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

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.

People preparing to cut ribbon on new Fertitta Complex
Campus News | November 1, 2019

A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

four portraits
Business and Community | May 16, 2019
Students and faculty lead programs to improve lives in Southern Nevada.
A video game controller and keyboard used in an esports game.
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.

International Gaming Institute In The News

The Nevada Independent
January 22, 2020

The year is 2022, and you’ve just pulled up a seat at one of thousands of glittering slot machines on the Las Vegas Strip. As the multi-colored patchwork of jackpots dances on-screen, something new pops up: your name, greeting you like an old friend.

Las Vegas Review Journal
January 13, 2020

Jan Jones Blackhurst has spent most of her professional career pressing against the glass ceiling.

CDC Gaming Reports Inc.
January 8, 2020

Former Caesars Entertainment executive Jan Jones Blackhurst will join UNLV’s International Gaming Institute as chief executive in residence where she will look to expand the organization’s executive development program, which provides a leadership academy for gaming industry professionals.

Vegas Inc
January 8, 2020

Jan Jones Blackhurst was recently named chief executive in residence at the UNLV International Gaming Institute.

December 24, 2019

The IGI of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, says each US state legislature must make policy decisions that are unique to its jurisdiction as regards sports betting. They warn that if tax structures and fees are too high, those wishing to place bets may turn to a neighboring jurisdiction or the illegal market. Both online gaming and sports betting are ripe for innovations, as disruptive technologies and new offerings have already begun to emerge, the IGI says.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
December 17, 2019

Battle Born Girls Innovate is a new program UNLV created this year to help eighth-grade girls at Title I schools.

International Gaming Institute Experts

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

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...