Playing with the Kiddo
So, I recently repaired my poker table-top. I have one of those cheesy octagon folding tops that can be put on top of a round table. It has plastic cup and chip-holders built in. I am not a fan of them, but it's what I got. A few of them had come unglued. So I pulled it out and glued them back down.
Well, the table can't be out in front of [Max]*. He walks out of his bedroom in the morning and sees it. "Let's play poker!" He wanders off to find his tooth-fairy money. Since it's just the two of us, we're playing 1c-2c. I explain to him that we're going to be playing pot-limit. He's not
He likes to put the pressure on. With PL, it becomes a bit harder for him. But, it's still a big bet game and we can build some huge pots. We also decide we're going to play 5-card Canadian stud (four-card straights, flushes, and straight-flushes rank in that order between a pair and two pair). I remember a previous thread where a person recommended dealing the last card down, to make river bluffing more complicated.
If you've never played 5-card stud, I'll explain how it goes. I presume most of you are under 80 years old and didn't even know 5-card stud existed. You deal one card face down and one card face up. There's a round of betting. This can be done like 7-stud (low card brings in), but we prefer to use blinds instead of antes. Then you deal another face up card to each player, round of betting. This normally continues until there are four cards face up. In this game, we dealt the fourth face down.
Now, Max loves Canadian stud. It's what I originally used to teach him (no draws and only 5 cards makes for easy teaching game) and he loves that he gets to make small flushes and straights. He's a bit pissy about the PL, though. He often asks if we can both put more money in to start (so he can raise more). Yes, my six-year-old is asking to raise the stakes on a 2PL game.
He's got like $10 in tooth-fairy/allowance money saved up. We each buy in for $2. It doesn't take long for a massive hand to develop:
I get [
on the button and raise to 6c. He calls with [X]
He leads into me for "pot." I call.
This is a monster card. He makes an open-pair (very unlikely he has trips) and I make a small-straight flush open-ended draw with all overs to his pair. Any A, K, Q, J, T, or spade will make me a likely best hand. He's aggressive and thinks he has the best hand. I know I can get the money in good here.
Max, "I bet the pot."
Me, "I raise the pot! $1.44"
Max, "Raise ... everything."
He actually had an Ace under there. Not a bad hand to start with. I win. He pulls a Hellmuth, "I hate poker!" [rebuys]
We probably played three hours in the morning and another two later on. At one point, he was down about $6 but he finished down about $1.80. The kid is a luckbox. It also doesn't hurt that he's aggressive as hell. We got all-in a LOT for a PL game. The last two hours of the day we had his mom playing with us.
The kiddo is off with his dad for the evening (I'm his step). His mom is not exactly pleased that I've turned her kid into a future degenerate. How many six-year-olds can sit for 5 hours at a table?
I love it though. And, I really liked the variation of 5-card where you end with two down. Makes the fifth street play a lot more interesting when you've got just a pair. We'll be introducing that into the rotation in the family games in the future. Max and I will have a bit of an advantage, , but that's how we like it.
* Name changed to protect what little innocence he has remaining.