Elderly Poker Players

elderly poker player pkgEUGENE, Ore. — Tradition is hard to break so, for three hours a day, three days a week, a group of residents at the Solvang Retirement home breaks out a deck of cards.

The group of seven plays rounds of poker, something they say can get quite competitive.

Players say the buy in is 50 cents and they wager pennies. Four of the seven players are over 90-years-old and these players say the friendly level of competition makes the game fun.

“They take no prisoners. They can’t remember what they had for lunch but they know a full house beats a flush,” says Vern Sumner, a resident and poker player.

Staff say seeing the comraderie of the group keeps them young at heart.

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