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International Center for Gaming Regulation News

The International Center for Gaming Regulation, a partnership between the International Gaming Institute and the William S. Boyd School of Law, promotes international best practices in gaming regulation by providing cutting-edge research and regulatory evaluation, data and information, and world-class educational programs for the world’s regulators.

Current International Center for Gaming Regulation News

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Co-hosted by the UNLV Sports Innovation Institute, the inaugural SEICon event brings together dozens of sports, entertainment, and innovation leaders — including several with Rebel ties.

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As more states adopt legal sports betting, International Gaming Institute leader Brett Abarbanel talks regulations, research, and the industry’s changing ‘boys’ club’ reputation.

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International Center for Gaming Regulation In The News


In a flurry of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions, the Justices’ lack of action on one case is a major victory for the tribal gaming industry. The court left in place an agreement between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the state of Florida, and left the door open for tribal nations to expand into online gaming, as the commercial gaming industry moves more and more in that direction.

Sacramento Business Journal

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians is still adjusting to the concept of owning 301 Capitol Mall, perhaps the highest-profile vacant lot in the entire Sacramento region. While timing hasn't yet been determined, tribal representatives said they plan to develop it in some way, still to be decided.


Amit Patel, the former midlevel finance manager for the Jacksonville Jaguars who pleaded guilty to stealing $22 million from the team, will be sentenced by a federal judge on Tuesday.


For the first time since 2008, federal regulations around gaming agreements between tribal nations and states are getting a refresh. The Department of the Interior says the updated rules give “certainty and clarity” on the criteria it weighs when evaluating those agreements.

Nevada Independent

UNLV’s International Center for Gaming Regulation named Megan Basson as its executive director. The center, which is part of the school’s International Gaming Institute and UNLV’s Boyd School of Law, is dedicated to the study of gaming industry regulatory matters.


There is no “gold standard” regarding how gaming is regulated in different jurisdictions, irrespective of the system of law that is in place. That is the conclusion of a paper in the latest edition of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Gaming Law Journal.

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Recent International Center for Gaming Regulation Accomplishments

Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) has been appointed to a three-year term on the Nevada Gaming Control Board's (GCB) first-ever Esports Technical Advisory Committee, which was created in accordance with a measure enacted during the 2021 legislative session. The seven-person committee will make recommendations to the GCB that address…
Jennifer Roberts and Natice Locke (both International Center for Gaming Regulation) were published in the Clark County Bar Association's "Communique." Their article is on the current status of sports betting in the United States. 
André Wilsenach and Jennifer Roberts (International Center for Gaming Regulation) were invited to present at this year's International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) conference and Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia in Macau. The two spoke on emerging topics in the gaming industry, including blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and esports, as…
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) was invited to speak at a plenary "talkback session" for The Spot conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. Hosted by ThinkSport, an organization founded in part by the International Olympic Committee, the conference aims to bring together sports organizations, research and educational institutes,…
Bo Bernhard (International Gaming Institute) was recently selected as the recipient of the 2017 Harry Reid Silver State Research Award. The award recognizes faculty members whose work significantly advances the recipient’s academic field, addresses real-world needs and concerns, and contributes to Nevada’s economic growth and development.…
Bo Bernhard (International Gaming Institute), Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute), and Jennifer Roberts (International Center for Gaming Regulation) recently presented their research to Japanese leadership at the U.S.-Japan Business Council in Tokyo on the potential social and economic contributions of integrated resorts to Japan…