UNLV International Gaming Institute has an active research agenda in our position as an academic neutral space to effect positive change in the rapidly globalizing world of gambling. Over the years, this research has been presented to academic, industry, non-profit, and government audiences throughout the U.S. and worldwide.

Noteworthy recent 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, and practical perspectives on gambling& regulatory processes (reports also available in Japanese)

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.

3. A brief series of summary white papers on sports wagering in the United States, including The Big Questions about industry expansion, and The Marketing Moment, focused on advertising in sports wagering. These white papers have an intended audience of U.S. policymakers, regulators, and the general public, so they aim for an accessible style, free of academic jargon.

Please email us at igi@unlv.edu for a copy of any of the above reports in PDF.

Our Current Research Projects page includes some of our current research interests, such as emerging technologies, esports, sports betting, responsible gambling, and gambling policy.

We are currently offering Research Fellowships focusing on responsible gambling in sports media, with a grant of USD $5,000. If you or someone you know is passionate about this field, read our application document.

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 is home to UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal, an academic publication that delivers double-blind, peer-reviewed research via its open access platform.

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 gambling and hospitality. The last conference, held in 2023, drew 500 attendees from 25 countries.

Gaming Research Resources


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

Brett Abarbanel, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Office: SFB 339
Mail Code: 6037
Phone: 702-895-1764
Email: brett.abarbanel@unlv.edu