AZDuffman
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December 14th, 2013 at 6:22:33 AM permalink
Here is a general question for everyone. How old were you when you learned to play poker? And what version did you learn to play first?

I ask because it happened again last night. I was dealing poker at a party and the same thing usually happens. 1-2 people see poker and stop by before we even open the tables. They cannot wait to play. Poker seems to be "down" right now so there are never enough other players to let them really enjoy themselves.

Then another kind of player shows up, they don't even know what the game is about! Half the time they don't even know the rank of hands. Nothing. This is hard because of two things. One is I can teach a game, or I can deal a straight game, but by the nature of poker to mix the two is hard. If it is a loud room as it was last night I really can't teach well as nobody can hear over the music. Oh well, enough venting.

But what amazes me is how many people get to adulthood and never learned the game of poker. They often know other card games which makes it even harder to fathom what with poker such a classic, social game here in the USA.

So, how old were you when you learned to play; what version did you learn first; and how did you learn?

As to me I remember asking my grandfather how it was played at about age 9-10 afters seeing it played on some movie or TV Show. He started teaching my younger brother and I the basics of play and the family would play for pennies which my grandparents provided and we usually got to keep. Except they made us color-up any wheat pennies to other coins, for some reason they hoarded wheat pennies.

I didn't learn how to bluff or any other skills to gamble with. But I learned how to play 5 card draw.

What age were the rest of you and how did you learn?
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December 14th, 2013 at 6:25:31 AM permalink
I know the gist of it but I never really learned. Probably early teens. I'm waiting for someone to bring up strip poker.
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December 14th, 2013 at 7:15:29 AM permalink
I taught my nephew how to play Hold'em at age 12 and he started playing online at 13. He did well for a few years and got up to 1-2 NL, $50 HU-NL tourneys and some sit n goes. He was up approximately 12k in 3 years, but as he got older, his ego got bigger and started watching to much TV poker, He gave 6k back. luckily girls and driving became more important and he just kind of stopped.
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December 14th, 2013 at 7:29:00 AM permalink
I don't know exactly, but my rough guess is about 10. Here is a picture of me playing with my brother. I'm the one wearing the visor.



I recall playing a lot of poker at that age. This is going back about 40 years, but I recall I mainly played five-card draw and seven-card stud. In my teenage years my circle of friends played a lot of games like baseball, follow the queen, Indian poker, and silly games like that.
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December 14th, 2013 at 7:36:32 AM permalink
I would have learned to play before 10 not sure of exact age. First game learned was draw poker with 1 draw, maximum 4 cards. My dad had a set of poker chips so I learned to play using chips. When we were in at our very rustic cabin in the summer with would play with kernels of popcorn, winner had to turn them into popcorn on the wood stove which took a lot of shaking to keep them from being burnt.

The first real money game I remember was when I was about 15 playing with my older brother and his friends. I cashed a $60 pay cheque from my part time job and was down most of it by the end of the night. Talked them into playing a game of hearts to end the night since it was dealers choice. Took control to end the game and won most of my money back.
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December 14th, 2013 at 7:38:40 AM permalink
Quote: Wizard


Wizard, was this pic from around the early-mid 70's? I ask only because I haven't seen one of those visors since then. (And yes, I had one myself!) :D
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December 14th, 2013 at 7:53:26 AM permalink
I was at least 20. I'd never considered poker until I watched Rounders. I think I was in my mid-20's before I actually sat down and learned how to play. I came across Andy Bellin's book, Poker Nation, which had, among the interesting stories, a basic explanation of pot odds.
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December 14th, 2013 at 7:58:39 AM permalink
1st card games I learned were hearts and gin rummy.. hearts was our family game and paid winner a nickle per point
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December 14th, 2013 at 8:10:34 AM permalink
I learned as a kid in the 60's and 70's. 5 card draw. I never got the full sequence of what-beats-what, but I knew it started with one pair, two pair, three of a kind. Anything better than that, and I'll raise, never fold. If need be, consult the list of ranks after the betting is done.

I kinda gave it up, but got very interested watching poker on TV. I believe it was several months before Chris Moneymaker became a poker household name. I continued to watch for a year or so. Then my wife and I went to dinner and saw a flyer for poker night at that restaurant. In December 2006 became members of that league. It's a deal your own situation. Prior to that day, I was the type of person who would cut the deck then hold the cards vertically and kinda jam the cards together to shuffle. Knowing that wouldn't fly with these poker people, I picked up the cards and attempted to shuffle normally. The slight padding of the poker table was enough to give me whatever it was that I needed to do a proper shuffle.

Now I'm a dealer in a different league - one where there is a dedicated dealer at each table. And I'm known as the rules guru. Go figure.



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... I'm the one wearing the visor.

Why am I not surprised?

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Quote: Wizard


Wizard, was this pic from around the early-mid 70's? I ask only because I haven't seen one of those visors since then. (And yes, I had one myself!) :D

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December 14th, 2013 at 8:34:30 AM permalink
Quote: Beethoven9th

Wizard, was this pic from around the early-mid 70's? I ask only because I haven't seen one of those visors since then. (And yes, I had one myself!) :D



I'd say early or late 70's. Probably around 77 or 78.
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