FREAK-TV: Stacking the Deck

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It is fairly well known by now that Levitt has more than a passing interest in poker, and he’s occasionally shown some promise.

(His blackjack skills, meanwhile, are subject to debate.)

It is also well-established that, as a parent, he’s less interested in reading a standard bedtime story than in teaching his kids to think creatively and strategically — by playing Rock Paper Scissors, for instance.

So it’s probably not that surprising to learn that he’s taught his kids to play poker as well. In this new FREAK-TV offering, Levitt explains how his daughter Amanda picked up seven-card stud quickly — so much so that she went looking for an edge. “It’s a very proud moment as a parent,” he says, “the idea that your seven-year-old learns how to think strategically enough to cheat.”


mgroves

Heh, I'm hoping that somewhere in the world behind Freak-TV that there's also lessons about honesty.

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Also, it would be cool if there was a simple way to embed these videos on blogs and what not.

lergnom

My brother and I would play stud poker all the time. We started by playing Casino with our grandmothers - that's an old addition-based card game - than moved on to Gin. By young, I mean I was maybe 4. My brother started marking cards pretty quickly, at around age 6, beginning with little tells like a slightly frazzled edge and then going to small marks on the backs. Learning to cheat when there are no stakes is part of learning because you are working on the meaning of rules, how far they extend, and how and when they can be set aside. If you always think inside the rules as narrowly construed, then you are thinking in a box. My brother became a very good Hearts player quickly because he liked to take the risks necessary for a big score.

BTW, we realized early that it's easier to cheat adults because they don't watch very carefully but that old people also watch carefully but not for unexpected things. You could cheat a kid once or twice but then they'd start watching for everything, like the mutual distrust of an arms race.

My youngest daughter was an excellent cheater when little. She'd slip in cards, move pieces, whatever it took.

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Alexi de Sadesky

Its funny I never thought of seven card stud as the easiest game until you said that. I was raised on draw poker so I must associate that with being the easiest form, but when put in perspective its actually the hardest. I know this isn't very interesting but I play a lot of games and spend time thinking about them and it blew my mind that I never thought about stud and draw that way.

yno mahma

The fact that a child of 7 years is capable of thinking in such an abstract way as to develop the idea like stacking the deck, and the ways to follow through is truly a heart warming and awe inspiring event. Allowing her to think it out in her own way, then to give her advice on how to top it, I can't think of a better method to develop a growing mind. It's not exactly the moral home run that we were taught through songs in kindergarten or psalms on Sunday mornings (Saturday mornings or Friday midday etc.. depending on creed) it's the reality that everyone in life's passing lane understands. As nice as it is to pretend that memorizing things like times tables, allele phenotypes and political geography are the important veins of education, the reality is that problem solving, thinking outside the box, and cutting the system's corners, to get by and hopefully win (win as determined by you) is the way to get about life. The type of though processes that that young girl exhibited are exactly why getting across the country, or the world for that matter takes hours instead of months. It's the ability to manipulate that makes us great.

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John Smith

If you want to see an interesting website all about poker cheating go to www.richardmarcusbooks.com. This guy is supposed to be the world's greatest poker and casino cheater and I saw him on TV. His site is really cool!

DW

Actually & card stud is by far the hardest form of poker there is followed by omaha hi lo omahga hi studi hi lo california lowball razz and lastly holdem yes it is the simplest and by far the easiest to master

mgroves

Heh, I'm hoping that somewhere in the world behind Freak-TV that there's also lessons about honesty.

mgroves.com

Also, it would be cool if there was a simple way to embed these videos on blogs and what not.

lergnom

My brother and I would play stud poker all the time. We started by playing Casino with our grandmothers - that's an old addition-based card game - than moved on to Gin. By young, I mean I was maybe 4. My brother started marking cards pretty quickly, at around age 6, beginning with little tells like a slightly frazzled edge and then going to small marks on the backs. Learning to cheat when there are no stakes is part of learning because you are working on the meaning of rules, how far they extend, and how and when they can be set aside. If you always think inside the rules as narrowly construed, then you are thinking in a box. My brother became a very good Hearts player quickly because he liked to take the risks necessary for a big score.

BTW, we realized early that it's easier to cheat adults because they don't watch very carefully but that old people also watch carefully but not for unexpected things. You could cheat a kid once or twice but then they'd start watching for everything, like the mutual distrust of an arms race.

My youngest daughter was an excellent cheater when little. She'd slip in cards, move pieces, whatever it took.

Read more...

Alexi de Sadesky

Its funny I never thought of seven card stud as the easiest game until you said that. I was raised on draw poker so I must associate that with being the easiest form, but when put in perspective its actually the hardest. I know this isn't very interesting but I play a lot of games and spend time thinking about them and it blew my mind that I never thought about stud and draw that way.

yno mahma

The fact that a child of 7 years is capable of thinking in such an abstract way as to develop the idea like stacking the deck, and the ways to follow through is truly a heart warming and awe inspiring event. Allowing her to think it out in her own way, then to give her advice on how to top it, I can't think of a better method to develop a growing mind. It's not exactly the moral home run that we were taught through songs in kindergarten or psalms on Sunday mornings (Saturday mornings or Friday midday etc.. depending on creed) it's the reality that everyone in life's passing lane understands. As nice as it is to pretend that memorizing things like times tables, allele phenotypes and political geography are the important veins of education, the reality is that problem solving, thinking outside the box, and cutting the system's corners, to get by and hopefully win (win as determined by you) is the way to get about life. The type of though processes that that young girl exhibited are exactly why getting across the country, or the world for that matter takes hours instead of months. It's the ability to manipulate that makes us great.

Read more...

John Smith

If you want to see an interesting website all about poker cheating go to www.richardmarcusbooks.com. This guy is supposed to be the world's greatest poker and casino cheater and I saw him on TV. His site is really cool!

DW

Actually & card stud is by far the hardest form of poker there is followed by omaha hi lo omahga hi studi hi lo california lowball razz and lastly holdem yes it is the simplest and by far the easiest to master