Fresh new gaming books
for players

Jan 6, 2004 1:51 AM

Video poker expert Bob Dancer’s latest book is now on the shelves of Gambler’s Book Shop and selling as well as anything on the market.

Another new arrival at the store is Mike Cappelletti’s How to Win at Omaha High-Low Poker, geared for those who love the action in one of America’s hottest new card games.

The book covers the higher-paying versions of this game where flushes return 6 for 1 as well as the not-so-high-paying versions of this game where flushes return 5 for 1.

Mike Cappelletti, a solid writer, an interesting individual who has established himself over the years as a respected player, has a new book titled How to Win at Omaha High-Low Poker (229 pages, paperbound, 5x8 format, $19.95).

Many believe Omaha, and even the high-low version the game will overtake hold ”˜em as the most popular game of the 21st century. Indeed this is a big action game with much to think about. The goal of the game is similar to of survival of the fittest (or most prepared). And while it’s still poker, some players fear the game because they know little about its intricacies. (The gimmick or angle for this game is that you are dealt four cards, but in the final showdown, can use only two of them along with three of the five community cards. Think about being dealt four cards and being able to use only two of them!)

But fear not. Cappelletti has written a super resource for both beginners and somewhat experienced players.

In the work he presents 70 sections with 11 major chapters, covering How to Play Omaha High-Low; Basic Strategy and Concepts (including Hand Power Ratings and Frequency of Starting Hands); Before the Flop; After the Flop; The Last Two Rounds; Going High (including the author’s Point Count System for High and for Two-Card Combinations); his experiences with good and bad beats in Atlantic City; Biloxi; Tunica; Costa Rica; Foxwoods; London and Paris; a comparison between Hold Å’em and Omaha; a small section on No-Limit Omaha High-Low.

It’s a must-read for the player who already plays or wants to make the transition to the new game. Knowing what your opponents know helps make a confident player. Splurge a little and invest in this new work by a player who can write and a writers who plays”&supl; always a powerful combination when it comes to a new book.

Dancer and Liam Daily’s A Winner’s Guide to Double Double Bonus Poker (114 pages, paperbound, 8x11 format, $16.50) is right on target for the most popular form of video poker today in Nevada. But be forewarned you must be able to find a 10-6 machine for the book to be effective.

The experts acknowledge the fact that there are many 9-7 and 9-6 machines out there, but the book and its advice focus on the 10-6 version for the most part. You won’t find an edge using the book with 9-7 or 9-6 models.

Always the perfectionist, Dancer, as he has done with his previous books, leaves no stone unturned when it comes to this game. One chapter reaches out to the beginner on game basics and then basic strategy with examples and practice sessions. On another level he moves to recreational strategy, then to basic strategy getting into areas like suited versus unsuited cards; insides and the problem with three-card straight flushes.

By chapter five, the more serious players can see how Dancer advises moves for 10-6 and 9-6 Double Double Bonus; then to advanced concepts of the same games including the impact of penalty cards; square, curved and curlicue brackets. Two final chapters compare 10-6 and 9-6 Double Double Bonus with 9-6 Jacks or Better and 10-7 Double Double Bonus; finally basic strategy for 9-5 Double Double Bonus.

(Books reviewed here are available at Gambler’s Book Shop (Gambler’s Book Club), now in its 40th year 630 South 11th Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101; the store has a toll-free number 1-800-522-1777.)