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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

A UNLV banner on campus.
Campus News | July 2, 2020

A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.

UNLV International Gaming Institute Logo
Business and Community | June 30, 2020

“The Big Questions: Online Gambling and Sports Wagering” will help identify a responsible path forward for policymakers and regulators nationwide.

Eight UNLV graduates pose for a photo in their graduation attire.
Campus News | June 11, 2020

A collection of stories featuring UNLV’s continued flexibility and adaptability in the face of COVID-19.

The black pyramid of the Luxor dominates a view north along the Las Vegas Strip
Business and Community | June 5, 2020

Former mayor Jan Jones Blackhurst sees a reimagined Las Vegas in the wake of coronavirus as the Strip slowly reawakens.

Campus News | May 20, 2020

A collection of news stories highlighting the staff and students of UNLV who exemplify what it means to be a Rebel, even from home.

Esports arena at Luxor
Business and Community | May 5, 2020

With live sports temporarily on hold, more Americans than ever have turned to esports to fill the void. UNLV expert Robert Rippee on the phenomenon and what’s next.

International Gaming Institute In The News

Casino.Org
July 10, 2020

Nevada lawmakers gathered in Carson City Wednesday to begin a state legislature special session. As government officials look to address a $1.2 billion budget shortfall, they heard from proponents of problem gaming services who are critical of a proposed cut in the program’s funding.

CAL FUSSMAN
July 8, 2020

No city may be more vulnerable to the coronavirus than Las Vegas. Every year it was inviting 42 million people in for dinner. The city’s economy is dependent on those visitors, and Cal looks at the history of Las Vegas for a clue as to how the city might reinvent itself after the virus subsides. Entrepreneur Tom Breitling, author of the book Double or Nothing, and some of his friends explain why they’re betting on a big Vegas comeback. This podcast offers lessons in reinvention and hints at why Las Vegas may be the place to be in 2022.

CAL FUSSMAN
July 8, 2020

No city may be more vulnerable to the coronavirus than Las Vegas. Every year it was inviting 42 million people in for dinner. The city’s economy is dependent on those visitors, and Cal looks at the history of Las Vegas for a clue as to how the city might reinvent itself after the virus subsides. Entrepreneur Tom Breitling, author of the book Double or Nothing, and some of his friends explain why they’re betting on a big Vegas comeback. This podcast offers lessons in reinvention and hints at why Las Vegas may be the place to be in 2022.

Yogonet
July 2, 2020

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), from its International Gaming Institute, announced a major new study Tuesday that will assess the U.S. sports betting and online gambling markets to try to respond to several questions about the possible impacts, both negative and positive, of its legalization throughout the country.

Yogonet
July 2, 2020

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), from its International Gaming Institute, announced a major new study Tuesday that will assess the U.S. sports betting and online gambling markets to try to respond to several questions about the possible impacts, both negative and positive, of its legalization throughout the country.

Las Vegas Sun
June 5, 2020

Employees at the Bellagio applauded today as the first guests returned to the resort after the coronavirus crisis shut down the Las Vegas Strip for more than two months.

International Gaming Institute Experts

A longtime industry executive and leading international expert on responsible gaming. 
An expert in property law, and community and economic development.
An expert on gaming and society, Bernhard has been featured on CNN, The Discovery Channel, the BBC, and The History Channel.
An expert in gambling and esports.
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

June 24, 2020
Marta Soligo (Sociology, UNLV International Gaming Institute) published a blog post in Northern Notes, the blog of the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds in the UK, titled "The Local is the New Tourist: Sociological Perspectives on Italy’s Travel Market Recovery." In the post, Soligo examines Italy’s efforts to revive...
June 8, 2020
Repairer Etuk (Psychology) and Tiange Xu (International Gaming Institute) received a pre-doctoral student network grant of $2,500 for their proposed project, Sports Betting around the World: A Systematic Review, from the International Center for Responsible Gaming. Their primary mentor is Shane Kraus (Psychology) and secondary mentors are Brett...
June 4, 2020
Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) recently was published in two scholarly journals. Her first article, "Gambling Engagement in Live Streaming on Twitch," was published in International Gambling Studies. The second article, "Gamers Who Gamble: Examining the Relationship Between Esports Spectatorship and Event Wagering," was published...
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.