My new book, Practical Gaming, is out. Hooray.
The book covers video game strategies, strategy and tactics games, shooters, Blackjack and Texas Hold’em specifically with a brand new $40 No Limit section since that is what I have been getting more e-mails and posts about.
The table of contents is as follows:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
THE COIN TOSS CASINO
ROCK, PAPER SCISSORS ROOM
FIRST PERSON SHOOTERS
STRATEGY AND TACTICS TYPE GAMES
TEXAS HOLD’EM POKER GAMES
I had posted an excerpt from the book and you can find it reprinted here:
By the way — this book has pictures in glorious black and white for the playing card examples. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I have stepped into the 21st Century and am working diligently in adding more multimedia (well at least pictures) to my books. Ah, where was I? Okay, back to the sample.
EXCERPT FROM “PRACTICAL GAMING” by Kim Isaac Greenblatt
The Coin Toss Casino
Welcome to Kim’s Coin Toss Casino. We are starting off here so you can get an idea of when you are playing a game what elements you need to take into account. We are starting off with the one game in my casino, namely flipping a coin.
There are two sides to the coin-one side is heads and the other one is tails. The way the game is played is pretty simple. You call out loud what you think will come out when the coin is tossed in the air, caught and thrown by hand on the back of my other hand. We will pretend to make this game interesting, since it is a casino, that you bet a dollar for each call and if you call “Heads”, and it comes up “Heads” I pay you a dollar. If it comes up “Tails”, I pay you the dollar.
Pretty simple, yes? Are you following me so far? Great!
Now the odds of you getting the correct call are as follows:
Heads – 50%
Tails – 50%
That also is reflected as 1 out of 2 for each chance. That means that there is a one out of two chance that you will toss “Heads” and a one out of two chance that you will toss “Tails”.
That means that all things being fair and equal, with no cheating, no fixed coin, every coin toss gives you an even chance that your call will be the correct one and if you are betting a dollar that you would win $1.
Now for the purposes of this illustration I am not making any money on this in my casino. I make my money by not having an air conditioner, having my casino in the desert and charging $100 for each glass of water. As you might imagine, I don’t get too many customers in my casino.
Now we come to the questions and answers that drive gamers nuts.
Here is the first set-up. You come to one of my tables and a good looking girl elbows you and says, “Wow, I am on a streak. I have tossed ‘Heads’ five times in a row. I think there is no way that I can throw another ‘Heads’. In fact, the odds are that I am going to throw a ‘Tails’. It is due.”
The answer is no, the odds are still one out of two that the coin will come up heads. It is a fifty-fifty shot and it can be that our good looking coin toss girl is just on a lucky streak.
The incorrect observation that the girl presented is called, “The Gambler’s Fallacy.” The definition of the Gambler’s fallacy is the belief that if deviations from expected behavior are observed in repeated independent trials of some random process then these deviations are likely to be evened out by opposite deviations in the future.
That is quite a mouthful but what it is saying is that just because you have seen something happen with random events, it doesn’t mean that things will balance out while you are there watching them.
So what is the probability that you could flip two heads in a row?
Well, you have a matrix of flips as follows:
Flip 1: H or T
Flip 2: H or T
Combinations that result could be:
That should be a 1 out of 4 chance that you would throw two heads back to back. The interesting thing is that the longer a streak continues, the more likely that you should go with the streak and not consider when it is ending from a math point of view.
How about in your daily life?
That is the end of the excerpt. For more information, please check out the book and you can order it from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and any fine bookstore within a few weeks. Part of all sales go to research Rett Syndrome as usual. If you want to order it directly from me, please drop me a line and we can see what we can do.
Initial buzz from my fans has been good and they like the new Forty Dollar No Limit Texas Hold’em advice that I have given them. It is making their game more profitable and overall good business so it is a win-win situation.
I am not sure whether my next book will be on special needs or 200 No Limit Texas Hold’em because I am getting some requests for more books on cards. What do you want to see more of? Please drop me a line and thanks for your support!
By the way, today is my Mom’s birthday! Happy Birthday Mom!
Publisher: Kim Greenblatt
Published in West Hills , California , USA .
152 Pages US $15.00
Sep 03 2009
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Practical Gaming Book Is Out