Krieger learned poker at the tender age of seven, while
standing at his father's side during the weekly Thursday
night game held at the Krieger kitchen table in the blue-collar
Brooklyn neighborhood where they resided. Always adept
at sports and games, Lou's natural abilities enabled him
to keep his head above water during the high school and
college poker games he frequently played in.
it wasn't until his first visit to Las Vegas that Lou took
poker seriously. "I didn't like Las Vegas at first. Blackjack
was boring, and I knew the odds were against the players shooting
dice or playing any of the other table games. Then I discovered
a poker table tucked into a small corner of the Desert Inn
where we were staying. I bought into a low-limit seven-card
stud game and managed - with a good deal of luck - to break
even. While playing stud, I noticed out of the corner of my
eye another game that looked to be a lot more fun. It was
left the stud game, watched the Hold'em game for about thirty
minutes, and sat down to play. One hour and $100 later, I
was hooked. I didn't mind losing. It was the first time I
played the game. I expected to lose. But I didn't like
feeling like a dummy, so I bought every book on poker that
I could find.
studied. I played. I studied and played some more. Before
long I was playing and winning regularly, and I haven't
had a losing year since I began keeping records."
the early '90s Lou Krieger began writing a column called On
Strategy for Card
Player Magazine. Aimed squarely at Hold'em players,
the column is chock full of advice for beginners, low-limit,
and even experienced mid-limit Hold'em players.
not writing about poker, Lou - who resides in Long Beach,
California - can be found playing $15-$30 or $20-$40 Texas
Hold'em in the card casinos of Southern California.
The Quotable Lou Krieger
an interview with Lou Krieger on Amazon.com