Monday, March 31, 2008

Poker and Business 

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Taylor Caby To Deliver Lecture At NYU-Stern On How To Build A Business Around Poker

Twenty-four-year-old Poker Wunderkind to Headline Discussion Focusing on Winning Links Between Poker, Business and Education

New York (March 31, 2008) -- On Tuesday, April 1, the NYU-Stern chapter of the student-led Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society (GPSTS) will be joining other student groups at the New York University-Stern School of Business to host a discussion about the links between success at the poker table and success at the boardroom table.

The discussion, co-sponsored by the NYU Professional Development Society and the Quantitative Finance Society, will spotlight the success of twenty-four-year-old professional poker player and entrepreneur Taylor Caby and explore how he has parlayed his successful poker strategies into a successful and growing online business.

The discussion is open to the public and will be held in room UC60 of Tisch Hall ( Stern Building ) from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM at 40 West 4th Street , New York , NY .

Mr. Caby will discuss his experience applying the skill sets that he has learned while playing poker to developing a successful online business model. Mr. Caby is a rising star in the world of professional poker and co-founded the poker education company CardRunners.com, which with more than 10,000 members, is one of the world leaders in online poker education.

“We are absolutely thrilled to host Taylor Caby at our NYU-Stern chapter. Mr. Caby is exactly the type of individual that the GPSTS is interested in, in that while he has found success at the poker table he has found even greater success in applying the strategies he learned playing poker to the wider business world” GPSTS Executive Director Andrew Woods explained, “He has a highly informed sense of how poker simulates behaviors in the boardroom and at the negotiations table.”

The discussion is sponsored by the NYU-Stern School of Business’ 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.

More information on the discussion can be found at www.gpsts.org.


Founded by Harvard Law Professor Charles Nesson, the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society views poker 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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