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International Gaming Institute Accomplishments

Feb 14, 2018
Bo Bernhard, Brett Abarbanel, and Dan Sahl (all International Gaming Institute) recently returned from giving several presentations at the ICE Totally Gaming conference in London. Bernhard presented on responsible gambling and the future of the Japanese integrated resort, while Sahl presented on the design challenges of incorporating more skill into slot play. Abarbanel hosted the ICE Research Exchange — where academics from all over the world discussed research projects with business implications for the gambling sector.   

Jan 23, 2018
Bo Bernhard and Brett Abarbanel (both International Gaming Institute) recently spoke at the winter meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States. The council brings together gaming legislators from across the United States to discuss the most pressing issues impacting states and their gambling industries. Bernhard presented his research on how gaming jurisdictions around the world maximize economic benefits and minimize social costs within their communities. Abarbanel discussed the rise of convenience/cashless payments and their implications for operators on responsible gambling behaviors. The conference took place in Miami earlier this month.

Nov 1, 2017
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) recently was awarded a $289,153 research contract from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The funding will provide support for an ongoing project titled “Socio-Economic Impact of the Integrated Resort in Japan and Evaluation of Nevada Gaming Regulatory Processes to Eliminate Organized Crime in Las Vegas Casinos,” which she, Bo Bernhard (International Gaming Institute), and Jennifer Roberts (International Center for Gaming Regulation) are working on.  

Sep 19, 2017
Bo Bernhard (International Gaming Institute), Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute), and Jennifer Roberts (International Center for Gaming Regulation) recently presented their research to Japanese leadership at the U.S.-Japan Business Council in Tokyo on the potential social and economic contributions of integrated resorts to Japan. Bernhard gave “The Economic Contribution of Integrated Resorts” keynote, Abarbanel gave “The Promotion of Responsible Gaming” keynote, and Roberts gave the “Meeting the Challenge of Anti-Social Forces” keynote.

Sep 7, 2017
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) gave a presentation titled “Insights and Trends on Esports Gambling” at the 2017 XLIVE Esports Summit in New York City in August. The summit brought together esports team owners, esports players, venue operators, tournament organizers, broadcasters, sponsors, agencies, legal experts, consultants, product developers, venture capitalists, and more to discuss and learn more about the rapid evolution of the esports market. 

Mar 31, 2017
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) and Jennifer Roberts (International Center for Gaming Regulation) were named as founding members of the Nevada Esports Alliance (NVEA), a new nonprofit organization launched Feb. 9 that is composed of stakeholders in Nevada's Esports ecosystem. The NVEA aims to position Nevada as a core part of the esports phenomenon, making it a global esports hub, and will provide information and resources that educate and promote the development of best practices at the intersection of the esports and regulated gambling industries. Other founding members include Seth Schorr, CEO of Fifth Street Gaming and chairman of the Downtown Grand, and Chris Grove of Narus Advisors and Eilers & Krejcik Gaming.  

Mar 20, 2017
Bo Bernhard (International Gaming Institute) received a total of $139,372 in grant funding from the Nevada department of health and human services for the Nevada Problem Gambling Project. The funding will be used to support ongoing data collection and research projects that study several stages of the client experience in engaging state-funded problem gambling clinics in the state of Nevada.   

Feb 27, 2017
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) has been appointed to the International Advisory Panel (IAP) for Singapore’s National Addictions Management Service and the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) for a two-year term. The IAP is a coordinated effort from Singapore’s Ministry of Health and Ministry for Social and Family Development that is responsible for reviewing and recommending measures in the prevention, education, treatment, and management of problem gambling and other addictions. Nicholas Khoo, chairman of the Singapore Cybersports & Online Gaming Association, and Audrey Seah, director of the NCPG, recommended Abarbanel’s appointment based on her work and expertise in esports, social gaming, and online gambling.

Dec 1, 2016
The UNLV Boyd School of Law, the International Gaming Institute, and the International Center for Gaming Regulation hosted the Nov. 16 meeting of the Gaming Policy Committee, chaired by Gov. Brian Sandoval. David Schwartz (UNLV Center for Gaming Research) has been a member of the committee since 2014. The committee is charged with examining issues in the gaming industry and making recommendations to the Nevada Gaming Control Board and the Nevada Gaming Commission. At the end of the meeting, the committee agreed to move forward with regulating wagering on eSports, which will create new research and educational opportunities for UNLV.