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As you know Donovan’s a brilliant kid (at 4-months-old he began crawling backwards, at eight months he started walking, at age 2 he began reading children’s books, at age 3 he began playing chess, at age 4 he chose the LA Lakers as his favorite team of all time).
Now he’s five, and he’s starting to play more poker. For the past year or so, he would watch me play online and ask all kinds of questions. Every once in a while, when he has his “playing on the computer time,” he would play blackjack and video poker games for play money on some of those free game websites.
Well, this past Monday night, he asked me to play Texas Hold’em with him using the poker chips, and I said, “Sure, I’ll play with you.” We played with 4-color chips–pennies, nickels, quarters, and dollars. Donovan likes to say things like “I’m going to bluff you now” and “Okay, here’s your 50 cents and I’ll raise you 7 dollars.”
I tried to teach him patience and good money management, but he just kept saying “Raise…raise…raise” every single hand.
The video below shows you the outcome of our poker playing.
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