game ideas led by Mark Yoseloff, former CEO of Shuffle Master. 23 patents were generated by students in the first two classes, one student-inventor sold her idea to Konami Gaming, Inc., and other students have launched their games in local Las Vegas casinos.

The class runs every fall semester:

  • Open to all UNLV students and the community
  • Learn about the history, psychology, and math behind successful casino games
  • Consult with industry experts to design and refine your own unique gambling game
  • Work with experts to patent and commercialize your innovation
  • Covers all game development: slots, table games, lottery, sports betting, and online social games
  • 23 patents generated by students in the first two classes
  • One student-inventor sold her idea to Konami Gaming, Inc.
  • Other students have launched their games in local Las Vegas casinos
  • Students were featured on CBS This Morning in 2014
For further information, and to enroll in the class, please contact [email protected]


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