Kimberg's Serious Poker (318 pages, paperbound, $12.95)
and Bob Riley's Gambling Expertise Through Basic Probability
(92 pages, paperbound, $19.95) cover two different areas, with the
same intent-to improve the player's game, to make him think, to
help him understand what the best mode of play is, and perhaps earn
the reader some money.
holds a doctorate degree in cognitive psychology from Carnegie Mellon
University, has been playing poker six years. Here, he takes the
beginner from the small, limit game to the higher stakes games-where
the money is serious.
the book into six sections. In order, he carries the nervous beginner
through the game's fundamentals, rules and cardroom etiquette to
the start of actual play. He follows with a basic strategy of two
of the most popular games, hold'em and seven stud, explaining the
terms, rules, options, strategies. Next he moves to discussions
on expectations, variance; money management and record keeping.
This is followed with material explaining the inner workings of
poker tournaments with emphasis on how to avoid being cheated. A
section on "Technical Stuff" readies the player to better understand
poker probabilities; bankroll calculations; computers and poker;
followed by a 65-page poker glossary of terminology.
the reader thinking-constantly questioning moves, the impact of
luck, playing good starting hands, selecting the right tables, and
knowing when to quit. He's quite flexible and open in his goal of
getting players ready to belly up to the table for a game--which
appeals to everyone in America it seems. They just have to know
what to do when they get there. Kimberg's approach is to incorporate
his own ideas with those of established experts (often making reference
to other resources), while alerting the reader to potential good
points and bad habits worth understanding about your own play.