UNLV IGI to Receive $1M in Research Funding From MGM

Feb. 23, 2017

Over the next five years, MGM Resorts will provide UNLV with $1 million in funding to support a new research partnership between UNLV and the University of British Columbia to evaluate a critical problem gambling program.

According to the announcement released by MGM Resorts on Feb. 22, UNLV’s International Gaming Institute (IGI) will work closely with the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Gambling Research to study the British Columbia Lottery Crop’s responsible gambling program, GameSense, which MGM Resorts plans to integrate into all of its properties before the end of 2017.

"The problem gambling field has evolved in impressive fashion over the past generation, and as always, it is important to subject programs like these to rigorous scientific study,” said Bo Bernhard, executive director of IGI. “We look forward to working with this strong international team, many of whom we have an extensive research history with already, on improving our knowledge of problem gambling interventions."

GameSense encourages the adoption of behaviors like establishing gambling limits and being transparent about gambling habits to reduce the risk of developing problematic gaming habits. In addition to assisting in the development of a responsible gaming consortium, IGI will explore GameSense’s data and leverage the latest research findings on problem gambling to make recommendations on enhancements to the program.