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

Esports News UK
November 12, 2020
UK-based B2B esports events company Esports Insider has revealed the first wave of speakers for next week’s ESI Digital Winter.
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.
Inside World Football
August 27, 2020
The SIGA organised Sport Integrity Week taking place September 7-11 has now released a list of 38 speakers as it nails down its final agenda.
ADR
August 5, 2020
COVID19 peak is far from over. However, the casinos in the US are reopening but has the customer attitude has changed? A conclusion or even guess is possible only with data. Brett Abarbanel, Director of Research at the University of Nevada Las Vegas International Gaming Institute has teamed up with KPMG to understand customer prioritization.

Articles Featuring Brett Abarbanel

Campus NewsMay 20, 2020
A collection of news stories highlighting the staff and students of UNLV who exemplify what it means to be a Rebel, even from home.
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ResearchDecember 26, 2019
A collection of stories featuring interesting discoveries driven by UNLV that have made news in 2019.
A video game controller and keyboard used in an esports game.
ResearchMay 8, 2019
UNLV gaming researcher explores the potential impacts of cheating in a burgeoning industry.
International Gaming Institute sign
ResearchJuly 23, 2018
IGI reports offered analysis for officials, business leaders on gaming regulation and ways to balance growing tourism market while minimizing social costs.