SOURCE: The Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society (GPSTS)

March 18, 2008 12:04 ET

Harvard Law Professor Charles Nesson Criticizes Governor Patrick's Casino Bill in Remarks at Rally and in Testimony to the Legislature

CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2008) - Harvard Law Professor and founder of the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society (GPSTS) Charles Nesson criticized Governor Deval Patrick's casino bill for making it a crime for individuals to play poker on the Internet.

At a rally this morning in front of the Massachusetts State House and in testimony prepared for the Legislature's public hearing, Nesson said, "Governor Patrick's Casino bill would make it illegal for state residents to play poker online, with penalties ranging from hefty fines to jail time of up to two years. How crazy is that? Who wrote the bill's strange provision to criminalize online games? The Governor's people say it wasn't him (even though it's nominally his bill). The Las Vegas casino interests say it's not them. Both questions should be put to the Governor..."

The full text of Professor Nesson's remarks along with correspondence he has had with various government officials and industry leaders can be viewed here:


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.


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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