Basic Poker Games for Kids

There are two basic types of poker games: stud poker and draw poker. These can be used as basic poker games for kids or to help newbie players gain some experience with poker. Although poker games can also be fun for children to learn, you should endevour to place more emphasis on the game aspect, rather than gambling and taking unnesscary risks.

What You'l Need

For both stud poker and draw poker, you'll need:

  • 1 complete deck of cards, no jokers;
  • At least two players;
  • Chips, or for poker games for kids, a subtitute.


The rules for stud poker and draw poker are nearly identical so are very easy to pick up. In stud poker, players are dealt five cards. Players weigh up their cards according to power and bid according to how powerful their hand is. When two players remain and match each other's bids, the players show their cards and the highest hand wins.

For draw poker, each player is again dealt five cards and a round of betting begins. Players can then try to improve their hand by trading up to three cards with three new cars from the deck. If a player has an Ace, they can trade four cards.

For these basic games, the cards go in a ranking order. Ace is the most powerful, then King, Queen, Jack, and then 10 through to 2.

To improve these simple poker games for kids, encourage them to play at first by trying to recognise the highest hands and the general rules of the game. Older children can play with chips, but without monetary value. You can also consider having one prize for the overall winning with either the highest hand or who manages the buff, without any stakes or gambling risks involved.

Gambling Rules

Although these poker games for kids are fun to enjoy, it should be noted that gambling is illegal for anyone under the age of 18, and 21 in some countries. Children should not be encouraged to gamble and these games should instead be used as a fun activity, with no emphasis on taking real life monetary risks and should not include any activities which could encourage gambling behaviour in the future.

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