Daniel Sahl

Director, Center for Gaming Innovation
Expertise: Tourism, Gaming, Casinos, Slot Machines


Daniel Sahl is the associate director of UNLV's Center for Gaming Innovation.

Sahl is an expert on tourism, gaming, slot machines. He has published numerous papers at academic conferences and journals, and his most recent research examined the convergence of video game design with present-day slot machines and how these new games impact the player’s experience.

Sahl has worked with the Center for Gaming Innovation from its inception: first as a student in the class, then as the graduate assistant, and now as the associate director. To date, he has filed six gaming patent applications as either a sole inventor or a co-inventor.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, UNLV

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Daniel Sahl In The News

Global Gaming Business Magazine
April 21, 2019
For the last few years, skill-based gaming seems to have been about the only topic anyone in the gaming industry is discussing; so-called “skill” games dominate trade show exhibition halls and bustling conference rooms. They’re the talk of industry execs eager to appease a new generation of gamers and create new streams of revenue.
Gaming Today
November 14, 2018
Harold Moret learned to play dominoes from his grandfather. The last memory he has of them together is playing the game on a food tray at his grandfather’s hospital bed.
Las Vegas Newswire
October 15, 2018
We can only hope their self-esteem wore protective helmets and body armor. Now, now — with that said, we don’t mean to be Negative Nellies, OK? After all, this was a fun and funny Shark Tank-style competition in the heart of the Strip, lending a business confab a glamorous sheen.
September 19, 2018
A recent UNLV graduate celebrated in a suit accented with domino pins as the first people put chips down to play Casino Dominoes at the Plaza Hotel & Casino.

Articles Featuring Daniel Sahl

Ace and Jack playing card on UNLV table.
Campus NewsFebruary 28, 2018
In an only-in-Las Vegas program, UNLV students are constructing the future of casino games.