Monday, May 29, 2006

Poker-Playing Granny Inspires Woman To Be Real Card Shark

STUART, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – There are lots of reasons to love your grandmother but a woman in Stuart, Florida, is most grateful because the old lady taught her the finer points of poker.

Joyce Ayers is a 68-year-old grandmother who has been playing cards since the age of 7, when she was taught the game by her own granny, a former flapper who learned in the speakeasies of the 1920s.

Ayers says her “Grandma Pauline” used “ wave a bony finger in a face” and tell her, “Three of a kind always beats two of a pair.”

It was good advice and Ayers admits, sometimes when she’s playing, she senses the old lady’s presence and asks her if she “should hold or fold.”

Her granny has inspired Ayers in other ways. She not only taught her own grand kids but has created some new poker variations such as “Lightning Poker” and “Pirates Poker” that she is marketing as Action Poker Games.

Ayers will be demonstrating the games at the INPEX invention trade show, which starts June 7 in Pittsburgh and, in a nod to her own grandmother, is enlisting the help of her 9-year-old grandson.

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