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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

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Campus News | December 8, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring research and accomplishment at UNLV.

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Campus News | November 4, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring stargazing and change at UNLV.

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Campus News | October 7, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring collaboration and reflection at UNLV.

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People | August 2, 2021

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Campus News | July 9, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.

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Campus News | June 8, 2021

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

International Gaming Institute In The News

GGB News
January 12, 2022

Last year, casinos saw a surge in gaming revenues, despite the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. With Omicron sweeping the world, plus a return to masking and other precautions in some markets, what can we expect for 2022?

Inside Asian Gaming
January 6, 2022

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) has partnered with online wagering giant Entain to launch a new online training program for operators, regulators, lawyers and others who work in and around the global gaming industry.

Pechanga
January 4, 2022

Like flashing lights, dings and coins splashing into a slot machine tray, an equally familiar — even stereotypical — casino experience involves plumes of smoke wafting skyward from patrons puffing on ash-tipped cigarettes.

Associated Press
January 3, 2022

 

Is anyone going to CES this year? A long-simmering question in the tech world will finally get its answer as the influential gadget show returns to the Las Vegas Strip after a hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

WTOP
January 3, 2022

 

Is anyone going to CES this year? A long-simmering question in the tech world will finally get its answer as the influential gadget show returns to the Las Vegas Strip after a hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Pittsburgh Tribune Review
January 3, 2022

Like flashing lights, dings and coins splashing into a slot machine tray, an equally familiar — even stereotypical — casino experience involves plumes of smoke wafting skyward from patrons puffing on ash-tipped cigarettes.

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 sports betting, gaming policy and regulation, legislative affairs, and workplace sexual harrassment. 
An expert in hospitality innovation, business development, esports, and technology incubation. 
An expert in gambling and esports.
An expert in gaming law.

Recent International Gaming Institute Accomplishments

December 8, 2021
Sojeong Lee, Toni Repetti, Ashok Singh (all Hospitality) and Bo Bernhard (Economic Development and International Gaming Institute) have published an article, "The Impacts of a Smoking Ban on Gaming Volume in a South Korea Casino," in The Journal of Gaming Business and Economics. The number of countries and cities implementing smoking bans has…
December 7, 2021
Marta Soligo (International Gaming Institute and Sociology) published a post in the blog Northern Notes, produced by the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds in the UK. In the post, Soligo analyzes tourism through the lens of social problems, touching on topics such as inclusivity for minorities, accessibility for…
November 8, 2021
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) has been appointed to a three-year term on the Nevada Gaming Control Board's (GCB) first-ever Esports Technical Advisory Committee, which was created in accordance with a measure enacted during the 2021 legislative session. The seven-person committee will make recommendations to the GCB that address…
November 2, 2021
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute, Hospitality) was featured in a video interview with Asia Gaming Brief on the crossover between video games, gamification, and gambling games. 
October 22, 2021
Tiange Xu (Hospitality) received a $3,000 research stipend award from UNLV's International Gaming Institute and the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling for his research study examining problem gambling and mental health disorders in Nevadan university students. His mentors for the project are Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) and…
October 8, 2021
Brett Abarbanel (Hospitality, International Gaming Institute) was interviewed by CNBC's Melissa Lee in the documentary Generation Gamble, which investigated the intersection of online betting, trading and gaming, and the growth of these markeets during the pandemic. Abarbanel discussed the role of risk-taking in our everyday lives and how we think…