On Monday night, October 15, Howard Lederer and Crandall Addington took part in the first of a series of lectures hosted and organized by the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society (GPSTS). Led by Harvard professor Charles Nesson, the discussion focused on the similarities between poker and life.
Lederer, also ironically known as "The Professor," and Addington began by elaborating on their personal histories in poker and followed with a discussion about the treatment of poker by the U.S. government. They argued that it deserves exemption from the UIGEA due to the skill factor involved in poker.
One attendee, who calls himself Foucault, Philosopher of Poker, on the 2+2 forums, wrote in great detail about the Monday's event at Harvard Law School. He noted that the overall discussion was a bit disjointed and unfocused, but Nesson did his best to steer the conversation to the topic of how poker and life skills overlap.
Addington started by sharing some stories from his early days as a Texas road gambler, about how the game became more popular and spread to Las Vegas, and what he has loved about the game through the years. Lederer, a Full Tilt Pro , told his stories about playing at the Mayfair Club in New York and how he eventually came to Vegas to make a living at the game. Both players talked about poker being a perfect example of learning business and negotiation skills, as this is how each of them were able to make their forays into the poker business world.
The GPSTS will be hosting another conference on November 10th that will include Jim McManus, Mike Sexton, and Dr. Alan Schoonmaker. More information about the group and its upcoming events can be found at www.gpsts.org.