really likes the game of poker.His
choice of titles, The Greatest Book of Poker for Winners (296 pages, paperbound, $24.95) covers a lot of territory, and indeed he
does it well and in an entertaining fashion.An engineer (He also teaches a course on the subject at UCLA.), he has a mind for the various facets that comprise a winning player-and it's simply often a matter of trying "to maintain order out of chaos," as he says.
This book is for beginners and players who already know the basics and want to improve their game-and much of it is not so much mathematical, but in understanding yourself as a player and getting into the minds of your opponents.Epstein covers seven stud and hold'em primarily, but much of what he
discusses is applicable to all forms of poker.The casual home player will gain confidence and the potential casino player will be better prepared as well after Epstein's
material is absorbed and analyzed.Among the subjects he
includes are selecting playable hands; playing aggressively; bluffing; tracking cards; developing a sense of observation (on "tells"); assessing your opponents.Although he
doesn't include tables and charts along with sample hands, his
relaxing, knowledgeable tone will help you enjoy your first experience at the table and the occasional forays into more serious play later on.Like a friend with his
hand on your shoulder and pep talk, combined with common sense, this book should find its rightful place on your bookshelf.