The UNLV International Gaming Institute takes pride in our position as an academic neutral space to effect positive change in the rapidly globalizing world of gaming. 

Our active research agenda sustains IGI's vision of being the global intellectual capital of gaming. Explore our Recently Published Research or Current Research Projects to find a list of the International Gaming Institute’s projects on a variety of industry-specific topics, such as: emerging technologies, esports, operations management, responsible gambling, and gambling policy.

Over the years, this research has been presented to academic, industry, non-profit, and government audiences throughout the U.S. and worldwide, in countries such as: Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Greece, Japan, Macao, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

Noteworthy accomplishments resulting from IGI’s research-in-action include:

1. The passing of Japan’s Gambling Addiction Countermeasures Bill after two academic reports outlining the socio-economic costs and benefits of integrated resorts in new gaming jurisdictions (Report 1 & Report 2); and

2. The introduction of the (former) NFL Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas following the presentation of an academic report on the risks and benefits of bringing a professional sports team to Las Vegas to Raiders owner, Mark Davis, and the NFL.

Every three years, IGI also hosts the world's largest and most prestigious conference for gambling researchers and academics. Please see our Gambling & Risk Taking Conference page for more information.

To further provide quality research to a wide-ranging audience, IGI’s academic journal, UNLV Gaming Research & Review, delivers double-blind, peer-reviewed research via its open access forum.

Finally, all of our research efforts make their way into the classroom, as our executive education is driven by the latest findings in the world of research.

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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. The last conference, held in 2019, drew 550+ attendees from 34 countries.

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Should you seek additional information on any of our past, ongoing, or future projects, please contact:

Brett Abarbanel, Ph.D.
Director of Research
Office: SFB 339
Mail Code: 6037
Phone: 702-895-1764