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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

students dance outdoors on UNLV's campus
Campus News | May 11, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance, recovery, and progress at UNLV.

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Campus News | April 14, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting health, recovery, and celebration at UNLV.

Campus News | March 11, 2021

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

Campus News | February 3, 2021

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

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Business and Community | December 31, 2020

As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.

Campus News | December 10, 2020

A collection of news stories highlighting the election, COVID-19, and scientific discovery at UNLV.

International Gaming Institute In The News

Big News Network
May 7, 2021

Very low airfares and inexpensive hotel stays are drawing the locked-down public to Vegas, with air tickets as low as $100 and hotels offering room rates as low as $50 per night.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
May 5, 2021

Effective May 3, Wynn and Encore will operate their gaming areas at 100% capacity, Wynn Resorts announced on Monday.

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
May 5, 2021

The iconic Palms hotel and casino has been sold for $650 million and experts say the new ownership ushers in a new trend which is a major "win" for the customer experience.

The Orange County Register
May 4, 2021

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians announced plans to purchase the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, making it the first tribe to own and operate a casino in the city’s resort corridor.

San Gabriel Valley Tribune
May 4, 2021

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians announced plans to purchase the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, making it the first tribe to own and operate a casino in the city’s resort corridor.

Los Angeles Daily News
May 4, 2021

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians announced plans to purchase the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, making it the first tribe to own and operate a casino in the city’s resort corridor.

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 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 gambling and esports.
An expert in gaming law.
An expert in hospitality innovation, business development, esports, and technology incubation. 

Recent International Gaming Institute Accomplishments

May 11, 2021
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) spoke with Mark Johnson (University of Sydney) on the subject of gamblification in video game streaming platforms as part of the University of Sydney's Gather Series. The session is available to view on demand. 
April 28, 2021
Kasra Ghaharian (International Gaming Institute and William F. Harrah Hotel College) published an article, "Crisis management practices in the hospitality and gambling industry during COVID-19" in International Hospitality Review in collaboration with coauthors and International Gaming Institute colleagues Brett Abarbanel, Marta...
April 16, 2021
Marta Soligo (Sociology and International Gaming Institute) and Josiah Kidwell (Sociology) published two chapters in the academic eBook COVID-19: Sociological Scenarios. Soligo’s chapter (in Italian), “The Sociology of Tourism and COVID-19: The Case of Las Vegas,” is a sociological analysis of the effects of the pandemic on tourism, especially in...
April 14, 2021
Marta Soligo (Sociology and International Gaming Institute) was interviewed for the sociology podcast "The Social Breakdown." Soligo explored the sociology of tourism, especially the relationship between COVID-19 and the travel industry. She discussed the role of tourism in Las Vegas as well as the creation of culture and dark tourism. She also...
February 11, 2021
Shekinah Hoffman and Itzel Alanis (both International Gaming Institute) published a review article, "COVID-19 and its Implications for Women In Gaming: Move Towards Regulation, Policies, and Culture Changes in the United States," in UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal. In this piece, the duo argues that the COVID-19 pandemic has made...
December 23, 2020
Bo Bernhard (International Gaming Institute) spoke at a national Chilean conference about observations and data on gambling and problem gambling during the COVID-19 pandemic in a session entitled "Perspectivas de Nevada."