Tuesday, July 08, 2008


I was talking to a blogger after reading Pertecelli's post. Putting aside all the Donkette controversy and the "interesting" comments in response to his post.. Is it unethical to let your children play poker? Where and when does it become wrong or unethical? I have thought about this a lot with my kids. They are a little younger than I would like for Poker playing so I do not allow them to do so at this time. I do not really see a problem with it though. Except I wince when I say that. Why? I am not really sure. Upbringing. The reputation, some well deserved, of the "game" we play. The dark side of gambling in the form of uncontrolled addiction. What are some of your opinions? I know some of you bloggers let your kids play and I really have no problem with that. The blogger I was chatting with seemed to think the ethical line is at playing for money. Anyone have opinions on this subject?

** P.S. No PokerGrubs were hurt in the making of this post. Least I hope not. ;).


Blogger Wwonka said...

I Don't let my kids play 7 and 9 but they do watch me play and already know that AJo is crap.

Its funny when my daughter tells me to fold a hand.

the Donkey Show.

3:38 PM

Blogger Riggstad said...

I think the point to his post had more to do with the mother posing as the kid more often then not.

using her as part of the reason to make excuses to why she did or didnt do things, and other silly stuff.

I let me kids play, although not for money, and I play with them when they do play. I even give them lessons because I think poker is a great learning tool.

I would never let them play online however. Just too many silly things can go wrong.. Chat abuse, etc..

7:27 PM

Blogger KajaPoker said...

KajaKid is too young to play, so i don't have to think about that for a few years.

I don't think that it's unethical though. I think the pros outweigh the cons and live poker is a great learning tool (math skills, reading people, bluffing).

My kid knows I play, sees the poker table in the basement, the cards and the chips. So I won't be surprised if she wants to play when she's older.

5:04 AM

Blogger Drizztdj said...

My kid will play for money when I was allowed to, around age 12.

But until then they will be more then welcome to play for chips, not sure about online though.

6:48 AM

Blogger SubZero said...

Yeah when I have a kid I think I'll teach him young, but only for family fun games. If he/she later decides they want to do it more seriously, then I'll support them as much as I'm able. That's what you have to do with kids, right?

Waffles, is next Wed a good day for a cash game? Reply on PDA or my blog...

9:16 AM

Blogger david.kempe said...

My kids not only play, but my oldest daughter (an Army captain) may be better suited to play the game than me. While I probably know more about the strategy of the game, she sure bluffs better than I do! I watched her WIN a budget tournament that she later admitted that she bluffed more times than playing solid hands!

Daughter Number 2 also plays, but is still learning.

Oldest son has a MUCH more solid game than me (he is a mathematics major at UGA), which makes for great online play, but needs work on the felt.

ALL of the above are adults.

My just-turned-17 daughter is a SHARK! She routinely plays and wins AP non-cash tournaments under my name (with my permission). She almost ALWAYS wins the family games we play (I have 8 children, six of whom are now adults, so these games can last 6+ hours).

I take each of my kids to Vegas on their 21st birthday. In four years, I expect she will kick butt at the budget tournaments.

As for the ethics, if you teach your children self-control and discipline and NOT to bet more than they can afford to lose, I see nothing wrong with letting them play when they enter high school.

2:21 PM

Blogger david.kempe said...

BTW, any emails should go to dpmtax@mail.com. I no longer have access to the other emal account.

2:22 PM

Blogger Gadzooks64 said...

When my kids were younger - they are now 9 & 10 - I let them play a little online playchip poker. My inlaws were aghast.

They hate the idea of me playing for money and despise that I let my boys play even though it was only playchip.

They are not allowed to play for money. It's been ages since they have played since TOH and I decided that they should not be playing unless it's with me.

I do use it as an opportunity to teach them some math skills like probablities, etc.

Knowing how to play poker is an asset as far as I'm concerned but I will certainly keep an eye on them. Hopefully neither of them will turn into a degenerate cause I'd pry have to break a leg or two. Just another poker learning experience.

3:07 PM

Blogger Blade said...

I had to put a stop to the girlfriend teaching her kids to play, because they started talking about it at school, the teachers freaked out, and called protective services on us. CPS effectively told the school to fark off, but then the kids father freaked out, and tried to get custody.


1:55 AM


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