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May 13, 2008 7:00 PM

Book Reviews by Howard Schwartz | href> There’s an old saying that "less is more," and nothing can be more true than the poker game of razz, which relies on low hands for its winners.

As the proclaimed favorite of poker pro and GamingToday columnist Johnny Hale, razz is dealt like seven card stud, but the low hand is the winner, rather than the traditional high hand.

Author Mitchell Cogert believes the game of razz is also "the easiest way to win consistently at poker" because "it is the one remaining game where the knowledge base remains small" because most players focus on hold’em. His new book, titled Play Razz Poker to Win (130 pages, paperbound, $19.95) has recently arrived at Gambler’s Book Shop.

Razz has been discussed in few quality books until now.

For those who want to learn more about this game at any level, and get out of the hold’em rut, it’s an excellent tutorial.

Another fresh arrival for horseplayers is Sire Ratings 2008-09, an update to "Exploring Pedigree" by Jim Mazur and Mike Helm, (124 pages, 8x11 paperbound, $34.95). Sire Ratings 2008-09 rates more than 4,300 sires, with the authors focusing their study to the last three years.

The book measures how successful a sire’s progeny is likely to be and has a section listing stud fees for 2008 two-year-olds, low and zero win percentage for the past three years.

These books are available at our Charleston and 11th St. location, on line at or toll free at 1-800-522-1777.