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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 |

Co-hosted by the UNLV Sports Innovation Institute, the inaugural SEICon event brings together dozens of sports, entertainment, and innovation leaders — including several with Rebel ties.

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Campus News |

News highlights featuring UNLV students and staff who made (refreshing) waves in the headlines.

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Campus News |

News highlights starring UNLV students and faculty who made local and national headlines.

Spring Flowers (Becca Schwartz)
Campus News |

A roundup of the top news stories featuring UNLV students and faculty.

The Las Vegas skyline (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
Campus News |

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.

International Gaming Institute In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal

Jan Jones Blackhurst has had plenty of experience putting cracks in the glass ceiling. Now, the chief executive in residence at UNLV’s International Gaming Institute, a Caesars Entertainment board member and first female mayor of Las Vegas, is preparing to share her expertise with women on the verge of taking the next step toward the C-suite with a new six-month program designed to address common barriers and challenges that women are experiencing in the corporate workplace on their path to executive level roles.

Las Vegas Review Journal

Jan Jones Blackhurst has had plenty of experience putting cracks in the glass ceiling. Now, the chief executive in residence at UNLV’s International Gaming Institute, a Caesars Entertainment board member and first female mayor of Las Vegas, is preparing to share her expertise with women on the verge of taking the next step toward the C-suite with a new six-month program designed to address common barriers and challenges that women are experiencing in the corporate workplace on their path to executive level roles.

CDC Gaming Reports

The Mirage volcano spewed lava and steam one last time Wednesday morning to mark a celebratory yet bittersweet end of an era on the Las Vegas Strip that phased in nearly 35 years ago.

Las Vegas Review Journal

Executives of The Mirage came full circle with the property Wednesday morning, applauding the work of 3,000 employees, including 137 of them that had been employed there since the first day it opened, and hinting about what lies ahead as it transitions to Hard Rock Las Vegas.

KSNV-TV: News 3

The Mirage closed Wednesday morning with a farewell ceremony after a 34-year era on the Las Vegas Strip. The final farewell event for the iconic property happened at 9 a.m. with the doors officially closing at 11 a.m.

Daily Mail

The Mirage is about to vanish from the Las Vegas Strip - after ushering in a new era for Sin City 34 years ago. After a farewell party Wednesday afternoon, the doors at the iconic tropical island-themed hotel and casino will shut for good.

International Gaming Institute Experts

A longtime industry executive and leading international expert on responsible gaming. 
An expert in gambling and esports.
An expert on gaming and society, Bernhard has been featured on CNN, The Discovery Channel, the BBC, and The History Channel.
An expert in hospitality innovation, business development, esports, and technology incubation. 
An expert in sports betting, gaming policy and regulation, legislative affairs, and workplace sexual harrassment. 

Recent International Gaming Institute Accomplishments

Kasra Ghaharian (International Gaming Institute) presented his research on AI ethics in the gambling sector at the National Conference on Gambling Addiction and Responsible Gambling on July 18, 2024, in San Diego, California.
Kasra Ghaharian (International Gaming Institute), Marta Soligo (Hospitality), and Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute, Hospitality) published a study, "AI ethics in a controversial industry: the case of gambling and its ethical paradox," in AI and Ethics with co-authors Fatemeh Binesh (University of Florida) and Lukasz Golab…
On April 24, Kasra Ghaharian (International Gaming Institute) delivered a presentation and participated in a panel on AI Ethics in Gambling at the annual Gaming Laboratories International Regulators Roundtable. Ghaharian spoke about the benefits AI but also of the unique dangers the technology poses to the sector. 
Kasra Ghaharian (International Gaming Institute) participated in two panels at Discovery 2024 in Toronto, Canada. Discovery is a conference dedicated to responsible gambling organized by the RGC (Responsible Gambling Council). The first panel explored how technology and AI can be used to support player protection. During the second panel,…
Kasra Ghaharian (International Gaming Institute) delivered a keynote presentation at the Sustainable Gambling Conference in London, UK, on Wednesday, March 20. Ghaharian spoke about AI ethics in the gambling sector and what the industry can do to promote the responsible and safe use.  The Sustainable Gambling Conference aims to facilitate a…
Kasra Ghaharian (International Gaming Institute) was interviewed for a BBC article on AI in the gambling industry. Ghaharian commented on ethics in AI and the challenges inherent in managing its use.