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


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.


  • 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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April 6, 2021
British Columbia Lottery Corporation has always been working towards creating a healthy relationship between patrons and their gambling habits. One of the initiatives in this direction was no other than the annual New Horizons in Responsible Gambling Conference gathering experts working to promote responsible gambling on a day-to-day basis.
March 31, 2021
FYX Gaming CEO Adam Kling recently participated in the “Letting It Ride on Esports – How Gambling on Esports is Evolving” panel at the Esports Insider Digital Spring Event.
Vegas PBS
March 22, 2021
We explore the past and future of Esports in Nevada. Esports, which is competitive, organized video game playing, is on the rise.
March 16, 2021
Conscious Gaming has announced the creation of an advisory board, as the independent philanthropic organisation established by GeoComply strives to deepen its commitment to responsible gaming effectiveness.

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