The award winning author of Poker for the Poker Star, and author of Poker For Dummies, Gillle Baumann is known for her writing skills, and her knack for developing the characters of her stories. In this short review of Poker for Dummies she introduces a few of the main characters that are introduced in this book, and one other character to whom I may not have recognized from the book.
In the introduction of the book Gillle Baumann introduces two of the main characters as Joanie and Kevin, two beautiful college students at an upscale university. The names come from her daughter’s nicknames of ‘Jimmy’Joanie’ and I think they were both pretty good nicknames.
In the chapter ‘Getting to Know You’ (Chapter 2) she introduces some of the other characters, including ‘Joe’, the leader of the ‘bad boys’ as well as one of the protagonists of the book. I didn’t recognize this character, but he played poker very well. I have read reviews that stated this character was in a wheelchair, so I know how difficult it is to play poker against someone in a wheelchair.
I also liked the character of Richard, a poker player who did well in the poker games. He was a cheerleader for the football team and helped the quarterback when he needed to get something that he needed to throw to someone else on the team. The ‘real life’ Richard got bored with this life and became a video game designer. Gillle Baumann uses this analogy to explain the characters in the book.
In the movie version of Poker for Dummies, Gillle Baumann also uses this analogy to explain the characters in the book. I was expecting more of the movie, which was about two brothers on the team, who are good at poker. I really wanted to see the movie, but I didn’t want to be disappointed. The movie turned out to be better than I expected.
The one great character in the book is the narrator. It was interesting to see how the narrator took on this role. She didn’t sound like an author in the voice of a narrator, but rather she sounded like someone who knows the events of the story.
In the final chapters of the book Poker for Dummies, Gillle Baumann gave more background information on the characters that were introduced in the introduction of the book. In this final chapter she explains who the characters were that didn’t appear in the introduction.
I thought the most interesting character of the book was the narrator, as I was able to understand what she was saying. The same goes for the character of Kevin, as I was able to understand how he handled certain situations.
Of course Gillle Baumann did write an introduction to the book that told the reader who the characters were in the book. She did tell us what happened to them, and it was kind of boring. However, since the characters were introduced in the introduction, they will be familiar to the reader.
Poker for Dummies is a short book, about 30 pages. I’m sure that I would have liked the book even if it were longer. I found it to be a quick read, but with the suspenseful writing style of Gillle Baumann, it made it very enjoyable.
I have finished the poker books, but the poker scenes from the Poker for Dummies book are so good I would have continued reading even if it was longer. The author has an outstanding ability to create suspense and keep the reader engaged in the story. The only thing I do not enjoy in the book is that the ending didn’t happen how I hoped it would, but again, this is just my personal opinion.
Poker for Dummies was an enjoyable read, and I had a lot of fun reading this book. The poker scenes in the Poker for Dummies books are incredible, and it would be a good idea to pick up a copy of the books and start playing with the characters in them.