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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

UNLV cheerleaders during 2022 homecoming
Campus News | November 8, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV students and faculty who made headlines locally, regionally, and internationally.

a female student sits in the grass by a tree reading a book
Campus News | September 1, 2022

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

2022 UNLV Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Graduate College.  May 13, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | June 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

UNLV Football players entering Allegiant Stadium
Campus News | May 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

UNLV's first conference tournament championship—and automatic bid to the NCAA Championship—since winning the Big West in 1994. It will be the Lady Rebels first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002. March 9, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | April 1, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

a teacher and student in a classroom
Campus News | March 7, 2022

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

International Gaming Institute In The News

Nevada Independent
November 23, 2022

It wasn’t a good weekend for the sports betting industry. On Sunday, DraftKings revealed that hackers stole some $300,000 in customer funds through a series of compromising moves to wagering accounts, which led to unauthorized bank withdrawals. DraftKings is committed to paying customers any money lost in illegal intrusions.

Associated Press
November 14, 2022

The effort to legalize sports betting in California ran headlong into a typical challenge for competing ballot measures as each was battered in a torrent of negative advertising that doomed both to spectacular failure in the most expensive ballot race in U.S. history.

U.S. News & World Report
November 10, 2022

The effort to legalize sports betting in California ran headlong into a typical challenge for competing ballot measures as they were battered by negative advertising that doomed both to spectacular failure in the most expensive ballot race in U.S. history.

Gambling.com
October 31, 2022

Esports debuted in a traditional online sportsbook back in 2009. Since then, Esports has developed into a billion-dollar industry, thanks to the growth of streamers leading to increased audiences and more sponsorship revenue.

US Bets
October 31, 2022

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the sports wagering world was essentially short-circuited as professional and college sports leagues canceled games. With the notable exceptions of Belarusian soccer and Russian table tennis, actual markets for sporting events were few and far between.

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 31, 2022

No wagering breakthroughs are expected when esports betting is allowed more frequently at Nevada sportsbooks about a month from now.

International Gaming Institute Experts

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

Recent International Gaming Institute Accomplishments

November 22, 2022
Jennifer Rennels and Rachael Robnett (both Psychology) co-chaired a symposium and panel discussion about Recruiting, Retaining, and Supporting Underrepresented students in STEM at the American Chemical Society's Western Regional Meeting in Las Vegas during October 2022. Seval Yildirim (Diversity Initiatives) and Eliza Wiggins (Community Programs)…
November 14, 2022
Anita Chatterjee, Laurencia Bonsu, and Sidath Kapukotuwa (all Social and Behavioral Health) have been awarded a grant of $3,000 each for their proposal titled, “A phenomenological qualitative study based on the multi-theory model (MTM) of health behavior change to identify factors and ways to design interventions for quitting gambling among older…
November 8, 2022
Kasra Ghaharian (International Gaming Institute, College of Hospitality) collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of colleagues to review the current state of data science applications for responsible gambling. The article "Applications of data science for responsible gambling: a scoping review" is published in the journal International…
September 9, 2022
Shane Kraus, Kaelyn Griffin, Todd Jennings, and Repairer Etuk (Psychology) and Brett Abarbanel (IGI) and Patrick [Tiange] Xu (Hospitality) recently published four publications.  The first article, "Sports betting around the world: A systematic review," was published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions supported by a pre-doctoral network grant…
July 7, 2022
Marta Soligo (International Gaming Institute and Sociology) delivered a keynote speech earlier this month at the webinar “Film Tourism: Destination Branding and Experience” organized by the Bali Dwipa University in collaboration with the Bali Tourism Board. Soligo’s presentation centered around film-induced tourism, focusing on tourism planning,…
June 3, 2022
Marta Soligo (International Gaming Institute and Sociology) gave a presentation last month at the Sustainable Tourism Africa Summit 2022. Her speech centered around sustainable tourism, popular culture, and the post-pandemic recovery.