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13th International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking Underway

Wednesday, May 24, 2006
STATELINE, Nevada - As reported by Nevada News: The University of Nevada, Reno’s Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming welcomes more than 200 academics and researchers from around the world at the 13th International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking, May 22-26, at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. This international conference takes place every three years and returns to northern Nevada for the first time in 19 years. More than 375 people are expected to attend.
This years conference offers something new to participants with a special ‘poker, blackjack and finding the edge’ track. This special session brings together World Series of Poker champions along with the Commissioner of the World Series of Poker to speak about their experiences, tournament play, the world’s infatuation with poker and the future of poker.
The poker track is available Thursday, May 25 and Friday, May 26.
Poker track sessions include, ‘The Future of Poker and Between Information Processing and Cheating.’ Participants will have the opportunity to learn from poker pro’s Howard Lederer, Jeffery Pollack and Semyon Dukach. Lederer is a two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, Pollack is the World Series of Poker commissioner and Dukach former player on the MIT strategic investments blackjack team.
Conference sessions will cover a variety of topics related to the gambling and commercial gaming industry such as responsible gambling policies, smoking bans in casinos, Indian gaming, strategic application of “wise guy” practices, problem gambling treatment tools, youth gambling and public policy and regulation.
“Wise guy” practices address the current status of card counting at blackjack, successful assaults on pari-mutuel betting structures and other efforts exploiting positive expectation opportunities in commercial gaming offerings in the delicate art of finding the edge.
The conference includes keynote speakers Bill Eadington, University of Nevada, Reno professor of economics and director of the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming; Terry Lanni, CEO of MGM Mirage; Judge Mark Farrell, Senior Justice in Amherst, New York; Semyon Dukach, former player on the MIT Strategic Investments Blackjack Team; casino consultant, Max Rubin; and two-time World Series of Poker Bracelet Winner, Howard Lederer.

The International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking program can be viewed in its entirety at
Top 10 themes for this year’s conference:
1.The growing role of internet gambling (especially internet poker) in the USA and throughout the world;
2.The growing importance of responsible gambling as a pro-active strategy driven either by casino companies or by regulatory bodies;
3.New schemes and strategies to win at commercial gaming offerings;
4.Policy challenges in gaming industries throughout the world;
5.The changing nature of gambling entertainment in Las Vegas and other casino resort destinations;
6.The evolution of Indian gaming in America and Canada;
7.The role of universities in building a knowledge base for gambling policy and regulation;
8.Neurobiology and problem gambling: new insights;
9.The effect of smoking bans on gaming revenues in various parts of the world;
10.The World Series of Poker, poker champions, and their views on the future of poker.
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