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

students in spring
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News highlights starring UNLV students and faculty who made local and national headlines.

Spring Flowers (Becca Schwartz)
Campus News |

A roundup of the top news stories featuring UNLV students and faculty.

The Las Vegas skyline (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
Campus News |

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s dedication to community and research.

Spooky season at UNLV (Becca Schwartz\UNLV).
Campus News |

A collection of news stories focused on research, expert insights, and academic achievement.

Students at Pida Plaza on the first day of classes (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
Campus News |

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

Graduation surprise
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News stories from the summer featuring UNLV students and faculty.

International Gaming Institute In The News

Vegas Inc

Illegal gaming comes in many shapes and sizes, from offshore, online casinos and sportsbooks to unregulated slot machines and much more.

iGaming Daily

It’s the last day of Neosurf’s takeover of iGaming Daily, supported by Optimove. To round off the week Andrea McGeachin is joined by the Director of Research at the UNLV International Gaming Institute, Kasra Ghaharian. The pair discuss the “three pillars” of the International Gaming Institute, Kasra’s own journey from the UK to Las Vegas and also dig deeper into some of his latest research, including how the data provided by payment companies can be used to identify problem gambling behaviour.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Daily fantasy sports is all about finding overlooked value. Whether it’s banking on a player’s hot streak or believing a scrappy team is this year’s Cinderella, sports fans bet they can capitalize on their knowledge and intuition.

Travel Weekly

In so many ways, the Mirage Hotel & Casino changed the game when Steve Wynn opened it in 1989. The overall design, the free attractions and the attention to detail elevated the standard on the Las Vegas Strip forever.

Travel Weekly

In so many ways, the Mirage Hotel & Casino changed the game when Steve Wynn opened it in 1989. The overall design, the free attractions and the attention to detail elevated the standard on the Las Vegas Strip forever.

GGB News

UNLV’s International Gaming Institute is America’s premier gaming research hub, led by executive director Brett Abarbanel. Since its inception, the IGI has been instrumental in fostering innovation, developing executive talent and advancing regulation across the industry. Having been at the school in various roles for more than a decade, Abarbanel is a leading figure when it comes to gaming research, policy, responsible gaming and other high-level topics. Abarbanel spoke with GGB Managing Editor Jess Marquez via Zoom in May.

International Gaming Institute Experts

An expert in sports betting, gaming policy and regulation, legislative affairs, and workplace sexual harrassment. 
An expert on gaming and society, Bernhard has been featured on CNN, The Discovery Channel, the BBC, and The History Channel.
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 gambling and esports.

Recent International Gaming Institute Accomplishments

On April 24, Kasra Ghaharian (International Gaming Institute) delivered a presentation and participated in a panel on AI Ethics in Gambling at the annual Gaming Laboratories International Regulators Roundtable. Ghaharian spoke about the benefits AI but also of the unique dangers the technology poses to the sector. 
Kasra Ghaharian (International Gaming Institute) participated in two panels at Discovery 2024 in Toronto, Canada. Discovery is a conference dedicated to responsible gambling organized by the RGC (Responsible Gambling Council). The first panel explored how technology and AI can be used to support player protection. During the second panel,…
Kasra Ghaharian (International Gaming Institute) delivered a keynote presentation at the Sustainable Gambling Conference in London, UK, on Wednesday, March 20. Ghaharian spoke about AI ethics in the gambling sector and what the industry can do to promote the responsible and safe use.  The Sustainable Gambling Conference aims to facilitate a…
Kasra Ghaharian (International Gaming Institute) was interviewed for a BBC article on AI in the gambling industry. Ghaharian commented on ethics in AI and the challenges inherent in managing its use. 
Yen-Soon Kim (Hospitality), Daniel Sahl (International Gaming Institute), and SJ Kim (Entertainment Engineering & Design) organized the 8th International XR-Metaverse Conference, hosted at UNLV. This annual immersive tech event revolved around the captivating themes of XR and the Metaverse. Its primary goal was to forge connections between…
Kasra Ghaharian (International Gaming Institute) presented at the Annual Regulators Lunch at the International Casino Exhibition (ICE) London on February 6. He shared his latest research on AI Ethics in Gambling. Ghaharian was also a panelist on a session concerning AI Bias.