Issue 18
January 11-17, 2001
Volume 1
page 3

Poker And Probability Book Offer New Approaches To Old Subjects
By Howard Schwartz

Dan 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.

Kimberg, who 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.

He's divided 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.

Kimberg keeps 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.

Nicely priced, it's a fine bridge between the home player to the individual ready for that quantum jump to bigger money and tougher players.

Gambling Expertise Through Basic Probability by Robert Riley could spice up any college statistics or probability course if the instructor recommended the book. It wouldn't be a bad idea, since the subject is often in need of flavor at times.

There's a wide spectrum of material in this work as Riley not only discusses the subject, but also presents a mathematical formula for reaching the conclusion.

Ever wonder what the probability of rolling dice and getting a number under seven was? Or the probability of winning a bet by guessing what day of the week someone was born on or in what month it was? He explains permutations and combinations; then moves to specific gambling games like the big wheel; craps (including the don't pass-place system); lotteries; poker; roulette.

Riley's sections on baccarat and blackjack are very thin, so don't expect much on those two games. The author's intent was to combine his love for mathematics and probability with commonly asked questions about most forms of gambling, in a readable style. He succeeds for the most part.

Books mentioned in this review are available from Gambler's Book Shop, 630 South 11th St., Las Vegas, NV 89101. You may call 1-800-522-1777 from 9 to 5 Pacific time Mon.-Sat. to order or send a check or money order, adding $5.50 for one book, $1 more for a second book. You may view the store's web site at and order or request a copy of the store's 80-page catalog listing books in 30 areas of gambling, The catalog will be sent first class. Orders are shipped the next working day.

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