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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

students in spring
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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).
Campus News |

A collection of news stories focused on research, expert insights, and academic achievement.

Students at Pida Plaza on the first day of classes (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
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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.

International Gaming Institute In The News

Las Vegas Weekly

Las Vegas may seem like a magical place to the 41 million people that visit each year, but most of us understand that it’s great people who make that magic happen, every day and night, around the clock, 52 weeks each year.

Las Vegas Review Journal

Alan Feldman remembers the anxiety that reigned on Nov. 22, 1989, the evening when The Mirage first opened its doors. “There was the normal chaos that occurs anytime you open a new property with all the last-minute things that had to be done,” he recalled.

Las Vegas Review Journal

Alan Feldman remembers the anxiety that reigned on Nov. 22, 1989, the evening when The Mirage first opened its doors. “There was the normal chaos that occurs anytime you open a new property with all the last-minute things that had to be done,” he recalled.

Gadget Insiders

Dave & Buster’s, a popular entertainment chain known for its vibrant arcade games and family-friendly atmosphere, has recently introduced Betting that’s causing quite a stir. In collaboration with Lucra Sports, the company aims to allow customers to place bets on arcade games through a specialized app. This innovative approach, designed to enhance customer engagement and increase spending, is not being met with universal applause.

Bonus.com

Not everyone is pleased with Dave & Buster’s plans to add a real money skill gaming option to its arcade experience. One critic in a position to do something about it is Illinois Rep. Dan Didech, who introduced a bill to prohibit precisely the sort of plan the family entertainment chain announced last week. Dave & Buster’s partnered with skill gaming company Lucra Sports to facilitate customers’ “friendly wagers” on games like Hot Shots and Skee-Ball.

Casino.org

Dave & Buster’s made headlines last week after announcing plans to incorporate peer-to-peer in-app betting for its arcade games. The news resulted in concerns and pushback from state gaming regulators and lawmakers who question whether such wagering violates gambling laws.

International Gaming Institute Experts

An expert in gambling and esports.
An expert in hospitality innovation, business development, esports, and technology incubation. 
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. 

Recent International Gaming Institute Accomplishments

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. 
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.