Rossoneri, on Apr 4 2010, 03:35 PM, said:

Was pretty tempted to buy the Jeff Rubens book, but the times when I was out, the book stall was not being manned and when I finally found it being manned, 2 people had beaten me to it!

One question I was wondering though: how useful would the book be to someone who has formal training in probability as compared to someone who doesn't?

I think it would be useful to both types of people. I can only offer my experience (someone with reasonably formal training in math, probability, and statistics) that it was still quite useful to me. I quite liked it. The problems seemed quite good, and I've still got to go back and do some more of them.

I also should recommend the other two books that I picked up at the Reno nationals from book sellers and have quite enjoyed:

Bridge, Probability & Information by

Robert F. Mackinnon (published by Master Point Press).

This book was quite interesting and talks at great length about considering the whole hand and how the splits of one suit effects the splits of the others and how to evaluate the relative probabilities of different likely hand patterns for opponents. I thought this book was quite excellent in its readability as well as covering some very interesting topics.

Bridge Squeezes Complete: Winning Endplay Strategy by Clyde Love updated by Linda Lee with help from Julian Pottage (again, Master Point Press).

I have read the classic (borrowed from a partner) and was happy to get my own copy. I find the text in the new update easier to follow, and don't need to decipher odd ancient bidding in the problems. However, I don't like that I have to cover the opponents hands to solve the problems (the problems are presented double dummy). But still I'm happy to have this book.