Statistical Poker Facts:

There is a total of 2,598,960 (almost 2.6 MILLION) possible poker hands with a standard deck of 52 cards. So I figured that it must be a good game for brushing up on useful maths skills.

To fold or not to fold- that is the question!


It was a successful evening of banter, folding, flopping but not a flush in sight. It was great that everyone joined in and that we all had a laugh together. It is these special family times that will be remembered and hopefully help keep communications open during the teen years. I enjoyed my poker lesson but above all enjoyed hanging out with our teens.

Useful poker crib sheet 

Week 21

Friday 8/04/2016

It took me back to our summer holidays when the kids were little. We used to hire a cottage somewhere in the UK and after each day trip out we would alternate between a film night (taking it in turns to choose a film) and a games night. The children would set up a refreshment stall of soft drinks with accompanying chocolate and popcorn. The favourite card game back then was Uno and although they now prefer to play a more grown-up game I don’t think they will ever grow out of wanting the chocolate.

Only the two older boys had played poker before so they taught the rest of us the rules; learning that ‘folding’ is giving up on your hand. We had a few dummy runs with assistance from the experts and then we were set free with our raffle ticket chips representing 5ps and a pile of 1 and 2p coins. I had a fluky start to the game being dealt lots of aces, which I discovered were a good thing. I did not succumb to folding when dealt a bad hand as I enjoyed making the money pot fuller and also keeping the children guessing about my bluffing abilities. My husband and I went to bed at 10.30 as he needed to be up for work in the morning. We left the teenagers together to continue playing as it is the Easter holidays and worth cutting even the youngest some slack.

Poker at the kitchen table 

I’d like to say my ‘folding’ blog post is all about the intricate art of origami and paper folding as that seems like a wholesome activity however I am still on a mission to hang out with my teens and promote quality time as a family. They are growing up fast and I am trying to keep up by modifying my parenting skills to adapt to the new challenges they present. Origami would clearly have been too tame so I set up a family poker night, with folding, flopping and flushes being the most commonly used F words of the week. I could hear my subconscious worrying about ‘poker’ and encouraging gambling tendencies but brushed that to one side and focused on the statistical and analytical skills required and the fun family environment.

I made a special effort to cook a big lasagne and a fish dish for my pescatarians. Of course, I contacted my teenagers and daughter’s boyfriend by WhatsApp to invite them to supper and a games night.  I arranged refreshments of diet coke for the under 18’s and beer for the over 18’s and there is always a supply of red wine in the house to keep my husband happy.