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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

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Research | July 13, 2020

UNLV researchers share lessons learned from Casino Cosmopol CEO Per Jaldung.

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Campus News | July 2, 2020

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

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Business and Community | June 30, 2020

“The Big Questions: Online Gambling and Sports Wagering” will help identify a responsible path forward for policymakers and regulators nationwide.

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Campus News | June 11, 2020

A collection of stories featuring UNLV’s continued flexibility and adaptability in the face of COVID-19.

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Business and Community | June 5, 2020

Former mayor Jan Jones Blackhurst sees a reimagined Las Vegas in the wake of coronavirus as the Strip slowly reawakens.

Campus News | May 20, 2020

A collection of news stories highlighting the staff and students of UNLV who exemplify what it means to be a Rebel, even from home.

International Gaming Institute In The News

Hotelier
July 31, 2020

When COVID-19 brought travel to a stand-still, hoteliers were left wondering how to get their industry back on track. Travelers wondered if and when it would be safe to venture out again. And everyone wondered what travel would look like going forward.

CDC Gaming Reports, Inc.
July 30, 2020

Many Las Vegas room rates are below pre-pandemic levels in an effort to attract more visitors, but pricing has held steadier compared with many other markets.

SoloAzar
July 29, 2020

Besides, many Las Vegas room rates are below pre-pandemic levels in an effort to attract more visitors, but pricing has held steadier compared with many other markets.

Travel Weekly
July 28, 2020

Officials at MGM Resorts International declined to comment about when or how the Park MGM, closed since mid-March because of the pandemic, will start welcoming guests again. But that has not stopped observers and industry experts from speculating about whether a smoking ban in casinos can limit the spread of the coronavirus and attract new customers going forward.

Travel Weekly
July 28, 2020

Officials at MGM Resorts International declined to comment about when or how the Park MGM, closed since mid-March because of the pandemic, will start welcoming guests again. But that has not stopped observers and industry experts from speculating about whether a smoking ban in casinos can limit the spread of the coronavirus and attract new customers going forward.

Travel Weekly
July 28, 2020

Officials at MGM Resorts International declined to comment about when or how the Park MGM, closed since mid-March because of the pandemic, will start welcoming guests again. But that has not stopped observers and industry experts from speculating about whether a smoking ban in casinos can limit the spread of the coronavirus and attract new customers going forward.

International Gaming Institute Experts

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. 
An expert in gambling and esports.
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. 

Recent International Gaming Institute Accomplishments

July 31, 2020
Marta Soligo (Sociology and International Gaming Institute) and Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) co-authored a paper on the Venetian Hotel and Casino for the International Hospitality Review. The paper analyzes the concepts of experience economy and promotion of authenticity by exploring the resort’s tangible and intangible Italian...
July 17, 2020
Marta Soligo (Sociology, International Gaming Institute) and David Dickens (Sociology) published an article in Tourism Culture & Communication about the increasing frequency of tourist visitation to "Hollywood memorial parks," which host the graves of some of the most famous stars in the world. Their study found that initiatives such as movie...
June 24, 2020
Marta Soligo (Sociology, UNLV International Gaming Institute) published a blog post in Northern Notes, the blog of the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds in the UK, titled "The Local is the New Tourist: Sociological Perspectives on Italy’s Travel Market Recovery." In the post, Soligo examines Italy’s efforts to revive...
June 8, 2020
Repairer Etuk (Psychology) and Tiange Xu (International Gaming Institute) received a pre-doctoral student network grant of $2,500 for their proposed project, Sports Betting around the World: A Systematic Review, from the International Center for Responsible Gaming. Their primary mentor is Shane Kraus (Psychology) and secondary mentors are Brett...
June 4, 2020
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) recently was published in two scholarly journals. Her first article, "Gambling Engagement in Live Streaming on Twitch," was published in International Gambling Studies. The second article, "Gamers Who Gamble: Examining the Relationship Between Esports Spectatorship and Event Wagering," was published...
January 22, 2020
Jason Scavone, Katy Griffin (both Integrated Marketing & Branding), Nichole Schultz (International Gaming Institute), and  Lonnie Timmons III (Photo Services) recently won first-place awards in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District VII competition. Timmons won a Gold award for individual photography for his portrait...