To my infinite delight, the children demanded I teach them to play poker the other day. So it was Texas Hold'em time chez McK. We started with some basics: which hands beat other hands, the betting process and the way the game works. Surprising everyone involved, they kind of got it. Now Eion requires LOTS of help, help he will routinely ignore because he likes to knock on the table for a check and feels compelled to fold top pair on the turn but he is a very happy guy while he is disregarding your advice.
The girls are generally understanding what hands will win but their difficulty seems to be seeing the potential, or lack thereof, of their own hands. They are largely unable to defend check raising with a Queen-two.
And we need to work on the poker faces. Maggie lights up like the White House Christmas tree when her cards come out on the board. Then again, she is in a better position than her brother who feels announcing his hole cards is a great idea.
But the good news is they like it and want to play daily. And it beats the hell out of Candyland.