Brett Abarbanel

Director of Research, International Gaming Institute
Assistant Professor, William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration
Affiliate Researcher, University of California, Los Angeles Gambling Studies Program
Expertise: Esports & Gambling, Gaming, Gaming Technologies, Tourism, Responsible Gambling

Biography

Brett Abarbanel is director of research at the International Gaming Institute, with an affiliate position at the University of California, Los Angeles’s Gambling Studies Program. She has expertise in global gambling and social science applications, and her research covers Internet gambling policy and behavior, esports and gambling, operations and technology, and responsible gambling and community relations.

Abarbanel serves as co-executive editor of the UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal, which publishes internationally relevant gambling research articles representing a broad span of academic disciplines. She has been interviewed as a gambling expert for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Discovery Channel and served as a consultant for multiple industry and government entities around the world.

In 2015, she was honored by the Global Gaming Expo and The Innovation Group with their Emerging Leader Award, and was named to the 2016 Global Gaming Business 40 Under 40 list.

Education

  • Sc.B., Statistics, Brown University
  • A.B., Architectural Studies, Brown University
  • M.S., Hotel Administration, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Ph.D., Hospitality Administration, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Brett Abarbanel In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 22, 2021
Esports boomed online over the past year. It’s unclear whether that success continues in a post-pandemic world, but experts see renewed possibility for Las Vegas to take esports to the next level.
Yahoo!
January 27, 2021
Brett Abarbanel, UNLV International Gaming Institute's Director of Research, joined Yahoo Finance to discuss how the gaming industry has been impacted by COVID-19 and why people are turing to online gambling and gaming.
Macau Times
January 14, 2021
Activities involving esports and consequently betting on esports lack regulatory frameworks in many jurisdictions mostly due to “fear of the unknown,” said Chris Kissack, head of esports for Digital Isle of Man, during a webinar for the 2021 edition of Gaming Global Expo Asia (G2E Asia).
NBC News
December 31, 2020
The dog racing "mecca" of Florida ran its final greyhound contests Thursday night as the gambling mainstay strides closer to its potential demise across America.

Articles Featuring Brett Abarbanel

Campus News | February 3, 2021
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Research | December 26, 2019
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Research | May 8, 2019
UNLV gaming researcher explores the potential impacts of cheating in a burgeoning industry.