My seven-year-old started it when he asked me to teach him how to play Texas Hold ‘Em Poker. On its face, the request seemed a little ridiculous. Because, according to my experience, Hold ‘Em is a multifaceted game. That involves a lot more than getting lucky with the cards you draw. My son would have to learn card values, suits, different hands, betting strategy. And how to read opponents – a tall order for such a young person. After giving it some thought, I decided that I’d teach not only my younger son but his older brother also. A good decision, I thought, but when my mother first heard. That I was teaching my sons the fundamentals of Hold ‘Em Poker. She glared at me with a cross look that indicated her strong disapproval of my decision. Fortunately for me I had thought this thing through.
How to play Texas Hold ‘Em Poker
First, playing Hold ‘Em gives me the opportunity to engage my sons on a more-or-less one-on-one basis. With my busy lifestyle, sometimes it’s nearly impossible to find time to play with my children. The activities they usually enjoy are not exactly ones that offer the opportunity for direct interaction – riding bicycles, playing with their friends and watching television. Time spent playing Hold ‘Em is time where my sons and I get to sit, play, and talk to one another.
Hold ‘Em is also a great way of getting children away from digital media and getting them to actively engage their brains. My children spend a lot of their down time in front of the television or playing video games. Now, rather than going for the remote control or game controller, my sons ask me to play poker with them. When we play Hold ‘Em Poker, they have to consciously think about strategy and game play. Attention to detail is a must, and failing to consider your options completely can have unpleasant consequences.
How to use money in Texas Hold ‘Em Poker
Further, children who play games like Hold Em’ Poker learn how to manage money. Ultimately, poker chips represent a commodity that is similar in function to cash. Invest poorly, and large amounts of money can be lost. Choose investment opportunities with thought, care and concern and my boys see far more returns on those investments. A child who has a non-threatening opportunity to practice spending, investing. And risk-taking will likely demonstrate similar caution. When the risks have the potential to be more costly in real-dollar terms.
Ultimately, learning Hold ‘Em Poker offers children a variety of benefits: developing strategy, assuming responsibility for risks, money-management skills, being a good loser (and winner), and personal time with their parents. My mother may not approve of the game of poker itself ,Be she certainly can’t argue with the reasons. I made the decision to teach my boys Hold ‘Em Poker.