WSOP champion, commissioner speak at gambling conference

Howard Lederer, two-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, and Jeffery Pollack, WSOP commissioner, were guest speakers at the 13th International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking at the University of Nevada last week.

Both spoke during the special "Poker, Blackjack and Finding the Edge" track of the conference.

Pollack and Lederer were keynote speakers for "The Future of Poker" session of the conference, and Pollack was also featured as a luncheon speaker one day, where he discussed the legalization of Internet poker.

The international conference takes place every three years and returned to northern Nevada for the first time in 19 years. The conference sessions covered a variety of topics related to the gambling and commercial gaming industries, such as responsible gambling policies, smoking bans in casinos, Indian gaming, problem gambling treatment tools, youth gambling, and public policy and regulation.

Special topics included the growing role of Internet gambling, specifically Internet poker, in the United States and abroad, and the WSOP, poker champions, and their views on the future of poker.

Other keynote speakers included Semyon Dukach and John Chang, members of the MIT Strategic Investments Blackjack Team; Bill Eadington, University of Nevada, Reno professor of economics and director of the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming; Terry Lanni, CEO of MGM Mirage; Judge Mark Farrell, Senior Justice in Amherst, New York; and casino consultant, Max Rubin.

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