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

CDC Gaming Reports Inc.
The 35th National Indian Tradeshow & Convention is the first large-scale event of its kind in Las Vegas since the shutdown from the pandemic.
Las Vegas Sun
While its daily fantasy sports betting offerings aren’t allowed in Nevada, DraftKings has continued to establish itself in Las Vegas.
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.
El Tiempo
DraftKings is not yet licensed in Nevada, but its logo is about to be placed on the Stan Fulton building at UNLV.

Articles Featuring Daniel Sahl

Campus News | November 5, 2020

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s commitment to community, health care, and research.

Ace and Jack playing card on UNLV table.
Campus News | February 28, 2018

In an only-in-Las Vegas program, UNLV students are constructing the future of casino games.