Books: Ace-High Straight

THE CINCINNATI KID by Richard Jessup. 154 pages. Little, Brown. $3.95.

This book has its faults, but none that couldn't be straightened out by Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason. The story is to poker what The Hustler was to pool.

The Newman figure is the Cincinnati Kid—still in his 20s but already "a three-river rambling-gambling man," acknowledged among card men from "the East River" (the Ohio) to "the West River" (the Missouri) and all up and down The River from St. Louis to "Noorlins." He sits down with the nationally established five-card champion and...

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