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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 | November 5, 2020

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s commitment to community, health care, and research.

Research | October 29, 2020

The thrill of celebrity encounters doesn't end with their deaths, according to UNLV tourism researcher Marta Soligo.

A young woman stands overlooking the Las Vegas Strip
Campus News | August 19, 2020

International Gaming Institute program shows high school students the future careers they can have in hospitality management.

A photo of the area surrounding UNLV with the Las Vegas Strip in the background
Research | July 13, 2020

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

A UNLV banner on campus.
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.

International Gaming Institute In The News

Las Vegas Sun
November 16, 2020

While its daily fantasy sports betting offerings aren’t allowed in Nevada, DraftKings has continued to establish itself in Las Vegas.

Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development
November 13, 2020

The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has expanded a program statewide through Nevada’s two universities to help technology entrepreneurs earn federal grant funding to support early-stage development of their businesses or innovations.

Esports News UK
November 12, 2020

UK-based B2B esports events company Esports Insider has revealed the first wave of speakers for next week’s ESI Digital Winter.

BettorsInsider
October 31, 2020

The G2E 2020 was exciting and informative. It was just like being in Las Vegas without the drinks and the casino night life. Many of the educational sessions were available on demand. Each day consisted of news about how the gaming industry has changed because of Covid-19. The advent of Sports Betting and Online Gaming has helped the casinos develop growth opportunities. While the capacity in the casinos is down, the gaming numbers per patron are up.

BettorsInsider
October 31, 2020

The G2E 2020 was exciting and informative. It was just like being in Las Vegas without the drinks and the casino night life. Many of the educational sessions were available on demand. Each day consisted of news about how the gaming industry has changed because of Covid-19. The advent of Sports Betting and Online Gaming has helped the casinos develop growth opportunities. While the capacity in the casinos is down, the gaming numbers per patron are up.

BettorsInsider
October 31, 2020

The G2E 2020 was exciting and informative. It was just like being in Las Vegas without the drinks and the casino night life. Many of the educational sessions were available on demand. Each day consisted of news about how the gaming industry has changed because of Covid-19. The advent of Sports Betting and Online Gaming has helped the casinos develop growth opportunities. While the capacity in the casinos is down, the gaming numbers per patron are up.

International Gaming Institute Experts

An expert in hospitality innovation, business development, esports, and technology incubation. 
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. 
An expert in property law, and community and economic development.
An expert in gambling and esports.
A longtime industry executive and leading international expert on responsible gaming. 

Recent International Gaming Institute Accomplishments

November 10, 2020
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) and colleagues Sally Gainsbury and Alex Blaszczynski of the University of Sydney in Australia published an article in New Frontiers in Psychiatry about in-play betting behaviors and gambling problems.  
October 16, 2020
Repairer Etuk, Kaelyn Griffin, Shane Kraus (all Psychology) and Tiange "Patrick" Xu and Brett Abarbanel (both International Gaming Institute), along with Marc N. Potenza of the Yale School of Medicine, presented their findings from a systematic review, "Sports Betting around the World: A Systematic Review, at the 21st International Center for...
October 14, 2020
Shane Kraus (Psychology), and Brett Abarbanel, Tiffany Huang, and Bo Bernhard (all International Gaming Institute), along with colleagues at Harvard Medical School, published a follow-up study on GameSense — a responsible gambling (RG) initiative enacted by MGM Resorts several years ago. This study is part of a yearly series designed to analyze...
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...