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International Gaming Institute News

The UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) is committed to providing cutting-edge insights to the global gaming industry. IGI provides research and programs to more than 50 jurisdictions across the globe—to leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Current International Gaming Institute News

Campus News | February 3, 2021

A collection of news stories from the new year highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

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Business and Community | December 31, 2020

As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.

Campus News | December 10, 2020

A collection of news stories highlighting the election, COVID-19, and scientific discovery at UNLV.

Campus News | November 5, 2020

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

Research | October 29, 2020

The thrill of celebrity encounters doesn't end with their deaths, according to UNLV tourism researcher Marta Soligo.

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Campus News | August 19, 2020

International Gaming Institute program shows high school students the future careers they can have in hospitality management.

International Gaming Institute In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 22, 2021

Esports boomed online over the past year. It’s unclear whether that success continues in a post-pandemic world, but experts see renewed possibility for Las Vegas to take esports to the next level.

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 22, 2021

Esports boomed online over the past year. It’s unclear whether that success continues in a post-pandemic world, but experts see renewed possibility for Las Vegas to take esports to the next level.

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February 19, 2021

A former executive with MGM Resorts is weighing-in on strip properties resuming full operations over the next several months.

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 19, 2021

The Mob Museum is adding two vintage slot machines to its collection and has scheduled a two-part presentation about legal gambling in Nevada as part of its March programming.

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 19, 2021

The Mob Museum is adding two vintage slot machines to its collection and has scheduled a two-part presentation about legal gambling in Nevada as part of its March programming.

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 19, 2021

The Mob Museum is adding two vintage slot machines to its collection and has scheduled a two-part presentation about legal gambling in Nevada as part of its March programming.

International Gaming Institute Experts

An expert in hospitality innovation, business development, esports, and technology incubation. 
A longtime industry executive and leading international expert on responsible gaming. 
An expert in property law, and community and economic development.
An expert in sports betting, gaming policy and regulation, legislative affairs, and workplace sexual harrassment. 
An expert in gambling and esports.
An expert in gaming law.

Recent International Gaming Institute Accomplishments

February 11, 2021
Shekinah Hoffman and Itzel Alanis (both International Gaming Institute) published a review article, "COVID-19 and its Implications for Women In Gaming: Move Towards Regulation, Policies, and Culture Changes in the United States," in UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal. In this piece, the duo argues that the COVID-19 pandemic has made...
December 23, 2020
Bo Bernhard (International Gaming Institute) spoke at a national Chilean conference about observations and data on gambling and problem gambling during the COVID-19 pandemic in a session entitled "Perspectivas de Nevada."
December 22, 2020
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) authored a brief essay about the many business opportunities in esports betting (particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic) and how easy it can be to botch the responsible gambling component. She summarizes, "Don't exploit for short-term gain at the expense of long-term sustainability. Be...
November 10, 2020
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) and colleagues Sally Gainsbury and Alex Blaszczynski of the University of Sydney in Australia published an article in New Frontiers in Psychiatry about in-play betting behaviors and gambling problems.  
October 16, 2020
Repairer Etuk, Kaelyn Griffin, Shane Kraus (all Psychology) and Tiange "Patrick" Xu and Brett Abarbanel (both International Gaming Institute), along with Marc N. Potenza of the Yale School of Medicine, presented their findings from a systematic review, "Sports Betting around the World: A Systematic Review, at the 21st International Center for...
October 14, 2020
Shane Kraus (Psychology), and Brett Abarbanel, Tiffany Huang, and Bo Bernhard (all International Gaming Institute), along with colleagues at Harvard Medical School, published a follow-up study on GameSense — a responsible gambling (RG) initiative enacted by MGM Resorts several years ago. This study is part of a yearly series designed to analyze...