SOURCE: The Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society (GPSTS)

February 19, 2008 12:08 ET

GPSTS Examines Nexus of Poker and Business Strategies at the University of Pennsylvania

Wall Street Veteran, Author David Apostolico to Explain Winning Edge in Poker and Business

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - February 19, 2008) - The University of Pennsylvania's chapter of the student-led Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society (GPSTS) will host a discussion with former Wall Street lawyer and author David Apostolico on the bridging of poker and successful business strategies on Thursday, February 21, 2008.

Mr. Apostolico will give a presentation explaining the real world implications of his book, "Poker Strategies for a Winning Edge in Business," and how to strategically apply those ideas in business and negotiations. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session and a demonstration poker game. Mr. Apostolico was a mergers and acquisitions attorney on Wall Street and is the author of several books on the application of strategic poker wisdom to business, including "Tournament Poker and The Art of War" and "Machiavellian Poker Strategy."

Daniel Axelsen, a Penn student and President of the GPSTS chapter at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), is organizing the event. "We're looking forward to learning from Mr. Apostolico's unique combination of corporate and pro poker experience," Axelsen explained. "He has a highly informed sense of how poker simulates behaviors in the boardroom and at the negotiations table."

The discussion is being sponsored by Penn's chapter of the GPSTS as part of an ongoing series of forums, summits, and speaking engagements by some of the top poker experts and players in the world.

GPSTS believes that poker teaches and sharpens important life skills, making poker more than merely a fun game. GPSTS is dedicated to forming chapters on college and university campuses that share the poker strategic thinking philosophy, staging strategic poker matches between chapters and schools, hosting conferences and seminars that explore the strategic thinking inherent in poker, and exploring new ways to use poker as an educational tool that teaches life skills.

Since GPSTS' August 2007 launch at the State of Play international gaming conference in Singapore, GPSTS has organized student poker societies at several major universities, held workshops, and presented a series of academic conferences, lectures, and seminars. Past participants in GPSTS seminars have included poker celebrities Jim McManus, and World Champion Mike Sexton.

The discussion will be held in The Wharton School's Huntsman Hall, Room G50, at 6 pm, on February 21, and is open to the public.

More information on the discussion can be found at


Founded by Harvard Law Professor Charles Nesson, the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society views pokers as a game of skill that can be used as a teaching tool at all levels of academia and in secondary education. The concept is to use poker to 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.

About Charles Nesson

Charles Nesson is the William F. Weld Professor of Law, Harvard Law School and Founder and Co-Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He is joined on the GPSTS board by Stanford Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig, who is the author of "Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace" and a previous Berkman Professor of Law.

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