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The Associated Press reports on the growing popularity of poker in American culture, and how “playing cards and chips will be among the must-have items during the holiday shopping season.”

On television and the Internet, poker programs and sites have grown enormously in popularity, and retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kmart, Restoration Hardware and Crate & Barrel are stocking up on poker-oriented products in anticipation of strong demand.
KC's View:
If we were a retailer, we’d be looking for any and all angles that would allow us to take advantage of this trend.

Don’t know about your kids, but our 15-year-old son is part of a group of kids who play poker together every Friday night. There are strict limits on how much they can wager, but it has become an enormously popular way to socialize on a regular basis. Plus, they’re learning some basic money skills that will serve them well in the long term.