SOURCE: The Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society (GPSTS)

March 18, 2008 15:15 ET

Harvard Law Professor Charles Nesson, GPSTS Executive Director Andrew Woods and Experts to Explore U.S. Legal Regime's Implications for Future of Online Gaming

University of Richmond Assembles Legal Experts to Analyze Ramifications of U.S. Gaming Ban at "Legal Issues in Online Gambling" Symposium

CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2008) - Harvard Law School Professor Charles Nesson and Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society (GPSTS) Executive Director Andrew Woods will speak on a panel with the nation's leading experts on gaming law, gathered to analyze and debate the current U.S. legal regime surrounding online gaming at the "Legal Issues in Online Gambling" symposium, at the University of Richmond on Wednesday, March 19, 2008.

Professor Nesson and Mr. Woods will join Professors John Kindt of University of Illinois School of Business, Nelson I. Rose of Whittier Law School, and Frank Vandall of Emory Law School in an in-depth exploration of the current U.S. legal regime, the trade ramifications of the UIGEA and other U.S. gaming laws, and the future of online gaming in the U.S. market.

The symposium, hosted by The Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business, is open to the public and will take place from 1:30-5:00 p.m. in the Moot Court room of the University of Richmond School of Law.

Professor Nesson, a tenured faculty member at Harvard for more than three decades and the founder of the GPSTS, said: "This symposium underscores that poker is more than just a fun game. It is one of the best tools we have to teach negotiation, risk assessment, strategic thinking and other essential life skills, and the U.S. legal regime interferes with not just with that but also sets a dangerous precedent for limiting Internet freedom in general."

Professor Nesson and Woods will examine the monopoly and power of gaming, state lotteries and brick and mortar casinos and the ongoing effort to criminalize online poker, particularly the provision of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's casino bill criminalizing the playing of online poker, with players facing jail terms of up to two years and a maximum fine of $25,000. Professor Nesson will also discuss efforts to legitimize poker as a strategy for teaching game theory and life skills.

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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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