Howard Lederer gives poker lecture at Harvard

Howard Lederer
Howard "Poker Professor" Lederer

As part of an ongoing series of poker lectures at Harvard University Law School, Howard "The Poker Professor" Lederer spoke about poker as a model of business-related strategic thinking. The lectures are part of the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society (GPSTS) initiative.

Last night, poker celebrity Lederer and WSOP co-founder Crandell Addington spoke to an audience at the Harvard University law school about how the game of poker mirrors risk-taking and management skills and strategic thinking.

Poker fosters aptitude at a wide range of human faculties belonging to such disparate areas as psychology, logic and sociology. This is why, according to some, poker training may benefit society.

Harvard Law School professor Charles Nesson has created the student-led group GPSTS, which offers strategic-thinking workshops that draw on the principles and logistics of poker to schools, colleges and universities.

The GPSTS launched on August 22 and now has chapters at Harvard, Michigan and UCLA. Stanford, Yale, MIT, Brown and Tufts are expected to launch their chapters in the near future.

"Poker is one of the best metaphors for teaching life skills across a variety of disciplines," said Nesson.

"Poker theories and situations can teach basic life skills, strategic thinking, geopolitical analysis, risk assessment, and money management. The goal is to create an open online curriculum centered on poker that will draw the brightest minds together, both within and outside of the conventional university setting, to promote open education and Internet democracy."

The lecture series at Harvard's law school focuses mainly on the relationship between poker and law. Future lectures will be on the recent battle between the U.S. and Antigua over online gaming.

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