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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Business and Community | May 16, 2019
Students and faculty lead programs to improve lives in Southern Nevada.
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Research | May 8, 2019

UNLV gaming researcher explores the potential impacts of cheating in a burgeoning industry.

Campus News | May 1, 2019

UNLV faculty and students honored with Service-Learning, Community-Based Research, Faculty/Staff Outreach, and Student Service awards.

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People | May 1, 2019

Shekinah Hoffman leads a rigorous program for mentoring youth in under-resourced communities.

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Business and Community | February 20, 2019

Former Nevada Gaming Control Board chairwoman will study policy and regulatory issues related to legal sports wagering.

Aron Kock demonstrates his blackjack variant to two onlookers at a gaming convention.
People | February 20, 2019

Native Aruban Aron Kock found inspiration to come to the UNLV Center for Gaming Innovation in a pile of mango leaves.

International Gaming Institute In The News

The Boston Globe
September 23, 2019

On a recent weekday morning, there were plenty of slot machines available at the Encore Boston Harbor casino, with their flashing lights, inviting noises, and big-screen displays beckoning patrons to take their chances on a spin.

The Nevada Independent
September 20, 2019

The National Center for Responsible Gaming has announced $400,000 in new funds to study the public health impacts of legal sports wagering, which is expected to grow rapidly in light of a court ruling last year.

Las Vegas Review Journal
September 19, 2019

It’s not hard to find somewhere to gamble in Las Vegas, whether it’s in a casino, the airport, or even a grocery store.

That accessibility has proven to be an issue for some.

KSNV-TV: News 3
September 19, 2019

Some of the brightest minds in gaming, from academics and stakeholders, gathered Thursday at UNLV to talk about ways to raise public awareness on responsible gaming.

September 13, 2019

The American Gaming Association will head to Las Vegas next week for the next leg of its national Get to Know Gaming campaign and to support annual Responsible Gaming Education Week.

Macau Daily Times
September 11, 2019

Sands China Ltd. has been enhancing its Responsible Gaming efforts by further reaching out to the local community and making it a better place to live. Moreover, a dedicated team was established as a concrete step to promote responsible gaming to a wider audience.

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

Recent International Gaming Institute Accomplishments

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...
January 17, 2019
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute), along with Mark Johnson (University of Alberta), recently published a paper, "Esports Consumer Perspectives on Match Fixing: Implications for Gambling Awareness and Game Integrity,” in International Gambling Studies. The paper examines esports consumers’ awareness of and attitudes towards gambling-...