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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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Business and Community | May 16, 2019
Students and faculty lead programs to improve lives in Southern Nevada.
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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.

A portrait of Shekinah Hoffman with a portion of the Las Vegas skyline, including the High Roller, in the background.
People | May 1, 2019

Shekinah Hoffman leads a rigorous program for mentoring youth in under-resourced communities.

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Business and Community | February 20, 2019

Former Nevada Gaming Control Board chairwoman will study policy and regulatory issues related to legal sports wagering.

Aron Kock demonstrates his blackjack variant to two onlookers at a gaming convention.
People | February 20, 2019

Native Aruban Aron Kock found inspiration to come to the UNLV Center for Gaming Innovation in a pile of mango leaves.

International Gaming Institute In The News

Education Dive
July 19, 2019

Students at Ohio State University will soon be able to turn their love of video games into a career. This fall, the state flagship university plans to launch a bachelor of science degree in esports.

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 25, 2019

PROFESSIONAL wrestler Eddie Guerrero is credited with coining the phrase, “If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.”

Reno Gazette-Journal
June 24, 2019

The light beam piercing the clouds above the Luxor for years beckoned tourists to a traditional casino landscape of slots, card tables and smoky corners of the night club scene.

Casino Connection Atlantic City
June 14, 2019

A study at the University of Nevada Las Vegas has found that fans of eSports competitive video gaming have mixed feelings about cheating—an issue that will need to be addressed if casinos are going to embrace betting on eSports matches.

Las Vegas Newswire
June 5, 2019

The casino floor will have all the trappings — glowing slots and felt-covered game tables. The sportsbook will have a tote board for posting odds and windows good enough to receive wagers. An esports arena will have game paraphernalia and video screens.

Casino.org
June 5, 2019

The Philippines gaming regulatory agency says its gross revenue has jumped more than 11 percent in the first four months of the year, with income totaling PHP25.09 billion ($482.5 million).

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 property law and community and economic development.
An expert in gambling and esports.
A longtime industry executive and leading international expert on responsible gaming. 
An expert on gaming and alcohol law, esports, sports wagering, and casinos.

Recent International Gaming Institute Accomplishments

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...
January 17, 2019
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute), along with Mark Johnson (University of Alberta), recently published a paper, "Esports Consumer Perspectives on Match Fixing: Implications for Gambling Awareness and Game Integrity,” in International Gambling Studies. The paper examines esports consumers’ awareness of and attitudes towards gambling-...
October 15, 2018
Nicole Schultz (International Gaming Institute) recently published an article in M Life Magazine, the internal publication for all MGM Resorts International properties, about the different virtual and augmented reality entertainment options on the Las Vegas Strip.