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Bo Bernhard

Professor, Sociology and Hotel Management

Executive Director, International Gaming Institute

Expertise: Gaming, Tourism, Problem Gambling, Sports Wagering


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 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.


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

Bo Bernhard In The News

May 3, 2018

It was a brief moment near the end of another Nevada Gaming Commission meeting.

Mar 13, 2018

Robert Hunter would have shied away from a feature in the newspaper.

Mar 6, 2018

In recognition of "Problem Gambling Awareness Month", Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) is holding Responsible Gaming Ambassador trainings in Las VegasMarch 6-8 that will train more than 80 Team Members on the front lines to identify problem behavior and get help to compulsive gamblers.

Jan 23, 2018

Hoi Wa Pou, the Deputy Director of Macau’s Social Affairs Bureau (IAS), revealed that an increasing number of casino sector employees in the Macau get affected by gambling disorders. As the IAS Deputy Director shared, more than 30% of the individuals who asked the Social Affairs Bureau for professional help to deal with problem gambling were people who work in the city’s casino sector.

Articles Featuring Bo Bernhard

International Gaming Institute sign
Jul 23, 2018

IGI reports offered analysis for officials, business leaders on gaming regulation and ways to balance growing tourism market while minimizing social costs.

Portrait Bo Bernhard
May 10, 2018

Vegas native Bo Bernhard’s research on the city’s top industry, hospitality and gaming, informs billion-dollar business decisions around the world and closer to home.