Introduction to Gaming Law and Regulation

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the law of gambling and commercial gaming. Areas of study include determining whether an act is gambling, public policy and criminal/regulatory approaches to regulated gambling, how state governments address legal gambling's social harms, and the federal government's role in gaming regulation. The course also will cover private law issues in gambling, such as contracts and the enforcement of judgments. This class's learning objective is to understand the different approaches that jurisdictions worldwide have adopted to regulate the critical areas of land-based casinos. This includes the structure of their regulatory bodies, what games they permit, who must obtain a gaming license, how they implement and set taxes, who and how they exclude persons from the casino, and how they deal with advantage players. From these, the student will explore and understand whether these various approaches were based on politics, history, religion, public policy, or otherwise. The students should understand the best regulatory practices. Topics in regulated gambling include regulatory organization, licensing, taxation, auditing, enforcement, disciplinary actions, cheating, advantage play, and exclusion rights. Each module will discuss in depth an aspect of gaming regulation.

Course Delivery:

The program will be offered in an Asynchronous format with course content hosted on the university's non-credit learning management system, UNLVGO, powered by Canvas. Designed to be completed over six weeks, participants will be able to complete 20-25 hours of training with each course through the online portal. Faculty may choose to organize virtual meetings as part of the online program.

Cancellation Policy:

If you must cancel your registration, please send an email to Requests submitted on or before January 5, 2024 will receive a 100% refund of the registration fee minus a $100 administrative fee.

For More Information:

For more information about this program, please contact Sarah Gonzales, Director of Graduate Programs at or (702) 895-3654.

There are no scheduled sessions at this time. Sign up to be notified when this course is available.

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