Sunday, October 29, 2006

Poker & Law School

Before I came to law school, I couldn't tell you the difference between a flush and a straight. Now, as a law school student, I would almost feel guilty graduating without a limited proficiency playing poker. For some reason, poker and law school go very well together - go together like a horse and carriage.

At Queen's, there are umpteen poker nights going on at any given time. One group has a mailing list with about 25 students - almost an equal mix of men and women. I was reading a headline recently of a Florida law student with 2006 poker winnings of over $650,000US. Vanessa Rousso is in a long line of law-school-students-turned-professional-poker-players. It has become so big that Harvard Law School actually had a forum on the subject.
Poker players and lawyers gathered around a table last night—sans cards—to discuss everything from legal issues to card strategy in a forum on poker held at Harvard Law School (HLS).

Adam M. Burrows, a second-year HLS student who organized the event, said the forum confirmed his hypothesis that there is a connection between the law profession and poker.

“I think it’s interesting how a lot of the players you hear about recently are lawyers,” he said. “Somehow I think there’s a tie between poker and legal professionals.”


At 4:13 PM, Blogger Mike P. said...

A first year out here at Dal won $100,000 at PartyPoker the night before his first day here!

He basically paid for his entire legal education before he even set foot in his first class!


At 8:59 PM, Blogger Essien said...

It's the gambling & risk taking. Isn't that a cellular trait among lawyers? Say, any of those games take place at the QP? I loved the QP back in 95! Thursday nights were always Seinfeld and a "special coffee". Oil thigh!

At 12:45 PM, Blogger a blawger said...

Hey guys,

Congrats to the Dal student who hit the jackpot. I had no idea they even doled out prizes for 4-of-a-kind vs. Royal Flush. What a way to start law school!

As far as the gambling comment, I agree that law students are attracted to such things but I think the psychology and the competition trump. Gambling for gambling sake is not interesting. Slaughtering the keener in class over cards is a ball. ;)

Also, the QP is still going strong but I don't know of any poker games going on up there. As for TV on campus, for some reason a group known as the Degrassi Club has banded together and they take over the Grad Club every week. Go figure.


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