Pokers skills: transferable as life skills?

15th October, 2007

They call themselves the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society (GPSTS). In the US, Harvard University students have formed this new society in part because they believe that the skills it takes to be a great poker player are quite relevant in the real world.

Charles Nesson, a professor in Harvard's School of Law is behind the student members 100%. The group was formed earlier this year because Nesson believes that poker can be used as a teaching tool in any academic situation.

"The GPSTS recognises that poker can be a metaphor for skills of life, business, politics, and international relations," Nesson states.

New chapters of GPSTS have formed at universities all around the US including Penn State, Stanford, Brown, Boston University and Tufts, in addition to universities in the UK and other parts of the world.

The Harvard chapter of GPSTS will be hosting a panel on November 10th, 2007, exploring the educational utility of poker. The panel will feature american poker player and novelist Jim McManus (Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker). The society also plans to discuss recent gambling laws the US has passed which conflict on agreements with the World Trade Organization.

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