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Current International Gaming Institute News

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A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s dedication to community and research.

Spooky season at UNLV (Becca Schwartz\UNLV).
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A collection of news stories focused on research, expert insights, and academic achievement.

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A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

Graduation surprise
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News stories from the summer featuring UNLV students and faculty.

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UNLV gathers international experts to discuss emerging gaming industry issues, including the intersection of tourism, sports, and entertainment.

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

International Gaming Institute In The News

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now

The month of March marks the beginning of Problem Gambling Awareness Month, which is a nationwide grassroots campaign, that seeks to increase public awareness of problem gambling and promote prevention, treatment, and recovery services.


For the first time since 2008, federal regulations around gaming agreements between tribal nations and states are getting a refresh. The Department of the Interior says the updated rules give “certainty and clarity” on the criteria it weighs when evaluating those agreements.

The Sydney Morning Herald

At 28, Edward Craven has built into one of the world’s biggest gambling enterprises. But there is another side to its hot streak.

Las Vegas Sun

Robert Rippee has been a central figure in the development of the Black Fire Innovation Hub since its inception.

Washington Post

In the days leading up to kickoff, users of Fliff, a popular mobile gaming app, placed more than 200,000 “bets” on last month’s NFL conference championship games. They bet on Patrick Mahomes throwing for at least 240 yards, on Christian McCaffrey scoring the first touchdown and on the usual array of money line, point spread and over-under offerings. They did it, in many cases, without verifying their age or even spending a dollar.

CBS News

When the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers face off at Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday, Feb. 11, they will compete for football's highest honor at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. It was unthinkable because, for many years, professional sports teams, including the NFL, refused to go anywhere near Las Vegas, thanks to its seedy reputation.

International Gaming Institute Experts

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. 
An expert in gambling and esports.

Recent International Gaming Institute Accomplishments

Yen-Soon Kim (Hospitality), Daniel Sahl (International Gaming Institute), and SJ Kim (Entertainment Engineering & Design) organized the 8th International XR-Metaverse Conference, hosted at UNLV. This annual immersive tech event revolved around the captivating themes of XR and the Metaverse. Its primary goal was to forge connections between…
Kasra Ghaharian (International Gaming Institute) presented at the Annual Regulators Lunch at the International Casino Exhibition (ICE) London on February 6. He shared his latest research on AI Ethics in Gambling. Ghaharian was also a panelist on a session concerning AI Bias. 
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute; Hospitality) was interviewed by Luke Burbank of CBS Sunday Morning, for a feature segment on how Las Vegas evolved from Sin City to a sports and entertainment hub and home to Super Bowl LVIII. 
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute; Hospitality) was named one of the 25 People to Watch in 2024 by Global Gaming Business, one of the world's leading gambling and gaming industry trade magazines. Honorees are recognized for their past accomplishments and their upcoming potential actions that will have a big impact on gaming in 2024…
On Oct. 11, Kasra Ghaharian (International Gaming Institute) presented at the International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) conference. His presentation explored the ways in which big data and machine learning from the fintech sector can help support consumer protection in the gambling sector. 
At the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) last week in Las Vegas, Kasra Ghaharian (Senior Research Fellow at UNLV International Gaming Institute) and Nasim Binesh from the University of Florida presented preliminary findings from their latest research that explores the ethical nuances surrounding the integration of artificial intelligence into the…