Bo Bernhard

Associate Vice President of Economic Development
Executive Director, International Gaming Institute
Professor, Sociology and Hospitality
Expertise: Gaming, Tourism, Problem Gambling, Sports Wagering

Biography

Bo Bernhard's research and teaching work focuses on the impacts of gaming and tourism industries on communities around the world. His grant-funded studies have supported more than a dozen student researchers who share his interest in examining the sociological laboratory of Las Vegas. He is currently exploring the long-term health of problem gamblers and Nevada’s regulated sports betting industry within the context of professional sports in Las Vegas. In addition, he is studying the health contours of multiethnic and multiracial individuals in the United States.

He began his research career at Harvard University, with an undergraduate thesis on the community impacts of the gaming and tourism industries in Nevada. He then came to UNLV to earn his Ph.D. and soon extended his analysis to global perspectives.

In 2010, he was named executive editor of the UNLV Gaming Research Journal and a Lincy Fellow at UNLV’s Brookings Mountain West.

His work on gambling, society, and Las Vegas has been prominently featured on CNN, The Discovery Channel, the BBC, and The History Channel.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • B.A., Sociology, Harvard University
  • B.S., Psychology, Harvard University

Bo Bernhard In The News

Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development
November 13, 2020
The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has expanded a program statewide through Nevada’s two universities to help technology entrepreneurs earn federal grant funding to support early-stage development of their businesses or innovations.
BettorsInsider
October 31, 2020
The G2E 2020 was exciting and informative. It was just like being in Las Vegas without the drinks and the casino night life. Many of the educational sessions were available on demand. Each day consisted of news about how the gaming industry has changed because of Covid-19. The advent of Sports Betting and Online Gaming has helped the casinos develop growth opportunities. While the capacity in the casinos is down, the gaming numbers per patron are up.
Global Gaming Business Magazine
October 28, 2020
The International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is moving its Executive Development Program (EDP), long considered a “boot camp” for the gaming equipment manufacturing business, from its normal Harveys Lake Tahoe physical event to a virtual format, according to an exclusive report by CDC Gaming Reports.
Las Vegas Sun
October 15, 2020
Las Vegas will host an NCAA Tournament men's basketball regional for the first time after the NCAA changed a policy that prevented states with sports wagering from hosting championships.

Articles Featuring Bo Bernhard

ResearchNovember 16, 2020
UNLV, UNR team up to help tech entrepreneurs earn federal funds for early-stage business development.
A photo of the area surrounding UNLV with the Las Vegas Strip in the background
ResearchJuly 13, 2020
UNLV researchers share lessons learned from Casino Cosmopol CEO Per Jaldung.
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Business and CommunityJune 30, 2020
“The Big Questions: Online Gambling and Sports Wagering” will help identify a responsible path forward for policymakers and regulators nationwide.
Caesars Palace sportsbook
Campus NewsFebruary 12, 2019
From sports to themed casinos, UNLV researchers push the boundaries of hospitality scholarship.