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Secrets the Pros Wont Tell You About Winning at Hold-em Poker
The one book that can take even the most experienced player's game to the next level by revealing the actual techniques professional gamblers use to win, including: - Why folding more can lead to winning more- How betting limits dramatically impact the way you should play your hands- Why women have an innate edge- Telltale signs to look for when choosing a casino table- Why it's smarter to be the one who bets and not the one who calls.
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Kensington Publishing Corporation
February 28, 2006
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Excerpt from Secrets the Pros Wont Tell You About Winning at Hold-em Poker by Lou Krieger
Great teachers do not tell you what to think. They teach you how to think. There's a difference. A big difference.
At first glance, poker is such a deceptively simple game to learn. The rules take no more than a few minutes to understand, and within a relatively short time, even a beginner can be playing among seasoned veterans. No other endeavor--not competitive sports and certainly not intellectual pursuits such as chess or backgammon--gives novices the opportunity to catapult themselves into the line of fire so quickly with so little training or study. Lack of barriers is a major reason why poker is booming in popularity across the United States and abroad.
But with easy access and opportunity often comes self- deception. Many of us deceive ourselves into thinking we are good poker players, when the sad fact is that we are not. That is why poker stands alone among competitive pursuits. No other game permits rank amateurs to compete on equal footing with world-class professionals. Shooting a round of golf with Tiger Woods or playing a game of chess with a grandmaster would quickly give one a dose of reality. But sitting down at the poker table and winning a few hands--and it can happen, even if your opponents are renowned experts--can certainly be a narcotic to anyone with a bit of beginner's luck and a modicum of skill.
When it comes to trying to be objective about ourselves, many of us simply see what we want to. Poker players are no different. We believe we can beat anybody. Sometimes we even do. And we love the game as a result.
From our very first poker experience, we develop habits and patterns of play that are often a reflection of our character and personality. Once habits are formed, it is hard to change them, and many new players who have learned their poker skills by watching the World Poker Tour or the World Series of Poker on television have learned it wrong.
Too many books and videos on the market have a paint- by-numbers approach. This is fine if you are a defending world champion or an accomplished high-limit player. But what about the bread and butter average poker player? Most players, even most good players, will benefit immensely from a bit of assistance in analyzing complex poker situations and problems in order to come up with the optimal counter strategy. To do this usually requires another pair of eyes looking over your shoulder along with some good advice you can trust. In other words, it helps to have coaches on your side who play the game well, can break down complex poker situations into easily understood problems, and clearly explain their rationale.
The two authors of this book, Lou Krieger and Sheree Bykofsky are not only great players, they are great teachers too.
The first time I met Lou Krieger, I was not a writer. I was a player, and I wrote to him. Lou wrote back and was helpful. That was followed up with a phone call. He cared; he wanted to help. He was a natural teacher. What impressed me most was his ability to break down complex strategy problems, explain them in an easy-to-understand way and retool me, the student, without ever sounding condescending.
I have not known Sheree as long as I've known Lou. But what I know impresses me. Stealthiness is a charm in poker, and Sheree is a weapon. I think it is also great to get a woman's perspective on poker. More women are coming into poker than ever before. Whether you are a female player, or play against women, there are many insights she has--and the guys don't--that she communicates so clearly that it makes you wonder why you never saw it before.
In my twenty or so years in this business, I have been blessed to work as a player, a writer, and a casino executive. I believe I have seen the game of poker from every conceivable angle. I have seen lots of winners, and many more losers. I have been a witness to every final table at the World Series of Poker and the World Poker Open for four straight years. That's 200 of the top final tables in the world. I walk around card rooms. I play online and in casinos almost every day. When I'm not playing poker, I'm writing about it. Poker is my life.
If you want to win the WSOP, there are many books and videos you can buy. Unfortunately, because of the nature of tournament play, none of these will make you win it. No book can guarantee that you'll win the World Series of Poker or the World Poker Open. But if you apply Lou's and Sheree's concepts to live action play, you WILL be a better poker player than you are right now. And you will have the tools to become a champion.