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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 | 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.

Esports arena at Luxor
Business and Community | May 5, 2020

With live sports temporarily on hold, more Americans than ever have turned to esports to fill the void. UNLV expert Robert Rippee on the phenomenon and what’s next.

Research | April 7, 2020

UNLV researcher Marta Soligo on the impact of the coronavirus on tourism and why it matters.

Man standing next to globe covered in different flags
People | February 26, 2020

Joe Bertolone, former chief executive and gaming regulator, to lead ICGR.

Nicole Schultz with ice cream cone.
People | January 22, 2020

This alumna-turned-employee savors the small moments in life and work at UNLV's International Gaming Institute.

unlv professor arya udry looks at a meteorite that she's holding up to the light
Research | December 26, 2019

A collection of stories featuring interesting discoveries driven by UNLV that have made news in 2019.

International Gaming Institute In The News

PR Newswire
May 13, 2020

As the casinos on the Las Vegas strip remain dark and anxiously prepare to reopen, a tiny new start-up company comprised of out of work, fretful, quarantined, designers, engineers, and entertainers have become the first company in the world to successfully introduce to market a proven, proactive technology engineered specifically to mitigate the proliferation of virus and bacteria in a casino environment.

12NEWS
May 13, 2020

Some Valley casinos will open their doors for the first time in almost two months starting Friday.

Las Vegas Review Journal
May 7, 2020

Casino capacity would be cut in half, gamblers would keep their distance at slot and table games and surfaces would be cleaned frequently when casinos reopen under new guidelines approved Thursday by the Nevada Gaming Commission.

CDC Gaming Reports Inc.
May 2, 2020

Former Las Vegas mayor and Caesars Entertainment board member Jan Jones Blackhurst said the region’s casino industry won’t return to normal from the COVID-19 shutdown until the end of 2022 and warned that the city’s hospitality industry must revert back to its value roots by eliminating resort and parking fees.

El Tiempo
April 29, 2020

Several casino operators on the Las Vegas Strip have outlined the precautions they will take once they reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Las Vegas Review Journal
April 29, 2020

Several Las Vegas Strip casino operators have outlined the precautions they will take once they reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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

Recent International Gaming Institute Accomplishments

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...
August 9, 2019
Bo Bernhard, Sarah St. John, and Andi Dassopoulos (all International Gaming Institute) received a grant from the Nevada Governor's Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling to expand their problem gambling research, continuing the work they did for the Nevada Problem Gambling Project. These new projects will use a quantitative and qualitative...
April 3, 2019
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. 
April 2, 2019
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) participated in the NCAA’s Sports Betting Task Force, presenting on the topic of “The Nexus of Esports and Gambling" at the NCAA Summit on Sports Wagering and Well-being in College Student-Athletes. 
January 31, 2019
Nicole Schultz (International Gaming Institute) authored the cover story in the February issue of Global Gaming Business—a leading gaming industry publication—discussing how casinos can restructure and redesign to appeal to the millennial demographic. In particular, the article focuses on millennials and the popular casino game blackjack. 
January 25, 2019
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute), Sally Gainsbury (University of Sydney), Kahlil Philander (Washington State University), and Jeff Butler (University of California, Merced) published a paper, "Customized Responsible Gambling Messaging as a Tool to Encourage Help-Seeking,” in BMC Public Health. The paper analyzes how responsible...