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William F. Harrah College of Hospitality News

The William F. Harrah College of Hospitality provides students with one of the world’s best programs in the preparation of students for the global hospitality and leisure services profession.

Current Hospitality News

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Research | July 12, 2019

As casino operators optimize the house advantage, a new UNLV study contradicts long-held beliefs about a player’s ability to detect differences in how much – and how often – a slot machine pays.

Campus News | June 26, 2019

A collection of news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

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Business and Community | May 16, 2019
Students and faculty lead programs to improve lives in Southern Nevada.
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People | May 15, 2019

UNLV president will highlight exceptional students at commencement who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

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Business and Community | April 29, 2019

The 43,000 square-foot “Black Fire Innovation” space will include replicated elements of a Caesars casino and resort to provide real-life conditions for product testing and a place for students to train to enter the workforce of the future.

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People | April 19, 2019

UNLV alum leads largest cocoa company in Indonesia.

Hospitality In The News

World Casino News
July 17, 2019

The long-held myth that casino patrons are somehow able to detect slot machine payout percentages has reportedly been shattered by a pair of researchers following the completion of a nine-month study involving two pairs of machines in Australia.

Yogonet Gaming News
June 11, 2019

Black Fire Innovation was announced last month as a partnership between the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), Caesars Entertainment Corp. and Gardner Company that will bring the university and local businesses together to test, develop and commercialize hospitality products and ideas.

Asia Gaming Brief
June 11, 2019

Caesars Entertainment has announced a partnership with University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), to create a technology hub where new gaming and hospitality concepts will be developed and tested in a 43,000 square-foot space.

Hotel Business
June 7, 2019

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and Caesars Entertainment have partnered to deliver a technology hub designed to assist innovators with testing and showcasing new gaming and hospitality concepts.

Las Vegas Newswire
June 5, 2019

The casino floor will have all the trappings — glowing slots and felt-covered game tables. The sportsbook will have a tote board for posting odds and windows good enough to receive wagers. An esports arena will have game paraphernalia and video screens.

Building Services Management
May 30, 2019

IEHA, a division of ISSA, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’s William F. Harrah College of Hospitality (HCOH) have agreed to partner on research to assist hotel housekeepers.

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Recent Hospitality Accomplishments

June 21, 2019
Amanda Belarmino (Hospitality) and her co-author's paper "A Critical Review of Research Regarding Peer-to-Peer Accommodations" recently was published in the International Journal of Hospitality Management. The analysis reviewed 107 articles researching peer-to-peer accommodations published in various journals between 2010 and 2017 and identified...
June 12, 2019
Anthony Lucas (Hospitality) and Jasmine Nemati, '19 BS Hospitality Management, recently published their paper "Free-play Impact by Customer Segment" in the International Journal of Hospitality Management. The study conducted an analysis of 365 days of performance data at a Las Vegas Strip casino to see how effective free-play incentives...
June 6, 2019
Anthony Lucas (Hospitality) recently published his paper "Impacts of increased house advantages on reel slots" in the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. This study examines how differences in the casino advantage (i.e. price) of otherwise identical slot machines affect their revenue production when the price is hidden...
May 29, 2019
Cass Shum, Ankita Ghosh, and Anthony Gatling (all Hospitality) recently published their manuscript "Prosocial Rule-breaking to Help Coworker: Nature, Causes, and Effect on Service Performance" in the International Journal of Hospitality Management. In the manuscript they showed that prosocial rule-breaking behavior with a motive to help coworkers...
May 24, 2019
Joseph McKay (Law and Hospitality) and Gail Sammons (Hospitality), along with Kimberly Addair, '18 MA Urban Leadership, received the Best Proposal Award Teaching Track from the West Federation Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education Regional Conference for their work developing a human trafficking awareness training module for...
May 6, 2019
Clarissa Otoo (Hospitality), Zulma Arceo (Public Health), Caroline Farah (Teaching and Learning), Cambria Del Castillo (Theatre), and Camisha Fagan (Sociology and English) successfully completed their involvement in UNLV’s Grad Rebel Advantage Program. All five are undergraduates. The Grad Rebel Advantage Program helps prepares students for...