Tedesco munchkins learn invaluable lessons about gambling

Gigi learns about poker from Uncle Mike

DENVER — Tedesco uncles flew to Denver this weekend to teach their nephew and nieces a lesson every child will treasure — how to win cold, hard cash playing poker.

“Gambling can be very risky if you don’t know what you’re doing,” said Uncle Mike during a smoke break between rigorous poker training sessions for Lili, Gigi and Cole.

“It’s my job to make sure they know what they’re doing.”

As chips clattered across the table, the impressionable young Tedesco munchkins quickly learned the fine art of bluffing, reading tells and being cutthroat card sharks.

“Don’t ruin a girl’s dream!” Lili yelled at Uncle Joe at one point in an effort to make him fold.

“Nothing personal,” Uncle Joe replied as he raked in her chips. “Business is business.”

Gigi took over Uncle John’s chips and quickly doubled his winnings. Cole did not actively play, but learned how to offer consulting services to other players for a mere 50 percent of their winnings.

Like most consultants, Cole didn’t actually do much except take his commission.

“Life lessons are fun,” Cole said as he counted his money. “Nice doing business with you.”

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