Global QQWIN99 Strategic Thinking Society


A lot of what the Harvard based Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society is going to be saying will be reduced in the media to sound bytes. It is the sign of our times that thoughtful, in-depth analysis is not the strength of any news or media outlets. So it is not surprising that what has come out the yesterday’s first Harvard Law lecture series by he GPSTS is a quote about how business and poker are alike.

Crandell Addington was invited to participate yesterday in a forum, “Poker: A Game of Truth in Life and Law,” by Harvard Law Professor Charles Nesson. Nesson, an advocate of poker as a means for teaching valuable entrepreneurship and life skills and founder of the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society.

Addington, who has reached the final table of the World Series of Poker’s

Main Event seven times — more than any other player — credits his success in business to lessons he learned as a high-stakes QQWIN99 player. He founded a successful oil and gas exploration company and ran it for more than 30 years and is currently chairman of Gold Reef International, Inc., a Canadian public company, which he co-founded, focused on precious metals.

The initial media quote from yesterday’s panel is this from Crandell Addington:

“There are so many parallels between poker and business. High-stakes, no-limit poker games and business ventures each offer their own, unique dynamics. Both are battlefields upon which players must make rapid strategic shifts and tactical implementations, even if these shifts happen much faster in a poker game than in business. And successful players in poker and business must identify their preferred outcome and use their skills to affect that outcome. That’s why poker is a game of skill, not chance as many people mistakenly believe.”

I hope that the GPSTS will be able to address issues with more depth than the 15 second media mentality is willing to cover and that there will not be a long learning curve before the GPSTS begins to deal with economic and social issues of substance.

Great British Poker Tour

The Great British Poker Tour begins this month on ITV4. Former England Test cricketer Phil Tufnell fronts The Great British Poker Tour (GBPT) airing on ITV4 from October.

The Tour, which has so far covered legs in Edinburgh, Teesside, Nottingham, Bournemouth, and Leeds, showcases the Simon ‘Aces’ Trumper at the felt to form a series of 12 one-hour shows, hosted by presenter Alex Jones, right through to the Bristol final in early November. Tufnell and poker pro Simon “Aces” Trumper form a brotherly double-act to provide expert commentary on each of the tournaments.

Each show will feature in-depth coverage of play from the final table of each festival (using under-table cameras to give a player’s-eye view of the cards and the game) to reveal how each regional winner achieved his festival victory and won his seat at the £500,000 grand final. Amateur players from across the country pit themselves against seasoned pros, whilst a number of well-known celebrity players are also among those testing their skills on air. To date, Michelle Heaton of Liberty-X, Doug Henshall of ITV1’s Primeval, Norman Pace from comedy duo Hale & Pace, and an array of well-known sports stars have all taken part in the GBPT.

The GBPT grand final takes place at the Gala Casino Harbourside, Bristol, from Nov. 5-11. It has a £650,000 prize pool, as well as the coveted title of Great British Poker Champion, 2007.

Post Author: Catherine Lawrence