Parents For Poker

Playing the game is more popular than ever with teens. Why some moms and dads think that isn't such a bad bet

It's late afternoon in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, and Renee Tanaka isn't worried about where her teenage son Ryan or his friends are. They're in the backyard, safely gambling the day away.

At a table under the gazebo, Ryan, 16, and his friends are playing poker for money, a pastime that many would consider at least inappropriate for kids and that is outright illegal in some states. It doesn't matter that the teenagers are playing a $5 buy-in poker game so excruciatingly slow that it would take a fortnight to run through Ryan's allowance. Gambling is gambling, and with...

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